Use Mac OS without Mac Computer?

So can it be done or is it illegal?

If you have a regularly licensed OS, it’s legal, but if you don’t have a MAC it’s difficult to install it.

It could run flawlessly on a virtual machine, but I’m not sure that it could run on a not-Mac computer.

Virtual Machine? So it is legal but it’s really hard?

As I said, if you own a valid license, you can use the operative system. If you got a warez software, then obviously it’s not legal :wink:

The problem is that Mac OS is intended to be used on Mac computers, I’m not sure that it can run on a different machine.

It should be possible to install it on a [U]virtual machine[/U] however.

[QUOTE=cluelessidiot;1917943]So can it be done or is it illegal?[/QUOTE]

Yes it can be done. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSx86

Whether it is legal or not depends on how you acquire it and
on your local laws.

If you buy it from apple, is it legal?

Yes :slight_smile:

Quote from Wikipedia:

One problem that still remains with installing Mac OS X on a non-Apple branded computer is the license agreement that is bundled with Mac OS X. The user that is installing Mac OS X must agree to the license before installing the operating system. According to the license the software can only be installed on a “Single Apple-branded computer” at a time.

  1. Permitted License Uses and Restrictions.
    A. This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. This License does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time,and you may not make the Apple Software available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time. You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code) in machine-readable form for backup purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the original.

Yes it can be done and it can be legal to use it on a non-Apple branded computer.
There are a few ways you can run a Mac OS on a x86 PC, if you don’t have any experience in C++. you can start with a Emulator like PearPC, its free from Sourceforge.net and to make it legal using a Mac OS on a non-Apple branded computer register at The Apple Developer web site.
If you need any guides or more Info send me a PM.


Every motherboard I have purchased has had the option in the BIOS to install the Mac OS. If you do not have this option in the BIOS you will have problems.