Installing Windows and the dev tools on your Mac

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Purpose

Are you ready to start developing great Windows Store apps for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, but you don't have a PC handy? That's okay — you can use your Mac! Use popular third-party solutions like Apple Boot Camp, Oracle VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, and Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Visual Studio on your Mac. Or, if you have a PC handy, you can use Microsoft Remote Desktop (available as a free download from the App Store) to log into it from your Mac.

Note  If you plan to develop apps for Windows Phone, you must install a 64-bit (x64) version of Windows 8.1, otherwise, a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 is fine. Unfortunately, some older Macs cannot run 64-bit Windows. Please check with Apple to see if your hardware is compatible on this Apple support page.

Note  You will need a Windows 8.1 bootable image on disk or USB flash drive. If you are a MSDN Subscriber, you can download the image from this page on the Windows Dev Center. If you are not an MSDN Subscriber, an install disk can be purchased from reputable vendors including the Microsoft Store (from where it can also be downloaded).

In this section

TopicDescription

Using Boot Camp

Use Apple Boot Camp 5 to install Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

Using Parallels Desktop

Use Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

Using VirtualBox

Use Oracle VirtualBox to install Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

Using VMware Fusion

Use VMware Fusion to install Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013 on your Mac.

 

 

 

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