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The Best Way to Run Windows on a Mac

VMware Fusion® 7 is the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows® applications on a Mac® without rebooting. It is recommended for new and existing Mac users who want to continue running the Windows application they can't live without.

Easily Switch from a PC to a Mac

It's easy to transfer your entire PC to your Mac with the Fusion PC migration assistant for Windows so you can make the most of your Windows investment. Get the best of both worlds with Mac virtualization and have access to your Windows applications and all the files from your old PC directly on your Mac, whenever you need them.

Migrate from Windows to Mac

Run Your Favorite Windows Applications

Run your favorite Windows applications alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you would like to run Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on a Mac, the Fusion easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only applications like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.

Fusion Easy Install Feature

Windows Applications on a Mac Made Easy

VMware Fusion 7 makes it easier than ever to run Windows on a Mac. Use Windows applications the same way you use Mac applications, with seamless copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, and networking and printing that require no additional setup.

Run Windows on a Mac with Fusion

Run Windows Applications Like Mac Applications

Launch Windows applications directly from the Dock, Spotlight or Launchpad and view them in Exposé, Spaces and Mission Control as if they were Mac applications. Easily interact with Windows applications using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures.

"VMware Fusion…make(s) it easy to run Windows apps on the Mac OS X desktop…the reason it's our Editors' Choice, is that it's less intrusive, less in-your-face, than Parallels…VMware has a long track record of reliability, which Parallels can't match."

Edward Mendelson, PC Mag, VMware Fusion 6 Review, 9/27/13

Fusion Mission Control

The Perfect Complement to Boot Camp

No more choosing between Windows or Mac at startup. Fusion lets you run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side directly from your existing Boot Camp partition.

And, when you're ready, easily import your Boot Camp partition and reclaim unused space on your partition, while taking advantage of great virtualization-only features like Snapshots, AutoProtect and the ability to instantly Suspend and Resume without waiting for Windows to boot.

The Perfect Complement to Boot camp


VMware Fusion® 7 is optimized for the latest Macs and ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.1 to deliver the ultimate Windows® on Mac® experience.

Ready for OS X Yosemite and Windows 8.1

Designed for OS X Yosemite

Get a more Mac-like experience when running Windows applications on a Mac. The Fusion 7 updated Yosemite look and feel makes working with your Windows applications feel cleaner and more refined. Adopting Yosemite's key design cues such as translucency in windows, streamlined toolbars and simplified Dock icon, Fusion 7 adds more dimension when managing virtual machines. Fusion 7 also leverages Yosemite's control features to ensure a consistent experience across the operating system such as entering full screen when clicking the green "stoplight", or being able to search and open your virtual machines or Windows applications directly from Spotlight.

Fusion 7 is also compatible with OS X Mavericks and OS X Mountain Lion.

VMware Fusion 7 OS Compatibility

Conquer Yosemite

Discover OS X Yosemite by running it in a virtual machine with Fusion 7. Get more from your Mac by running OS X Yosemite and OS X Yosemite Server in virtual machines. Leveraging decades of innovation in leading the virtualization revolution, Fusion 7 is the most reliable way to develop and test new applications for the Mac and iOS.

VMware Fusion 7 Runs OS X Yosemite

Ready for Windows 8.1

Get the most out of Windows 8.1 new features directly on your Mac and run Windows Store apps side-by-side with your Mac applications. With Fusion 7, view Windows Store applications in Launchpad and the Applications folder or put Windows Store Apps in the dock in Unity mode. Fusion 7 supports Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

VMware Fusion Running Windows 8

Even Better Performance

Near-Native Performance

With a highly optimized 64-bit engine and multicore processing power that makes the most effective use of the latest Intel Haswell processors, Fusion 7 runs Windows and Mac applications side-by-side faster than ever. Fusion 7 delivers up to 43% improvement in CPU intensive operations like multimedia, encryption/decryption, and other strenuous performance tests. Leveraging the Mac's faster memory, faster SSD performance and greater power under the hood, Fusion 7 lets you run Windows applications at incredible speeds.

"It's not just hype when VMWare claims that Fusion can run Windows software at 'near native' speeds."

MacWorld UK

VMware Fusion 7 Native Performance

The Most Powerful Virtual Machines

With Fusion 7, you can create virtual machines with up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB virtual disks, and up to 64 GB of memory to run the most demanding applications. You can now give graphics-intensive applications an additional boost by allocating up to 2GB of video memory to a virtual machine. And with powerful 3D graphics and support for OpenGL 2.1 and DirectX 9.0c Shader Model 3 graphics, Fusion 7 will make running highly demanding 3D applications like AutoCAD or SolidWorks a breeze.

"Here's where Fusion really impresses as at times you can completely forget that you're using a Mac, with software running as quickly as you'd expect it to on a PC."


Superior Performance with VMware Fusion 7 Increased Efficiency

With enhanced App Nap support, Fusion 7 ensures that every watt of power coming out of your Mac's battery is used as efficiently as possible. If your MacBook Pro comes with a discrete GPU as well as an integrated GPU, Fusion 7 will automatically switch between the two GPUs to give you the ultimate performance while least impacting your battery life.

Maximize battery life with VMware Fusion 7

Retina Display Optimization

Windows never looked so good with Retina Display optimization for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows applications. If your Mac has a native Retina display or is connected to one, Fusion 7 ensures you get a seamless experience when running Windows across Retina and non-Retina displays.

Retina Display with VMware Fusion 7

Enhanced Connectivity

Extend your Mac's connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3 support for ultra-fast file transfers or use AirPlay to view your Windows environment on your HDTV. Fusion 7 can also take advantage of popular ports in Macs such as the SDXC card reader to import and view your photos directly in Windows and view them on an external monitor or TV using the Thunderbolt port or HDMI port of your Mac. Fusion 7 comes with support for HD audio with 5.1 surround sound and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. (USB3 support requires Windows 8 or higher)

USB3 Connectivity with VMware Fusion 7

Designed for Ease of Use

Fusion 7 enhances the way you experience Windows applications on a Mac. From its streamlined installation, to its different view modes and gestures integration with OS X, everything has been designed to give users the best way to experience Windows on a Mac.

"We like the slickness of Fusion — it feels Mac-like and looks good."


VMware Fusion 7 Designed for Ease of Use

Easy Virtual Machine Installation

The virtual machine installation assistant provides an incredibly easy way to install new operating systems on your Mac, whether installing from a Windows disc, migrating an existing PC, running Windows from a Boot Camp partition or installing OS X from a recovery partition.

Virtual Machine Installation with VMware Fusion 7

Experience Windows Your Way

Full Screen View

For a complete Windows experience, run Windows in full screen on one display or across multiple displays connected to your Mac.

Full Screen View

Single Window View

To keep your Windows applications separate from your Mac environment, run Windows in single window view.

Single Window View

Unity View

For a fully integrated experience, run Windows in Unity to run Windows applications without seeing Windows.

Unity View

Gestures Integration

Experience Windows applications like Mac applications In Unity mode and toggle between full screen Windows and Mac applications, access Exposé, show Launchpad, view Mission Control or show your desktop using OS X gestures.

OS X gestures integration with VMware Fusion 7

Use Specific Windows-only Devices on Your Mac

Fusion 7 lets you use Windows-only USB or Bluetooth devices on your Mac—from GPS receivers, to cell phones or mp3 players and other input devices that are only supported in Windows.

Specific Windows-only support with VMware Fusion 7

Updated Learning Center

The updated Learning Center lets you access a wide range of videos directly from within Fusion. Get access to step-by-step easy to view videos that will help you get started with running Windows on a Mac. Popular videos include purchasing and installing Windows from the comfort of your Mac, and migrating your Windows PC to your Mac

VMware Fusion 7 Learning Center


Compare VMware Fusion 7 to VMware Fusion 6
Features VMware Fusion 6 VMware Fusion 7
Support for OS X Yosemite  
OS X Yosemite look and feel  
Optimized for Haswell Intel processors with performance improvements of up to 43% vs Fusion 6  
Allocate up to 2GB of video memory per virtual machine  
Improved support for Retina Macs® connected to non-Retina displays  
Energy impact reduced by 42%  
Automatic GPU switching or manual GPU selection for dual GPU Macs  
Virtual web camera compatible with iSight and external webcams  
Improved guest OS compatibility  
Over 50 new features  

Compare VMware Fusion 7 to VMware Fusion 7 Pro
Features VMware Fusion 7 VMware Fusion 7 Pro
Designed for OS X Yosemite
Ready for Windows® 8.1
Create linked clones  
Virtual network editor  
Access virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere, ESXi or Workstation  
Upload or download virtual machines to vSphere, ESXi or Workstation  
OVF Export  
Create per virtual machine hot keys  
Create restricted virtual machines  
Create expiring virtual machines  
Single virtual machine mode for managed environments  
Eligible for VMware Basic and Production Support  

Compare VMware Fusion 7 to Parallels Desktop 9
Features VMware Fusion 7 Parallels Desktop 9
Ranked higher by Macworld
Ranked higher by
Ranked higher by MacFormat
Oct/Nov 2013
Support for up to 16 vCPUs, 8TB disks and 64GB of RAM  
Support for up to 2GB of video memory per virtual machine  
Made by the leader in virtualization  
In-product tutorials  
18-month email support  
Complementary 90 day subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus for new customers  
200+ guest OS support  


VMware Fusion

What programs can I run with VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion lets you run more than 200 operating systems as virtual machines, including Windows XP through Windows 8. Nearly all programs that run on these operating systems will run with VMware Fusion. Programs can range from common productivity suites such as Microsoft Office for Windows, to graphic intensive programs such as AutoCAD or SolidWorks.

Can I play 3D games in a virtual machine?

Yes, VMware Fusion 7 has 3D accelerated graphics support, allowing you to play most games that require DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3 or OpenGL 2.1 in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines.

Do I need Apple's Boot Camp to install VMware Fusion?

Boot Camp is not required to run Windows on a Mac with VMware Fusion. However, if you already have Windows installed as a Boot Camp partition, VMware Fusion can easily create a Windows virtual machine based on your Boot Camp Windows installation. This will allow you to run Windows programs side-by-side with your Mac applications without having to reboot your Mac.

Can I migrate Parallels Desktop for Mac virtual machines to VMware Fusion?

Yes. VMware Fusion 7 can easily import Parallels Desktop for Mac (versions 2.5 through 9) based virtual machines. Simply launch VMware Fusion, go to the File menu and select Import, select your virtual machine setting's file and click Import.

Will VMware Fusion 7 slow down my Mac?

In typical use cases, VMware Fusion 7 has little to no impact on your Mac's overall performance. The impact on performance will mainly depend on the amount of applications and virtual machines running at the same time, and how much RAM is available on your Mac.

See VMware Fusion system requirements for details.

Can I access and use USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices?

Yes, you can use the vast majority of USB 2.0 devices without additional setup required, such as video cameras, external hard drives, GPS devices, and much more in a virtual machine. USB 3.0 devices can also be accessed and used in Windows 8 or higher virtual machines.

Does VMware Fusion 7 support the new Retina display Macs?

Yes, VMware Fusion 7 supports new Retina display Macs for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs.

Can I use multiple displays with VMware Fusion?

Yes, VMware Fusion 7 supports up to 10 displays in both full screen and Unity views.

Can I access FireWire or Thunderbolt hard drives in Windows?

Yes, you can access your FireWire or Thunderbolt hard drives in VMware Fusion by mapping the hard drive to a VMware Shared Folder. Go to the Virtual Machine menu, select Shared Folders and select Add Shared Folder. Select your FireWire hard drive and click Open to assign your FireWire disk to the shared folder. To access your FireWire hard drive in Windows, go to VMware Shared Folders shortcut on the desktop and select your FireWire hard disk.

How many CPUs can I assign to a virtual machine?

You can assign up to 16 Virtual CPUs to a Fusion 7 virtual machine, so the virtual machine can harness the full power of a Mac using the latest Intel processors. Multiple Virtual CPUs are recommended when you have applications that can take advantage of multiple processor cores and you have a multi-core Mac.


Can I convert my old Windows PC into a virtual machine for VMware Fusion?

Yes, VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily move your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Install a simple application on your PC, connect it to your Mac, and VMware Fusion will detect your PC and take care of the rest.

Do I need a copy of Windows to run VMware Fusion?

VMware Fusion requires the installation of an operating system in order to function. The operating system is not included with the purchase of VMware Fusion. You can either migrate an existing copy of Windows from your old PC or install a new one. In order to run a Windows virtual machine, you must have a licensed copy of that Windows operating system or purchase a new Windows license.

Can I use the Windows operating system that came with my PC?

VMware Fusion includes a simple Migration Assistant for Windows that allows you to quickly and easily bring your entire PC to your Mac as a virtual machine. Whether you can legally use a copy of Windows from an existing physical machine depends on the licensing surrounding that copy of Windows. Please consult the license agreement that came with the version of Windows included with your PC for more details.

Can I use an OEM version of Windows with VMware Fusion?

Many OEM Windows DVDs are tied to specific hardware and will not work with VMware Fusion. Whether you can legally use a copy of Windows from an existing physical machine depends on the licensing surrounding that copy of Windows. Please consult the license agreement that came with the version of Windows included with your PC for more details.

Virtual Machines and Virtual Machine Compatibility

Can I run multiple virtual machines on a Mac at the same time?

Yes, you can run as many virtual machines concurrently with VMware Fusion 7 as your system's RAM will support. In fact, VMware Fusion leverages patented memory-sharing techniques to drastically reduce the memory required to run multiple virtual machines at the same time.

How many virtual machines can I create from a single VMware Fusion license?

You can create an unlimited number of virtual machines from a single VMware Fusion license. You will need to provide the required operating system software and license for each installation of a virtual machine.

Can I run 64-bit virtual machines?

Yes, VMware Fusion allows you to create and run 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines. However, you can only run 64-bit guest operating systems on Macs with 64-bit Intel processors (Core 2 Duo, Xeon or later processors).

Can I use virtual machines created by VMware Workstation or VMware Player Pro with VMware Fusion?

Yes, VMware virtual machines are fully compatible across the product line. Virtual machines created with Workstation or Player can run on VMware Fusion.

McAfee Anti-Virus Plus

Will running Windows on my Mac expose my Mac to viruses?

By default, virtual machines are isolated from each other and don't have access to the Mac. Although very unlikely, if Mirrored Folders are enabled, there is the potential to expose the Mac's documents, desktop, music and pictures folders to potential viruses from Windows.

New VMware Fusion 7 customers get a 90 day complimentary subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus Plus to protect their Windows virtual machines from viruses.

If you don't want to install Windows antivirus software and are concerned about security, it is advisable to not enable read/write shared folders between your Windows guest virtual machine and the Mac. Read-only shared folders will not allow Windows to change or delete data on your Mac.

What is included in my McAfee Anti-Virus Plus complimentary subscription?

The included McAfee Anti-Virus Plus complimentary subscription is for new VMware Fusion customers and covers one virtual machine for 90 days. If you want to install it in more than one virtual machine, you can purchase additional licenses of McAfee Anti-Virus Plus by visiting the McAfee web site.

What do I do when my McAfee Anti-Virus Plus subscription expires?

When the subscription expires, McAfee Anti-Virus Plus will prompt you to renew your subscription. To renew your subscription, visit the McAfee web site.

What if I want to put McAfee Anti-Virus Plus on more than one virtual machine?

Your complimentary subscription covers one McAfee Anti-Virus Plus install on one virtual machine for 90 days. You can purchase more licenses of McAfee Anti-Virus Plus for your additional virtual machines by visiting the McAfee web site.