Installing Snow Leopard on Mavericks as Virtual server

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  1. captainparanoid macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    I am trying to install Snow Leopard as a virtual server onto Mavericks in order to run Macromedia Freehand MX.

    I tried to do this using Parallels and Mac OSX Snow Leopard Server 10.6.7 Intel AMD Vmware Image.rar
    but it would not install? I have researched this on the Parallels help site and it says Snow Leopard will not install using Parallels although other people seem to have used this successfully?

    Any ideas?

  2. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    You cannot install SLeopard on any Mac built after the 2011 MacBook Pros. Not even the 2011 Mac Mini will run Snow Leopard, though the 2011 iMac will.
  3. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Parallels lets you install Lion or newer without any problem. It won't let you install Snow Leopard, only Snow Leopard Server, which was a separate OS. It's a licensing technicality - the Snow Leopard licence had a condition that said you can install one copy of the OS on one physical Apple-branded computer. They dropped this licence condition when they switched to selling OS X through the App Store with Lion.

    Parallels actively checks the virtual hard drive to make sure you're not trying to run the ordinary Snow Leopard. It doesn't just do this when you install - it does it every time you start the VM.

    If I remember correctly, it is possible to trick Parallels by changing one of the .plist files in the installer, and changing it again on the installed machine. But if the .plist file ever gets reset (for example, a software update overwriting the file), Parallels will refuse to boot it.

    You might have better luck with VirtualBox. It's a little bit fiddlier to set up an OS X guest in VirtualBox, but they don't proactively enforce Apple's licensing technicalities like Parallels do.
  4. MichaelLAX macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    All of this is covered in my thread Installing Snow Leopard in Parallels:

    It is a common myth that the Snow Leopard EULA prohibited its installation in Parallels, but that is not true. Parallels has a separate agreement with Apple that prevents its installation in Parallels.

    However, Snow Leopard Server is easier to install and operate.

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