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Are there any freeware programs that can run windows programs on a mac without having to actually run windows?
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I think you are asking a lot

there is the Darwine project but that is incomplete
http://www.kronenberg.org/darwine/

or the cheap CrossOver

http://www.codeweavers.com/products/pricing/
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Free trial of Parallels for 30 days I believe....

O Emulator...
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20830/

If you want quality though, and simplicity, you may have to shell out a bit for Parallels or VMWare Fusion...best two by far.
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Are there any freeware programs that can run windows programs on a mac without having to actually run windows?
Nothing free is good forever. Try VMware Fusion trial version, but eventually you will have to pay for it.
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I think there are at least two such freeware programs - but since I already use Parallels and VM Fusion, I have not investigated further that much.
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Rambaud,

You use Parallels and Fusion at the same time? On the same computer? How do you do that, exactly? Does one program access a Boot Camp partition while the other does not? Just curious, because I want to demo Fusion, but I've already paid for and installed (and re-installed) Parallels.

I love it when it works, but when something goes wrong - as it has recently - their "support" is so incredibly pathetic that I think I'd have to uninstall and reinstall every time I ran into a problem. I've heard that Fusion's support is much better.

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Rambaud,

You use Parallels and Fusion at the same time? On the same computer? How do you do that, exactly? Does one program access a Boot Camp partition while the other does not? Just curious, because I want to demo Fusion, but I've already paid for and installed (and re-installed) Parallels.

I love it when it works, but when something goes wrong - as it has recently - their "support" is so incredibly pathetic that I think I'd have to uninstall and reinstall every time I ran into a problem. I've heard that Fusion's support is much better.

James
No, not at the same time - but both are installed on the same computer. I don't use Bootcamp.

However, last night I (rather rashly) decided to open them both at the same time. Bad idea!

Parallels was the first one opened, and that was OK. But Fusion did not open fully so I tried to close the VM down. It would not close, but froze in a Suspended State, and none of the other Fusion VM machines would open.

I tried Fusion again this morning, but the Suspended VM seems to be preventing any other VM from opening. Unless I can find a solution, I may have to re-install Fusion (should be easy), but my VM machines may be corrupted (not so good.)
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I am trying to run a program on cross over, and after trying to run the install cd it says unsupported application. can anyone here help me with this? I really have no idea what im doing. any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
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I've run Windows xp with Parallels for the last year; it's worked well. But two days ago I installed a xp update and now Parallels wont boot. Anyone got any answers?
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