4 Ways To Get Windows On Your Mac
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Want Windows 8 running on your Mac, but don’t know where to start? That’s understandable: there are a lot of options out there, and it can get overwhelming.

Whether you’re interested in more advanced gaming on your Mac A Detailed Look At The State Of Gaming On The Mac in 2014 A Detailed Look At The State Of Gaming On The Mac in 2014 Can players finally ditch Windows completely and use a Mac for work and play? Read More , or simply need to run a particular Windows program from time to time, you might feel like you’ve no idea where to start. To make things simple, let’s quickly go over your two main options:

  • Dual Booting: This means that, when you start up your computer, you can pick between running Windows or OS X. Windows can make full use of your Mac this way, but it can be inconvenient – you need to restart your Mac every time you want to switch between operating systems.
  • Virtualization: This means that, when you’re running OS X, you can run Windows at the same time. Windows won’t run as well this way, because it can’t use all of your Mac’s resources, but this method can be more convenient – you can switch between Windows and Mac programs instantly.

Of course, this is just a starting point – things get far more complicated. For example: you can dual boot Windows using the hard drive inside your computer, but you can also boot Windows from a USB drive if you’d like. There are three major programs for running Windows in a virtual machine, all with pros and cons of their own.

So, what’s the best way to get Windows on your Mac? I’d argue it depends on your situation. Let’s look at four methods.

If you’re a Windows user who is toying with the idea of switching to Mac, take a look at this guide to using a Mac for Windows user.

Note: You Need Windows To Do This.

If you want to run Windows 8 on your Mac, you need a copy of Windows 8. There’s no working around this (at least, not legally). You can buy Windows 8 from Microsoft; prices vary.


You can also check sites like eBay or Amazon for discounts. Another thing worth noting: if you’re planning on dual booting, you really should back up your files The Ultimate Triple Backup Solution For Your Mac [Mac OSX] The Ultimate Triple Backup Solution For Your Mac [Mac OSX] As the developer here at MakeUseOf and as someone who earns their entire income from working online, it's fair to say my computer and data are quite important. They’re set up perfectly for productivity with... Read More first.

With that out of the way, let’s explore different ways you can run Windows on your Mac.

1. Dual Boot Windows On Your Mac, Using Your Mac’s Hard Drive

The easiest method, which offers the best performance, but takes up space on your hard drive and requires you to restart your computer every time you want to run Windows. Recommended for gamers.

Your Mac comes with Boot Camp, which makes it easy to dual boot Windows. With this set up you can choose to boot OS X or Windows when you start up your Mac. You’ll want at least 30GB free on your hard drive to do this, and more is recommended if you plan on installing a lot of Windows software.

Getting started is simple: just launch the Boot Camp Assistant found in the Utilities folder.


Start the program up and you’ll be guided through the entire process. Windows drivers for your Mac will be downloaded, a partition will be created on your hard drive and a good chunk of the Windows installation will finish before you even restart your Mac.


Simon showed you how to install Windows 8 on a Macbook How To Try Out Windows 8 On Your MacBook Air How To Try Out Windows 8 On Your MacBook Air If you're reading this article, you're probably a user of Mac OS X, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be intrigued. If Windows 8 has captured your interest, why not take it for a test... Read More using Bootcamp back in 2012, and the process hasn’t changed much since then.

2. Boot Windows On Your Mac From An External Hard Drive

Slightly more difficult method that requires access to a PC running Windows to set up. Worse performance than Boot Camp, but better than most virtual machines. Requires you to restart your computer every time you want to run Windows, but doesn’t take up space on your Mac’s hard drive.


Don’t have a lot of free space on your Mac’s hard drive? It’s also possible to boot a full version of Windows on your Mac from an external drive. You can use this disk on any Mac, and all of your installed Windows programs will come with you.

The catch? You can’t use Boot Camp to set the process up. I’ve found a method that works, but it requires access to a PC running Windows. Ask a Windows-using friend nicely if need be – you’ll only need the machine once.

You’ll also need a free program called WinToUSB, and a USB drive to install Windows onto. I used an old external hard drive, but if you have access to a flash drive bigger than 32 GB it should work. USB 3.0 is recommended.

Setting Up

Plug your USB drive into the PC, then open the Disk Management utility. Right click the USB disk itself (making absolutely certain that it is your USB disk – you’re about to delete all files on the drive).


If you see the option to “Convert to GPT”, click it. This will format the drive, but is necessary in order to create a drive that will boot on your Mac (or any UEFI-compatible device). If you see the option to “Convert to MBR”, don’t click it: simply delete the partitions on the drive.

Double-click the empty space on your newly empty drive and create a FAT32 partition – it doesn’t need to be bigger than 100 MB – to serve as the boot sector. Next, create an NTFS partition for the remaining space – this is where Windows itself will be installed.


Your external drive is now ready for WinToUSB, so fire that application up. You’ll need to point it toward your Windows 8 install disk/ISO, then to your USB drive. Assign the Boot and System partitions you created earlier.


Click next, and WinToUSB will install Windows on your USB drive. When it’s done, unmount the disk from the PC and plug it into your Mac. Shut your Mac down, if it’s currently running, then turn it on while holding the Option key.


You should see your USB drive as an bootable option – click it to continue, and Windows will start (though it may restart once or twice to complete the installation process). You’ll have Windows running, but your WiFi and a number of other things won’t work – you need drivers.

Reboot your Mac to OS X and download the Boot Camp drivers. You’ll probably want to put them on another USB key, so you can access them from within Windows. Reboot into Windows, then run the installer.

Eventually you’ll have a full version of Windows running from USB, complete with Mac drivers. A huge advantage of this set up is you can run the same instance of Windows on any Mac, and all your programs will come with you.

3. Virtualize Windows On Your Mac Using Parallels ($80)

Easy but expensive tool for running Windows on your Mac the same time as OS X. Performance won’t match a dual-boot setup, but you don’t need to restart your computer to run Windows software. Built specifically with Macs in mind. Recommended for anyone who needs to run a few specific Windows programs from time to time.

Setting up virtual machines can be a complicated process, but Parallels makes it simple. Just point the program to your Windows install disk, configure a few settings and the rest is taken care of.

4 Ways To Get Windows On Your Mac setup

We’ve shown you how Parallels lets you run Windows faster Run Windows Faster On Your Mac With Parallels Desktop 6 [Giveaway] Run Windows Faster On Your Mac With Parallels Desktop 6 [Giveaway] Read More , so check that review out for a look at how the program works.

Parallels also offers a lot of great Mac-specific tricks, like support in Windows for your favourite Mac keyboard shortcuts, and letting you create a virtual machine of your Boot Camp partition in just a few clicks (meaning you can run the same instance of Windows as a virtual machines or on its own).

Parallels is generally considered to outperform VMWare Fusion ($50), its main commercial rival, in terms of both performance and features – but Fusion is also a solid, cheaper option to look into. Check out Wikipedia’s comparison of the two apps for a quick rundown.

4. Virtualize Windows On Your Mac Using VirtualBox (Free)

Slightly more difficult software for running Windows on your Mac the same time as OS X. Performance doesn’t match Parallels, but also isn’t much worse. This cross-platform program is short on Mac-specific features.

Time is money, the old saying goes, but that only really applies if you don’t enjoy tinkering. If you’re willing to spend a bit more time getting a virtual machine set up, I highly recommend installing Windows 8 using VirtualBox. It’s what I personally use, mostly to test Windows software.


We offer a complete guide to setting up VirtualBox How to Use VirtualBox: User's Guide How to Use VirtualBox: User's Guide With VirtualBox you can easily install and test multiple operating systems. We'll show you how to set up Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine. Read More , so check that out if you want to learn how to use this powerful software.

As for Mac-specific features? A lot is missing out of the box – don’t expect your Mac keyboard shortcuts to keep working. But some things, like copy-pasting between programs, work great. And there’s a lengthy tutorial for running a Bootcamp partition, if you’re willing to spend some time on it.

What Did We Miss?

These four methods are, to me, the best ways to get Windows running on your Mac. Which to use probably depends on your situation, but they should cover most common usage scenarios. There is also a step-by-step guide on how to install Windows 10 on your Mac that you can follow.

Of course, I could be wrong – which is why I love our readers. They point out things I miss. If you can think of something, let me know in the comments below. Looking forward to it!

Do you run Windows 8 on your Mac? How and why?

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  1. Cristian
    April 12, 2019 at 5:39 am

    I am trying to do this (2. Boot Windows On Your Mac From An External Hard Drive) on a Macbook Pro 13 2018 with touchbar. It does boot up but it gets stuck at the region selection screen and does not respond to keyboard or touchpad. Does anybody have any experience and / or advice?
    The same setup works with an older Macbook Air without a hitch.
    thanks in advance.

  2. C?p Vinh
    May 7, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks you so must !

  3. Roger Runtings
    March 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    I want to do something a little bit different. I want to run Windows ONLY on a refurbished MacBook Pro because I want the Thunderbolt ports that the MBP has, to run vMix under Windows. (So that I can get 3-4 cameras streaming via BMD Thunderbolt and USB Mini Recorders.

    Can't I simply just wipe the hard drive and install Windows 7/10 64-bit from a thumb drive? I need the machine - not the OS.

  4. K-Rad
    December 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Hi y'all,

    I recently installed Windows on an external SSD and have been using it happily on my Mac ever since. However, now that the OS is trying to install the Fall Creators Update, it's telling me that since I'm using a virtual drive I can't install any updates. Is that true? Any workaround? Obviously, I'd love to be able to keep the system up to date.


  5. Risto
    November 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I'm going through #2 option and I've Windows installation screen where you have to choose your location. But the keyboard does not work. So I cannot proceed.
    I have bootcamp drivers on separate USB, but there's no use of them.

    I'm trying to install Windows 8.
    MacBook Pro 2017.

  6. Imran
    July 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Dear WEB,

    Thank you for the instructions. I have a question but I could not find answer of this. My question is I want on mac to view and use mac partitions same windows partitian. Is that possible if yes then how? Through gparted software or need to create parations in DOS mode before installation. I have done this in Linux. I am sure there must be also a solution for mac.

    I really appreciate if you please help me with the instructions and screens hots. Please let me know by email there are too many comments it is hard to track your reply...


  7. Alan
    January 26, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    .Hi, completed method No. 2 every things great with one exception, when I highlight the speaker icon on the right {it has a red X} I get the error message"no audio output device installed". can you advise me as to what I can do.


  8. Tapsa
    January 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I just swapped windows 10 SSD hard disk from old HP XW 6400 to mac pro 3.1
    and mac booted as normal windows pc . Mac pro accepted all windows hardware
    which I tested. Then I swapped HP 9470m to macbook pro 2011 and it was booting
    working fine as windows 10 pc . This might be best solution to make gaming mac.

    • Roger Runtings
      March 9, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      OK. So it seems like I've found a way to run Windows 10. I think I've also found a way to run Windows 7, which is what I prefer.

      Thanks for posting this.

  9. Mike
    January 6, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    A company might have licenses for VMFusion from VMWare and that is another way to
    install another OS such as Windows and flip between Mac OS X and Windows

  10. Frazer Westfield
    December 26, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Regarding your solution 4 I've been using VirtualBox on a MacBook Pro (Late 2013) to run Windows XP Pro, 2000 and NT4. Follow the basic instructions and everything installs from the original CDs using a USB external HP CD/DVD drive without a hitch. XP runs just as fast as it does in native mode on my Lenovo ThinkPad and certainly looks a lot better. External devices like my USB-Serial converter work perfectly.
    I did have a Windows 10 Pro installation on VirtualBox but it wouldn’t accept my licence so I binned it.
    My only concern is why Oracle are still giving away such a superb application free of charge. How long can this last?

  11. Aidan
    November 20, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I did step 2 with Win2USB and even though it formatted , it's working perfect on my Mac. I did however, have to open the windows ISO and find the install.wim. You just open it with WinRAR and go to sources and find the install.wim. Then install on your USB and wait. (Btw I'm using Windows 10, not 8)

  12. M.Cox
    October 18, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I am trying #2, on a 256gb external USB 3.0 SSD drive. Following the instructions above, all the initial setup steps worked. When I boot into Windows for the first time to finish the set up, I get the initial couple setup screens (timezones, privacy settings), then after a minute or two of the Just a Moment... spinning wheel, I get "Windows could not complete the installation. To install Windows on this computer, restart the installation." I have to hold the power button down to force it off before trying again. Once, I got past the above error but got this instead "The User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded." Pressing OK just repeats the error.

  13. K.G Jordan
    September 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    my ibook g4's hard drive is empty (no any os running ) is it possible for me to use the step 2 on it? becoz i want to run only windows on my mac.

    • Ballsy
      November 22, 2016 at 9:08 am

      g4's can't run Windows, it needs to be a Mac with an Intel processor.

  14. Chaitanya Pawar
    August 30, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Your Method 2 worked for me, instead of using WintoUSB I used WintoHDD and Instead of GPT disk format I kept the same MBR format...worked for me 100% on mac with 0 errors. Thanks great work.

  15. Divinio
    April 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    After formatting my external harddrive to run windows on, can i still use it as a harddrive when running windows?

  16. Goutham
    March 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I’m having trouble with the WinToUSB program. I create the partitions as you described, but WinToUsb is insisting on formatting the usb drive. When it does, it creates one big partition and I lose the separate boot partition.

    • Justin Pot
      March 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Yeah, it really seems like this guide is outdated now, and I haven't had a chance to re-investigate. Sorry about that.

      • Eb
        June 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

        Maybe you could add a note to the article saying that part of the guide is outdated? It could save people (like me) an hour of increasing frustration and attempted workarounds.

  17. Chris
    February 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I'm having trouble with the WinToUSB program. I create the partitions as you described, but WinToUsb is insisting on formatting the usb drive. When it does, it creates one big partition and I lose the separate boot partition.

  18. Rebecca L
    February 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    When I download Windows onto one USB, and then use a second USB (as suggested) to download Bootcamp installers, will I have to plug in both separate USB's every time I want to use the Windows operating system on my Mac? Or after I install the bootcamp drivers in Windows the first time they will be a part of the Windows USB, and I only have to plug in that one?

    • Justin Pot
      February 16, 2016 at 1:24 am

      You'll only need to install the bootcamp drivers in Windows once, you won't need them again after that.

  19. Nikhil
    February 1, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I installed Windows 7 on my External hard drive( Toshiba 1TB). When I plugged in to Macbook Pro I got the option to boot from my hard drive, however after clicking on that the screen goes black and nothing happens at all. I have waited for 15 minutes and my hard drive has gone into sleep mode. Please help me out. I have installed FAT32 partition as System partition and NFTS as boot partition as per your screenshot.

  20. Ahmed Bayoumi
    January 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    What about the office ? Should I bring the office for mac or the regular microsoft office to run it from the installed windows via parallels ? It started to be confusing .

  21. Ahmed Bayoumi
    January 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    what is the best windows version to run on the macbook pro 2015 via parallels 11 Desktop?

    I feel tempted to get back to windows 7. It was easy and straight forward compared to the hustle of windows 8. Or Do you recommend me to jump for windows 10 that I still know nothing about ?

    Also I don't have a DVD drive anymore in my macbook pro to install windows 7 . What to do about it ? Is there still an online download for windows 7 ? I need your advice.

  22. Keith Johnson
    January 3, 2016 at 1:41 am

    I am in the process of trying to put Windows 10 on an external WD 1T passport drive that I want to use with my March 2015 Retina display MacBook Pro running El Capitan. I used Wintousb sub to load Windows 10 onto the drive and everything seemed to go fine. At the end of the install Wintousb displayed the message "be sure to change the bios on the destination disk." I wasn't sure what that meant, but I thought maybe when first booting into Windows 10 from the external drive I would have an opportunity do that. When I attempted to boot the external drive connected to my MacBook Pro for the first time I got to a blue screen that said "mode exception not handled. You need to restart your computer." How can I get past this so Windows will boot from my Mac?

    • Justin Pot
      January 4, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I'm afraid I don't know how to help you with this one. You Mac doesn't have a bios, for one thing, just firmware, so you can't configure it. I'm not sure what I'd try next in your case, sorry about that.

      • Keith Johnson
        January 5, 2016 at 12:39 am

        Actually, the problem resolved itself when I plugged in the power cord to the MacBook Pro. Another minor problem has arisen, though. I cannot get audio under windows10. I ran into a common problem when installing the BC Windows drivers and that is install freezes when it gets to Realtek audio. I shut off the computer and restarted the Windows side and everything works fine except no audio. Any thoughts?

  23. saleena
    December 18, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I am getting a new macbook pro soon, I am currently running parallels and want to know a better way to run my windows on my mac. Help I'm so tired of freezing and talking to support.

    • Justin Pot
      December 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      If virtualization isn't good enough for you, try Boot Camp. It's the best Windows experience you can get on a Mac, but it does require you to reboot to access it.

  24. Brian
    December 18, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I chose to use an external SSD with USB 3.0. I got all the way to the windows desktop and am installing the drivers. Which drivers do I install. I am unable to install bootcamp because windows says it is a Mac application. Help please! So close yet so far.

  25. bobo
    December 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I am using a Lexar Professional Memory Card for this process as it is incredibly fast.

    The only problem is that after I format the memory card as instructed under GPT, go in WinToUsb, select windows and select the memory card, WinToUsb automatically reformats my memory card when there is no need for it.

    How can I make WinToUsb stop reformatting my memory card so I can keep my partitions?

    • Justin Pot
      December 2, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I'm not sure how to prevent that, weird...

      • bobo
        December 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

        Do you think I should use an SSD instead of a Memory Card? I think WinToUsb does not reformat hard drives, only memory card and flash drives.

        • Justin Pot
          December 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

          What do you mean by SSD, is it an internal one? If that's the case just dual boot I'd say. If you have a flash drive handy to test, you could see if that works the way you'd like it to.

        • bobo
          December 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

          Do you think it could work if I install Windows under MBR as WinToUsb chooses by default, and after that change the partitions on Memory Card to GPT without losing data?

        • bobo
          December 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

          Ok. I understand now.

          They say that with the newer updates:
          MBR-based Windows To Go USB drive support booting both BIOS-based and UEFI-based computers

          So they format the flash drives by default under MBR without giving you the option of GPT.

          Is it possible that Macs (UEFI-based computers) support MBR as they claim?

        • Justin Pot
          December 2, 2015 at 6:14 pm

          Only one way to find out. I'm sorry to say I haven't kept up with all the updates...let me know if it works, though.

        • bobo
          December 2, 2015 at 10:17 pm

          It works. So there is not any need to pre-format the drive. WinToUSB does everything.
          I suppose the idea is that you can have the same portable Windows on any machine.

          However, the performance on a memory stick is not great and I suppose it is the same on a flash drive. External SSD is the way to go.

        • Justin Pot
          December 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm

          This is really good to know! Thanks for getting back to us.

  26. Devon
    November 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    What about the performance levels? Is running Windows off a USB comparable to running off internal HD?

    • Justin Pot
      November 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      No, it's not even close. Internal is going to be better every time.

  27. Anonymous
    October 20, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I'm attempting the external drive method and am having some significant difficulty with the bootcamp drivers. I have downloaded the files, put them on a drive and it didnt seem to work. Any suggestions? Thanks

    • Anonymous
      November 9, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Have you executed the setup pkg that you put on the drive?

  28. Anonymous
    October 19, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Can somebody tell me something about the performance? I would like to use an SSD(with a 3.0 case) with this solution.

    • Justin Pot
      October 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Performance using VirtualBox is about as good as a virtual machine can be expected to be, and will really depend on how good your CPU is and how much RAM you have.

  29. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015 at 2:40 am

    Did it ... External drive option works great!!! Thanks

  30. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Hello. So I tried installing windows 7 on an external drive following your instructions and came across a problem. When I try to boot EFI boot, the computer just freezes. Am I doing something wrong? (mbp early 2011)

    • Justin Pot
      September 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      To be honest the process can be finicky, you have to make sure the instructions above are followed precisely and even then some drives flat out don't work. I haven't found a pattern yet.

      • Anonymous
        September 23, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Same problem on a Hitachi 500GB USB 3 drive, it just freezes when you select it in EFI boot on my 2015 MacBookPro trying it install Windows 7.

        • Anonymous
          September 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm

          Strange that it is easier to install OSX on a PC than Windows on a mac...

    • Anonymous
      September 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I finally managed to install Windows 10 using this method. I wanted to install 7 as I hate Win10 but it just froze every time I tried.

  31. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Hey, I'm trying to do the external hard drive method. I got a brand new WD My Passport Ultra, but when i right-click the drive, the "Convert to GPT disk" option is grayed out. Does this mean that the drive is already in that format, or does it mean that it's not going to work for this method?

    • Justin Pot
      August 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      I honestly don't know why that option would be greyed out Vignesh – typically, when the drive is already GPT, you'll see the "Switch to MBR" option.

    • Anonymous
      September 6, 2015 at 3:29 am

      Hi Vignesh I had the same problem you just need to delete all partitions on the drive to ungary the option.

      • AniBEE
        February 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        I had the same issue, you select your Disk Management, right click the blue bar section of your drive and select Delete Volume.

      • AniBEE
        February 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

        Also you need to create a simple volume for the new partition and don't format so that it ask you after you add the partition to than format the drive and you get the FAT32 option then.

  32. Anonymous
    August 5, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Hi there, For the process with WinToUsb you said you'll need a copy of Windows 8, Does it mea it won't work with Windows 7? I need windows seven for my games but if it only works with 8 i will need to download it and try it out. Thanks in advance.

    • Justin Pot
      August 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      WinToUSB works with Windows 7, if I recall correctly.

      • Anonymous
        August 5, 2015 at 5:49 pm

        Do you recommend Windows 8 instead? I have attempted once and it didn't work, maybe Windows 8 will work. Btw, Will Windows 8.1 work as well? Thank you Justin.

        • Justin Pot
          August 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

          I recommend using whatever you're comfortable with, and know that you can upgrade to Windows 10 from either if you'd like. Enjoy!

  33. Cocco
    March 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I tried SO many times to install a bootable win external drive as you suggest, but I never got it working.
    I've got an old 2008 unibody macbook. At its best, I could see the GPT disk appear as I tried to turn on my Mac with the Alt. key pressed. Then choose the external drive for booting, its led flashed for a couple of minutes, then nothing. All blocked at the very first point (where I was still looking at the the two bootable drives on the screen).
    Am I missing anything? I tried with many windows iso images, but nothing changed. Any suggestion for some other attempt?

    • Justin Pot
      March 5, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Are you trying to make a bootable installation drive, or a live, bootable Windows environment? The instructions below should work on your Mac for a live environment, if you want to install from USB things get a little more complicated but I've managed.

    • Cocco
      March 5, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Absolutely a live and bootable Windows environment, that's what I'm looking for.
      I wonder if it's something about my "obsolete" hardware (actually working very fine with Mavericks) or about the USB drive I'm using.

    • Justin Pot
      March 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Hmm, well one thing you could try is testing the live environment you made on another Mac, possibly one owned by a friend. If it works then you know the problem is with the computer, and not the drive you made.

  34. Andrew Mora
    February 12, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    What about VMWare?

  35. Fred
    February 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    VMWare Fusion (for Mac) works well for me :-) I run Maverick as the base OS, and run Windows 10 preview, and Yosemite as VM's... Prepare to have a good amount of system RAM (I have 8 GB now on my iMac)...

    • Justin Pot
      February 11, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      RAM is crucial for virtual machines. I cannot tell you how much a recent upgrade to my Mac improved performance.

    • Gary Dauphin
      May 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      I agree about RAM, but I've actually found that having the VM on an SSD makes and even bigger difference in performance. Loving virtual box on an SSD.

  36. Martin_Th
    February 10, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Did anyone succeed in making win xp share folder on mavericks or yosemite with Virtualbox? Kind of crucial to get stuff in and out of Windows.

    • Justin Pot
      February 10, 2015 at 5:02 pm

      I got it working with very little trouble, once the guest tools are installed. What problems are you running into?

    • Martin Th
      March 1, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you, Mr Pot. Yes, mea culpa. Guest Tools needs to be installed INSIDE the virtual machine from the Devices menu in the Virtualbox toolbar at the top of the virtual machine window. Works like a charm, and very fast to it seems.

    • Justin Pot
      March 1, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Glad you got it working!

  37. okedokee
    February 10, 2015 at 6:48 am

    How could you miss VMware Fusion?

    • Justin Pot
      February 10, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      I mentioned it, but the consensus out there seems to be that Parallels is better and I didn't want to clutter the article with yet another section.

    • Fred
      February 11, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      VMware Fusion is a great product :-) Been using it for years... You should have mentioned it

    • Michael
      February 12, 2015 at 12:50 am

      I agree with Justin, as a user of both, Parallels is a product designed for the Mac, has frequent updates, and is very stable. With those qualifications alone, it is a superior product to VMWare on the Mac.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2015 at 4:12 am

      I have both and I think VMWare is just as fast. Most important: VMWare gives you three licenses (if you have multiple Macs), while Parallels only gives you one.

  38. Mike
    February 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Virtually impossible to be punished for that.

    • Justin Pot
      February 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

      Yeah, police coming and shutting you down is pretty unlikely. But if you consider an update breaking your computer to be a punishment, then they'll probably get you.

  39. Angelo
    February 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    @Justin: in a "virtual" PC should be virtual piracy ;)

    • Justin Pot
      February 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Surely you can't be punished for that? :)

  40. J.
    February 9, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    My problem is that I have installed Windows on my mac but when I have upgraded to the Mac OS X Yosemite, now Windows won't work. How do I fix that problem?

    • Justin Pot
      February 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      I've heard about this, and it's nasty. I can't really find a decent fix, I'm sorry to say, you might need to reinstall Windows. :( Sorry.

  41. Greg
    February 9, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hi Justin,

    Nice Justin.
    Right, Ziaur?

  42. miles
    February 8, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Don't forget Wine for running windows programs without needing the OS

  43. angelo
    February 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    That is more interesting! Installato maverick on a PC windows costing a fifth of a mac! If it was possibile with virtualbox, since now OS X is free of charge!

    • Justin Pot
      February 9, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      OS X is free of charge if you own a Mac, but putting it on a PC is considered piracy. Just to be clear.

  44. Ziaur Rahman
    February 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    How to install Mac on PC?

    • Michael
      February 8, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Hello Ziaur,

      While it is certainly possibly even to install OSX in a PC, the process is more complicated. Since Windows is designed to run on whatever hardware is available, as there is no single or preferred manufacturer, you can put it pretty much anywhere. OSX, on the other hand, is designed to run on custom hardware designed by the same people that made the OS..

      Here is an article on how to create a Hackintosh;


      You can install OSX in VMWare, but don't expect blazing performance. Here's a simple to follow YouTube video on how to do it.


    • Michael
      February 8, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Forgive my autocorrect on the first line. I'm not sure how I got "certainly possibly even" out of what I typed, but oh well.

    • Justin Pot
      February 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      That's a lot more complicated, as you need to ensure every component of your PC is Mac-compatable. It's possible, but in most PCs there are a couple of parts that will need replacing. We haven't written a guide for this in a long time, but here's one I edited a few years ago: