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Windows for Mac.

I've just ordered my daughter a Mac book pro for her univesity course.I'm sure this has been covered before but can anyone tell me what software I will need to run windows application on it.

I'm sure people on here have done this.

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Ps hope I don't like the Mac to much or I'll end up with one.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Hi Andy

You can use Boot Camp but you will need to install Xp/Vista in a separate partition on the hard drive. You can then boot into windows or mac os it seems to work quite well.

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Re: Windows for Mac.

Thanks for that.

Another question if I may.If I run it with just the mac OS do I need any antivirus software.Also am I correct in assuming there is some sort of firewall in the OS(reading on the net seem to imply there is).

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Re: Windows for Mac.

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.. but you will need to install Xp/Vista in a separate partition on the hard drive . . .
For which you will have to buy a licence. Sorry to appear dim but why would one buy an Apple computer to run Windows?

Whatever Apple might wish you to believe there are vulnerabilities in Mac OS and malware 'out there' to exploit them.
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Sorry to appear dim but why would one buy an Apple computer to run Windows?
As I have a lot of windows software she may wish to run.
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As I have a lot of windows software she may wish to run.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Also check out Parallels Desktop and also Fusion. From what I understand these enable Windows to be run as a guest operating system under OSX - this enables you to have OSx annd Windows apps running at the same time and so can switch easily between them.

I have seen a demo but not experienced them.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Thanks for the info.

Still interested on any views on antivirus and firewalls.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Andy I have been using a Mac now for about 8 years, machine is connected to the internet 24/7 behind a router with no antivirus. There is firewall protection in OS X that many people use I don't mainly due to the router. Tell your daughter she better not let you use it much or you will like you say be getting one for yourself
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Before my sons Macbook pro was stolen he used to use Bootcamp (because all his school work had to be windows) - anything not school related he used on the mac side of the laptop.

Since we eventually got the insurance for the theft he decided to have an iMac and uses parallels when he needs to do anything that is windows, he just seems to flit effortlessly between the two.

He never had any form of antivirus running on the macbook, and I dont think he has on this one...

He's due to start a college course in September, and he's working 6 days a week, long hours, to try to save up enough money to buy himself a second hand macbook pro for the media course he will be doing.

As for using one... I tried to use it when I was editing the wedding photos I took for my cousin... loved the program I was using... hated the mouse.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Hi, I made the change from PC to Mac about 5 years ago and never looked back - I don't run any Windows applications, in fact, I purchased all new versions of Adobe CS Creative Suite and all the other programmes I needed. Best decision I ever made. I too run both my Macs (MacBook Pro and iMac) behind a router without any viruses. As far as a mouse is concerned, I'd echo a previous poster, the Mac Mouse is dreadful - go for a Logitech IR mouse.
Once you've tried a Mac, your'e unlikely to go back to a PC - IMO.
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Re: Windows for Mac.

Andy - I have parallels and it works perfectly. I know that people say there are vulnerabilities with OSx and running XP or whatever windows app on a Mac, but in 4 years I have never experienced any issues at all with expolits or viruses.

Parallels will allow you to simple run windows in your current OSx session without loggin off, restarting or shutting down first - you can simply invoke Parallels and run XP in that window; live, at the same time as OSx. You can even run in a mode where it looks the same as OSx! i.e. no window, full screen.

I have also found that I use Parallels less and less; the only app I can't get for a Mac that runs on a PC is Microsoft Project - though there are other alternatives. All the apps I used to use on XP are now available on a Mac - and are in fact better. For example; Firefox runs faster running in a window thats running in a window (XP) in a window (Parallels) on my Mac, than Firefox does on my Dell PC

All the apps bar one I use the Mac version of now, and don't really bother with parallels.

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