How to run Windows 10 on your Mac


Switching to a Mac doesn't mean having to leave behind Windows or your software. That's because your new Mac is perfectly at home running Windows and Windows software. In fact, you have several options open to you if you want to keep using your favorite Windows software.

Boot Camp

OS X has built-in support for Windows using a utility called Boot Camp. Using this you can turn your Mac into a dual-boot system with both OS X and Windows installed on it.

Pros

  • Free (all you need is a Windows installation media -- disc or .ISO file -- and a valid license, which is not free).
  • Runs Windows using the full system potential of your Mac.
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • Having to switch between Windows and Mac.
  • Fragmenting files between the two operating systems.

Bottom line

  • Great if you only use Windows occasionally, but for regular use switching between the two operating systems becomes tedious.

Tip

  • If you're a Boot Camp user then I recommend you check out TrackPad++, a utility that allows you to make full use of your Mac's trackpad when you're in Windows.

Free virtualization software

Virtualization software doesn't have to cost money. There are plenty of free utilities, such as VirtualBox.

Pros

Cons

  • Performance is poor.
  • While VirtualBox is open-source, some features require a closed-source add-on pack.
  • Software is not particularly user-friendly.

Bottom line

  • Great for getting you out of a bind, but performance is poor, particularly graphics performance.

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