Talk:Windows Emulators for Macintosh

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Virtual Machine vs Emulator

The title of this page is slightly misleading. A Windows emulator is a program that pretends to be Windows. But what are listed below are not. These are programs that allow a guest operating system to be hosted by emulating the hardware of an X86 PC. They are not clones of Windows itself, nor are Windows the only operating systems that can be run as guest. Most will also run many varieties of Linux. --Paulmd199 05:22, 24 May 2011 (UTC)


Wine: It may be possible, though not at all easy to make the keying tool in on a linux machine using wine. But there are a number of hurdles that need to be overcome. Including installation of the dotnet framework, and a few other Microsoft components, as well as a registry edit. I eventually gave up trying. --Paulmd199 06:30, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Multiple VMs

A number of these virtual machines programs ("hypervisors") can host several virtual machines at once. However, you are advised against running multiple hypervisors at once. Ie don't try running both VirtualBox and Parallels simultaneously, there may be incompatibilities leading to crashes. --Paulmd199 07:29, 24 May 2011 (UTC)


ReactOS is a project that aims to clone the functionality of Windows operating system by rewriting it from scratch, it really would qualify as a Windows emulator. It is in the Alpha stage of development, it cannot at present even install the dotnet framework without crashing, let alone run the keying tool. Don't go there. --Paulmd199 07:46, 24 May 2011 (UTC)