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Macintosh Users

Macintosh Users:

Our products are not natively compatible with Apple Macintosh computers. If you have a Macintosh computer, you can run Windows and Windows applications, but you need to purchase and install additional software. We do not sell emulation software but have provided some useful links below.

The specific software depends on what kind of Mac you have.

Intel-based Macintoshes
Because newer Macintoshes use Intel processors, they can run Windows and Windows applications as quickly as PCs. Several different approaches are available for running Windows on Intel Macs.
 
The first, taken by Apple's Boot Camp, is to dual-boot between OS X and Windows. This approach provides the most compatibility with Windows software and peripherals, but it does not allow you to run Windows and Mac OS X applications at the same time. Boot Camp is included with your new Macintosh (in the Utilities folder) and will help you to install Windows. If you can't find it, you can Download Boot Camp from the Apple websiteYou must have a copy of Windows to use this option - purchased separately.
 
A second method is to run Windows in a virtual machine within OS X. Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion use this method, and although they don't support as much Windows functionality as a dual-boot configuration, they allow you to run Mac and Windows applications concurrently. You must have a copy of Windows to use either of these options - purchased separately.

PowerPC-based Macintoshes
To run Windows and Windows programs on a Macintosh with a PowerPC chip, you must install hardware emulation software. Hardware emulation works by mimicking hardware within an application. When you run a PC program in the emulation environment, the software intercepts commands and translates them into code your computer understands. Nevertheless, if you use PC software only occasionally, or if you are not bothered by slow performance, hardware emulation software may be an acceptable option for you. These hardware emulation software products are currently available:
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