Wondering, can you install Windows on a Mac computer? While Windows and Mac are polar opposites in the operating-system universe, you actually install Windows on a Mac so you get the look of a Mac with Windows capabilities.
Is running Windows on a Mac difficult?
Not at all, as long as your Mac is Intel-based. Two of the most popular programs for combining Windows and Mac are Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp. You can buy Parallels Desktop for a reasonable price, and it runs with Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 or later or Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.11 or later. Boot Camp comes with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
What is the difference between Parallels Desktop and Boot Camp?
Parallels Desktop creates a Virtual Machine for Windows, meaning it is more like a video game emulator, and you can run Windows while you are within Mac. Boot Camp lets you choose which operating system you want whenever you start your computer. Your choice will depend on how you plan to use Windows and Mac. If you need to move between Windows and Mac often, then Parallels Desktop may be the better choice.
What do I need before installing Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp?
The requirements for each are similar. Here is how to set up:
How do I install Parallels Desktop?
How do I install Boot Camp?
What problems might occur?
Partitioning your hard drive might result in problems. Follow the prompts for each program carefully, and make sure you leave plenty of room for Windows. Think about how often you plan to use Windows, and allot the right amount of space so Windows doesn't always crash.
If want to try Windows but aren't willing to part with your Mac just yet, installing Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp can be the perfect solution.
To install Windows XP SP3, or Service Pack 3, you can get SP3 through automatic updates or visit the Microsoft Web site. Either way, prepare for a long download.
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