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Chapter 22. Cross-Platform Compatibility > Running Windows on Your Mac

Running Windows on Your Mac

When all else fails, you can run Windows itself on your Mac—provided you install an emulator. A PC emulator is a complex application that tricks Windows or x86-based Linux into thinking it is running on a real PC. A PC emulator is not a replacement for a real PC—it's not as fast or as compatible—but it does give you access to Windows programs on your Mac.

Emulation Products

Three emulators are available for Macs: Virtual PC, from Connectix ($99 to $329, depending on the operating system; www.connectix.com); Real PC, from FWB Software ($35.95; www.fwb.com); and Blue Label PowerEmulator, by Lismore Software Systems ($39.95; www.lismoresoft.com). FWB discontinued another, SoftWindows, in 2001.


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