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How can I run old Windows programs on my Mac?

VMWare Software

Episode 1732

Sarafine from Studio City, CA

Sarafine has a MacBook Air and two old PCs with unique programs on them that she uses. How can she consolidate them? She doesn't have installation discs. Leo says that Virtualization could work and have Sarafine can then eliminate both those old PCs. VMWare or Parallels is what Leo recommends. It will then enable Sarafine to run Windows virtually and access the data from the Cloud or an external hard drive. That way she won't have to worry about those old PCs dying on her. She can create a drive image of the hard drives and then open that image within Virtual Machine. 

How can I upgrade to Windows 10 and still use older software from Windows 7?

Windows 10

Episode 1728

Roger from Newport Beach, CA

Roger wants to know why his audio recording software will stop working if he upgrades to Windows 10. Leo says it may work if you use Windows 7 in Virtual Machine, where it's in emulation inside of Windows 10. Leo recommends VMWare. It will preserve your installation as a single file and then use it on any computer. The only limitation may be the hardware interface or dongle you have to use with the software. The other option is to go dual boot, where your PC will give you the option to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 10 when you turn it on.

How can I print wirelessly with Linux?

CUPS

Episode 1684

Lee from Santa Claus, IN

Lee has a printer and he'd like to wirelessly print through the router with Linux. Can he do that? Leo says Modern printers use WiFi to connect directly to the printer, but some routers have a special windows program for a print server. But it may no support your printer. Leo says that there is a driver called CUPS that may be able to do it. Look by router brand and model in the CUPS database. If it's there, then you can use CUPS to do it. Another option is to use VMWare or maybe even WINE to use the Windows version.

Why can't I access USB in my Virtual Machine?

VirtualBox

Episode 1449

Steve from Upland, CA

Steve has a Windows 10 machine that he also runs Hyper-V Virtual Machine on, but he loses access to his USB ports in doing so. How can he access USB through Virtual Machine? Leo says it could be in the settings. VMWare has that access. He should look in the settings and see if he has to enable and assign it.

The chatroom says that Microsoft wants you to use Remote Desktop to pass it along. That seems counter-intuitive, but it may be that Microsoft didn't want to compete with VMWare.

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.

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.

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.