I have done the unthinkable:

I have installed Windows XP on my MacBook.

Back in the fall when I bought my embroidery machine, I figured that I’d take over Honey’s PC laptop when he got his new netbook for Christmas. What I did not expect at that time was the loose connection that would make turning on his laptop — and keeping it on — some special type of AC adapter acrobatics.

I scoured Ebay and Craigslist for a cheap laptop but couldn’t find anything in my admittedly low price range. I had all but decided to suck it up and buy a netbook for myself when I decided to look into PC emulator software for my MacBook.


I picked up a secondhand copy of Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac for a whopping $20, then installed it and our unused copy of Windows XP. In short order, I had my embroidery software (Embird and Monogram Wizard Plus) up and running on my little Mac. OK, it actually took a couple of hours to get everything installed and running, and included having to reboot my computer because the Windows installer CD managed to get stuck in the drive. But once that was done, I was in business, putting together monograms and saving files to my heart’s content.

10 thoughts on “In a Parallel World

  1. Krista

    Hurrah that it turned out to be that simple for you. You know, I was starting to wonder why I hadn’t seen some enviously amazing embroidered outfits by you yet!

  2. Domestic Extraordinaire

    Be very very careful and if you start noticing problems take it to the genius bar. All those issues that I had with my mac back in December-they all had to do with some issues with windows xp on my computer. He mentioned boot camp-but honestly I don’t know. The “genius” said it wasn’t the mac it was the windows software. It sometimes does some crazy things.

    Okay, that said, glad to hear that your embrod. machine is good to go. YEA!

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  3. sadira

    Oh…doesn’t it just make you almost want to faint when a disk gets “stuck” in the machine? Good grief…I about stop breathing and have all sorts of scenarios going through my head (least of all turning the Mac on its side and shaking) I hope the Windows does all right by you though, now that you’ve got it up and going!

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