Can I have Mac and Windows on same computer

April 22, 2011 at 09:09:47
Specs: Windows 7
Okay. So I have a computer which currently runs Windows 7. And I love it very much, but for my work I will need to be able to use most of the programs installed on the Mac OS that do not work on Windows. But I cannot afford to buy another computer [Mac] and would like to know if I can run 2 OS on the same computer? That way I could switch between Windows and Mac during startup? Like if I put a Mac OS on another hard drive and add it into my computer will both of the systems still work or will I need something else as well? And i's still like to keep Windows for gaming.

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April 23, 2011 at 11:15:45
Yes, you can!

If your architecture is Intel, you have an *abundance* of options! You can use VirtualBox to emulate for free, or you can use VMWare, or even Parallels. You can also use the free utility included with Mac OS X, Boot Camp, to dual boot. Intel is the processor architecture found on all MacBooks (Air, Pro, Unibody, standard), newer iMacs, and newer Mac Minis. Because both Windows and OS X run on Intel with no emulation, you'll experience Windows at the same speed you experience OS X.

If your architecture is NewWorld PowerPC (that is G3, G4, G5) then you will need to have Qemu to emulate OS X, if you wish to do it for free. You can see my how-to here: Run Windows XP on PowerPC Macs for free. (The PowerPC architecture is too slow, however, to properly handle the full experience on Windows 7--if nothing else, if this is what you have, let me know.) You could also use proprietary emulators that are slower than Q on this hardware, so Q comes highly recommended.

Follow the instructions for the Mac you own. If you have more questions, are confused on what to do, or need more assistance, feel free to post again. It's been great assisting you today. :)

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