Classic os 9

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Malus, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. Malus macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2005
    Hi, sorry for all the questions...but,

    I just installed classic OS 9, and was wondering if its possible to change to os9 instead of osx format. Is there a way to see the desktop like it would be in os 9?? Thanks :)
  2. stridey macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2005
    Massachusetts, Connecticut
    OK. The first thing you need to know is that there's a difference between Classic and OS 9. OS 9 was the operating system that came before OS X. Early OS X machines could dual-boot in either OS X or OS 9. Classic, however, is merely a windowing environment that can run OS 9 applications. If you have a recent Mac (I'm assuming you do), you cannot boot in OS 9, but you can use Classic to run OS 9 applications. That's the long answer. The short answer is, sorry, nope. :)
  3. Malus thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2005
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Ah, no quite. To say that Classic is merely a windowing environment is to imply that it is somewhat like the X Windowing System or an alternative to Aqua. It is not. Classic is MacOS 9 running on top of MacOS X with some limitations. If your computer is MacOS 9-bootable, then Classic is the same software that MacOS 9 uses when it boots--with some differences. To most users, the major difference is that Classic uses the MacOS X Finder. To others, Classic has only limited access to hardware compared to MacOS 9. To still others, there are some software incompatibilities.
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    And if you have an older Mac, go to System Preferences > Startup Disk, and select the OS 9 folder.

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