Running Windows on Mac helps marketers use tricks that require different virtual machine MAC addresses. Currently, there are Parallels and VMware are 2 excellent support software for this. In this article, Lucid Gen will provide documents and instructions for installing Parallels and VMware on Mac OS (Macbook) to run Windows on Mac in a simple and easy-to-understand way for you.
What software should you use?
- Paralles: if you just need a virtual machine running Windows. Paralles I think are very smooth.
- VMware: if you need to clone multiple virtual machines to save space. But less smooth.
Instructions to run Windows on Mac OS
Steps to run Windows on Mac OS:
Step 1: Disable Gatekeeper and SIP on your Mac first. Otherwise, you will not be able to install any externally downloaded software.
Step 2: Download the full document that Lucid Gen provides and extract.
Step 3: Install the software, activate the key and use it according to the instructions of Lucid Gen.
run Windows on Mac using Parallels
You unzip and open the Parallels installation file. Double-click the Install icon on the left to start the installation. The device will ask you if you want to open the downloaded application from outside, click Open.
When Parallels asks if you want to update to the latest version, you turn it off, don’t update. Because updating to it may not be compatible with old MacOS or is not free to use.
Select No, use current (no, use current version). Then you fill in your machine’s login information to allow Parallels to be installed.
We do not use Boot Camp, and please click Skip.
You choose Install Windows or another OS from a DVS or image file. To install Windows that we have downloaded above.
You select Image File, then select the downloaded Windows file, then click Continue.
If you have the key, check the box to enter the key; if you don’t have it, click Continue to install Windows for free.
What is your purpose for running Windows on Mac OS? Parallels will try to optimize the smooth system in that direction. Make your selection and then click Continue.
At this point, leave the default, click Create to create a Windows virtual machine.
Parallels will boot into Windows boot. It’s too familiar here.
It would be best if you chose Windows without the letter “N”. For example, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home.
Wait for Windows to install itself, and you will have a virtual machine running Windows in a window on your Mac.
Pass trial for M1
For Mac M1, you download the file Pass trial M1 above > Open the file and drag the Windows icon to the Applications folder. Since then, you only use this application to open Windows, and even if Parallels has expired, you can still use it.
Fix Network initialization failed of Parallel 16 on BigSur (If available)
Parallel 16 version on BigSur is getting Network initialization failed error. Please do the following to handle it.
Step 1: Exit Parallels. Go to Finder, press Command Shift G, and paste the link below to get the file network.desktop.xml
Step 2: Open the file network.desktop.xml and find the line as below and change the number -1 (maybe 1) to 0, and save it.
If you can’t save this file, then copy it to another place to fix it, then drag it over and overwrite the old file.
run Windows on Mac OS using VMware
Open the VMware installation file, and you will see a disk window like this. Drag the icon to install VMware into the Applications folder as shown below.
Then open the Applications folder, and you will see that a VMware installation file just dropped in. Click to open that file.
A VMware Fusion window will appear; double-click the center to launch the VMware installer.
There are persistent permissions requests due to VMware being an externally loaded application. You OK, the permission is over.
Go to activating the VMware key and open the remaining file in the extracted folder to get the key. You select I have a license key for VMware Fusion and then click Continue.
You continue to choose the VMware version and choose the Professional version to be full of features.
Then you give VMware permission and click OK, Done to go to the next step.
After that, continuous windows ask for access to appear; click the OK button and open System Preferences.
The Security & Privacy window appears. You click on the lock image below, enter the machine login password and click unlock, then turn on the checkmark for VMware, and you‘re done.
When choosing the VMware installation method (Select the Installation Method), choose to default to Install from disc or image and click Continue.
Next, drag and drop the Windows file you downloaded into VMware’s installer and then click Continue.
Select the version of Windows 10 you want. For example, if you choose Windows 10 Pro, the rest of the information is unnecessary because we need to run Windows on Mac to use it quickly.
Click Continue Without Key always; Windows without a key can still use it, but that’s okay.
In the memory integration section (Integration), you have 2 options to consider as follows:
- More Seamless: Windows run on Mac can access your folders on Mac. Convenient for file sharing between macOS and Windows. If you often need macOS files, choose this one.
- More Isolated: Windows run on Mac will only interfere with its own folders, not the Mac’s folders. Very standalone, but you can share macOS files over by dragging and dropping macOS messages onto the Windows run screen.
You review VMware’s windows run on Mac configuration information and click Finish to complete.
Then, you wait about 5 minutes for VMware to start installing Windows in the virtual machine. Here is our final result. A virtual machine that runs the Windows operating system right on Mac’s desktop.
To clone the number of virtual machines, right-click on some of the installed virtual machines (Windows 10) and choose one of these two options:
- Create Full Clone: Is to clone another virtual machine completely independent of the original virtual machine. The same memory consumption as the original virtual machine. Smoother to use.
- Create Linked Clone: Is to clone another virtual machine but use the resources of the original virtual machine, saving more space for each clone. But sometimes annoying because they have to re-sync some resources to the original virtual machine. Less smooth operation.
Note: creating multiple versions of Create Full Clone will take up a lot of memory on your device. You should only create 1-2 such copies.
Each virtual machine has its own MAC address, which is the advantage of a virtual machine running Windows on Mac. The downside of virtual machines, in general, is that it’s slow and laggy. So if you want to use real Windows to make it even smoother, please refer to the article on installing Windows 10 for Mac.