Established in 1984, Mistral is proud to be widely considered the 'generic' software system provider for the refrigeration & air conditioning industry. In its domestic market, Mistral software is used by more than 85% of refrigeration & air conditioning contracting firms and programs have been distributed to over 17,000 users in over 100 countries around the world.

Will Mistral programs run on Apple Mac computers?

The short answer is 'No'(and 'Yes'!). It is not possible to run Mistral's 'exe' (Windows Executable) programs under the Mac Operating System. At least not to do so directly. The two operating system environments are quite different and incompatible with one another.

Whilst some software developers (for printer drivers for example) might find it viable to do so, Mistral has never considered developing its own highly niche market systems to operate on Apple Mac machines. Quite simply the millions invested in both original R & D, coupled with the many more spent meeting continuously on-going maintenance costs, could not justify it. Whilst we estimate we have over half a million installations world-wide since inception, we have only ever been asked for a 'Mac' version fewer than 20 times!

There are 2 common methods available to run Windows software on a Mac. This advice is offered with no guarantees.

1) Use Apple's "Boot Camp" software ( to install a standalone copy of Windows to a new partition on your hard disk.

2) Use "virtual machine" software to host a copy of Windows within OSX itself (no separate partitioning required). Recommended virtual machine software packages include VirtualBox ( - free!) and VMWare Workstation (

In both methods listed above you need to have a valid licensed version of Windows to install.

If all the above sounds too complicated and with excellent small and convenient notebook PCs such as made by Advent, Asus and HP available for around just 200 (US$350) that finally might be a preferred solution.

I hope the above helps

Best wishes

Licensee Support Team
Mistral Associates

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"Bringing the benefits of computerisation to our industry - without the historically associated problems."