Windows <-> Mac

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by dado1, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. dado1 macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Is it possible to install windows on mac and vice versa? Isn't Mac and PC just 2 computers. What is difference?
  2. bartzilla macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2008
    Macs are hardware, Windows is software, the "IBM compatible PC" is the hardware equivilent of the Mac, so it's Mac vs. PC rather than Mac vs. Windows.

    I'm not just being picky with those terms for the sake of being awkward but rather because it IS possible to install Mac OS X on a PC (see hackintosh) though technically a violation of the OS X licence, and it IS possible to install Windows onto a Mac (see Bootcamp). It's also possible, using virtualisation, to run one OS inside the other, though again due to licence restrictions its only "proper" to virtualise Windows guests on an OS X host.

    In the past, the differences in the hardware were profound - the processors were totally different as were much of the stuff that directly supported these processors, which means the two computers spoke totally different languages.

    These days, there's very little difference between a Mac and a PC at the hardware level. Macs use a different firmware layer (translation layer between Hardware and Software) to what you'll see on a PC, but this isn't very significant in the great scheme of things.

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