Information For CGS-1000 Students With Macintoshes

If you have a Mac and no Windows computer at home, you will not be able to run the required Microsoft Office software for this course.  Even if you have Microsoft Office for Mac, it works differently than the Windows version.

Boot Camp

Mac users can use Apple Boot Camp ( which allows them to run Windows on their Macs.  With Boot Camp running, you can boot (power-up) your Mac in either Mac OS mode, or in Windows mode and run any Windows software including the required version of Microsoft Office.  Boot Camp is available since Mac OS X version 10.5.  If you have an older Mac, you will need to upgrade in order to run Boot Camp.  Boot Camp will only work if you have one of the newer x86 computers.


Boot Camp is free, but you can’t switch back and forth between Mac OS and Windows without a reboot.  Parallels ( is not free, but does allow you to switch back and forth without rebooting.  You can purchase it cheaply from HCC’s Student Discount website “OnTheHub”.  Click here to access the website.

Parallels requires at least two gigabytes of RAM and Mac OS X 10.5.8 or it won’t run well, or perhaps not at all.  (There may be other “virtualization” products available to you as well.)

You can install Windows with either Boot Camp or Parallels, but be sure to follow all install directions exactly.  Failure to do so can damage your computer!  HCC is not liable if that happens.

Neither Boot Camp nor Parallels include the Windows operating system.  HCC has a license agreement with Microsoft that allows HCC students who are currently enrolled in any computer class to install Windows for free on their Macs.  To obtain Windows, come to the HCC Dale Mabry campus, to room DTEC 416 on the fourth floor of the Technology building.  You must talk with a lab tech to get an account setup with Microsoft DreamSpark.  Then you can download the Microsoft software you need directly from the DreamSpark website.  (I suggest “Microsoft Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 32-bit”.)

Note: Since you now run Windows, you should install some virus protection software for Windows.  I generally recommend installing Microsoft Security Essentials, which works well and is updated via Windows Update (that is, automatically).

Once you've installed Windows on your Mac, you will still need to purchase and install the Windows version of Microsoft Office 2010.

If you cannot install the required software at home, then you should use the HCC Dale Mabry Open Computer Lab to complete all your assignments.

Written by Wayne Pollock and Rich Senker.  This page was last updated by Wayne Pollock August 24 2012.