How to Handle Switching Between Different Operating Systems

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If you’ve just made the move from Windows to another operating system, like macOS, Linux, or even Chrome OS, you may be wondering what the best way to successfully transition is. Over the years, it’s easy to build up a workflow that’s dependent on certain pieces of software. As Macs become more popular, you can see companies are getting better at making their software cross-platform compatible. If this isn’t the case and you can’t find an alternative, though, here are your options.

 

Installing Boot Camp

 

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Since Apple switched from PowerPC-based processors to Intel x86 processors, it’s easier than ever to install and run Windows on your Mac thanks to a utility called the Boot Camp Assistant. This allows users to install a 64-bit version of Windows 8 or later by partitioning their existing hard drive. This allow you to, in effect, have access to the best of both worlds. Switching between these partitions is as simple as holding down the Option key during startup. If you’re running low on hard drive space, you can also run Boot Camp from an external hard drive too.

 

Virtualisation Software

 

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While Bootcamp is a useful feature for Mac users migrating from the Windows world, it isn’t the most convenient solution to keep switching between partitions on your hard drive. If you don’t need to access a program frequently, you may be better served running virtualisation software. This allows you to emulate a complete operating system as a guest, so it doesn’t interrupt the rest of your workflow. If this sounds like the best-case scenario for you, take a look at Parrallels Desktop 12, VMware Fusion 8, or even free and open-source projects like Wine.

 

Living in the Browser

 

Finally, another reason switching to different operating systems is becoming less problematic is because so much of what we do know is via the web. Browsers are getting much more capable every year, so much so that many people find themselves able to do their work on Chromebooks, which lacks a traditional operating system in favour of a browser interface. Both Microsoft and Google now have fully capable office suites available in the cloud which can then sync your data through their respective cloud storage services. Apps like Pixlr Editor and WeVideo will even allow you edit your photos and video without having to leave the browser.