Use Windows on your Mac effectively by taking advantage of the full power of VMware Fusion 2!

Take Control of
VMware Fusion 2

Joe Kissell

Thanks to VMware Fusion, you can now run Windows on your Intel-based Mac without slowdowns or trade-offs, and with the benefit of configuration snapshots, multiple installations, and the capability to mix Windows and Mac apps. Cross-platform expert Joe Kissell teaches you how best to install and use Windows in Fusion’s virtualization environment.

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Now that modern Macs use Intel processors, you can run Windows on your Mac without slowdowns or tradeoffs, and with the benefit of configuration snapshots, multiple installations, and the capability to mix Windows and Mac applications. In this book by cross-platform expert Joe Kissell, you’ll learn how best to install and use Windows in the virtualization environment created by VMware Fusion 2.

Fusion 3 user? Download Take Control of VMware Fusion 3 for free.

After introducing you to a few basic concepts, the ebook offers advice for mixing Fusion and Boot Camp, and notes the hardware and software you’ll need. Then you’ll find steps for installing Windows for use in Fusion in these scenarios:

  • When installing a new copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista
  • From an already-installed copy of Windows under Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 1.x, Parallels Desktop, Virtual PC, or an actual PC
  • From a slipstream disc that contains Windows plus service packs, updates, drivers, and settings
  • On the MacBook Air, which lacks an internal optical drive
  • With Mac OS X Leopard Server as a guest operating system
  • For running a virtual appliance that encapsulates both an operating system and a ready-to-run application

Next, you’ll learn how to work with Windows in a Fusion virtual machine, with key details like how to remap mouse buttons, simulate missing keys, set keyboard shortcuts, switch display modes, and work with external devices. Other topics covered include:

  • Pros and cons of different ways of using Boot Camp and Fusion
  • Configuring Fusion’s Settings window to get the most out of the software
  • Real-world advice for smart ways to make Windows and Mac environments simultaneously available on the same computer
  • Options for sharing files between your Windows and Mac environments
  • Keeping your copy of Windows secure, backed up, and updated
  • The basics of working with Fusion from the command line for advanced users

Thanks to the tech reviewers at VMware who gave readily of their time, helping us to create a richly detailed and useful ebook.

Special questions you’ll find answers to include these:

  • How do I keep my Windows installation in its own screen in Spaces?
  • What’s the best way to configure the Processors setting to give Windows multiple processors without hobbling my Mac?
  • Where do I find drivers for proprietary Apple hardware like the iSight, Apple Remote, and Bluetooth transceiver?
  • Which Boot Camp driver should I disable?
  • What are my options for right-clicking in Windows?
  • What should I do if Windows refuses to shut down or restart?
  • Help! My mouse pointer keeps disappearing when I’m running Windows in Fusion. What should I do?
  • How do I press the all-important Control-Alt-Delete key combo in Fusion?
  • How do I make the Windows Desktop disappear so my Windows apps appear to run like Mac apps?
  • How do I tell Windows which Web browser to open Web URLs in?
  • What’s a virtual appliance and how would I use one in Fusion?
  • What are common parameters for vmrun, the command-line utility that controls Fusion?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife, his two children, and his cat.

Do you have any ebooks that cover how to run Windows just in Boot Camp or with Parallels Desktop?

Yes, we do. See Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac. This ebook looks at the overall problem of wanting to successfully run Windows on an Intel-based Mac and it covers several common solutions.

Where is the coupon for 10% off on VMware Fusion 2?

After you buy the ebook and download it, you'll have a PDF on your computer. You'll find the coupon on the last page of the PDF.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Fusion Quick Start
  • Understand Fusion Basics
  • Install Fusion and Windows
  • Use Windows in a Virtual Machine
  • Configure Virtual Machine Settings
  • Protect Your Virtual Machine
  • Move to Fusion from Another Environment
  • Appendix A: Create a Slipstream Installer Disc
  • Appendix B: Fusion for Propellerheads
  • About This Book
  • Joe Kissell at MacWorld Expo on MacVoices TV

    Posted by Tonya Engst on June 21, 2012

    Wondering what author Joe Kissell is like in real life? Joe gave 11 presentations at Macworld Expo last month, so some of you surely met him in person then, but if you didn’t, or for whatever reason, you can see him now on MacVoicesTV. Chuck Joiner from MacVoices caught up with Joe at Macworld Expo. You can watch (or listen) to their conversation, and learn about the types of Windows users that Joe encountered at the Expo. You can also learn Joe’s age, and what hardware caught his eye at the Expo.

    October 2009 -- We have no plans to update this Fusion 2 edition, but Take Control of VMware Fusion 3 is available for free, thanks to sponsorship from VMware.