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Many of us Mac users, are fans of Microsoft Windows. We have grown accustomed to the brilliant programs which are available for Windows. The more important thing, is that Mac machines do not have as many apps as our Windows counterparts have.
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When it comes to performance, battery life and OS updates though, it is the other way around and macOS wins hands down. But that’s not what we are discussing today. It is the functionality and the popularity of Windows programs, which is the topic here. Granted, many of us have to rely on Windows programs at the workplace, college, and also entertainment purposes. What if you don’t have a Windows computer? How do you use the Windows programs then?
It’s easy, you can use a simple software, to run Windows apps like they were native to macOS. And our recommendation, is to use Parallels desktop for Mac. You can even use it to access Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office etc, from your Mac.
Why use a virtual machine when you can use Boot Camp? That is an excellent question. The answer to that, is actually quite simple, multi-tasking. More specifically cross-platform multi-tasking. You cannot do this in Boot Camp, because you are booted in to Windows on a Mac, and have to reboot back to macOS to use Mac specific apps and features. It doesn’t make sense to emulate a macOS virtual machine on a Mac, or you are going to miss out on the optimizations which Apple has made specific to your hardware.
With Parallels Desktop, you can run Windows and use macOS apps and switch to Windows programs at the same time, with ease. Using the two operating systems at once, without having to reboot to the other is fantastic. Come to think of it, Parallels Desktop has an apt name, wouldn’t you agree?
So, how do you install Windows in Parallels Desktop. It’s quite simple, all you need to do is install the app on your Mac, and then use a Windows ISO or disc and install the operating system in it. You can use Parallels Desktop to install any version of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. And that’s not the end of the list, you can even install Linux and Unix distros.
Alternatively you can configure Parallels Desktop to boot an existing installation of Windows from Boot Camp, but it has some disadvantages, so we recommend using the app to import the Windows installation, or to migrate from an existing Windows PC, and use it without any issues. The Parallels Wizard lets you do any of these with ease.
Now, how do you run Windows within macOS using Parallels Desktop?
You don’t have to boot something manually to get it started, all you need to do, is run an installed Windows program and et voila, you have a Windows software running on macOS. And it’s not in a separate virtual environment, it is open in your macOS just like Apple Safari, FaceTime and other apps. Or you can start up Windows by opening Parallels Desktop, selecting the Control Center, and then clicking on the Power Button below the Windows listing.
Installing Windows programs couldn’t be more simpler. Just run the installer file, like you would on a Windows PC, and you are good to go.
How does this seamless running of Windows programs in work?
This is done using a special mode, called Coherence mode. You can enable this option by clicking the Coherence icon, which is available in the top left corner of the window, or use the keyboard combo Control + Command + C, or simply select the option which says View > Enter Coherence. You can use Windows in full screen mode too.
Parallels Desktop is optimized for macOS Sierra, and comes with one-click optimization tools, which lets you choose which setting an app has to use to run efficiently. In fac each VM in the software, can support 8GB of VRAM and 4 VCPUs. This means you can run even the most demanding software like Adobe Photoshop or even play Windows games on your Mac, in full speed.
The app supports easy drag & drop files between Mac and Windows, and similarly you can copy and paste files to and fro between the two operating systems. You can use Parallels Desktop to use USB devices, Retina Display in Window, and even use Apple’s Force Touch, Thunderbolt port, Firewire port, USB-C and USB 3.0 ports as well.
Parallels Desktop also supports macOS software features such as Power Nap, Mission Control, Spaces, Launchpad, Mac OS parental control, Finder Tabs, etc in your Windows VM’s programs. This includes full support for gestures. You can even launch Windows applications, directly from the dock. It has a built in video downloader option, for downloading videos from services like Vimeo, and Facebook.
Parallels Desktop has settings which can keep your Mac awake, hide other desktop files, a do not disturb option, and a switch to full screen option when Windows starts. The app has some cool performance tweaks such as a Travel mode for long battery life, so you don’t have to look for a power socket right away, while working.
Want to use Apple Time Machine for Snapshots? Parallels Desktop supports that as well. The unique way in which it blends the best features of macOS in Windows, is truly a remarkable experience.
As a bonus for buying Parallels Desktop, you will get 500GB of incremental online backup powered by Acronis, for free, for 1 year. Parallels Desktop lets you buy Windows 10 directly from Microsoft, from within the app, if you don’t have a license for the OS.
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