mac OS on a PC ?

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macrumors newbie
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Sep 2, 2006
Hi This is prob a strange question but since I know Nadda about Macs I will ask anyway. I was wondering if it is possible to use a MAC O.S. On a separate HD in a PC. I have a custom built PC with 2 Hard drives. I use XP on one and Linux 2006 on the other. I was thinking of replacing The Linux OS with the Mac OS. Can this be done? and will it run smoothly? I wish to purchase a Mac Laptop but with 2 children in University Dad has to wait!..Thanks for your time..


macrumors 68020
Mar 14, 2004
Chicago, IL
If you search there are tons of threads on this.

Yes it is possible, however it is not:

1) Legal
2) Easy
3) Very usable
4) Current, meaning the release you can get to work is a few points behind where Mac OS X is


macrumors 65816
Jan 5, 2005
It is not a strange question, it gets asked a lot. For technical and business reasons, it can not.


macrumors 65832
Aug 2, 2004
There are ways it can be done... but not legally.

I would suggest sticking with Linux on that system.

As for getting a Mac laptop, if you are under budget restrictions, buy a used system. I found a number of nice Mac laptops for clients for under $200 that run Mac OS X. The idea of buying a new Mac (specially to learn if Mac OS X is the right environment for you) would seem to be an odd route to take. It is much safer to buy used system, try it out, and then decide if a newer, faster, system is worth the investment on your part.

iBookG4user said:
You have to be an Apple developer otherwise it's illegal.
Actually, it is illegal even if you are a developer. Developer releases of Mac OS X for Intel are restricted to Apple hardware just as much as any other releases.

Just FYI.
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