Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac
Book Review

Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac
by Joe Kissell


PDF format, 104 pages, free 24-page sample available
Publication date: May 26, 2006
Price: $10, with $10-off coupon for Parallels Desktop

My work requires me to use a software application for accessing critical job-related information. The software is PC-only, and the vendor has gone on record saying that it will never produce a Macintosh version. I know many other Macintosh users are in the same boat as I am: you don’t want to buy a PC just to run one or two PC applications, but you need to run these apps for work.

The introduction of Intel-powered Macintoshes has vastly improved the number of options for Mac users needing to live in the PC universe. The days of having to run the oh-so-slow Virtual PC are over. Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, and Q have changed the landscape completely. But there are plenty of obstacles to navigate when installing Windows compatibility software on your new Intel Macintosh, regardless of which flavor you choose.

Joe Kissell’s new ebook, Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac is the best book so far for the average Mac user who wants to jump into the world of running PC applications. He covers the pros and cons of Apple’s Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop, and the Q emulator.

Once you’ve made the choice of which pool to jump into, Kissell’s tips help you from ending up over your head in the deep end. He walks you through installing and configuring each one, and provides a boatload of good tips.

I’ve been fooling with running PC applications on my Macs since 1987, when I began running command line PC applications on my PowerBook 100 with Insignia’s SoftPC. While I’ve picked up a few things along the way, I wish I’d had this ebook to read the first time I had to set up and install Apple’s Boot Camp. I’d have saved plenty of time and confusion as I did not know the ins and outs of the two different MS-DOS disk formats; FAT 32 and NTFS.

Each of the three methods, Boot Camp, Parallels, and Q has their own idiosyncrasies, and Kissell coves them all. Follow his instructions and advice, and you’ll be up and running in the least possible time (slow Windows installation time notwithstanding).

As you’d expect, Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac is written in the wonderfully readable Take Control of… Style, and it takes full advantage of hyperlinks to help you jump from one topic to the next.

Wrapping it up at the end of the ebook is a coupon from $10 off the cost of the Parallels Desktop software, as well as a $5 off coupon on your next Smalldog.com web order.

Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac is highly recommended if you have any intention of running Boot Camp, Parallels Desktop or Q on your Intel powered Macintosh.

MyMac.com rating 5 out of 5


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