VMware Fusion

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.

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.

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.

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.