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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Use Windows on Your Mac the easy Way with No Machine

You’re in a situation where you have to run Windows software and you need Mac software on the screen at the same time. You don’t have Windows installed on your Mac either in Boot Camp or in a virtual machine. You do have a Windows machine with the software installed on it…in another part of the house. It’s a desktop enswathed in cables, so disconnecting it and moving to where you work is not possible, given the amount of time you have.


You really just need software to access that Windows machine virtually from your Mac for an hour. How can you do this? With the least amount of pain?


Easy. Just use the No Machine virtual networking software. It serves as both server for the Windows side and client for the Mac side. Then it can work in reverse, connecting the Mac to the living room Windows machine.

Where do I get it? How much does it cost? And how much pain and toil will it take to install this?

You get the software from no  It’s free to use. And it’s a snap to install. Just let the installation procedure walk you through it.

I’m going to walk you through both the Windows and Mac installations. I’ll tell you where you might hit a snag.

Once you’ve downloaded No Machine for Windows, go to your Downloads folder. Double-click on NoMachinexxx.exe. 

This is the first screen you’ll encounter. Simply follow the instructions on screen and click on “Next” to proceed.

First screen for No Machine


The second screen: this is the license, where you agree not reverse-engineer No Machine for evil purposes. Click on the agree button and click on Next.

2 LIcense agreement


The third screen: Where do you want to install No Machine on your Windows machine? I’d stick to the defaults in most cases.


3 program installation location


The fourth screen The installation begins.


4 the installation begins


The fifth screen. You wait for the computer to do its thing.


5 waiting for the computer




The Sixth screen: You’re almost done installing. You will have to reboot your Windows machine

 6 we re almost done


The Seventh Screen: Getting Close. No Machine has identified the client, your Mac. You didn’t need to enter one command line!

I had installed NoMachine on my Mac previously. You need to have NoMachine on both computers for this to work.



7 we cannot to the Mac at this point


The Eighth Screen: You wanna to agree to the host authenticity. Usually you can see the Windows computer. No problems verifying who should be one it.

I took out the text describing my SSH “fingerprint” You want to keep that very private.

8 Establishing SSH fingerprint


The Ninth Screen Audio settings. You can stream your audio from the Windows server to the Mac client. 

10 Audio settings


I didn’t show you the screen to log into your Mac. Here you need to know your user name and your user password. 


11 success Safari on screen


Now for the installation on the Macintosh side of things

Go to your Downloads folder on your Mac to find the .dmg file named NoMachinexxx.dmg Double-click on it.

12 installationg No Machine on a Mac

To begin the installation of No Machine, double-click on the NoMachine.pkg file you see on your screen after double clicking on the NoMacine.dmg file.




Now you’ll do some waiting here. If the Continue button is lit up, click on it to proceed. Then click on the Continue button in the lower-right hand corner.

13 SEcond installation screen for No Machine



If you want to proceed, just click on Install. You don’t have an option to install No Machine elsewhere on your Mac.

14 installation screen for No Machine


Waiting for the Mac to do its thing, so be patient.


15 Installation screen for No Machine


Your first snag in the installation process. You will get several messages that No Machine wants to install a system extension. MacOS has blocked this for now. Do you want to proceed. Click on the Allow button in the Security and Privacy preference pane.

16 Installation screen for No Machine

This partial screenshot comes from the successfully installed No Machine. 

You go to your No Machine icon in the Menu Bar. Click on it. You’ll see a drop-down menu. You want “Browse connections…"

17 Where to browse for connections

Here it is again only bigger:

18 Where to browse for connections bigger picture

More instructions on how to proceed. If you want to reach this menu, ease your mouse into the upper right-hand corner. If you’re not sure, hit Control + Alt + 0

19 instructions for Mac No Machine

More settings for you. The captions explain what they do.

20 MOre instructions for Mac No Machine

More instructions. If you check the box in the lower left-hand corner, you won’t have to go through these each time you use No Machine.

21 MOre instructions Mac No Machine

Audio settings. Do you want to stream the Window’s machine’s sound on your Mac? Do you want to mute the server? 

22 audio setting for Mac No Machine

I got a warning because my Windows machine had a higher resolution of 1920 x 1080 than my Mac of 1280 x 720 HiDPI

23 display settings for server in Mac No Machine

Finally! You’ve logged into your Windows machine. You will need the user name of the Windows machine and your password. Not your PIN code, your password.

To find your User Name, go to the Users directory on your Windows machine. Now open that up. One of those folders has your User Name on it. 


24 success in connectiong to Windows 10 machine


Does it work? Well, here’s Word 2016 for Windows. That’s an old job application at my employer


25 MS Word 2016 for Windows


Now for Access 2016


26 Access 2016 on a Mac


No Machine offers many features. Recording your session is one. Don’t use this to try to capture a Netflix movie. I can’t guarantee the video speed on the No Machine connection is fast enough for full-speed video. Better just stick to instructional videos.


Tom Briant

Editor, MacValley Blog


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