virtualization

Is it true that Quickbooks and Excel don't work as well on Mac?

Episode 1114

Ooma from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ooma needs a new computer and she's heard that Quickbooks and Excel doesn't work well on Mac. Leo says that there is a Mac version of Excel, and there is an online version of Quickbooks, but it's better to use in Windows.

Will Windows 7 be supported for awhile? Leo says yes. Microsoft will support it until at least 2020 for extended support, but Microsoft will end mainstream support in January 2015. Security wise, they will support it through 2020. Leo also says this is why Microsoft is pushing Windows 8 hard. Windows 9 is next year, too. But Ooma has until 2020 to change OS.

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 OS X virtually in Windows?

Episode 1094

Ross from Ontario, CAN

Ross wants to know if it's possible to run Mac OS X in virtualization on Windows. Leo says no. Mac OS X is firmware dependent, and as such, it requires the Mac hardware to run. It's easier to run the other way by running Windows virtually from a Mac, though. Ross could build a "hackintosh," but Leo says it's illegal to do and Apple's updates break it on a consistent basis. So it's not really worth it.

How can I reinstall Windows without losing old programs?

Episod 1093

Robert from Los Angeles, CA

Robert wants to refresh his Windows PC without losing any programs that he doesn't have discs for anymore. Leo says he's going to lose them, and there's no way around it. There are some apps that claim to move software over, but they don't really work all that great. It's very hit or miss. He could install another version of Windows and have two OS installed, but that'll take up a ton of space. If he has a secondary drive, and installs on that, then that would probably be the best way short of tracking down the program itself.

Could I still get a Mac even though the University wants me to have Windows?

Episode 1003

Nick from Chicago, IL

Leo says that if he prefers Mac and the university wants him to use Windows, he can actually run Windows on his Mac. He can do this either by running Windows virtually, or by using BootCamp in OS X to create a dual boot setup. Leo also recommends checking with the school store to see if they offer a deal on Macs if he buys it there.