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Apple computers come with an operating system called Mac OS X and only software written for Mac OS X will work with them.

However modern Apple computers use Intel processors which means that they can also run the Windows operating system. If you have Windows installed on your Apple computer then you can run Windows software.

AnswerThere are a few ways to run Windows programs on your Mac:

1. You can install Windows as a separate operating system on your Mac using BootCamp (see http://www.apple.com/macosx/compatibility/)

2. You can run Windows inside of Mac OS X using an emulator such as Parallels Desktop(http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/), VMWare Fusion(http://www.vmware.com/products/fusion/), or VirtualBox(http://www.virtualbox.org). VirtualBox is free to download and use, and the others offer free demos for download.

3. (Advanced) You can run Windows programs through using Wine, which can be installed for free on Mac OS X, but takes some time and computer savvy (see http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Installing and http://wiki.winehq.org/MacOSX/Building).

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