Why can't you install Mac OS X on Windows?

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  1. Juan TS macrumors member

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    This is a question that I ask myself for a long time. Why can you install windows on a Mac but you can't install OS X on a windows machine?

    They both use Intel processors and Virtual machine can handle OS X on windows!

    Why?
     
  2. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Welcome to Hackintosh...http://www.hackintosh.com/

    You can, but you have to have all the correct drivers, etc. and it can be a hassle sometimes.

    But legally, the OSX is tied to the mac computer so...
     
  3. Juan TS thread starter macrumors member

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    I already know hackintosh, but it is a mess sometimes, due to the drivers, as you said.

    But is it Apple which won't allow to install OS X on windows?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it is because of Apple. They don't want to sell OS X, they want to sell Macs.

    Apple is a hardware company, not a software company.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Apple does put some code in to check to see if it is a real Mac.
    And as others say, apple wants to sell machines with osx.
    Apple tried to sell it separately years back and it almost broke the company. Apple also has lots of reasons for not selling to run on windows machines, such as the problem of supporting way way too many different hardware configurations. The multitude of hardware configs drives the windows kernel developers crazy.
     
  6. Juan TS thread starter macrumors member

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    That makes a lot of sense.
    Then why so Microsoft allows Windows to be installed on Mac's? This way people will feel more attracted to buy Mac's since it supports both.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Microsoft wants to sell as many copies of windows as possible. They don't care about the hardware.
     
  8. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Because Microsoft is a software company - and they get paid whether you install Windows on Mac or PC.
     
  9. Juan TS thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahh! LOOL. How could I forget so, thanks!

    Thanks! :D
     
  10. mountains macrumors regular

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    Apple doesn't go out of its way to support a wide variety of components and manufacturers (note: this is an understatement). They want to have a lot of influence over the hardware that goes into their computers, which has its benefits (what works, works well) and its problems (most things don't work).
     
  11. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I just read today that virtualization will be a standard feature of Windows 8. This should mean you won't need to download virtualbox before you create a virtual hackintosh on your windows box.
     
  12. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    And Microsoft owns Apple believe it or not. They are a major shareholder.
     
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not even close to true, they sold those shares a very long time ago. Update your myths please.
     
  14. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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  15. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    Ow ok, they must have sold it then. Microsoft saved Apple in the 90's, so I figured they still would have a large stake in Apple.
     
  16. mountains macrumors regular

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    Bill Gates is a programming genius, not an investing genius.
     
  17. Mal macrumors 603

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    Bill Gates ain't a programming genius either. He's a business opportunist, pure and simple. Read some of the history about Gates and Microsoft.

    jW
     
  18. mountains macrumors regular

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    Those rose-shaded glasses must be nice.
     
  19. Mal macrumors 603

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    So glad you took time to post utter rubbish in response to a simple post of mine. I've never heard anyone argue before that Bill Gates was a genius programmer. Granted, he has done some programming, but his contribution to the computer world was not in the form of great code or software. He's a businessman first, programmer being a good bit further down the list.

    jW
     
  20. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I believe in unicorns too.
     
  21. mrgraff macrumors 6502a

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    I think his programming had a bigger contribution than you think. If it wasn't for programming there would probably be no Microsoft.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates#BASIC
     
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    It's there already in W7 if you have the enterprise or (I think) the Ultimate version. It's called Windows XP mode, but it's effectively the old Virtual PC product. Whether it'll support whatever you need to run OS X is a different question.
     
  24. rorschach macrumors 68020

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    Well according to Steve Jobs, Apple is "fundamentally a software company."

    But the secret behind Apple is that they make both the hardware and software. It's not that they aren't a software company; it's that de-coupling the hardware and software would kill what makes Apple different from Microsoft and other software companies.
     
  25. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    It's unlikely that Win8 will be able to run OSx in a virtual machine - it's against Apple's EULA, and Apple could file a lawsuit. Microsoft plays it clean most of the time.
     

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