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Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac

Book Description

Find essential advice for running Windows on your Intel-based Mac!

Read this book to learn why you want to use a Mac to run Windows; understand the pros and cons of Apple's Boot Camp versus virtualization software; and find advice and step-by-step instructions for installing either Windows XP or Vista in Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop 3.0, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox.

You'll also get help with connecting third-party peripherals and printers, sharing files between operating systems, avoiding Windows malware, and backing up a Windows installation. Plus, the book looks briefly at running Windows software without installing Windows and at running Windows on PowerPC-based Macs.

Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How can I get a copy of Windows XP or Vista that will work on a Mac?

  • What can I expect and how can I avoid problems with Windows activation?

  • Should I run Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, or VirtualBox?

  • How can I best right-click in Boot Camp?

  • How can I make my Bluetooth device work with Boot Camp?

  • What are my options for sharing files between Windows and Mac OS X?

  • What is a smart way to back up my Windows installation?

  • How can I print from my Windows software?

  • What techniques can I use to avoid viruses and spyware in Windows?

  • How do I use one installation of Windows for Boot Camp and my virtualization software?

Includes a coupon worth $10 off Parallels Desktop!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Read Me First
    1. Basics
    2. What’s New in Version 2.6
    3. What Was New in Version 2.5
  3. Introduction
  4. Quick Start
  5. Why Bother?
  6. Decide How to Run Windows
    1. Boot Camp
    2. Virtualization Software
      1. Parallels Desktop
      2. VMware Fusion
      3. VirtualBox
    3. Joe’s Recommendations
  7. Collect the Ingredients
    1. An Intel Mac (Preferably)
    2. Disk Space
    3. RAM
    4. A Windows CD or DVD
  8. Install and Use Boot Camp
    1. Assemble Your Tools
    2. Prepare Your Mac
    3. Run Boot Camp Assistant
    4. Install Windows XP under Boot Camp
    5. Install Windows Vista under Boot Camp
    6. Install Boot Camp Drivers for Windows
    7. Upgrade from Boot Camp Beta
    8. Solve Input Device Problems
      1. Right-click with a one-button mouse
      2. Use Bluetooth input devices
      3. Use missing keys
        1. Delete
        2. Print Screen
    9. Switch between Mac OS X and Windows
    10. Share Files across Platforms
      1. Access Windows files from Mac OS X
      2. Access Mac OS X files from Windows
        1. Buy MacDrive
        2. Use an external drive
        3. Use optical media
        4. Use your iDisk
        5. Use a server
    11. Back Up a Boot Camp Volume
      1. Create archives from a FAT32 partition
      2. Create archives from an NTFS partition
      3. Create and restore duplicates of a FAT32 partition
      4. Create duplicates of an NTFS partition
    12. Get Rid of Your Windows Partition
  9. Understand Virtualization Concepts
    1. Virtual Machines
    2. Virtual Disks
    3. Using Boot Camp Volumes
    4. RAM Usage
    5. Networking Modes
    6. Virtual Machine Drivers
    7. Automated Installation
  10. Install and Use Parallels Desktop
    1. Install Parallels Desktop
    2. Install Windows under Parallels Desktop
      1. Mount a Boot Camp volume in Parallels
      2. Create a virtual machine from a Boot Camp volume in Parallels
    3. Work with Windows in a Parallels Virtual Machine
      1. Right-clicking
      2. Using the optical drive
      3. Adjusting screen resolution
      4. Working with windows and views
        1. Full Screen
        2. Coherence
      5. Shutting down, starting up, pausing, suspending, and resuming
      6. Compacting the virtual disk
      7. Using SmartSelect
        1. Open a Windows file in a Mac OS X application
        2. Open a Mac file in a Windows application
        3. Change the default application for a file type
        4. Open a Mac OS X application from within Windows
      8. Using Snapshots
      9. Using 3D Graphics
      10. Using Kaspersky Internet Security
    4. Share Files between Windows XP and Mac OS X in Parallels
    5. Upgrade to a New Version of Parallels Desktop
  11. Install and Use VMware Fusion
    1. Install Fusion
    2. Use a Boot Camp Partition in Fusion
    3. Create a Virtual Machine in Fusion
    4. Work with Windows in a VMware Fusion Virtual Machine
      1. Right-clicking
      2. Using the optical drive
      3. Adjusting screen resolution
      4. Working with windows and views
        1. Full Screen
        2. Unity
      5. Shutting down, starting up, pausing, suspending, and resuming
      6. Share Files between Windows XP and Mac OS X in Fusion
  12. Install and Use VirtualBox
    1. Install VirtualBox
    2. Set Up a New Virtual Machine in VirtualBox
    3. Install Windows in VirtualBox
    4. Install Guest Additions
    5. Work with Windows in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine
      1. Right-clicking
      2. Using the optical drive
      3. Adjusting screen resolution
      4. Working with windows and views
      5. Turning on extra features
      6. Shutting down, starting up, pausing, suspending, and resuming
    6. Share Files between Windows and Mac OS X in VirtualBox
  13. Back Up Virtual Machine Data
  14. Run Windows Applications without Windows
    1. Wine
    2. Darwine
    3. CrossOver
    4. Cider
  15. Solve Printing Problems
  16. Create a Slipstream Installer Disc
    1. Prepare Your Computer
    2. Run nLite
    3. Burn a Windows XP+SP2 CD
  17. Protect Your Windows Setup from Malware
    1. Apply Windows Updates
      1. Automatic Updates
      2. Microsoft Update
    2. Use a Firewall
    3. Install Anti-Virus Software
    4. Remove and Block Spyware and Adware
    5. Get a Better Browser
  18. Learn More
  19. A. Windows on a PowerPC Mac
  20. About This Book
    1. About the Author
    2. Author’s Acknowledgments
    3. Shameless Plugs
    4. About the Publisher
    5. Production Credits
  21. Featured Titles