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Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac by Joe Kissell

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Chapter 6. Understand Virtualization Concepts

The other way to make your Intel-based Mac run Windows is to install virtualization software. You'll get slightly slower performance and possibly lose access to some hardware devices that you can use in Boot Camp, but in exchange you get the convenience of running Windows and Mac OS X at the same time. Switching between them is as easy as switching applications, because that's exactly what you're doing!

While working with Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, or VirtualBox, you'll encounter a number of terms and concepts that may be unfamiliar. To help you get your bearings, here's an overview.

Virtual Machines

Each operating system you install requires its own virtual machine (see Virtualization Software ...

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