Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Feb 2007 22:21 UTC, submitted by luna6
Mac OS X "If you want to run Windows applications on your Intel powered Mac, you will be happy to learn that there are three different ways. The first method is by using Crossover for Mac, the second is using Parallels, and the third method is using Boot Camp. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. This article will explain the differences between these programs and from there you should be able to figure out which method works best for you."
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by mbpark on Tue 20th Feb 2007 01:38 UTC
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I just installed Parallels on a customer's PC with Windows XP Professional. The installation was straightforward and very simple.

Parallels and XP had all of the drivers needed, and it worked incredibly well. This is a very good way to run those older Windows apps that do a lot to the operating environment which Crossover won't support too well due to developers making assumptions. However, the video support isn't the greatest. VMWare's DirectX builds will fix that, however ;) .

I also just installed Boot Camp on another customer's MacBook with Windows XP Pro for testing with a 2D-graphics intensive application with users that don't have much OS X experience.

Apple has to be complimented here. I have only ever seen one other vendor who could provide a single file or CD with all the driver support you need on one CD, and that was HP with the Proliant server series. I haven't seen this from another vendor for the desktop. Apple managed to make the Windows driver installation painless.

Between the two of those solutions, running Windows itself is painless on a Mac. Apple's managed to make installing and running Windows better than any other desktop vendor's solution.

Crossover/WINE is still good for those certain applications that its tuned for. It's not a 100% solution for Windows apps, and that's what the other two are for.

Parallels and Boot Camp are the best I've seen in practice for running Windows apps on a Mac. They've both made it incredibly easy to set up and run Windows.

While Parallels is incredibly good at running Windows within OS X, Boot Camp has the easiest installation and fastest speed because it's not virtualized, and because Apple makes it simple with the driver CD.

With all of these solutions, YMMV ;) .

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