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Run Windows on Your Mac: VirtualBox vs VMware Fusion vs Parallels Run Windows on Your Mac: VirtualBox vs VMware Fusion vs Parallels

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.

Parallels 11 for Mac Adds Support for Windows 10 Parallels 11 for Mac Adds Support for Windows 10

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.

How to Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System How to Safely Test Software Without Messing Up Your System

The internet is full of sweet apps, but it's also packed with shady software. Before you install something awful, give yourself an infosec education. Here are the best tools to protect yourself out there when you're experimenting with new programs.

Tretflix is a Ready-To-Install Downloading PC Packed with Usenet Tools Tretflix is a Ready-To-Install Downloading PC Packed with Usenet Tools

Usenet is a great resource for lots of things, and we've talked about a number of great apps to use to get the most out of Usenet. Tretflix is a custom, ready-to-install operating system that wraps them all up into an easy-to-use package. All you do is provide the hardware.

Use Fixed Size Disks to Speed Up Your Virtual Machines Use Fixed Size Disks to Speed Up Your Virtual Machines

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.

The Best Virtualization App for Linux The Best Virtualization App for Linux

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.

The Best Virtualization App for Windows The Best Virtualization App for Windows

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.

The Best Virtualization App for Mac OS X The Best Virtualization App for Mac OS X

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.

How Do I Install Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine? How Do I Install Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine?

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…

Parallels Desktop 7 Gets Lion-Friendly Features, Updated iOS Support, and More Parallels Desktop 7 Gets Lion-Friendly Features, Updated iOS Support, and More

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.

JPC-2 Runs Windows XP and Ubuntu in Your Web Browser JPC-2 Runs Windows XP and Ubuntu in Your Web Browser

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.

Parallels Mobile Brings Windows to Your iOS Device Parallels Mobile Brings Windows to Your iOS Device

/: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.

XP-More Extends Windows 7's Virtual Machine Management XP-More Extends Windows 7's Virtual Machine Management

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.

How to Seamlessly Run That One Windows App You Need on a Mac How to Seamlessly Run That One Windows App You Need on a Mac

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.

Choose the Best Tool for Your Windows-on-Mac Needs Choose the Best Tool for Your Windows-on-Mac Needs

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.

Run XP Mode in VirtualBox Instead of Virtual PC Run XP Mode in VirtualBox Instead of Virtual PC

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.

Create Your Own XP Mode for Any Version of Windows Create Your Own XP Mode for Any Version of Windows

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.

Run XP Mode on Windows 7 Machines Without Hardware Virtualization Run XP Mode on Windows 7 Machines Without Hardware Virtualization

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.

Chrome OS Virtual Machine Build Ready for Your Testing Chrome OS Virtual Machine Build Ready for Your Testing

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.

VMware Fusion Updates with Excellent Windows 7 Support VMware Fusion Updates with Excellent Windows 7 Support

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.

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