Does running Windows on a Mac cause problems?
We often get asked ‘Does running windows on a mac cause problems?’ No, it does not as long as you have plenty of resources like storage space & memory.
Many people want to run windows on a mac computer, but they don’t know if it will cause problems. It is common for people to have both a Windows computer and a Mac computer because each has its benefits that the other does not. The majority of software that an individual would use is available for either windows or macs.
Why use Windows on a Mac?
Some programs are only available for one type of operating system, so those who use those specific types of programs may have to dedicate one computer as their primary computer based on what program they need to run. While some people can handle switching between different operating systems, others would rather just stick with what they know best. The person needs to decide which option works best for them personally before starting the process of installing Windows onto a Mac.
Macs and windows are both types of computers that allow an individual to run different software on them. However, they each have their pros and cons, so some people require the use of one over the other depending on what they need to do on a computer. There is also some debate as to if it’s possible for someone to successfully run Windows on a Mac without any problems occurring while doing so. Some people claim that this process will cause severe problems that can’t be overcome. On the other hand, others claim that running Windows onto a Mac does not cause any issues at all.
There are many reasons why someone would consider switching from using either Mac or Windows-based computers instead of choosing to install windows onto their Mac machines in order to make use of both the Windows and mac ecosystems at the same time. There are many reasons why someone would consider switching from using either mac or windows based computers instead of choosing to install windows onto their Mac machines in order to make use of both the windows and mac ecosystems at the same time.
How to run Windows on a Mac?
Running Windows on a Mac can be done either through Bootcamp, which will partition your hard drive to allow you to run both operating systems simultaneously, or by using virtualization software like Parallels desktop or Vmware fusion. These software will actually create an entirely new hard drive within your computer, allowing you to choose which operating system you want before booting up your computer; however, this process runs much slower than Bootcamp. Both methods work well though, so it’s just a matter of personal choice.
The reason people want to run windows on a mac is so they can have access to the wide range of software that only runs on windows, while still being able to seamlessly switch between the two operating systems because you never know when you might need something specific for each system. We have an article that lists ways to install Windows on a Mac.
Downsides of running Windows on Mac
However, there are a few downsides associated with this process.
Hard to go back and forth
Sometimes it can be hard to go back and forth between Windows and Mac if your programs don’t work well together; okay fine, whenever anything doesn’t work well with anything else under any circumstance ever then that’s actually technically considered an issue (see: every single time google docs has slightly changed their layout slightly), but you get what we’re saying.
Another problem is that of hardware incompatibility. Most notably, perhaps, is the fact that running windows on mac makes you lose one of the main perks of having a mac in the first place–the battery life. Oh sure, you’ll be able to run your mac into the ground with your ultra-efficient windows on top, but then when it gets down to about 10%, where do you go from there? Not very far without finding some sort of adapter or installing Linux (or macOS if you’re pretty hardcore).
Pros and Cons of running windows on a mac
Granted, there are the obvious benefits of having windows. You get all of that sweet, sweet compatibility with your home pc and you can play all those games and use all those applications you might otherwise be unable to (unless they’re made by Microsoft).
And there’s also the benefit of, maybe, being able to run some Windows programs on a mac. A lot of people say this is worth it for them–not necessarily because they think they need their windows programs on their mac, but because it makes them feel more complete as a person. Like if their home DVD remote doesn’t work on their DVD player anymore. These are the same sorts who would replace parts in their car just so it matched its former glory.
The other side of the argument revolves around integration. Apple is all about how your devices just work together, and you can’t expect that if you’re running a different operating system than what apple gave you. This means that the only way to truly make your computer yours, according to the apple mindset, is to run mac os x exclusively on it (of course this ignores problems like incompatibility with older hardware). If you want maximum compatibility and ease of use between your gadgets, then running windows may not be right for you (at least for now—there’s always Bootcamp).
If you would like to install Windows on a Mac, get in touch with one of our Apple repair technicians.