Run Windows Brain Training Programs In Linux Or Mac

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It happens that most of the brain training programs are only available for Windows machines.

Many students ask me if there exist versions for Linux or for Mac of those programs, but unfortunately it is not case.

The good news is that there exist a way of running those programs in your computer even if you do not run a Windows operating system, and it is actually an easy solution. It consists of using a virtual machine, and install Windows and the training program inside it. Let’s see how it works.

Install the Virtual Machine Engine

The first thing you have to do is to install a Virtual Machine Engine (VME). There exist several VMEs, being one of the most simple and useful VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is free and it is available for Linux and Mac. Download it from its web page and install it in your computer following the instructions provided on its web page.

Once you have it installed, open it. You will see a screen similar to the following:

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Install Windows Operating System

Now you need to install windows system inside the VME. You need to have a Windows copy in order to do it. If you don’t have a copy, you can download a Windows image ready for VirtualBox from this link.

Press the New button of the VirtualBox screen and follow the instructions. At some point, VirtualBox will ask you for either your Windows copy or the Windows image you downloaded from the previous link.

Once the whole process has finished, you will have a Windows system installed in your Linux or Mac, ready to install your training program.

Install the brain training program

Now start the Windows system from inside the VirtualBox. It will take some time to boot up, but eventually, you will see how Windows appears inside the VirtualBox window.

Once Windows has started, you can install inside it any program you want. They will run smoothly like in a normal computer.

You can try installing Speed Memory, Agil Read, or Memoriad.

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Conclusion

Using virtual machines is the best way to run Windows programs on other operating systems. I have used this solution even to compete in international memory competitions and it works without a problem.

Give it a try and tell us which programs are you using for training.

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