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Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac by Joe Kissell

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Virtual Machine Drivers

If you were to install Windows manually in a virtual machine (without using automated installation, discussed just ahead), you would initially notice a few annoyances. For example, your mouse pointer wouldn't move as you expect it to, options for video settings would be limited, and sound and network access might not work correctly. To solve these and many other problems, you need to install a set of drivers and other special software that enable Windows to work better in a virtual environment. Parallels Desktop's special set of drivers is called Parallels Tools, Fusion's is called VMware Tools, and VirtualBox has Guest Additions.

Ordinarily, Parallels and Fusion install these tools for you automatically. However, if that ...

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