Get the Best of Both Worlds: How to Run Windows Apps on Your Mac
Summary: If you need to run a Windows app on your macOS system, you have several virtualization and emulation options. It won't be a seamless process, but we'll walk you through the right way to do it.
You've switched from a Windows machine to a Mac and you're probably delighted about the change—that is until you discover that there's no macOS You can download the latest version of Windows apps and games. However, all is not lost. There are many options for Windows apps running on Apple systems.
Windows You can run programs in that virtual environment. Another option is to install special software which runs certain Windows apps, but not all. Windows virtualization If you are looking for the fastest performance, this option will cost you more. If it is compatible with your Windows application, the emulation layer choice will work. You can guess that I prefer the Emulation layer option.
If you wish to use complex software like the Windows Excel version or high-end games, you will need to create a virtual Windows machine, also known as a Virtual Machine (VM This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c. This virtual system, which runs on a full version of Windows, can be run entirely within a macOS application. It behaves like a Windows virtual machine running on hardware that has a hard drive. This is because you have to keep a Windows operating system running in the background, in addition to any apps you use.
If you don't install these apps within Windows, they won't work on Mac. Microsoft Expression Web is my favourite WYSIWYG editor for fast-and-dirty HTML edits.
You will probably end up spending several hundred dollars if you combine these three costs.
Parallels Desktop $79.99 Standard Edition and $199 for VMware Fusion 12 Pro VMware Fusion VMware Fusion 12 Pro costs $199. Parallels Desktop can be used on an Apple Silicon-based Mac, such as the ones with an M1 Chip. Parallels Desktop is easier to use for beginners, and it's also faster. VMware Fusion can be used by any Mac or Windows user. You will still have to buy a Windows 10 Home license ($139 to download at the moment This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c and then enter that information when VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop prompts you.
Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will provide the best support for corporate users that require high-quality reliability. You can run Windows apps on a Windows desktop hidden mode. Although it's an interesting feature, you will likely notice that Windows apps run slower than Mac apps on the same desktop. Wine-based techniques are better for running specific apps. As I am the IT manager of these apps (as many others This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c, it is difficult to find support.
Parallels and VMware Fusion allow you to create virtual systems by copying an existing desktop over a network. You can use Intel-based Macos download the standard Windows ISO file from Microsoft Parallels and Fusion can be used to correctly install Windows from that computer. M1 Mac owners must sign up for the Windows Insider Preview Program and download the ARM version of Windows 10. Parallels only supports the ARM version. Parallels announced the support for Windows 11 on M1 Macs but only for the ARM edition.
Your virtual Windows system will treat it as a single file. You can either download the installer using a web browser or drag the folder or installer into your virtual Windows system from your Mac's USB drive.
VirtualBox won't work as fast or smoothly as commercial software, so you will need to buy a Windows license.
Boot Camp is still available, however Apple no longer supports it. Boot Camp is a huge inconvenience. You can't integrate macOS with your Windows partition. Boot Camp will not allow you to run two Mac apps at once or move files quickly between the systems. Boot Camp is not available for Apple Silicon Macs. Boot Camp is only compatible with Intel-compatible Windows versions.
Parallels cannot run them on Apple Silicon-based machines Windows 365 This service allows end-users to access the full cloud-based Windows version on almost any platform. This platform isn't intended for consumers and is not planned to continue Microsoft suspended the free trials due to high demand.
Wine, a long-established project allows you to run Windows apps without having to install Windows. The name Wine stands for “Wine Is Not an Emulator,” which is technically correct, but, if like me, you want to think of Wine as an emulator, no one will stop you.
However, it's technically accurate. Although you can manually set up Wine layers, it is not recommended as Wine can only run a small number of Windows applications.
It won't run with the latest apps from Microsoft, Corel, Adobe or Corel. It can be installed Steam You can install. You can expect to run older apps and games faster than when you use virtual Windows.
It costs $59.95 and comes with free updates for one year. CrossOver allows you to search the built-in database or browse a list compatible apps. CrossOver will either automatically download the app or provide a link. CrossOver will then create a wine bottle for your app by following a series of prompts.
CrossOver works beautifully. CrossOver is not a good choice. CrossOver's menus made it difficult to download Axialis IconWorkshop from CrossOver, which is the best Mac icon editor I have found. The Install button was still grayed-out, no matter how many times I tried. The Install button remained grayed out no matter what I tried.
CrossOver can't be copied to another app on a different machine. CrossOver's success rate is encouraging early success CrossOver has been successful in running Windows 11 applications.
If you are willing to work with Wineskin Winery, standalone containers can be created that will run Windows apps. These self-contained applications can be copied to another Mac, and then run them there. Wineskin Winery was created and maintained by Gcenx (a screenname that resembles doh123 This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c. Below is a step by step guide for getting a Windows app to work with Wineskin Winery.
It was created by a programmer who used the screen name doh123 and now maintained in part of the program Gcenx. Wineskin Winery allows me to access the app directly from a Mac. First, you need to download Wineskin Winery.
Scroll down to the “Manually installation” section (it's ungrammatical, but it works This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c and click the Download link. Your macOS setting may allow your computer to extract Wineskin Winery app automatically. To extract the file, open it. Next, move the app to the Applications folder.
The app will be told by your Mac to go to trash. Click the right-click on the app to open it.
Once the app is launched, you can click the Update button. Click the plus sign next to the New Engines available menu item. An engine with a complex name (WS11WineCX64Bit20.0.2 at the time of testing This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c will appear. Select the Download and install option. The available engines list may differ depending on the date you have read the guide.
Find the CX64Bit string at its end and click the Download and Install option. Next, click on Create New Blank Wrapper to enter the name of your app. In my case, I chose Axialis IconWorkshop. Once you click OK, a dialogue will open. You can ignore any message that states your app has been damaged or should be deleted. Enter the string "xattr-rc" into your Mac terminal to prevent macOS showing the warning once moreDrag your wrapper to the terminal using the Finder. Once you have resolved the issue, close Wineskin Winery.
You will get an error message when opening the app. Right-click the app and choose Show Package Contents. Double-click Wineskin app in the Finder window. Select Install Software and then Setup Executable to navigate to your installer. After downloading the Axialis example installer, I selected it from my Mac's downloads folder.
After completing a series of prompts, I let the installer do its thing. The installer finally launched IconWorkshop. The app was then closed using the File menu just like I would on Windows. The IconWorkshop Windows application and its installer, or, more precisely, all the files I required to use IconWorkshop, were stored in Wineskin's macOS-compatible Wineskin, within a drive_c directory.
Next, Wineskin displayed a Choose Executable menu, which defaulted at the Axialis Uninstaller. The drop-down menu with the arrow keys allowed me to select the right executable and click OK. The Axialis IconWorkshop application I had created was now ready for launch. The Axialis IconWorkshop app was now ready to launch.
Right-click the Wineskin app you have just created, in my case, Axialis iconWorkshop, and select Show Package Contents. This option only applies to macOS packages or apps; it will not be available for Windows applications within drive_c The Finder window will show several items within the package.
The Tools tab will show the Config utility. Each Wineskin app that you create will have its own folder structure and drive_c folder. Each Wineskin application you create must have its own folder structure with a drive_c folder.
You can change the default Wineskin icon in the Wineskin App's Configuration Tab. Windows experts can modify Windows' Wine registry using the Regedit button. Regedit took only a few minutes to make my Axialis application open any Mac icon that I had dropped onto it. For example, you can search the internet for instructions on how to modify the Registry method 4 on this page.
However, it is not necessary to set up Windows apps on your Mac. Your app should run smoothly once it's up and running. It will be almost impossible to use a Mac application on Windows. This is one of the best advantages of macOS. It can run any app that you need with some effort.