Using an Intel-based Mac means you can choose the best of both worlds—running Mac OS X or running Windows—but what's the optimal way way to go about it? Cross-platform expert Joe Kissell has distilled untold hours of testing into this ebook to help you understand the pros and cons of Apple's Boot Camp versus virtualization software and to give advice and step-by-step instructions for installing and using Windows 7, Vista, or XP in Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 6, VMware Fusion 3, and VirtualBox 4.
You'll also learn how to make Windows run smoothly on your Mac, with practical advice on how to integrate Windows windows with the Finder, share files between Windows and Mac OS X, run anti-malware software, print from Windows, and back up Windows data.
You'll find answers to questions like: • What are 13 things that you can do in Windows, but not on the Mac? • How can I get a copy of Windows that will work on a Mac? • How can I set things up so that Windows won't bog down my Mac’s backups? • How should I handle partitioning for my Windows installation? • How can I avoid or handle activation hassles? • What's the best way to right-click in Windows? • How do I make my Bluetooth devices work in Windows? • What is FAT32, and why might it matter to me? • What are the coolest new features in Parallels Desktop 6? • Is VirtualBox 4 a serious contender in the world of virtualization?
Table of Contents • Read Me First • Introduction • Running Windows Quick Start • Why Bother? • Decide How to Run Windows • Collect the Ingredients • Install and Use Boot Camp • Understand Virtualization Concepts • Install and Use Parallels Desktop • Install and Use VMware Fusion • Install and Use VirtualBox • Back Up Virtual Machine Data • Run Windows Applications without Windows • Solve Printing Problems • Create a Slipstream Installer Disc • Protect Your Windows Setup from Malware • Learn More • Appendix A: Windows on a PowerPC Mac
Read Me First Apple's Intel-based Macs offer several excellent options for running Windows alongside, or even instead of, Mac OS X. This guide covers Apple's dual-boot software, Boot Camp, as well as third-party virtualization software (such as Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion) and solutions for running Windows applications without Windows itself. This book was written by Joe Kissell, edited by Caroline Rose, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.