WinOnX 2 Pro
Developer: NES Software
Current Version: 2.0.6
Last Updated: 24 days ago
Download Size: 140.1 MB - Download
Run your Windows applications on OSX without the need of buying a Windows license. Well, you even do not need to install Windows. Just download WinOnX and you are ready to go within 2 minutes.
- WinOnX now runs inside the OS X Sandbox. You can choose, which folders are accessible by WinOnX.
- Optimised for the new OS X 10.11 security model.
- Build-in .NET support using the Mono library.
- OS X full screen support.
- Many improvements under the hood.
In case your application does not work with WinOnX please drop us a note at http://winonx.com/feedback2. We always try to improve the quality based upon your feedback.
WinOnX should only be used for applications which are not available for OSX. Whenever an application is available for OSX, we strongly recommend to use this version.
WinOnX is based on the open source Wine project. It is a layer which redirects the communication between an application and Windows to OSX. As a result not all applications are fully compatible. Most applications run fine, some run even faster but also some run slower or even crash.
Most Helpful Reviews
Works for my application - I had the previous version, WinonX. Worked fine in Mavericks. When I upgraded to El Capitan, I had a few snags. I decided to go for the money since the previous version worked well for me. This newer version, WinonXPro now works well for me also. It starts virtually instantly. On other machines I have Parallels but that needs a version of Windows and also takes forever to load. ( I think a function of windows). As I added new machines I began using WinonX. Since I really only use one Windows program and it works very well for that and also starts virtually instantly, it is much better, cheaper and faster for me. Keep up the good work. I hope that when Sierra comes out that I won’t have any problems. I have begun to rely on the product. By the way, the program that I use it for is Upstart, the control program for UPB home automation products. It works great for that. I wish there was a little more documentation on how to navigate the program but once you figure it out it works great.
Not ready for the average user! - STOP! Don’t toss your VMware Fusion, Parallels or Bootcamp options out just yet. While WinOnX 2 Pro is a very valid packaging of Wine, it’s not by any means flawless. In fact, Wine has lots of problems running Windows 32 apps under OS X. Take time to go to the developer’s website and read ALL the disclaimers about what is not supported. Go into the project assuming what you want to run will not run. If it does, then it’s all upside. Full disclosure is I’m a big fan of WMware Fusion and have been for years. It’s flawless in its execution of most operating systems running under OS X. That being said, it’s also $79.00 for the standard version. Pros: WinOnX 2 Pro is only $8! What else can you get for $8 these days. All the compiling of the Vine source code and file creation is already done for you. (That alone is worth the $8.) If your new or just curious about VM’s WinOnX 2 Pro might be a good option for you to learn more. WinOnX 2 Pro appears to support some of the basic Windows XP generation software programs quite well. Check the publisher’s website for details on what programs have already been tested. Cons: Don’t count on an 800 number for support. Also the publisher’s website has little to no documentation to help walk you through problems and challenges you might run across. Programs which require heavy graphics and/or significant I/O support might be better on an alternative VM option. Plus, WinOnX 2 Pro has a ‘nag’ screen which reminds you every time a program starts it’s not a known program. Seeing it once is enough for me. Give me the option to not see it again. Summary: WinOnX 2 Pro is not ready for prime time. Unless you’re willing to experiment my recommendation is look to another VM option. WinOnX 2 Pro is not stable enough for the average user.
More Reviews for Current Version
Still works for me - Just did the update from 2.05 to 2.06 even though 2.05 worked fine for me. I only did the upgrade because the machine I am now at has a time capsule backup and I could restore any damage. The machine I use over the summer has no backup and I would be stuck. The update was easy, and I still have no problems running the one program that I have been using WINONX for for several years. FYI, the program is the UPB home automation control program, UPSTART. As others have mentioned, only the 32 bit version works, but that version is available because many people are still using Windows XP, and the newer versions of UPSTART don’t work on XP. As far as I can tell, the newer versions do not add any functionality to UPSTART, so I lose nothing. For my application, you can’t beat it.