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  • [How To] Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X

    Want to be able to run Windows applications on Mac OS X without a virtual machine?

    Apple computer users have used virtual machines programs such as Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion to run Windows on their machines for ages now. Apple even implemented a feature called Bootcamp so that Mac users can install Windows on a second partition of their storage drive and boot up to it as a second operating system. But, what if you want to run Windows' .exe programs directly from your Mac operating system? This has been impossible until now. In the Mac App Store, you can download an application called WinOnX. This application doesn't require you to have any instance of Windows on your computer. Instead, you can download .exe (executable) applications to run directly from this program virtually. So in simpler words: you can run Windows applications on your Mac computer without Windows installed.

    Here's how:

    Download WinOnX from the Mac App Store. It will cost you $4.99. After downloading WinOnX, find a .exe program that you wish to run, for example, Mozilla Firefox for Windows and download it. Once it downloads, you can double-click it to run it like you could with any .app application on your Mac computer. WinOnX will run you through installing and using the Windows application like you would on Windows, only on your Mac instead. Running Firefox for Windows on your Mac will yield this look:



    This option will cost you some money, but it uses a lot less disk space for Mac users. If you have a solid state drive like me, you may select this option instead of dual booting in order to save storage drive space. Redmond Pie recommends that you just buy a new PC to install Windows programs on, because Mac is beautiful on its own.

    Name: WinOnX
    Price: $4.99
    Version: 1.0.1
    Developer: Hisham El-Emam NES Software
    Editor's Rating:  3/5

    Alternatively, you can try the free application: WineBottler.

    What do you think? Will you be trying WinOnX? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] Run Windows Applications On Mac OS X started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. Don Ju4n's Avatar
      Don Ju4n -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Will this Mac Vs. Pc madness ever stop?? Lol can't we all just get along??
      The thing is we CAN get along. Proof of it, is us Macs can run PC apps which we need through a simple application! I think the sour orange in the bunch are those PC users who know that PC is sh*t yet they refuse to buy a Mac because "they are too expensive and complicated"... I mean, in the 2 years that I've had a Mac I haven't had much trouble with it, but 2 years with a PC means 3 BSoD, plenty crashes, etc. Just sayin'
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
      I think it's funny how you take the time to read on an Apple forum just to troll Apple. Ironically enough, I have a Mac with nothing Windows related on it. And I know several PC people that take the time to build Hackintosh computers or use VMWare to run a hacked version of OS X.
      I think it's funny people like you get all butt hurt when you get called out on something. Needless to say, just because you don't use Windows or have it on your mac isn't really much of a defense, it simply just means that you're a SUPER SIMPLE PERSON who doesn't need anything advanced hence the reason you have a mac in the first place.
    1. ChSchuldiner's Avatar
      ChSchuldiner -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      I think it's funny people like you get all butt hurt when you get called out on something. Needless to say, just because you don't use Windows or have it on your mac isn't really much of a defense, it simply just means that you're a SUPER SIMPLE PERSON who doesn't need anything advanced hence the reason you have a mac in the first place.
      I think it's funny that anyone who disagrees with you in inferior to any aspect to which you are arguing about. PC fanboys fail.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Lol you guys need to relax. We all like our gadgets a specific way. To each is own.. I have love for both and don't hate on Mac or pc users. You all seem like pretty cool people to me.
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChSchuldiner View Post
      I think it's funny that anyone who disagrees with you in inferior to any aspect to which you are arguing about. PC fanboys fail.
      WHAT?? That didn't even make any sense! Anyone who "disagrees with you in inferior"?? I think you need to get a grammar book on your mac and learn something. Mac fanboys FTL

      Just for the record it's not about being a fanboy, I just call it like I see it. That's all the majority of mac users do is boast about how great their mac is yet on the flip side they always talk about needing to run windows on their mac so that they can do this and that. That's a FACT!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      That's a FACT!
      That's an opinion. Let's get back on topic and stop grumbling about fanboys please.
    1. geiman's Avatar
      geiman -
      And the writing here on ModMyi keeps getting worse and worse.......
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by geiman View Post
      And the writing here on ModMyi keeps getting worse and worse.......
      Hmm. Don't know why you went out of your way to post about something that doesn't matter. Yes true I just did the same thing but come on' really??
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Hmm. Don't know why you went out of your way to post about something that doesn't matter to me. Yes true I just did the same thing but come on' really??
      There, fixed it for ya.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie-Mac View Post
      There, fixed it for ya.
      Thanks. Seriously thank you. Thank you, thank you...