“Ever since Apple switched to Intel architecture back in 2006, Macs have been able to run Microsoft Windows natively without any kind of emulation software, such as Microsoft Virtual PC,” James Cull reports for Mactuts+.

“Why would you want to use Windows, I hear you scream, when OS X is a perfectly good operating system? Well, you might have some software that only works on Windows (specialist software, for example) or you may just fancy a change from OS X,” Cull reports. “Whatever your reason, let’s see how you can get Windows up and running on your Mac.”

“In short, there are two ways of running Windows on your Mac,” Cull reports. “You can use Apple’s Boot Camp to create a Windows partition on your Mac’s hard drive, allowing you to boot either into OS X or Windows when you start your Mac. You can run Windows side-by-side using a virtualization package such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion. Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages…”

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