Making Windows co-exist with Mac OS on a Mac Book Pro

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Is it possible to install Windows on a MacBook Pro? How do you combine Windows 7 and Mac OS?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #95499

Making Windows co-exist with Mac OS on a Mac Book Pro

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Hello Jayson.

You can use Bootcamp or a virtual machine such as Parallels or VirtualBox.

Bootcamp lets you dual boot Windows with Mac. It creates a separate partition where you can install Windows. Once you have installed Windows, you can select which OS you want to boot up with. Here are detailed instructions from apple.com:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461

What's good about using Bootcamp is you get to run Windows at its full potential since it gets unrestricted access to all the hardware that your Mac computer has. This is your best option if you intend to play games or use other hardware-intensive applications.

Parallels or the freeware VirtualBox lets you install and run Windows in a virtual machine. Its advantage over Bootcamp is you can run both Mac OS and Windows at the same time. With this option, you don't have to re-partition your hard disk. If your use of Windows will only be limited to office applications or light gaming, then this is the option for you.

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Making Windows co-exist with Mac OS on a Mac Book Pro

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Yes, it is very possible. It will not only make your Mac computer multi-boot but multi-platform as well since you can now boot from two different operating systems. In Microsoft Windows, transforming a system to become a multi – boot or to boot into different Microsoft Windows versions doesn’t need a separate software to make the whole process. But since these are two different platforms, it would only be possible using a third – party application such as VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is a powerful Virtualization product for Enterprise and also for Home use. It supports x86 and AMD64/Intel64 architectures and works on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts. To download the latest version, VirtualBox 4.2.12, visit VirtualBox | Download VirtualBox. Download only the appropriate version for your computer, VirtualBox 4.2.12 for OS X hosts. For the user manual, it is already included in the installer so just check it. You can also download the user manual in PDF format here, VirtualBox User Manual PDF, or see the user manual on the web here, VirtualBox User Manual HTML version.

Answered By 10 points N/A #95503

Making Windows co-exist with Mac OS on a Mac Book Pro

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I am a crazy fan of Mac OS because my first computer was operating on Mac. Now I am using Windows but couldn’t forget Mac. So I wanted to install it alongside Windows. But I could not find any way to do so. But I have found my resolution in this page. It is quite easy to use virtual machine software. I have installed VirtualBox. It is great. Now I am able to operate both OS at the same time. I am really glad to do so. I want to thank Sharath for helping me to answer my question regarding the two OS platforms. His comment helped me most to do this task.

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