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FAQ: Could testing an unsupported application in CrossOver break my Mac?
I think this is an important question. I'd like to try several of my favorite Windows programs, but I am not sure if I run the risk of corrupting my Mac, OS, or losing data?
Of course there are no guarantees, but realistically, What's the risk?
Posted 2008-04-22 12:45
I'd say realistically there is probably less risk than you would have running the same app on Windows. Many people use hundreds of apps daily on Wine and I've never heard of any data loss. I myself have tested a wide range of apps under Crossover and Wine and at worst the app just won't run.
As you say, there are no guarantees, but you're pretty safe.
Check out the compatibility list and the Wine app database - most apps are on there.
Generally if it works in Wine it will work on Crossover, not necessarily vice-versa.
CrossOver is self contained. Usually all a misbehaving application could do is corrupt the virtual Windows environment we create. I've done some pretty strange things with CrossOver over the years, I've never had a case were it corrupted the host OS. Note, I'm not saying it's impossible, just unlikely.
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