My recent computer builds have all been Hackintosh builds, but I still use Windows quite a bit on them for gaming and other Windows-only applications. I’ve found it to be quite annoying having to reboot the computer to switch the OS just for a simple task. That issue seems to now be a thing of the past after reading an article on LifeHacker today.

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By using Parallels and following these simple instructions, you will be able to load Windows from within OS X.

  1. Install Parallels and start it up. From the main screen, choose “Use Windows from Boot Camp.”
  2. Check the “I want to continue” box and click Continue. Parallels will import your Boot Camp partition, which may take a few minutes.
  3. When it’s done, click the “My Boot Camp” button to run your Windows installation inside Parallels.

From here, you can run Windows in its own Window or use “Coherence Mode,” which allows you to run Windows programs as if they were standalone apps on your Mac desktop. Easy, huh?

I haven’t tried this out myself yet, but am planning to give it a go tonight when I get home from work. It almost sounds too good to be true, but I am looking forward to testing it out. I will report back with my results soon.

UPDATE: I have installed Parallels Desktop and it is working flawlessly. Windows 8 runs surprisingly well. All of the integration features are pretty sweet too, they let you share not only files and folders but also applications. You can run Windows apps under OS X as if it were a native Mac app, which is very handy.

Windows 8 in Parallels