New Laptop

.NET…The runtime framework from hell. That reminds me of another reason I rejoice that my days of developing on Windows are over.

You’re right, migrating a windows PC to new hardware is very painful. MS Office is often only licensed to the original PC so you have to buy a new copy. Contrast that to the new iPhone I’ve just bought where you sit it next to the old phone and all the data, apps and settings are automatically migrated via Bluetooth or iCloud.
Simples!

No, I don’t think that’s correct for MS Office. It was installed and keyed to a specific PC’s hardware, but you did not need to buy it new for a new Windows machine. Microsoft had a procedure for migrating the license to new hardware. I did that numerous times when I used Windows. It was somewhat an aggravation but that was the way it was done. Maybe things changed.

Isn’t Office now more of a subscription-based sales model now?

Reading all this isn’t making me happy as I have to replace my surface pro that’s starting to fail. I have no option other than a PC as the estimating program I use is a windows only program. Setting everything up and transferring everything across to a new laptop just scares me.

you could just run a virtual machine on your mac for the estimating software. We have MACs at work that run some Windows specific software that way. Bootcamp that is built into the mAC OS can do though you’ll need a licences copy of the Windows Operating system too…

Yep MS Office is a Sub now…

I’ll look into that and see how difficult it is I still have to run Outlook but I know I can run Outlook for Mac which mightn’t be a problem. Thanks.

With Apple going to the arm64 architecture (M1, M2, etc) virtualizing Windows is no longer an option, officially. Until Microsoft is willing to license an arm64 version of Windows that’s a bit of a challenge. BootCamp doesn’t exist for the new Macs. Only the older Intel-based Macs have it.

I want to run Windows for a music cataloging software program that abandoned the Mac, so I have been thinking about turning my old Intel-based Mac Mini into a Windows machine using BootCamp (which is not an option with my M1 Max MacBook Pro).

I didn’t realise that - all our macs at work must be pretty old now then… cheers

Does that mean I couldn’t run the Windows only program on a Mac (3 years old).

To virtualize Windows x64 you need a Mac that runs on the Intel architecture. For the past few years Apple has been migrating all the Macs from Intel x64 to their own arm64 (i.e. M1 and M2) processors.

At best, you could emulate Windows x64 on arm64, but that would be very slow. A host machine (i.e the Mac) virtualizes using its native architecture (i.e arm64) so anything it hosts (another OS like Linux or Windows) has to run on the same processor architecture. An arm64 version of Windows exists (for mobile devices), but Microsoft has yet to adapt and license it for use in virtual machines on desktop/laptop/server computers.

I have virtualized Windows on Macs in the past, but they all ran on Intel processor architecture.

If your Mac is three years old it is likely still a Intel-based mac and, if so, you can virtualize Windows on it successfully.

What Mac do you have?

It’s a 3GHz 6- Intel Core i5

So it should be ok.

Yes, you’ll need virtualization software like Parallels Desktop, VmwAre Fusion or VirtualBox and a Windows license for it.

I was just reading that Parallels v18 will let you purchase and download the arm64 Windows directly on the new M1/M2 Macs. I might need to investigate further.

I use to run Parrallels awhile back and tbh struggled. Might have to do some research, thanks anyway.

When I ran a Windows vitual machine I always preferred VMWare Fusion over Parallels. Now I would personally look into VirtualBox. It’s free.

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