What can you do when your data management and backup systems are not as efficient and effective as you would like them to be? Below is a recap of proactive steps that I took to address this problem.
Category Archives: Windows on a Mac
As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I have a Canon LiDE 80 scanner that I bought in 2004 that still works when run under Windows XP but is unsupported on the most recent releases of Mac OS X. An annoying aspect about using the Canon scanner under Windows XP is that I will invariably encounter a ScanGear release lock error message that can take several minutes or more to resolve. The alternative to using the native Canon driver under Windows XP is to buy and install the VueScan application from Hamrick Software that can run under OS X, including Sierra 10.12. As a test, I tried a number of different scanning operations using VueScan 9 that produced satisfactory results in some cases, but not in others.
Reader says, I want to use a USB mic on the Windows side of my MacBook Pro using Parallels. I’ve installed Audacity, and this Windows program doesn’t recognize the USB mic and record my voice. Can you help?
Imagine that you resolved a computer problem a couple of years ago and your equipment was working fine until, very recently, you discovered the same issue had resurfaced. Moreover, you apply the same steps that worked previously and, to your dismay, learn that they don’t fix the problem. Such was the case with my 12-year-old CanoLiDE 80 scanner that I’d been successfully using to digitize photos and documents on a Windows XP virtual machine.
Although Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP in 2014, you may have a perfectly good reason for staying with this OS for a while longer. For instance, you may be put off by the user interface of Windows 10 and just don’t want to go through the hassle and cost of a system upgrade. I have my own reasons why I’m still running XP on my Mac.
Mac users typically run Windows using virtualization software like VMware Fusion or Parallels and may be thinking of upgrading to Windows 10. Software developers are notorious for changing the look and feel of their company’s operating systems with each successive version, and Windows 10 is no exception. As a form of insurance in case you encounter a major glitch or want to revert to your previous setup, it is vitally important to make a complete backup of your Windows virtual machine BEFORE you upgrade.
There are times when the only software available for a specific task is a Windows program, and if you’re running Mac OS X, chances are that you’ll receive suggestions to install a full-blown virtualization tool such as Parallels, VMware, or BootCamp. IMHO, there are two major drawbacks to that approach: you must have an installable copy of the Windows OS, and you would need to become vigilant about identifying and removing Windows malware and viruses.