Switching back and forth between different operating systems (OS) on the same computer can cause a lot of frustration over time. Especially if you’re familiar with the hassle of rebooting your PC to access the other OS, you already understand the frustration involved.
We’ll get into more detail about this issue below. For users looking to find an easy way to perform a MAC switch between windows without interruption, look no further. Let’s dive into how this can be done more quickly and effectively.
The reboot method can be deemed the ‘old way’ of performing a MAC switch between windows. It involves being attentive when the computer restarts to hold down the option key. Then, you’ll have to restart it again to click it when required.
This process can be time-consuming and frustrating. Previously, the other way (which we’ll get into below) was still not fully adequate for a long time. Users had no choice but to rely on pressing the option key on time to perform a MAC switch between Windows.
Here’s how the reboot process works this way:
With the old way, users were tied down to pressing the option when the computer was in the reboot process. But now with the ‘new way’, users can use ‘Boot Camp’. An in-built software utility created for the very purpose of switching between MAC and Windows.
We come across two scenarios here. In the first one, you’re using Apple hardware, and in the second, you’re using any other hardware that runs Windows. The process in both scenarios is different, and let’s see how to switch between operating systems in both cases.
The Boot Camp software, created in collaboration with Microsoft, is Apple’s solution to the problem of trying to time the option key. This method does not require pressing any keys on time, and it uses Boot Camp as the built-in software to perform a MAC switch between Windows while using any operating system.
On the other hand, Boot Camp has been around since 2006, its use-case has increased. It has extended support for different OS versions to run on Apple hardware in recent years. Boot Camp can be found in the Utilities folder within the application folder on your MacOS.
You can also use Boot Camp to set a default OS on your MAC hardware. Your default OS (i.e. macOS or Windows) will load when you start your computer. To set your default OS, follow the below-listed steps:
For Apple users, Boot Camp is a reliable utility that can solve the issue of switching back and forth between Windows and macOS. But, we can’t say the same for users with hardware other than Apple.
Apple’s strict policies make it hard for macOS to be used outside of Apple’s hardware. Technically, there are ways to install the Windows OS on a Mac. Methods such as using emulators, known as a Hackintosh, but they are not officially authorized by Apple.
Given that even using macOS on any other hardware is so difficult, the issue of a MAC switch between Windows is complicated, to say the least. This is why users that don’t have MAC hardware are usually confined to the reboot process.
If you’ve read this far, you might have a valid question running through your head. Even if I’m using Boot Camp, I still have to shut down and restart my computer. So how has the issue of “interruption” been resolved?
Well, it hasn’t. All of your programs have to be shut down, even with Boot Camp, and you still have to face the fact that you’ll have to open everything all over again. So, the question arises: is there no way to resolve the issue of “interruption”?
Virtualization is a process that makes your hardware irrelevant. You can skip the restart process altogether by using a “virtual desktop” run through a server. Virtualization services such as V2 Cloud allow you to use multiple virtual desktops as different workspaces. You can run one MacOS on one virtual desktop and Windows on another.
The virtualization process makes it possible to keep your data and workflow stored on a server as it is when you leave. You can switch back and forth without worrying about the interruption, and you’re not weighed down by the hardware you’re using.
For many users, services such as V2 Cloud make this cheaper. You can pick and choose specs to match your requirements.
Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about what V2 Cloud can do for you and how this process can assist you in resolving your issue.
You can also visit our blog to learn more about desktop virtualization.