OSX Lion, running Snow leopard on virtual machine?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Apr 14, 2010
Washington State
Ok, so I was reading that you can now run a virtual version of Snow Leopard on Lion?

I have a few questions on that since the only thing that is stopping me from going Lion (I want to take advantage of iCloud when it comes out since I have an iPhone) is two games (Fallout and Sim City) that won't run on Lion.

So... would I need to buy Parallels (or something similar) to run it and do you think on a 2010 13" MBP that it would still run the virtual Snow Leopard fast enough to run both games decently (I suspect Fallout at least as it is a really old game so it doesn't have as high spec requirements).

Also, is there a way to make my computer dual boot from Snow Leopard to Lion (I think I'd prefer it doing it this way anyways)?


macrumors G5
Oct 23, 2010
Lion is licensed to be virtualized, however the only version of Snow Leopard that is licensed to be run in a virtual machine is Snow Leopard Server. Parallels will create a VM from a Snow Leopard Server disc but not a regular Snow Leopard disc.
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