Macworld Masterclass: Windows on your Mac using VMware

How to get Windows on your Mac with VMware Fusion 4

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  • 0 Windows on Mac Intro
  • 1 DragDrop Install Step 1: First things first
  • 2 Ways to install Windows Step 2: Installing Windows
  • 3 Easy Install Step 3: Easy Install
  • 4 More Seamless Step 4: Integration
  • 5 PC Migration Agent Step 5: Migrating your PC
  • 6 Migration Assistant on Mac Step 6: Migrating your PC
  • 7 Boot Camp Step 7: Boot Camp
  • 8 Import Boot Camp Step 8: Boot Camp
  • 9 What happens next Step 9: What's next?
  • 10 Stay safe Step 10: Stay safe
  • 11 Settings Menu Step 11: Share data
  • 12 Mirrored Folders Step 12: Mirrored folders
  • 13 Default Applications Step 13: Default applications
  • 14 Network Setup Step 14: Network and printers
  • 15 Processors Step 15: Core values
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Intro

Whether you’d like to install a fresh copy of Windows on your Mac, migrate your entire PC to a Mac or run Windows from your existing Boot Camp installation, VMware Fusion 4 will help you get up and running in no time.

VMware Fusion 4 makes it easy to run your Windows and Mac applications side by side with incredible speed and reliability. This masterclass will give you an overview on how to install VMware Fusion, get Windows on your Mac and understand all the common settings of your virtual machine. The process is really straightforward and hassle-free – in no time at all you’ll be running Windows on your Mac. Here’s how to get started.

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Whether you’d like to install a fresh copy of Windows on your Mac, migrate your entire PC to a Mac or run Windows from your existing Boot Camp installation, VMware Fusion 4 will help you get up and running in no time.

VMware Fusion 4 makes it easy to run your Windows and Mac applications side by side with incredible speed and reliability. This masterclass will give you an overview on how to install VMware Fusion, get Windows on your Mac and understand all the common settings of your virtual machine. The process is really straightforward and hassle-free – in no time at all you’ll be running Windows on your Mac. Here’s how to get started.

 

Step 2 of 16: Step 1: First things first

Whether installing VMware Fusion 4 from an electronic copy, DVD or USB Key, it’s extremely easy. If you’re a new user, just drag and drop the VMware Fusion 4 icon to your Applications folder. If you are upgrading from a previous version, double-click on the large arrow to upgrade to VMware Fusion 4.

 

Step 3 of 16: Step 2: Installing Windows

There are three ways to do this. You can install it from a new copy of Windows. You can migrate your Windows PC, which will transfer all of its contents to your Mac, including Windows. Or, if you’ve installed Windows via Boot Camp, you can run Windows directly from Boot Camp without rebooting.

 

Step 4 of 16: Step 3: Easy Install

From the Virtual Machine Library, click Create New, select the Easy Install option and VMware Fusion 4 will take care of installing Windows for you. All you need to do is enter the username you’d like to use for your Windows account as well as a secure password and Microsoft Windows’ activation key.

 

Step 5 of 16: Step 4: Integration

When installing a new copy of Windows you’ll get to choose between two levels of integration. Choose More Seamless, and VMware Fusion will share your Mac’s documents and apps with Windows ensuring you get a seamless integration of the two. Choose More Isolated and Windows will be less integrated.

 

Step 6 of 16: Step 5: Migrating your PC

VMware Fusion 4 can transfer all of your Windows PC’s contents to your Mac including the operating system. First, install the VMware Fusion PC Migration Agent from the DVD (download it from www.vmware.com/go/pc2mac). Launch the migration agent and click through the steps to a four-digit passcode.

 

Step 7 of 16: Step 6: Migrating your PC

Connect your PC to your Mac using a standard network cable. On your Mac, click Migrate Existing PC in the Virtual Machine Library. You’ll need to enter the four-digit passcode shown on your PC, then Migration Assistant will transfer the entire PC to your Mac and convert it into a virtual machine.

 

Step 8 of 16: Step 7: Boot Camp

If you have Windows installed via Boot Camp, VMware Fusion 4 will show it in your Virtual Machine Library. To run Windows from your Boot Camp installation, click Play in your Virtual Machine Library and it will run Windows without rebooting from your installation. Have your Windows serial key handy.

 

Step 9 of 16: Step 8: Boot Camp

Running a virtual machine from your Boot Camp installation is easy, but it doesn’t take advantage of the features of VMware Fusion. To benefit from these features you can import your Boot Camp installation into a Virtual Machine. To do so, click Import in top-right corner of the Virtual Machine library.

 

Step 10 of 16: Step 9: What's next?

Now that Windows is installed on your Mac, VMware Fusion will install VMware Tools in your Windows Virtual Machine. This will ensure Windows is optimised for your Mac hardware and that you can use the iSight camera, your wireless keyboard, trackpad or mouse in your Windows environment.

 

Step 11 of 16: Step 10: Stay safe

New VMware Fusion 4 customers get a 12-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus to protect the Windows environment from malware. To install it, go to the Virtual Machine menu and select Install McAfee VirusScan Plus. McAfee will scan your Windows environment for viruses and keep you protected.

 

Step 12 of 16: Step 11: Share data

Share files between Mac and Windows using shared and mirrored folders. To enable these, go to the VMware Fusion Settings Menu and click Sharing. Slide the switch to Shared Folders ON. Click + and select a folder from your Mac that you’d like to share with your Windows Virtual Machine.

 

Step 13 of 16: Step 12: Mirrored folders

VMware Fusion 4 also allows you to mirror user folders between your Mac and Windows environments such as your Desktop, Documents, Music and Download folders so that they are always in sync. To do so, simply select the folders you would like to share with your Windows Virtual Machine.

 

Step 14 of 16: Step 13: Default applications

With VMware Fusion 4, you can open Mac files and web links using Windows applications and vice versa. So if you want to open all your web links using Internet Explorer or want to open all your photos using iPhoto, go to VMware Fusion Settings Menu and select Default Applications.

 

Step 15 of 16: Step 14: Network and printers

VMware Fusion can automatically share the Mac’s network and internet connection so you don’t need to set up Windows to connect. You don’t need to set up your printer for Windows either, VMware Fusion is able to use your Mac’s default printers to print from Windows without any extra tweaking.

 

Step 16 of 16: Step 15: Core values

The Processors & Memory settings are both automatically configured depending on the operating system and hardware. If you allocate too much memory or too many cores to your virtual machine, your Mac won’t have enough resources to run its applications and your Windows performance will suffer.

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