The best way to understand how to run Windows on your Mac is Joe Kissell’s [i]Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Fourth Edition[/i]. This 178-page e-book helps you determine the best installation option for your needs, how install Windows easily, and keep Windows secure, properly backed up, and working optimally.
It covers Windows 7, Vista, and XP, and it gives procedures for working with the latest versions of virtualization programs VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop, and VirtualBox, along with Apple’s dual-boot solution, Boot Camp. Kissell provides instructions for installing the software and for installing Windows, and he goes further by explaining how to make peripherals — mice, keyboards, and printers — behave properly, how to share files between the Mac and Windows environments, and how to integrate the Mac and Windows interfaces.
Kissell also looks at software that makes it possible to run Windows programs on a Mac without installing Windows itself, and he explains methods of acquiring Windows, a topic made confusing by Microsoft’s many licensing options and activation mechanism. Get it for $10 at www.oreilly.com/catalog/9781615420483
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.