Can You Run Mac OS on a PC?


For years, Mac enthusiasts with a PC have wanted to run the Mac OS on a PC to get the best of both worlds. Thanks to a volunteer community and some computer ingenuity, PC's now have a way to run the Mac OS.


  • Workarounds to allow the Mac OS on a PC started appearing in 2005 thanks to special copies of the Mac OS intercepted from the Apple Developer Connection.


  • A "hacked" version of the Mac OS, coined "OSx86" can run on a PC without any tweaks, but users may only find this on file-sharing networks such as BitTorrent. Alternatively, several pieces of software are available that can emulate the Mac OS on a PC.


  • In order to install Mac OS on a PC, the user will need to known the complete details of their hardware; most emulators will not automatically recognize hardware. Also, the Mac OS needs a hard drive partition and installation of the ISO image from a DVD disc.


  • As of 2010, Apple has repeatedly stated that they will never release the Mac OS for PC-based hardware. This leaves those who want to use the Mac on a PC or those who cannot afford Apple hardware to use this trick.


  • PC owners contemplating putting Mac OS on a PC should read over the installation guides on website dedicated to getting Mac on Intel machines. Mac OS does not work with every PC configuration.

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