Parallels

What laptop should I buy?

15" MacBook Pro

Episode 1503

Bruce from Long Island, NY

Bruce does both Mac and PC work, and he's looking for a laptop that can handle both well. Should he buy a PC centric computer that can run a Mac virtually? Or the other way around? Leo says that there is no way to run macOS on anything but a Mac, especially not virtually. He could do a hackintosh, but not on a laptop. So Leo says go the other way, and get a MacBook Pro running Windows in Boot Camp.

Why do I have to pay for Parallels again after updating to Windows 10?

Parallels for Mac

Episode 1499

Terry from Amarillo, TX

Terry has a MacBook Air, running Parallels so he can dual boot into Windows. After he upgraded to Windows 10, however, he had to upgrade Parallels and it trashed the drive. So he rebooted and reinstalled everything, and now Parallels wants him to pay for it again. Leo says that somewhere on the drive was a hidden file, perhaps in the application support folder, that has his registration data. So if he formatted the hard drive, Terry lost that data. Leo also says he'll have to reinstall Windows 7 again after installing Parallels.

How can I run both Windows and OS X on my new Mac?

Episode 1118

Bob from Rhode Island

Jeff is making the switch to Mac and he's going to need to use both Windows and Mac for a while. Leo says that there's a few ways to skin that cat including running Windows with Boot Camp, where you'll get to choose between Windows and OS X at boot up. You'll need your own copy of Windows, but it works really well. The second option is to run Windows virtually inside of OS X, and that way, you can just have a little sandboxed Windows window and what's good about that is that you have several options including Virtual Box, Parallels, and VMWare Fusion.

Can I run Windows on a Mac?

Episode 1094

Tad from Glen Ellen, CA

Tad hears he can run Windows on an Apple computer. Leo says he can, and there's two ways to do this. One is to use Apple's BootCamp. Installing under BootCamp would allow Tad to choose which OS to run when he boots the computer. The other option is running Windows in virtualization. If Tad has a dedicated program that he needs to run on Windows, he can run Windows virtually through Virtual Box, which is free from Oracle.

Can I run Windows on a Mac?

Episode 1071

Janice from Tehachapi, CA

Janice is a teacher and she spent her own money to upgrade some hardware in the classroom. Leo says he honors that kind of commitment. Janice wants to know if she could use Windows on her MacBook Air. Leo says absolutely, but she'll have to buy a separate version of Windows. There are two ways to do it: 1) run Windows natively using Boot Camp. She can run both OS's and select which one she wants when she boots up. 2) Run Windows virtually, within OS X.

What's a good computer for a student?

Episode 1044

Andy from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Andy has a 13 year old son, and it seems like every year he has to upgrade the computer for him. Should he just get a new computer, like an iMac that can run Windows virtually? Leo says that an iMac running Parallels is a great option, but Andy should keep the computer in a place where he can see what his son is doing. Boot Camp is a good option for running Windows natively on it.

Should I use Bootcamp or Parallels for dual booting Windows on my Mac?

Episode 895

Andy from Montana

He can use both. It really depends on how much hard drive space he wants to dedicate to Windows. Bootcamp will take the hard drive and divide it into two partitions -- one will run Mac OS X, and the other will run Windows. When he starts up, he can choose whether it will be a Windows or Mac machine. When he boots into Windows, it is a full Windows computer and runs at full speed. All the memory and processing speed is devoted to Windows.

What's best for running Windows on the Mac: Parallels or BootCamp?

Episode 891

Chris from Fort Collins, CO

Chris wants to use his new Macbook Pro for both Mac OS X and Windows. Since he has plenty of hard drive space, Leo recommends using BootCamp. BootCamp turns the Mac into a "dual-boot" machine. On startup, he'll have a choice of whether it will be a Mac or Windows PC. When he runs Windows, it'll run at full speed just like a typical Windows laptop. The issue right now, which should be solved by the time he gets the laptop next month, is that he won't have drivers for the retina screen. Parallels has been updated to support the retina display, however.