Windows on Mac but not Mac on Windows - why?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by chapmac, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. chapmac macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Hi all, just a question. Many of us here run some kind of virtualisation software to run Windows on our Mac - Parallels, VMware or Virtual box.

    But why doesn't this occur the other way round? Why can't we run virtual OSX boxes on windows machines? Parallels supports virtually every other OS under windows so I assume there is a very good technical reason why this is the case, and this is why people make hackintosh's.

    Just interested to know why - can anyone shed some light? I am sure there would be huge demand for it if it were possible (and may well affect Apple h/w sales?????)
  2. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    You have answered your own question.

    Apple has too much to lose by unlocking Mac OS from Apple hardware.
  3. dsharits macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2004
    The People's Republic of America
    Because Apple does not allow it to work. Their software is licensed only for their hardware, and they build it so only their hardware will recognize it and run it.
    They had tried licensing the software for other machines back in the mid-90's and it almost killed Apple. While I don't think that would happen today, it is a better idea to avoid licensing for other hardware. Part of what makes Apple computers so special is that the same company makes both the hardware and the software, which makes everything work so well together.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Answered your question, you have.
  5. chapmac thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Clear I have felt the force on this one.......and the knowledge was within me all the time master jedi!
  6. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    A big part of the justification for running a virtualized Windows (not necessarily Boot Camp, but generally) is that a Windows crash won't bring down your whole system. Running your VM software inside Windows kind of defeats that purpose! :D
  7. jon86 macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    They have clearly not tried hard enough to stop Mac OS X from running on non-Mac hardware otherwise Hackintosh computers would not exist. The main reason I believe is that Apple would lose loads of the vast profits they currently get from selling hardware and also that it would break the closed Apple ecosystem.

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