May 18, 2022
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How to use Windows apps on a Mac

By on August 7, 2020 0

Apple’s macOS operating system is more than capable of performing most of the tasks Windows PCs can do. However, there are times when you need specific software that is only available on Windows. So what can you do? Unless you buy a brand new, separate Windows PC, there are actually more than one way to run Windows apps on a Mac.

Running Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp

In macOS, Apple actually includes a utility called Boot Camp. This allows Mac users to install Windows on their Mac computers and allow it to boot into Windows, essentially turning your Mac hardware into a PC running Windows. You will of course need a copy of Windows, and here’s how you can get started.

Download Windows 10 first

  1. Download the Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website
  2. Choose your language
  3. Select 64-bit download

Install Windows 10 using Boot Camp Assistant

  1. Launch Boot Camp Assistant
  2. Click Continue
  3. Under ISO Image, select the Windows 10 ISO file you just downloaded
  4. Boot Camp Assistant will then suggest how you can partition your drives, and you can drag it left or right if you want to give Windows more or less storage, depending on your needs.
  5. Click Install and wait for Boot Camp Assistant to download all the necessary software such as drivers and support files.
  6. Your Mac will restart after installation is complete.
  7. On restart, your Mac will now start Windows
  8. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the Windows installation process
  9. If you have a Windows 10 product key, enter it, otherwise click on “I don’t have a product key” at the bottom of the installation window
  10. Once you have completed the installation process and Windows 10 has launched, you will be greeted by the Boot Camp installer.
  11. Click Next and wait for Boot Camp to be installed and your Mac will then restart
  12. You should now have a fully functional version of Windows 10 running on your Mac

Switch between Windows and macOS

If you want to go back to macOS, you’ll need to shut down your Mac and restart in Windows.

  1. Click on the system tray
  2. Click on Boot Camp
  3. Select Restart in macOS

You can also switch from macOS to Windows, though that’s a bit tricky.

  1. Click the Apple icon in macOS
  2. Click on Restart
  3. Press and hold the Option key immediately after clicking Restart
  4. You will then have the option to boot into macOS or Windows, so select Windows if you want to use Windows.

Using Windows Applications

Once Windows 10 is up and running and installed on your Mac computer, you can go ahead and use it just like you would with a regular PC. You can download applications and use software specially designed for Windows. Therefore, if you are familiar with the Windows 10 operating system, it will be no different.

Run Windows on a Mac using Parallels

Unlike using Boot Camp which essentially installs a full version of Windows, Parallels is essentially virtualization software. This means that it is running an emulated version of Windows in macOS itself. The upside is that it makes it easy to switch between Windows and Mac, which is handy if you just need to access some Windows-exclusive software for a short time.

The download is that it can take more system resources as compared to running Windows by itself. This is because with virtualization you would essentially be running an operating system within an operating system, so unless you don’t mind a slight drop in performance or if you have a very powerful and capable Mac, Boot Camp could be the best option in terms of optimization and experience.

However, like we said, if you’d rather use virtualization and don’t want to have to reboot and fail over, read on.

Download Windows 10 first

  1. Download the Windows 10 ISO file from the Microsoft website
  2. Choose your language
  3. Select 64-bit download

Download Parallels for Mac

  1. Download the latest version of Parallels
  2. Follow the on-screen installation instructions
  3. If you have a Windows 10 product key, enter it, otherwise uncheck the box
  4. Select the main reason you would use Windows for
  5. Follow the Windows 10 installation instructions on the screen and wait for Windows 10 to install
  6. Once Windows 10 is installed, you should be pretty much ready to use it just like you would with a Windows computer.

If you’re having performance issues like a slight lag like we said, it’s because virtualization means you’re running two operating systems at the same time and it can take a toll on your Mac’s hardware. . For those with poorer Macs this might translate to a less than ideal experience, but admittedly it’s a lot easier and more convenient than having to restart between macOS and Windows 10.

There are benefits to using virtualization as well, as you can drag and drop files into folders, as well as launch Windows apps in the dock. For Mac computers with the Touch Bar, some Windows-specific features will also appear on the Touch Bar. There isn’t necessarily a right or wrong path to choose from, and it is entirely up to you and your own personal needs.

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