How can I run PC programs and games on a Mac?

RICHARD DECKERT September 14, 2010
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Is there an app that will let Macs run PC programs, games, etc? This would be a boon for all us users. Not like Parallel. Just programs not large apps like Works kinds.

  1. free Application for mac,
    April 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Fortunately for the Mac users, the Adware and Spyware industry is still, as of 2005

  2. Tom
    September 27, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Bordeaux is a option see : Bordeaux runs on Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, PC-BSD and OpenSolaris. Bordeaux only cost $20.00 and comes with six months of upgrades. Bordeaux also has Pulse Audio support built in thier custom wine build. We also have the un supported DIB engine built in and much more.

    Bordeaux Store :


  3. Rgmarkham
    September 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I have tried Parallels and Boot Camp and was disappointed with both. Just got VM Fusion and find it to work brilliantly.

  4. Paaljoachim
    September 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    When I want to run a pc game or program I'll check Crossover. It is the simplest way of running pc stuff on the mac that I know of. One can do a search and see if the program/game works through Crossover before trying it.

  5. Gary Story
    September 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I'll second the comment on Crossover, $39. 30 test version available. I run MS Office 2007 and some games too, even the old Sonic the Hedgehog.

  6. Joe
    September 18, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Since you said you didn't want to use Parallels, I'm assuming you don't want to use Virtual machines at all.

    The best free option is called WineBottler(as mentioned by the Fruitgeek the Mac Blogger). It's basically a simpler version of WINE for OS X. You can find it at

    Another option is crossover. Crossover is a program that uses WINE as its base, but improves upon WINE's functionality in OS X. You can purchase the program from Codeweavers. There are 2 OS X versions, one for applications and one specifically designed for Games.

  7. FruitGeek the Mac blogger
    September 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Wine is the best. However, wine itself can be difficult to install on a Mac. So, I recommend Wine Bottler. Wine Bottler is a prepackaged installer for Wine, it is the exact same software and more. ( It does not work on all Win apps, but it is free and easy.

    Also, you could run Win 7 in virtual box (, free) which is like Parallels and VMWare Fusion. The latter two cost money, and all three of these require a copy of Windows- more money if you don't have one already.

    Also, if you have a copy of Windows, you can use BootCamp on your Mac- launch the utility, partition your hard drive, and install this one. This is perhaps the most inconvenient of them all because you need a copy of Windows and you must reboot your computer (you can't run OS X @ the same time).

    I have an article on my blog (it's very popular) about these different methods. Please read it (

    I hope this helps.

  8. Anonymous
    September 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm
  9. Josh Fox
    September 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    If you don't want to reboot your computer every time you want to use a Windows program, you could try Wine, which is free. Here's a tutorial on how to install and use it.

  10. Milad_pcm
    September 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    the best way is to install a windows through bootcamp, so that all the graphic card memory is dedicated to the game. no lack of stuff.
    some games r available for mac too..

    • FruitGeek the Mac blogger
      September 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      If you are using games, this is best, but if you are just using lightweight niche programs/freeware, Wine or VirtualBox should be suffiecient (see my other FruitGeek the Mac blogger comment below)

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