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Macbook Air - using windows programs?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by compunerd, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. compunerd

    compunerd New Member

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    Just got myself a macbook air, I was going to get a different model but they were sold out. I'm glad they were, the air is brilliant.

    I am normally a windows user so it has been a little bit of an adjustment but it is very intuitive.

    The only thing is I have several pieces of software on my old laptop that I want to use on my mac. Is there any way to do this? i don't want to pay out for the same software twice.

    Cheers
     
  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    http://www.parallels.com/uk/

    or VMware fusion.
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2011
  3. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

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    use virtualbox as it's free. It allows you to run an OS like Windows within OSX. That way you get the best of both worlds being able to use Windows and OSX.
     
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  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    I'll echo the advice you've been given above. VMWare, Parallels, or VirtualBox will let you run Windows apps on your Mac. I currently use VMWare, but I've used Parallels in the past. I don't know that either one is better than the other. VirtualBox is free, so that's a good place to start, but I've never used it.
     
  5. Shinigami

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    I've heard good things of Fusion and the demo I saw made it seem like a fantastic piece of software.
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    I'd also go with fusion, its great!
     
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