OS X ON WINDOWS?

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  1. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    I know you can do windows on the mac, but is it at all possible to do OS X on a windows machine. I really like machines like the dell xps 13, but despise windows.
     
  2. r6mile macrumors 6502

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    No. Unless you build a Hackintosh, which though functional can be a total PITA to maintain.
     
  3. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    As someone who runs Windows on an RMB I find this comment interesting.

    From my experience running both, operating systems today don't count, they really don't matter. Operating systems should be stable, get out of the way, and let you get to your apps as quickly as possible. Both OSX and Windows do a good job of this. My wife jumps between Windows and OSX every two years when her company swaps her notebooks, she doesn't care as she just needs to get to Outlook, Skype, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and a browser.

    For me, I prefer Windows as it's what I've used for decades and it's what my company mandates, but if I had no choice but to run OSX I could, it's just a little nasty when it comes to file management. Windows 10 is rock-solid, apparently runs better on the RMB than OSX does which is an interesting development.

    BJ
     
  4. Koudspeel macrumors regular

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    You have two options. Either build a Hackintosh or run OSX on a virtual machine.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Both of those require some level of hacking. I've done both and depending on the hardware a Hackintosh can be fairly easy to setup or a bear. I've also needed to do some funky things with Vmware Workstation to get OS X up and running on a PC as well.
     
  6. xmichaelp macrumors 68000

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    I completely disagree. Apps aren't the entirety of an OS. Just the way OS X works is so much better in my eyes than Windows. Windows JUST got multiple desktops with 10. Unbelievable.

    Also, Windows doesn't have the Apps I love. iMovie, Garageband/Logic, Pixelmator, Affinity Photo, OpenEmu, etc. I find OS X just has better apps that are more well designed.
     
  7. mooblie macrumors 6502

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    Can you explain what you're referring to, please?
     
  8. Koudspeel macrumors regular

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    That's true, but not hard to do at all if you've got some IT background.

    I think he's reffering to this: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsex...in-windows-10-the-power-of-windowsmultiplied/
     
  9. mooblie macrumors 6502

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  10. boltjames macrumors 68030

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    The apps you love are Mac versions of apps available on the Windows platform as well.

    It doesn't matter when Windows got multiple desktops; the point is it has them. There isn't a feature on OSX that is missing on Windows 10. Most of what you call a 'feature' of OSX is just an app to the rest of the world. Windows 10 is a very good operating system. Mainly because it just gets out of the way and lets the apps do their thing without interference, the more insignificant an operating system is the better.

    BJ
     
  11. themac, Feb 24, 2016
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    There might be ways to do it with a Virtual Box.

    Daniel
     
  12. bulbousnub macrumors 6502

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    Agreed on the PITA thing... finally gave up trying to mess with mine and am using a MacBook in it's place.
     
  13. Aros888 macrumors newbie

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    I can think of a couple pretty important ones:

    Firstly, and perhaps least importantly, OS-specific syncing features -- iCloud, handoff, etc. I actually use these a lot, so they're somewhat important to me. There are workarounds that exist to get similar things with Windows and iPhone, but most of them are janky and/or involves jailbreaking.

    Unix style command line (much prefer it to cygwin). This is a surprisingly big deal depending on what you do with your computer.

    In many ways most importantly: the ability to use XCode (natively, not under a virtual machine; that has significant drawbacks) to develop for iOS, OSX, watchOS, etc. Going the other way, it's easier to develop for windows on a windows machine (though there are much better virtual machine solutions for running windows instances on osx than vice-versa, and you can of course just install windows on a separate partition on a Mac, though that has its drawbacks as well).

    It may be that none of these apply to your use case, but there are certainly pretty significant 'features' that depend on choice of operating system.

    That said, both Windows 10 and OSX are excellent operating systems, and much better than versions from even a few years ago. Windows 10 on a MacBook is particularly pleasing (before El Capitan, Windows 10 also performed noticeably better than OSX on the MacBook), though I still prefer OSX for general use due largely to better trackpad gesture support and the command line.
     

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