COMPMNGR on MacIntosh computers
We are occasionally asked whether COMPMNGR will run on Apple's MacIntosh computers. The answer is yes, if you have a late model MacIntosh and are willing to install Windows on it. COMPMNGR was written to run under Microsoft's Windows operating system, and there is no version that will run directly under any MacIntosh operating system, but over the past few years software has been developed that allows Windows to run on a MacIntosh. Recent versions of the MacIntosh operating system have this capability, called Boot Camp, built in at no extra charge. You will have to buy the Windows operating system and either install it yourself or hire an expert to install it. We can't help with that. Once Windows is installed you can download the latest version of COMPMNGR from this web site, install it on your MacIntosh, and use it just like you would on a Windows computer. Here are some details.
Boot Camp is a utility included with Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X versions 10.5 and 10.6 operating systems. It assists users in installing Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating systems on Intel-based Macintosh computers. COMPMNGR runs under all these versions of Windows. Boot Camp guides you through non-destructive re-partitioning of your hard disk drive and using the Mac OS X installation DVD to install Windows drivers. In addition to device drivers for the hardware, the disc includes a utility for the Windows control panel for selecting the boot operating system.
In order to test whether a MacIntosh configured with Windows really does support COMPMNGR we hired a local computer consultant who had a system so configured with Windows 7. We connected his computer to the Internet, went to this web site, downloaded the COMPMNGR installation program, ran it to install COMPMNGR, and set up a desktop shortcut icon. Then we tested what we believed were critical COMPMNGR features such as data entry, heating, invoicing, creating and posting web pages. Everything went very smoothly. The computer expert explained that a MacIntosh configured like his is just like a dedicated Windows computer in that it has the same Intel CPU and the same operating system and drivers.
If you have any experience with a MacIntosh running Windows we would like to hear about it so we can share the experience with other users.