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Running Windows on Your Mac 1st Edition
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The book, "Running Windows on your Mac," is a perfect resource for these people, especially those who like or need significant hand holding, in setting up their Macintosh machines to run multiple operating systems. The author, Dwight Silverman, is an experienced technical writer who clearly explains how to install and run Windows on the Macintosh. He also provides a primer in Part 1 of the book for Windows users on how to run Mac OS X; Part 2 is a primer on running Windows for Mac users. Although a variety of flavors of Microsoft's Windows can run on the Mac, the author focuses nearly exclusively on Windows Vista with a nod or two to Windows XP.
Mr. Silverman writes casually and assumes the reader is an average computer user who is willing to upgrade his or her computer skills but would like some patient guidance. Geeks and power users will be disappointed in the presentation and the book is unlikely to be of much use to them.Read more ›
Dwight Silverman's book from Peachpit press ($35), which doesn't cover Virtual Box but does a great job showing you the tradeoffs and settings for the other three solutions. He goes into lots of details for new Mac 10.5 users, which is very helpful. He also does a better job about describing how to run Vista as the secondary OS.
Joe Kissell's Take Control book ($10 eBook download, paper $22), which includes the free open-source Virtual Box. He goes into more details about how to protect your Windows sessions from exploits (some of which are briefly mentioned in Dwight's book), and more details on the various Boot Camp options.
Both have step-by-step installation and lots of tweaking tips to get the most out of your mixed mode Mac. Some things that I learned include:
Fusion supports dual-core CPUs and has less load, making it more attractive for processing-intensive Windows apps
Neither Parallels or Fusion support Firewire connections, and not all USB ones either.
Parallels comes with a free install of Kaspersky Anti-virus and has a nifty P2V utility to make virtual copies of running Windows configurations
Boot Camp is better for Windows gamers, since it isn't running in a VM session
Both books are excellent resources, written by people who have experimented with the products and know what they are talking about, and filled with copious screen shots and practical advice.
Despite this, it was useful for an initial introduction to using the mac and windows. If you are like me, something to get you off the ground is useful, and the low price makes it a worthwhile purchase.
What I was hoping to find was detailed help on how to run a virtual Windows system on the Macintosh. I discovered this book has more coverage (76 pages) on Parallels than on VMware Fusion (32 pages). The book then has about 90 pages on Macintosh basics for Windows users, followed by about 30 pages on using Windows for Macintosh users. Overall, the book provides more basic information on the use of Windows and Macintosh than on virtualization.
The book has only the slightest hints about more advanced features in Parallels and Fusion. The book seemed to think that snapshots, using Fusion with Boot Camp, and the VMware Importer were advanced. The book had only the slightest hint that it was possible to use USB devices connected to the Macintosh on virtual machines, and nothing on actually accomplishing the task, nor on the complications that might be expected with different USB devices. The about the same amount of coverage (a sentence) was devoted to sharing CD and DVD drives between the Mac and the virtual world. As for sharing documents, and recommended means for using data on both the Mac and Windows, there was a sentence on "Shared Folders".
Maybe the next edition of the book will actually about on running Windows on a Macintosh, and not about running Windows, and not about running Macintosh.
On the other hand, this book is an adequate introduction for a novice, expecially one that knows little of Macintosh OS X or of Microsoft Windows.