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Emulation software: VMware Fusion

As I wrote in the Switching chapter: there are also other ways to run Windows (or Linux, whatever) on your Mac.
These work with so-called "virtual systems". You install a special program on your Mac that makes Windows think it is running on a PC. This way you can also run older Windows versions. If you only need Windows every once in a while and rebooting is too time-consuming, emulation software is your cup of tea.

As an example I mentioned VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop. I'm now going to show you how this VMware Fusion works. This is free for home use.


VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion is free of charge. However, you do need to register. Only then can you download it and get a serial number.

Step 1: download VMware Fusion
Register first and get your serial number.

Step 2: ISO file Windows
Download an ISO file of the Windows 10 (64-bit) installer from the Microsoft site:



Step 3: Install VMware Fusion
The download will end up as a .dmg in your Downloads folder:



Double click on the .dmg and a virtual disk will appear on your Desktop:



Double click on the disk to open:



Double click on the logo to start the installation. You will now be asked if you are sure by MacOS security:



You will now be asked for an administrator password:



Now VMware Fusion can boot. A window will appear where you can choose how you want to install, migrate or import Windows / Linux / MacOS:



Step 4: Drag and drop the ISO into the VMware Fusion window







Now choose how you want to use the Virtual Machine. Fully integrated or not:


or:


Customize Settings
Now you should be able to configure the machine's hardware at 'Customize Settings'. However: this didn't work when I tried.
That's a shame, because 4 GigaByte working memory is very little. However, you can adjust it later.



Click on 'Finish' to save the VM:



Now the installation process will run. You may have to choose the CD / DVD as the boot medium:







Et voilá:



Pause the virtuele machine
Use the pause button to stop temporarily. The machine is paused, so NOT turned off:





A large play button appears. Click this if you want to restart the machine:





Settings
The virtual machine acts like a separate computer. Click on the wrench to view the hardware settings:





NOTE: These settings can only be changed when the virtual computer is completely switched off!

Turn off the virtual computer
The virtual PC works just like a physical one. So you turn it off as you would 'normally'.
Only now can you change the memory, hard disk size, etc., or stop the program. If you don't do this, things are guaranteed to go wrong!



Customize the virtual computer
To increase memory, for example.
Keep in mind the amount of RAM in your Mac. MacOS itself must also have some left over!



Hard drive size, same thing: remember your Mac:



More virtuele machines
Under the Window menu you will find 'Virtual Machine Library'.
Here you can see all the virtual machines:



You can view the machine that is on pause:



Delete virtual machines
This is also where you delete them. Right-click on the relevant machine and choose 'Delete':




MacOS as a virtuele machine
Do you want to run macOS under VMware Fusion? Which can. First create a boot USB stick.
Create USB boot stick.
Drag and drop this stick into the window where you would normally throw an ISO:




Note: MacMiep has not worked with Windows. She only uses VMware Fusion for taking screenshots. So she can't say how well VMware Fusion is doing in that area.



The next chapter is:
under the hood: UNIX

or, for ordinary people:
solving problems






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