GWKB2019 : Can I use Window-Eyes on my Mac?

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Marc Solomon
Date Added: 10/24/2012
Last Modified: 10/24/2012

Starting in 2006, Apple began using Intel based processors and chipsets in their Macintosh computer systems and now all Apple computers including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro are built using Intel’s computer architecture.  Apple's change in computer architecture now permits users to run Windows operating systems and Windows applic­ations on Mac computers. It is important to point out that GW Micro does not officially support Window-Eyes running on a Mac. With that being said, many people are successfully using Window-Eyes on a Mac and GW Micro wanted to share the helpful information we have compiled regarding this popular topic. There are currently three viable options that allow you to use Windows and thus Window-Eyes on the Mac: BootCamp, VMFusion and Parallels.

GW Micro has received feedback indicating that people are using all three of these options with various levels of success. The most popular virtual machine solution option has been VMFusion followed by Parallels. Bootcamp on the other hand allows you to boot directly into Windows instead of running Windows from the Mac OS in a virtual environment.

So, you need to decide which of these options would be best based on your individual needs. If cost is an issue, the only one of the options that is free is Bootcamp. Parallels is more expensive than VMFusion but both are available for under $100. If you are looking for simplicity and the easiest solution to implement, Parallels might be a good option since it is closely integrated with the Mac OS once installed. With that being said, GW Micro has received reports that VMFusion offers better performance and is easier to configure when compared to Parallels.

For more information about BootCamp, VMFusion and Parallels, please use the following links:

Mac 101: Using Windows on your Mac via BootCamp

VMFusion Product Overview (30-day free trial available)

Parallels Product Overview (14-day free trial available)

It is worth mentioning that Apple keyboards differ from PC keyboards. Therefore, it may be helpful to re-map the Apple keyboard to more closely emulate a PC keyboard so you have access to all of the keys you would normally use on a PC (e.g. Alt, Insert, Numeric keypad, Home, End). One popular and free keyboard re-mapping utility that has been used to complete this task is SharpKeys. You can find more information about SharpKeys by visiting: http://www.randyrants.com/2011/12/sharpkeys_35.html.