So you recently migrated from a Windows machine to your new Mac.
And like most of us, you are hopefully loving the new environment. But wait! You suddenly realize that a critical application that you need to utilize only works on Microsoft Windows. And after doing some searching, you come to the grim conclusion that there isn’t anything available for Mac.
Well take a deep breath my friend and don’t freak out, because ChurchIT has got you covered.
Now the Macintosh comes equipped with a piece of functionality called Dual-Booting, which allows you to then load Windows onto a separate part of your hard drive known as a hard drive partition.
You then must restart the Mac laptop or desktop machine and then choose to boot into either the Mac OSX or the Windows 7/XP operating system. But if you are like me, you end up using both the Windows and Mac OSes quite a bit during your day to day operations.
And shutting down your machine whenever you need to switch between the two is not only a huge drag, but a severe waste of your precious time.
Enter in a lovely piece of technology called virtualization. With virtualization, you can run Windows on top of the Mac operating system. In essence, it truly is like having a whole other “virtual” PC running right at your finger tips.
No restarting or shutting down, no bouncing back and forth, everything is seamless and easy.
But if you are like most churches, you don’t want to have to throw another $79-99 dollars at the problem. So you sit and wonder “Man, I wish there was some free software to do this” and low and behold my friend there totally is.
I give you Virtual Box! Or rather Oracle gives you Virtual Box. In any case, Virtual Box is a beautiful piece of Open Source Software (OSS) and it runs well too.
Here are the step by step instructions that should have you rolling in no time. If you don’t understand what is going on below, forward the article to your tech guy or gal. I am sure they would appreciate having a tutorial to help them out.
- Virtual Box 3.1.8 or 3.2.0 (Download Here)
- Mac OSX 10.6
- Licensed Windows 7/Xp .iso or disc
1. Download the installation .dmg for the Mac
2. Install the Virtual Box application into your application folder
3. Run the Virtual Box Application
4. Track down a licensed copy of Windows XP/7, either a disc or an .iso. Click on “new” button
5. The Wizard will start and so go ahead and click “next”
6. Choose a name for your virtual PC installation
7. The memory defaults to 512mb but I set mine to 1024mb. Please note that I have 4GB of physical RAM on my machine, so you may have to do something different.
8. Leave the default settings for the creation of the virtual hard disk.
9. Click “Next”
10. Leave the default settings for the dynamic scaling of the virtual hard disk
11. The initial size for the hard disk is 20GB. You can set it to whatever you’d like as long as you have the physical space available!
12. Click “Finish” for the creation of the virtual disk.
13. Click “Finish” for the creation of the Virtual Machine.
14. Click the icon to turn the “power” on, using your Virtual Machine.
15. It will begin the operating system wizard, so click “Next”.
16. Click the “Add” button.
17. In my case I selected the Windows 7 .iso, but you can also install from the CD/DVD.
18. Click “Next” once you have selected your media.
19. The Windows install screen will soon appear. Install Windows just like you would on a regular PC.
And that’s that!
Hopefully this gets you up and running with minimal effort. If you have comments or questions, feel free to ask below. I am sure the community will be able to help anyone who needs it.