Originally Posted by Maren
Parallels will allow you to run windows on a mac with minimal headaches. You will still need a copy of the windows os. You might also be able to do it with Apple's Bootcamp, although I believe Apple is not still updating it. You will still need a copy of windows. There may also be a way of going through the Unix part MacOS by using Wine.
I don't think Parallels will run on a pre-intel Mac, but if anyone is using a newer Mac (Macbook), the newer VMware Fusion is cheaper than Parallels and MUCH easier to install and use -- Parallels drove me crazy. (Yeah, you still have to buy Windows -- occasionally a necessary "evil" for some proprietary business software
.) Bootcamp requires you to close down your Mac OS, but Fusion lets you run both at the same time. You can even drag stuff from Mac to Windows and vice versa -- excellent. (I don't think Bootcamp will run on the older Macs either, will it?)