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Mac OS X Hacks by Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway

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Running Windows on and from a Mac

If you just can’t do without running a piece of Windows software, there are a couple of options open to you: remote control and virtual PC emulation.

Sharing files between the Mac and the PC is good, but not enough for me. It would be better to be able to run my favorite PC applications on the Mac. While running a Windows application directly on the Mac is not technically possible, there are a couple of ways that come close to that. The first is to pump out the display of a PC to the Mac. Microsoft provides the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/DOWNLOAD/MISC/RDC.asp) for that purpose (see Figure 6-15). The second way (discussed in the next section of this hack) is to run a software emulator that emulates the Windows operating system.

Remote Desktop Connection application

Figure 6-15. Remote Desktop Connection application

The RDC allows you to hook up your Mac to the network and control your Windows system remotely. To test-drive RDC, I downloaded it and used it to connect to my Windows 2000 Advanced Server. To use RDC, you need to run Terminal Services on the Windows machine before the remote desktop software can connect to it.

In the RDC connection window (see Figure 6-16), you can specify the login information, screen size, key mappings, and so on. You can use the IP address, fully qualified machine name, or netBIOS name to connect to the Windows machine. ...

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