How can I run Alveo on my Mac?

Option 1: use our virtual private server (VPS) service

For a low monthly payment, you can have exclusive access to a dedicated Windows machine via Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The RDP client is free for Mac and Windows. See for more information.

Option 2: install VMWare Fusion and Windows on your Mac

So you have a shiny new Mac (or you have an old well-used/well-loved mac) and you want to get into the Apiary Fund which requires a copy of Windows in order to run the Alveo application, well don’t worry about having to buy a new laptop and don’t worry about getting rid of your Mac computer. Your Apple computer can be an amazing Windows machine maybe even the best one you ever used. However, You’ll need a few things first, like a copy of VMWare Fusion or Parallels. In our estimation both programs run equally well, but the program we use in office for the most part is Fusion, so it will be the subject of this tutorial. You will also need a copy of Windows. Whether that’s Windows 8 or Windows 7 it does not matter. You may have a difficult time now finding a Windows 7 disc, but if that’s what you want and you can find one then that’s fine. In this tutorial we will be installing a copy of Windows 8, specifically the 64-bit version which is the version you should buy.

You will want to make sure that your computer has all the necessary hardware to run both Fusion and Windows. You can find Fusion System Requirements here and you can find Windows System Requirements here. Go down that list and make sure that your computer can run these two programs.

First off you’ll need to get a copy of Fusion. I recommend buying one from a retail store like Best Buy or Officemax. You can also download the program directly from vmware’s website. If you download the application you will be asked to create an account with vmware so that they can remember that you bought a copy from them. This is nice as it will allow you to redownload the program at any time for whatever reason, for example buying a new computer or something like that. Having the box will also allow you to do this.

Once you have Fusion you will have to install it onto your Mac. I won’t go into how to install an application on your Mac in this tutorial. It should be as simple as loading the program by either double clicking on the file that you downloaded when you bought Fusion, or loading in a disc or thumb drive if you bought a retail copy of Fusion. Once you have it loaded go through whatever steps it requires to get Fusion installed on your Mac. Now the tutorial that I have planned will begin.

Open up Fusion. It should be in your Dock or in your applications list.



Click on “Create New”.


When you click on the "Create New Icon" you will see a new window appear. It looks like this. Insert your Windows disc then click "Continue".


Once you’ve entered your Windows disc (I am using a copy of Windows 8 64-bit for the installation of this tutorial, but it should be similar to an install of Windows 7 as well if that’s what you have) you should see a screen asking you to specify which version of Windows you are going to install. My version of Fusion is an older one and does not have Windows 8 on the list. The latest version of Fusion will have Windows 8 on the list. It will still work for me though as long as I specify that I’m using a 64 bit version of Windows. Once you’ve chosen your version of Windows click “Continue”.


Next you will see a window that gives you final information about your Windows machine that you are about to install.

Click “Finish”.


When you click "Finish" a small window will pop down that asks you to name your virtual machine of Windows. It will have already created a name that you can use so all you have to do is click “Save”.


Once you click save, Fusion will run your Windows installation disc and the process of installing Windows begins. This should be a simple matter of following the installation instructions on the screen but I will walk you through each step anyway.

This is VMWare running your Windows Installation CD.


This is your Windows Installation CD booting up. Notice the Windows logo.


This is the beginning of the Windows installation process. The default settings are set to English language, English Time and Currency Format and US keyboard and input. You may need to change that based on your preferences. If you speak English and prefer a US Keyboard layout than just leave it all the same and click “Next”.


Click “Install now”.


This is the next screen you should see and your copy of Windows will have come with a product key. Enter that in on this screen.


Agree to Windows license terms and click “Next”.


Choose which type of Install you want to do. You will probably see an option for “Typical” or “Recommended” and you will want to choose "Recommended".

Next is the easy part. Wait for Windows to finish installing. Maybe grab a drink or make yourself a sandwich because this may take awhile.


If you’re installing Windows 8 you will have to go through this personalization setup. Just follow the instructions and the next part will be once you are done with all of that.


If you are using Windows 8 you will notice there are two main areas as opposed to one. The desktop area which should be familiar to all Windows users and now there is an area called the “Start” area which is what will pull up by default. We’ll be spending all of our time in the “Desktop” area which should be familiar.


Next, click on “Virtual Machine” in the menu bar and then click on “Install VMWare Tools from the drop down list.


You will see a menu drop down. Click “Install” from that menu.


You will see a notification pop up on your Windows screen. Click it.


You will see a menu pop up. Click “Run setup64.exe”


This window will appear asking if you want to allow the program to make changes. Click “Yes”.


VMWare tools will take you through an installation of some drivers they have prepared in order to make your mac hardware work with Windows. Isn’t that nice of them?


Click “Next”.


Choose “Typical” and click “Next”.


Click “Install”.


Wait for the installation to be finished.


Click “Finish”.


Click “Yes.” Don’t worry this won’t restart your actual computer, just your virtual Windows machine. Wait for Windows to restart.


Now, at long last, you have a fully functioning Windows machine on your Mac computer. So cool, but we’re not done yet. Time to install MT4. On your still-got-that-new-car-smell copy of Windows open up Internet Explorer. It’s the blue E in the left hand corner.


Go to and log in. Once you’ve logged in click on “More” and then click on “Software”.



On the software page click on “Download Software”.


You’ll see a box appear at the bottom of your page that asks, "do you want to Run or Save the file you’re about to download". Click “Run”

Then you will see our Alveo Setup Wizard come up that will walk you through installing Alveo on your virtual Windows machine running on your Mac computer. Click “Next” on that screen.

Accept the terms in the License Agreement and click “Next”.

When Alveo is done installing it should come up and ask you for your Login information. You will have to use your Apiary Fund website login info. Make sure that you are using your username and NOT your full email address.

Congratulations, you now have Alveo on a virtual Windows machine on your Mac computer!