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Running Windows software on Mac OS X

My friend needs to run some Windows (XP/Vista/7/whatever) software on her MacBook Pro, ideally in a window whilst running Mac OS X. Is that possible?

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Guest [Entry]

"One of the common solutions is Parallels. Works quite well as long as it's not about 3D games and such.

It's an Windows emulator that runs within Mac OS X. It even offers a seamless mode, where Windows windows just appear to be on the Mac desktop. Comes with a bit of a performance penalty (compared to a native Windows), but is doing fine for MS Office and similar programs.

The other solution would be bootcamp (it's on the Mac in Applications, Utilities, Bootcamp Assistant). Bootcamp sets aside some space on the partition to install Windows there (you then boot into Windows or MacOS)."
Guest [Entry]

VMWare Fusion is similar to Parallels.
Guest [Entry]

"There's also CrossOver and with it, you don't even need to install Windows !

There's also free versions : WineBottler or Darwine, which are pretty useful !"