Essential advice for running Windows on your Mac!

Take Control of
Running Windows on a Mac

Fifth Edition
Joe Kissell

Author Joe Kissell helps you determine which version of Windows to use and how to best run it for your needs. You’ll get steps for installing and using the latest versions of Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and Boot Camp. Includes a money-saving coupon for VMware Fusion!

This product has been discontinued.

This ebook describes how to run Windows on a Mac with 10.5 Leopard or 10.6 Snow Leopard, and is thus completely out of date, so we’ve removed it from sale.

You’ll find answers to questions like:

  • What are 13 things that you can do in Windows, but not on the Mac?
  • How can I get a copy of Windows that will work on a Mac?
  • How can I set things up so that Windows won’t bog down my Mac’s backups?
  • How should I handle partitioning for my Windows installation?
  • How can I avoid or handle activation hassles?
  • What’s the best way to right-click in Windows?
  • How do I make my Bluetooth devices work in Windows?
  • What is FAT32, and why might it matter to me?
  • What are the coolest new features in Parallels Desktop 6?
  • Is VirtualBox 4 a serious contender in the world of virtualization?

I really enjoyed "Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac." It was very informative, easy to read, and not too complicated. —Brian Henson

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.

What’s New in Version 5.0

This new edition is a major revision that incorporates the latest information about running Windows on a Mac as of February 2011. The most significant changes are:

  • Updated the descriptions of Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox to reflect their current versions
  • Refined and expanded Joe’s Recommendations for choosing a method of running Windows
  • Revised the instructions to Install and Use Boot Camp to reflect the latest information from Apple as well as to update them for accuracy with Windows 7
  • Thoroughly revamped my advice on how to Back Up a Boot Camp Volume and how to Back Up Virtual Machine Data based on the most recent edition of my book Take Control of Mac OS X Backups
  • Made major revisions to the Install and Use Parallels Desktop chapter to account for changes in Parallels Desktop version 6
  • Updated Install and Use VMware Fusion to cover version 3.1
  • Modified the discussion of how to Install and Use VirtualBox to be current with version 4.0

What Was New in Version 4.0

This new edition is a major revision that incorporates the latest infor- mation about running Windows on a Mac as of January 2010. The most significant changes are:

  • Added information about right-clicking and about using Apple’s new Magic Mouse (see Right-Clicking)
  • Updated information about running Boot Camp under Mac OS X 10.6 (see Boot Camp, and Install and Use Boot Camp)
  • Added a new discussion about OpenOSX Wintel
  • Significantly revised the discussion of how to choose a version of Windows to include Windows 7 (see Which Version of Windows?); also made numerous other changes related to Windows 7
  • Thoroughly overhauled Install and Use Parallels Desktop and other mentions of Parallels in the book to cover Parallels 5
  • Updated Install and Use VMware Fusion to cover Fusion 3, and appropriately modified other mentions of Fusion throughout the book
  • Updated the information about VirtualBox (see Install and Use VirtualBox) to cover the latest release
  • Added information about ReactOS

I bought the ebook, but where is the coupon?

The coupon is on the last page.

How up-to-date is this book?

The book was last updated in March 2011. It covers Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, along with Parallels Desktop 6 and VMware Fusion 3.

Will the ebook work with 10.4 Tiger? 10.5 Leopard? 10.6 Snow Leopard?

The ebook assumes that you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later, since that’s the minimum configuration that supports Boot Camp. Although much of the discussion in the ebook about virtualization software also applies to Tiger, only Snow Leopard and Leopard offer the full range of options for running Windows on a Mac.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Running Windows Quick Start
  • Why Bother?
  • Decide How to Run Windows
  • Collect the Ingredients
  • Install and Use Boot Camp
  • Understand Virtualization Concepts
  • Install and Use Parallels Desktop
  • Install and Use VMware Fusion
  • Install and Use VirtualBox
  • Back Up Virtual Machine Data
  • Run Windows Applications without Windows
  • Solve Printing Problems
  • Create a Slipstream Installer Disc
  • Protect Your Windows Setup from Malware
  • Learn More
  • Appendix A: Windows on a PowerPC Mac
  • 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.

    January 2012 -- For a long time, Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac was extremely popular, likely because many Mac users had important questions about how to best run Windows on their Macs. More recently, however, it seems that people who want to run Windows on their Macs have figured out what to do. And, the software needed to get Windows running has improved, so it's easier to set up and easier to understand how to configure it optimally. Thus, this ebook is no longer as essential as it once was. Although we might create a new edition at some future point, at this time, we've decided to focus our energy on other topics. Thanks to everyone who bought the ebook, and to those who sent us helpful comments about their experiences along the way!