3Installing Internet Explorer 7 Using CrossOver Presets
The easiest way to get started is with one of CrossOver’s many compatible
presets. Click the Install Windows Software button from the welcome
screen, and you’ll be greeted with a list of applications guaranteed to work.
While many of these require you to have original installation discs, others
like Internet Explorer 7 can be downloaded and installed immediately.
Select Internet Explorer 7 from the list and click Install to download it
from the Codeweavers website, along with the necessary components—in
this case, Core Fonts, Flash 10 ActiveX Control, and Microsoft XML Parser
3.0. You’ll get a pop-up window or two prompting you to accept license
agreements; click Yes (or Next) as they come up, and the installation will
proceed. Be sure the option to download updates or virus protection is
unchecked—Codeweavers claims these may cause the installation to fail.
Such caveats, if applicable, are listed in the Installation Notes portion of the
After the install, you’ll be prompted to “restart” your computer, meaning
your bottle for IE7; accepting will finish the installation and you won’t
have to restart your Mac. To run IE7, click Run Installed Software from the
welcome screen, browse through the Accessories folder that opens in the
Finder, and double-click the icon. Now sit back and party like it’s 2006!
Internet Explorer 7 is one of many presets included with CrossOver.
4Try Out Unsupported Applications CrossOver has dedicated users working to make unsupported
applications play nice within its virtual walls. At present there are 250 such
applications, which can be found at the bottom of the Software Installer list
(along with Service Packs, Upgrades, and Runtime Support Components).
To try out one of these applications, look for the Community Supported
section under Unsupported Applications, select Quick Time 7, and click Install.
You’ll see a Quick Time for Windows installer window; click Next and then Yes
at the license agreement, and finally Install. Launching Quick Time Player will
give you a taste of why such installs are considered unsupported—the window
flickers incessantly on our mid-2010 iMac, although we did manage to sort of
play an RTSP streaming video, sans controller buttons.
the CrossOver user
5Make CrossOver Work for You Now that you’ve wrapped your head around CrossOver, explore
customizing it. A visit to CrossOver > Preferences gives you the ability to
“Include entries for untested and known-not-to-work software” under Installer
Assistant, as well as choosing Keyboard and Mouse settings to make the
left and right Option key work like the Windows Alt key or access additional
characters (the Command key always functions as Ctrl).
Finally, you can choose how you want removable discs to behave under
System Integration. If you want CrossOver to open Windows discs by default,
choose “Always open Windows CDs and DVDs with CrossOver”; likewise, you
can ask for confirmation before launching (the default setting) or ignore disc
allow you to