How can I use Windows 7 programs on my Mac without having to re-download or re-purchase them?

Marabhatina M July 26, 2013

I am using windows 7 and switched to Mac but i have collected lots of applications (Important & interesting) for windows and my bandwidth is 1MBits/s with download limit of 10gb per month if i have to separately download for Mac again it’s waste of time and bandwidth so i need an application which converts windows files(.exe) to Mac apps(.dmg) if anyone know about the app please tell me?

  1. Tsf O
    September 5, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac is the virtualization solution that is the most powerful and flexible for users who need regular access to many apps on both Windows and Mac from a single machine without rebooting. From PC-only games to productivity software, Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac has you covered.

  2. Tsf O
    August 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm


    You can not use your Windows7 Programs in MAC without having them re downloaded and re installed.


  3. Oron J
    July 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Others have already alluded to this, but let's be explicit. The Mac's OS requires Mac applications, and you can't run Windows programs on the Mac natively.
    You CAN run Windows applications on a physical Mac, but to do you will must install Windows on it, whether in a dual-boot setup (BootCamp) or emulation (Virtual Box, Parallels, VM Fusion). You will then be able to install and run your applications in Windows, albeit on Mac hardware...

  4. Jan F
    July 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

    First off, ".dmg" is not the actual application but a Disk Image file, similar to zip, rar, etc. It is mostly but not exclusively used to "transport" or distribute the actual application (.app) inside of it.

    As for your question you cannot simply convert Windows applications or executable into OS X applications.

    The safest way to get your apps running will be virtualization:
    Basically you will have a (virtual) fully functional Windows installation running on your Mac where you can install and use software just like you do under Windows.
    There are payed options like Parallels or VMware Fusion and there are free options like VirtualBox.

    Another option is running them in a compatibility layer e.g. Wine or Crossover. While they don't require as much resources as virtualization they are generally "slower" and do not work with all Windows applications.

  5. Bruce E
    July 27, 2013 at 1:20 am

    You could also use Apple's BootCamp.

  6. Matt S
    July 26, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    There's no way to convert an app, exactly, but there are ways to make Windows software run on a Mac, usually through some form of virtualization. I suggest looking at Wineskin (// or Parallels (//

    • Marabhatina M
      July 27, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      why i shouldn't try wine bottler ? IF so then tell me if some issues are arising using wine bottler anywhere thank u and ur answer is somewhat helpfulll

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