How to Use Windows on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who needs to use Windows software? Don’t worry, you can easily run Windows on your Mac with the help of some tools and techniques. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to use Windows on your Mac computer.

Step 1: Choose a Virtualization Software

If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you will need a virtualization software. There are several options available, but two popular choices are Parallels Desktop and VMware Fusion. These software allow you to create a virtual machine on your Mac, where you can install and run Windows.

Step 2: Install the Virtualization Software

Once you have chosen a virtualization software, download and install it on your Mac. Follow the installation instructions provided by the software vendor. After the installation is complete, launch the virtualization software.

Step 3: Get a Windows ISO or Installation Media

To install Windows on your Mac, you will need a copy of the Windows operating system. If you already have a Windows ISO file or installation media (DVD or USB), skip this step. Otherwise, you can purchase a copy of Windows from Microsoft’s official website.

Step 4: Create a New Virtual Machine

In the virtualization software, click on the “New” button to create a new virtual machine. Give it a name and select the appropriate settings for your virtual machine. Choose the amount of RAM, CPU cores, and disk space that you want to allocate to your virtual machine.


  • Allocate enough resources: Make sure to allocate enough resources to your virtual machine to ensure smooth performance.
  • Enable hardware acceleration: Check if your Mac supports hardware acceleration and enable it if possible. This will improve the performance of your virtual machine.

Step 5: Install Windows on the Virtual Machine

Mount the Windows ISO file or insert the installation media into your Mac. In the virtualization software, select the option to install Windows. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows on your virtual machine.


  • Product key: You will be prompted to enter a product key during the installation process. Make sure you have a valid product key for your version of Windows.
  • Choose the correct edition: Select the edition of Windows that you have a license for (e.g., Windows 10 Home or Pro).

Step 6: Configure Windows Settings

After the installation is complete, you can configure various settings in your virtual machine’s Windows environment. Install necessary drivers, update Windows, and customize settings according to your preferences.

Step 7: Accessing Your Virtual Machine

To access your virtual machine running Windows, simply launch the virtualization software and start your virtual machine. You can switch between macOS and Windows seamlessly by using keyboard shortcuts or by running them side by side in separate windows.

Congratulations! You can now use Windows on your Mac computer using virtualization software. Enjoy running all those essential Windows applications without having to switch computers!

If you ever want to remove or delete the virtual machine, refer to the documentation provided by your chosen virtualization software for detailed instructions.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in guiding you through the process of using Windows on your Mac. Happy virtualizing!

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