If you need to run Windows inside OS X, you have three options: VirtualBox, VMware, and Parallels. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses, and different use cases where one’s better than another. Let’s break down when each is best and for what.
Mac: Parallels, the popular Mac software that allows you to run Windows in a virtual environment on your Mac, has released an update that brings in support for Windows 10.
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Virtual machines are great for running another operating system on top of your desktop, like testing out Windows 8 or running OS X inside Windows. They can be notoriously slow, though, and using a fixed size disk can help you speed things up.
Whether you can't live without that one Windows app or you just want to try out a new Linux distro, virtualization is a great way to go. Our favorite virtualization app for Linux is the free, powerful VirtualBox.
Windows users have a few choices when it comes to virtualizing another OS, but our personal favorite is VirtualBox, for its solid feature set and $0 price tag.
Mac OS X only offers a few virtualization apps, but the competition is strong. We've chosen Parallels as our favorite thanks to its excellent performance, ease of use, and fantastic Mac-specific feature set.
Dear Lifehacker, After seeing some of the interesting new features in Windows 8, I want to give it a try by running the developer preview in a virtual machine with a program like VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, or Parallels Desktop. Do you have any suggestions for which to use and how to install Windows 8 preview in a…
Mac/iOS: The next version of virtualization software Parallels, which lets you run Windows software on your Mac, is coming September 6, but current users can upgrade now to get support for Lion features like full screen viewing, simultaneous webcams usage, and more.
Ever needed to test something out but didn't want to use your own machine? JPC-2 solves that problem by giving you a virtual machine in your browser that's capable of running Windows XP (with or without Office), Ubuntu 6, and Ubuntu 8.
/:16 If running Windows on your Mac isn't cutting it for you and you need access through your iOS device, the makers of virtual machine software Parallels have released Parallels Mobile for the iPhone, iPod touch, and (most appropriately) iPad.
Windows: The built-in virtual machine system in Windows 7 is bare bones. If all you need is to launch XP-mode to run an occasional application, not an issue. XP-More makes managing, creating, and copying virtual machines easier.
Love OS X but have that one stubborn app you can only run on Windows? With the right tools and setup, you can run individual Windows apps seamlessly on your Mac desktop, as though they were always meant to be there.
Whether you've switched to OS X but still occasionally need Windows, you want to play Windows-only games, or whatever, Mac users have several strong options for running Windows. Gizmodo breaks down how to choose the right tool for the job.
Windows 7 only: If you've been itching to use the new XP Mode feature in Windows 7, but you aren't too keen on using Virtual PC or just prefer VirtualBox, here's how to use XP Mode in VirtualBox.
Windows 7's XP Mode feature seamlessly runs your older applications in a virtualized Windows XP behind the scenes, but if you're using the Home edition, you're out of luck. Here's how to create your own XP Mode for any version.
Whether you want to run XP mode on your Windows 7 machine and you can't for lack of a chip that supports virtualization, or you just don't want to use Microsoft's virtualization software, you can run XP mode sans virtualization.
If you're aching to try out Chrome OS after taking a glimpse earlier today, friendly power user Mark Renouf has compiled a VMware image of Chrome OS for testing out in your virtual machine environment.
Mac OS X only: If you're looking to run Windows on your Mac, you've got a few options. If you want to run Windows 7 on your Mac, complete with Aero, Flip 3D, and 64-bit support, try the new VMware Fusion.