Switching from using a PC to a Mac can be challenging. They’re not the same at all. Those who do make the transition will be happy to know that they can continue to use Windows 7. It is possible to run Windows 7 virtualized on their Mac OS. It may require the help of some specialized software, but it can be done.
VMWare offers VMWare Fusion Pro 4 software for those business and home Mac users who want to virtualize Windows 7 on their Macs. You can try it out for 30 days. If you like it, you can buy the license for approximately $200.
Oracle makes VirtualBox for x86 or AMD64/Intel 64 hardware. This free open source software is good for both home and business use. One caveat: Your machine may be inadequate to handle Oracle’s power.
For 14 days, you can try Parallels Desktop 7. This software allows users to run multiple operating systems on one machine simultaneously and switch back and forth between them. If you like it, you can buy the license for roughly $80.
Another option is to use Apple’s Boot Camp. This may be the best option, especially for those on a budget. Boot Camp is included with all Apple computers, so there’s nothing extra to pay. Once you’ve configured Boot Camp in your computer, you can boot up your Mac from your Windows setup CD and then install Windows 7 on the new partition you’ve created.
Switching from a PC to a Mac doesn’t have to mean giving up using Windows 7. Of course, your budget, the type of computer you have and your needs will factor largely in your decision to either use one of the aforementioned softwares or simply take the time to configure Boot Camp.
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