Need to Run Windows on a Mac?

Ben Greiner -

Need to run Windows on a Mac? (No one really wants to! :) Maybe you need to run QuickBooks or test web designs in Windows. If so, then be sure to obtain the following:

  • An Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later with at least 4GB of RAM (2GB will work, but we don't recommend it).
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit - $140
    Do NOT purchase any of the Home editions as they have critical networking and backwards-compatibility features removed. Additionally we currently do not recommend the 64-bit version of Windows as a majority of business applications are still incompatible.
  • Parallels Desktop 7 Mac - $69 
    VMware Fusion is also an option, but we prefer Parallels. they are both good products so pick your favorite (use the same product throughout your office for a smoother workflow). With each version they tend to “leap-frog” each other.
  • Intuit Quickbooks Pro for Windows
    Or avoid Windows altogether by using the QB Mac version (but it's terrible so try to avoid it). There’s also a QB Online version to consider. 

Need help with installation? If you're a Pro Support customer we can install Windows on a Mac at the flat rate of $199 ($399 for priority installation). Windows applications (like QuickBooks) are additional, starting at $49 each. See our flat-rate page for details. Contact us before purchasing — we'll help ensure you get EXACTLY what works for your office.

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