Apple Mac & OS X Requirements

The following applies only to Apple Macs with Intel processors if you are installing EQ on the Mac (i.e. if you are on a network, or a standalone PC).


Remote desktop users

If you are using a remote connection (e.g. terminal server) there is no need to have Windows installed on your Mac. You will be able to access the terminal server desktop using Microsoft Remote Desktop Client which can be downloaded for your Mac


Running any version of EQ Software requires a full installation of Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 using either of the following methods. Please note EQ Support cannot provide Mac specific technical support. EQ Software cannot provide support for your choice of virtualisation software or Mac OS.


No CD/DVD drive? Note about downloading Windows


Many modern Macs may have no built-in optical disc drive so installing Windows from DVD (in either of the options below) would not be possible. Note that if you purchase a Windows licence online from the Microsoft Store that your purchase will require another Windows PC to open your purchase and create a “disc image” (also called ISO file) that you can use to install Windows on your Mac.


Method 1 - Run Windows in a virtual machine


Simultaneous switching of Windows and OS X


Use software such as Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion which creates a virtual PC.
(Approx cost £50 - £60) Or Virtual Box is similar software which is free.*


You can switch between Windows applications and Mac applications at the same time.


For office applications there is unlikely to be any noticeable slowdown (unlike emulators on old Macs). A virtual PC would not be suitable for gaming.


Method 2 - Run Windows separately from Mac OS X


Requires reboot to switch between the two


Use software called Bootcamp (made by Apple, included in OS X).


Bootcamp allows you to dual boot between Windows and Mac OS X.


This method can be faster in use, and would be more suitable for gaming. However it requires you to restart the computer to switch between the two, and Windows will not be able to access files saved on Mac OS X.




There are several ways to right-click on a Mac:


You can use the Control button with the mouse click
You can hold down two fingers while clicking on a trackpad
You can use any multi-button mouse that will connect to your Mac

F Keys and F1 Help


Mac keyboards usually have special features such as screen brightness or volume on the F keys at the top. To use F1 Help, you will need to pres the Fn key and F1 together.


* EQ Software does not supply, or provide support for, your choice of virtualisation software or Mac OS.