Run Windows7 on Mac

Posted on 2014-08-26
Last Modified: 2014-08-28

I need to run Windows 7 on a Mac can a virtual machine be setup to do this?

Question by:hellblazeruk
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    Yes. You can use any of the following:

    VMWare Fusion


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    I think I will try parallels, can you recommend anywhere to find an iso for windows?
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    To be legal, you have to buy a copy.
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    If you already have a legal product key, you can get free legal copies of Windows 7 ISOs for recovery purposes.  They do not give you the product key, so it's worthless for anything but recovery of existing systems that only come with a Recovery disc and not a Full installation disc.

    Or if you're a developer with an MSDN account, you can load non-production copies of Windows for development and testing.  You'll usually have multiple product keys for multiple installs.

    If you're actually running simple, self contained programs, you could also use wine to run the executables.  You don't need a full VM for everything.  I found myself using my VM a little less by getting some programs to run with wine.  It saved time from starting up an entire VM and it also save on RAM resources.

    On another note..
    If you care about speed, Bootcamp, is of course, the fastest way to run Windows.  Starting up in wine is probably close, but you won't be able to get all programs to run and some require a lot of dlls and configuration.  The next in speed are Parallels and VMWare.  VirtualBox is rather slow, about half the speed of Parallels, but it works and it's free.  I have used VMWare but I haven't tried VMWare Fusion on the Mac.

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