How to play Windows games on your Mac without Windows

“The Mac has plenty of games, but it’ll always get the short end of the stick compared to Windows,” iMore writes. “If you want to play the latest games on your Mac, you have no choice but to install Windows…or do you?”

“There are actually a few ways you can play Windows games on your Mac without having to dedicate a partition to Boot Camp or giving away huge amounts of hard drive space to a virtual machine app like VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop,” iMore writes. “Here are a few other options for playing Windows games on your Mac, without the hassle or expense of having to install Windows: The Wine Project, Crossover Mac, [and/or] Boxer.”

“In the end, programs like the ones listed above, aren’t the most reliable way to get play Windows games on your Mac, but they do give you an option,” iMore writes. “Of course, another option is to actually run Windows on your Mac, via BootCamp or a virtual machine.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We’d advise slumming it with Windows – we recommend Parallels Desktop for Mac for virtualization and Apple’s Boot Camp for speed. The safest way to run Windows is on a Mac.

Video: Using Parallels Desktop 13 to run Windows on Mac with ease – October 18, 2017
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  1. coxorange,

    If you use either application you would have already partitioned your drive for a Windows application to work. When you launch either application it then applies to that partition only. So if you do get a Windows nasty it will only affect that partition. Your Mac partition will be unaffected.

    If you follow the link this will explain the process for Boot Camp.

    Now for a piece of advice. You will be running some version of Windows for either Parallels or Boot Camp to work. If you decide to go online, and you will) you must have the appropriate protective software which means virus and malware protectors at a minimum. There’s heaps more Windows’ nasties out there than there are for the Mac universe.

    For the record I run Malware and anti-virus on protection software on my Mac as well as Little Snitch (for outgoings), the usual (incoming firewall) and a lot of the time I use a paid VPN as well. Better to be safe than sorry.

    Speaking of Little Snitch when you’re configuring the application there is a lot of software that amasses data that you’d never even dream about (and that includes Apple as well) and the application will highlight this. I encourage all Mac users to use, what IMHO is an essential application.

    1. Thank you Telstar.
      So you are sure there is no way for a Windows app running on a separate partition to spy on the macOS partition? I mean is it technically impossible to read data from there? (I’m sure Microsoft or third parties know where on a macOS partition e.g. your Documents folder can be found)

      And regarding Parallels, I thought in this case no separate partition would be created; the Windows simulation would be virtual (and therefore can only use space on the macOS partition). Could this mean even less protection?

    1. Not ‘non upgradable’, rather upgradable through the various USB/Thunderbolt/DisplayPort connections. The VAST majority of computer users do NOT want to crack their PC open and start dealing with PCI-e this or DDR3/4/5 that or the myriad GPU differences/capabilities/requirements. Some do, most don’t. If you DO, don’t buy a Mac.

      1. Eben the external upgrade paths are wanting. Can’t run in SLI or Crossfire on video for instance. Not at full speed anyway.

        All you noted was that the majority of people don’t want to upgrade. In gaming, which is the topic, upgrading is a constant fact of life.

  2. coxorange,

    No. It’s like you are running two separate computers. In this case one partition is for Windows and the other is for the Mac OS.

    A couple of pieces of advice:

    With Windows, be particularly careful with .exe files as these (quite often) have embedded nasties in them.

    Also, be careful with macros from Word as these can also be a problem.

    And in a general software sense, if possible download software from the company’s website (notwithstanding the exception of proprietary all in one sites such as Apple’s App Store).

    I could expend a lot more verbiage about protecting yourself on Windows but in a nutshell your question was brief and specific and I’ll do the same.

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