Best of Both Worlds: Windows 7 on the Mac


Cooler King
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Note: This article is adapted from Windows 7 Secrets Chapter 2: Installing and Upgrading to Windows 7 --Paul
When Apple switched its desirable Macintosh computers from the aging Power PC architecture to Intel's PC-compatible x86 platform in 2006, the computing landscape was changed forever. No longer were PCs and Macs incompatible at a very low level. Indeed, Macs are now simply PCs running a different operating system. This fascinating change opened up the possibility of Mac users running Windows software natively on their machines, either in a dual-boot scenario or, perhaps, in a virtualized environment that would offer much better performance than the Power PC–based virtualized environments of the past.
These dreams quickly became reality. Apple created software called [COLOR=blue !important][COLOR=blue !important]Boot [COLOR=blue !important]Camp[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]

that now enables Mac users to dual-boot between Mac OS X (Leopard or higher) and Windows XP, Vista or 7. And enterprising tech pioneers such as VMware and Parallels have created seamless virtualization environments for Mac OS X that enable Mac users to run popular Windows applications alongside Mac-only software such as iLife.

Now consumers can choose a best-of-both-worlds solution that combines Apple's highly regarded (if expensive) hardware with the compatibility and software-library depth of Windows. Indeed, I've been using an Apple Macbook notebook running Windows 7 ever since Microsoft's latest operating system shipped in early beta form.

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