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Running Rumen8 on a Mac

Rumen8 is a Microsoft Windows application so cannot run natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. However, there are a number of ways to get round this listed below from most to least expensive.


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If you have an older Mac with an Intel CPU



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Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac with an Intel CPU. This option is not free as you need to purchase a copy of Parallels Desktop, but there is a free two week trial period to see if this option suits you.
It does allow you to switch quickly back and forth between the Mac and Windows operating systems so is a very flexible setup.


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VMware Fusion also allows you to run Windows in a virtual machine on a Mac with an Intel CPU. However, it may be a much less expensive option as VMware Fusion Player 12 is now free for personal use. You will still need a copy of Windows 10. In the same manner as Parallels, you can switch quickly between the Mac and Windows operating systems so it is also very flexible setup.


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VirtualBox is a free open source virtual machine for the Mac that will enable you to run Windows at the same time as MacOS on an Intel based computer. While not as fast as Fusion or Parallels and missing some of the more advanced features, it costs nothing and is suitable for Rumen8. It still requires a copy of Windows.
Step by step instructions on how to install Windows 10 in Virtualbox on a Mac are available here.


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Apple's Bootcamp software also requires a licensed copy of Windows. You choose whether to boot into MacOS or Windows when you start your computer. Bootcamp comes with all Intel based Macs and is easy to setup, just look in the Utilities folder to start. Bootcamp setups are not as flexible as virtual machines as you only have access to one operating system at a time, but because Windows is not virtualised it runs at full speed.


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Microsoft Windows 10 is available free as an ISO image suitable for installing in a virtual machine from Microsoft from this website. You can install Windows without providing a Product ID and run it for 30 days without activation. At this point it will still be usable with some minor functions disabled and nag you about activation occasionally, but will still be able to run Rumen8.


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If you have a newer Mac with an Apple Silicon CPU


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Parallels Desktop for Mac allows you to run Windows 11 for ARM in a virtual machine on an Apple Silicon Mac. This option is not free as you need to purchase Parallels but is very simple to set up so is recommended for most users. A free two week trial is available to see if this option suits you.
Setup is extremely simple with Parallels Desktop automatically downloading and installing Windows 11. You can then switch quickly back and forth between the Mac and Windows operating systems so is a very flexible setup.
Rumen8 is not native to the ARM architecture so must be run in an emulator provided by Windows 11. This means it will not run as quickly as on an Intel Mac.


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UTM allows you to run Windows 11 for arm on an Apple Silicon Mac. It is free but requires more technical knowledge to get working so is not recommended for most users. It will also require a Microsoft account to download a testing version of the Windows 11 for ARM virtual disk file. You can find instructions to get started here.
Once setup is complete you can then switch quickly back and forth between the Mac and Windows operating systems so is a very flexible setup.
Rumen8 is not native to the ARM architecture so must be run in an emulator provided by Windows 11. This means it will not run as quickly as on an Intel Mac.


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Microsoft Windows 11 for ARM is available free as it is currently being tested. You can install Windows without providing a Product ID and run it for 30 days without activation. At this point it will still be usable with some minor functions disabled and nag you about activation occasionally, but will still be able to run Rumen8.