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Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac by Joe Kissell

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Chapter 3. Decide How to Run Windows

Broadly speaking, you can use either of two approaches to run Windows on an Intel Mac: dual-boot (using Apple's Boot Camp software) or virtualization (using third-party software such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion). You can also use both approaches on the same computer, and you can even do so with a single installation of Windows. Further, software called CrossOver Mac can enable you to run certain Windows applications without a copy of Windows itself (see CrossOver, p. 149).

In this section I discuss the differences between Boot Camp and virtualization software, and I describe the major virtualization options in detail.

Boot Camp

Apple's Boot Camp, included as part of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac ...

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