Best Way To Make Windows Act And Look Like Mac OS?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by DKL2, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. DKL2 macrumors newbie

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    I want to make Windows look and act like Mac OS. What would be the best way to do that?
    This is for my Mom who is forced into a situation where she has to use Windows. She also is against hackintoshes by the principle of it being against the law.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. TPadden, Dec 24, 2016
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  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    If your Mom is required to use Windows software, that doesn't have to be on a Windows PC. You can run Windows on a Mac, with a variety of different methods. For example, Parallels will let your Mom run Windows as an Application on a Mac. The Mac operating system is still running, you are booted to a Mac, but the required Windows software is running, too.

    You can also install Windows on your Mom's Mac, using the built-in Boot Camp software. That solution gives you Windows. It also means that your Mom has to boot the Mac to the Windows partition, so the Mac is running on Windows. The Mac will do that very well.
    But, it's Windows (which again, doesn't look or act like a Mac), running on Apple hardware. Works good, but doesn't solve your Mom's issue.

    If your Mom MUST use Windows on a computer booted to Windows, then there will be disappointment, if she wants it to look and act like a Mac.
    It won't.
    It's Windows.

    Hackintoshes are not "against the law", per se. Running macOS on non-Apple hardware violates the strict terms of Apple's user license, but not really a practical legal issue. Plus, a casual user of OS X on non-Apple hardware WILL run into issues with upgrading macOS, and maintaining the system can often be finicky. Not something that I would wish on a user of a work-required system.
     
  5. TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry if you can't accept the answer: THERE IS NO WAY "to make Windows look and act like Mac OS."
     
  6. DKL2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Really? Why does Google have so many links of how to do that then? o_O
     
  7. TPadden, Dec 24, 2016
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    TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    In spite of my skepticism I'll be very interested to hear of any success you have with those links. :cool:
     
  8. DKL2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ??
    That's why I asked here before using them...
     
  9. kschendel macrumors 6502a

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    The Windows menu structure is different (per window instead of on top of the screen). The Windows Explorer or whatever they call it now is very different from the Finder. I've never heard of any software that mimics the Finder but runs on Windows. The shell is different (unix-style shell vs command prompt or Powershell) and the shell commands are wildly different.

    I know of software that allows you to run unix/linux-like shells and commands on Windows (cygwin) but I've never heard of a Mac-like interface. I think your Mom is out of luck and will have to take Windows as it is. If you find something that actually works, feel free to update us!
     

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