How to Install Windows on a Mac With VirtualBox

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If you want to be able to run Windows 10 (or another version of Windows) on your Macbook, you have a choice between installing Windows alongside macOS or running virtualization software and creating a Windows virtual machine. In the first case you will have two operating systems (macOS and Windows) installed and will be able to select at startup which one to run. In the second case you will have an app which will act as a virtual computer; you will be able to open the app and run Windows inside of it. When it comes to virtualization software, Oracle’s VirtualBox is an excellent free alternative to Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. This articles provides step-by-step instructions on how to install VirtualBox and create a Windows virtual machine. READ MORE

How to Install Windows 10 on a Mac

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How to Get Windows 10 on a Macbook

There are two main ways to install Windows 10 (or another non-Mac operating system) on a Macbook. Firstly, you can use Boot Camp to install Windows alongside macOS; that way you can choose which operating system to start when turning on or rebooting your Mac. Secondly, you can open a special app on macOS and run Windows inside that app. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages. In this article I will go over pros and cons of Boot Camp and popular virtualization software: Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and VirtualBox. READ MORE

How to Install Windows on a Mac With Boot Camp

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There are two main ways to use Windows on a Macbook: install Windows alongside macOS via Boot Camp, or create a Windows virtual machine using Parallels Desktop, VirtualBox or other virtualization software. Installation via Boot Camp may be preferable if you need to run resource-extensive Windows programs, for example latest 3D games, and if you don’t want to spend extra money on virtualization apps. You will still need to purchase a Windows product key, however. Using Boot Camp is better for performance because only one operating system is running at the time, while with virtual machines your Mac’s resources are split between macOS and Windows. This article will guide you step by step through downloading and installing Windows 10 (or another version) via Boot Camp. READ MORE

How to Install Windows on a Mac With Parallels 15

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A virtual machine is a piece of software that runs an instance of operating system inside another operating system (for example Windows 10 inside macOS 10.15). It is not the only way to run Windows on a Mac (there’s also Mac’s own BootCamp), however unlike BootCamp, virtual machines allow you to run two OSs at the same time. Parallels Desktop is probably the most popular virtualization software for macOS. It allows you to install Windows or another operating system on a Mac with minimum effort and technical knowledge. This article contains step-by-step instructions to install Windows on a Macbook via Parallels Desktop 15. READ MORE

How to Install Windows 8.1 on a Mac

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How to Get Windows 8.1 on a Macbook

If you need to run Windows 8.1 on a Macbook, there are a few ways to do it: you can use Mac’s BootCamp Assistant or download and use a virtual machine like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Unfortunately, installing Windows 8 via BootCamp will probably not work if your Macbook is newer than 2016. In that case virtualization software should still work if you have a Windows 8.1 license key. In this article we describe pros and cons of each method so that you can decide for yourself which one to use. READ MORE

How to Install Windows 7 on a Mac

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How to Get Windows 7 on a Macbook

Generally there are two main ways to install Windows on a Macbook: install Windows alongside macOS using Boot Camp, or install Windows on a virtual machine. However, only older Macs (released around 2014 and earlier) would allow you to install Windows 7 with Boot Camp. If you need to install Windows 7 on a newer Macbook, you’ll have to use virtualization software like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. This article will describe pros and cons of each of the listed applications, and of Boot Camp Assistant as well. READ MORE

How to Install Windows on a Macbook Pro

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How to Get Windows on a Macbook Pro

While a large number of apps are available for macOS, there are still programs and games that only support Windows and that you might want to run from time to time. You may use Wine to “convert” Windows programs to Mac format, so to speak, however that does not work for all programs. That leaves two main options: installing Widows on a Macbook as a secondary OS via Boot Camp or installing it on a virtual machine like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Regardless of which method you select, you will also need an unused Windows license key to activate Windows. In this article I’ll give a quick overview of each method, so you can decide which one is more suitable in your situation. READ MORE

How to Install Windows on a Macbook Air

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How to Get Windows on a Macbook Air

When it comes to running Windows on a Macbook, you have two main options: install Widows on a Macbook as a secondary OS via Boot Camp or use virtualization software like Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion or VirtualBox. Regardless of which method you select, you will also need an unused Windows license key to activate Windows. In this article I’ll give a quick overview of each method, so you can decide which one is more suitable in your situation. READ MORE

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