On a Mac

NCSS and PASS on a Mac

Here we look at some options for running PASS and NCSS statistical software for Mac users.

Can NCSS or PASS Software be run on a Mac?

Though NCSS and PASS software were not designed for Mac, they can be run by installing the Windows operating system on your Mac computer. Macs built after 2005 use the same microprocessors as Windows computers, and therefore can also run the Windows operating system.

How do I get Windows on my Mac?

At least three options are available for installing the Windows operating system on a Mac. Each of these options also requires that you have a Windows license available for installation.

Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion

Both of these products allow the user to run Windows and Mac OS X applications side-by-side. The listed price for Parallels Desktop is $79.99, and the listed price for VMWare Fusion is $79.99. For each of these products, a license to Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10) is also required. NCSS makes no specific recommendation as to which of these products is better. With Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion and a Windows license, any Windows application (not just NCSS or PASS) can be run on your Mac.

Apple Boot Camp

Apple Boot Camp differs from Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion in that Windows and OS X are not run side-by-side, but instead gives the option of booting up the Mac using either Windows or OS X. Boot Camp is a built-in utility in all new Macs. There is no additional cost for Apple Boot Camp, but you must have a Windows license. As with Parallels Desktop and VMWare Fusion, any Windows application (not just NCSS or PASS) can be run on your Mac.


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