What would be the disadvantage of running MacOS in a VM on a nice Windows 10 machine?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by dudeslife, May 26, 2019.

  1. dudeslife macrumors member

    dudeslife

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    At this point, what would be the disadvantage of dumping my 2017 macbook pro and running MacOS in a VM on a nice Windows 10 machine? Other than losing an always on sentient Hazel, Alfred, and Keyboard Maestro, I cannot think of any drawbacks though I admit those 3 are HUGE. Can someone change my mind?
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

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    Aside from the fact that it violates the license for macOS to use it on a non-Apple computer, macOS really suffers when used in virtualization because it has no graphics acceleration. If you do anything that requires that, or requires maximum speed, it's not going to be suitable.
     
  3. dudeslife thread starter macrumors member

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    Couldn't care less about "licensing" but I don't really think lack of graphics acceleration would affect me. Adobe stuff would be fine under Windows and I don't play games..
     
  4. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Sluggishness and lack of responsiveness would be your main problem. I hate the way mouse arrow moves, let alone everything else in VM.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    You wouldn't think but macOS in a VM is really slow because of the lack of acceleration. There's a lot of hoops to jump through to try to get iMessage to work as well. Getting a VM up and running with macOS isn't all that difficult, but getting everything work can be a pain.
     

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