A wild and crazy idea: run OSX on a PC Laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hakr100, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    Not through Hackintosh, but through an emulator, similar to running Windows on a Mac through VMware Fusion.

    It's easy enough to buy a high-powered Windows PC laptop for about $600 to $800 new, one with an i7 CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, et cetera. That's about half the price of one of the new Macbook Airs, similarly equipped.

    I already run Window 7 on my iMac via VM Fusion. Is there a similarly decent way to run OS X on a Windows PC through a product similar to VMware Fusion?

  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its been done, the forums at insanelymac.com have a number of threads discussing this.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Hi there, would you mind helping me out. I've been assigned the side job of product recommendations. Where can I find a PC in the $600-$800 price range with similar specs?

    15" display ( 1440 x 900 or better )
    8GB RAM
    i7 quad-core
    nvidia or ATI GPU ( similar specs to macbook pro )
    7 hour battery life or better
    if you can: backlit, chiclet style keys
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    The Dell Vostro 3560 comes close
    15.6" 1920x1080
    6GB RAM
    i7-3632Q (quad core)
    AMD Radeon HD 7670M 1GB graphic card
    battery life 3 hours
    backlit keyboard is a $20 add-on option
    currently on sale for $799, regular price $1289

    here's a review: http://www.mikesquarter.com/dell-vostro-3560-review-2206/

    and the link at Dell http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...e6&model_id=vostro-3560&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    East Coast
    It isn't necessary to match everything on the Mac laptop item for item. As examples, seven hour battery life is not an issue for me. I like a good keyboard, but it doesn't have to be backlit. What I'd like to find is a relatively inexpensive Windows laptop on which I can install an emulator so I can run the latest Mac operating system, just as well as I can run Windows 7 on my iMac using VMware Fusion.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Thanks, we actually tested that very unit and it was pretty impressive, the battery killed us. I guess I should have stated that battery life was VERY important, we MUST have 7 - 8 hours minimum. Carrying around an extra battery was not a big deal, but we would have to carry around 2 extra batteries with the dell! To be honest our MacBook Pros are typically getting only about 6 - 6.5 hours.

    We are currently testing an Acer Aspire TimelineX (Intel i5) that makes it about 7.5 - 8 hours. Of course that is with the intern, so it really doesn't do the 'hard stuff'. Haha.

    When haswell rolls in we will probably have exactly what we need at just about any price.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2012
    I looked though insanelymac.com and couldnt find exactly was I was looking for. My goal is to try and buy a Laptop with a discrete graphics card and get OS working on it. Hackintosh I cannot find a single laptop that has one and confirmed works with hackintosh.

    So thought this might be more accessible to work on more units. Also looking to see how close it is to a Mac experience. Know it will have hiccups Im sure, but trying to weigh the hiccups VS cost savings. Any advice or more accurate resources will be appreciated.
  8. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2011
    Stockholm Sweden
    Just to be clear. It is a Hackintosh solution. Not allowed according to the license (check OS X license). OS upgrades might stop the solution any time.

    But, please, report back how it is turning out. It would be very interesting as an alternative for more people.

    // Gunnar
  9. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2012
    Is this what you are looking for?: http://www.sysprobs.com/easily-run-mac-os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-retail-on-pc-with-vmware-image

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