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I need to install Windows 8 on my Macbook. So i am hoping to install VM Ware and then install Windows 8 on top of it.

I need to know if i need to install VMWare player or VMWare Fusion ? I am using this for non-commercial use so i require a free version.

Note: VMWare fusion is a licensed version, and i don't want to use it.

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VMWare Player is only avaiable for Windows and Linux, not OS X. To install Windows 8 on your Mac, you will need to purchase VMware Fusion.

From http://www.vmware.com/products/player/overview.html:

VMware Player is the easiest way to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your PC.

You do have a couple of free options:

  • Virtualbox is a free program that will allow you to install Windows 8 alongside OS X in the same way that VMWare Fusion works (you can run both OSs concurrently)
  • Apple's own Boot Camp software will allow you to install Windows in a separate partition. The downside to this is you have to reboot your computer to switch between OSs, but the upside is that you can run more graphically-intense programs (i.e. games) at native speeds.
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Correction: VMWare is NOT a Windows-only application. It also supports Linux. –  xuhdev Jul 4 at 8:24
    
Nice, has it always supported Linux or is that fairly recent? Updated my answer to reflect that, thanks! –  Scottie Jul 4 at 9:23
    
According to my experience, it has the same functionality as the Windows version. –  xuhdev Jul 4 at 18:32
    
At least it was available since version 2.0. –  xuhdev Jul 4 at 20:21
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