How do I get Windows program run on Mac?


Hi, i am considering about getting a Mac Book Pro, but the compatibility on mac is extremely low. I know a system known as “winehq” and i feel that is a system for linux which enables window applications to run there. Is there any plan like that for Mac, or does wine also work on mac?


Answer by Glenn
The new Intel based chips in the new mac’s permit you to set up Windows on it too.

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Comments (4)

  • alex_leaf

    You need to install “Bootcamp” on your computer; then install Windows on it. You can download it here:

  • Colanth

    According to, you can install Wine on a Mac. (Don’t ask me – the last Mac I had ran 128MB of RAM.)

  • John D

    You can get Windows programs to run on the Intel-based Macs – i.e. nearly any Mac launched in the last four or five years – by installing Windows. There are two main ways to do this: using Bootcamp, which is free and is included in Apple’s OS X, but requires that your Mac is set up to dual boot, so that if you want to switch from OS X to Windows or vice versa you have to shut down your machine and restart; or using virtualisation software, such as Parallels Desktop, VMWare Fusion, or WINE, which allows you to run both Windows and OS X at the same time. Virtualisation involves running a piece of software in OS X that creates a virtual computer, in to which you install Windows. Parallels and VMWare are commercial, relatively inexpensive for software, and a highly rated. WINE is, I believe, free, but I don’t know much about it. As far as Windows is concerned, under virtualisation it “sees” a genuine PC. Windows access to services such as printers, your network, and devices like USB sticks are routed through the host Mac. Reports indicate that Windows under virtualisation runs almost as fast as you would expect it to run on a real PC with the same processor and memory.


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