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How to Install Mac OS X (Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard) on a PC

EDIT: This guide is very outdated and it doesn't exactly go into specifics all that well. By now there are much easier and less time-consuming ways to install Mac OS X on a PC. It will be kept up here for archiving purposes.

Hello. Today I will show you how to install Tiger, Leopard, or Snow Leopard on your PC running Windows. This will also tell you how to dual boot Vista/7 and OS X.

DISCLAIMER:
IF YOU INSTALL OS X (OR ANY MACINTOSH OS) ON A PC OR ANYTHING THAT IS NOT APPLE BRANDED, YOU ARE BREAKING YOUR END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH APPLE! ALSO, YOU RISK MESSING UP YOUR COMPUTER IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING! I AM NOT, AND WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU DO WITH THIS KNOWLEDGE! IF YOU'RE NOT A COMPUTER GEEK, I SUGGEST YOU STAY AWAY FROM THIS INSTRUCTABLE, AS IT INCLUDES A LOT OF TECHNICAL STUFF! AS SAID ALREADY, I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANYTHING YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH THE KNOWLEDGE I AM PROVIDING YOU!

Also, when you install Mac OS X on a PC, the PC will officially be known as a Hackintosh PC (or Hac for short).

And of course, be sure to back up your data before you start, just in case something goes wrong.

With that out of the way, let's get started!
 
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Tiger is a bit more lean on your system resources. It needs:

An Intel processor with SSE2 or better
256MB of RAM
Around 5-6GB of hard drive space

Tiger does not need Intel is can also work on Amd, I owned an old Ibook G3 That used Amd With Mac OS X Tiger!

tross710 months ago
How much RAM does it take to run mountain lion?
TheOneAndOnlyMissingNo. (author)  tross78 months ago
2GB according to Apple, although you could probably get away with 1GB if you're willing to sacrifice some speed and/or features.
TheOneAndOnlyMissingNo. (author) 1 year ago
Wow, did I really write this when I was 11?
Can you use a usb instead of a DVD to burn leopard to and then boot from it?
I believe so, you'll just have to configure your BIOS to boot from USB. I have seen someone use an iPod as the storage media for reinstalling Leopard for his Mac, so I don't see why you couldn't do that.
swillshire2 years ago
Aha thanks alot your guide is amazing! =D i know this guide is a bit old but do you think the iatkos s3 snow leopard will work? these are my specs
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz, 2997 Mhz, 1 Core, 1 Logical Processor(s) and 2gb ram =D thanks
Well I don't see why it wouldn't work, but let me say this, there has been a MUCH better way to do this since I wrote it. Google search for 'iboot' and click on the link to tonymacx86's blog. Good luck! (PS. Sorry for taking so long to reply, I haven't logged in for a loooooooong time lol)
aamish3 years ago
i think tiger requires minimum 2gb ram
and a little more space..
TheOneAndOnlyMissingNo. (author)  aamish2 years ago
Er, are you sure about that? I appreciate your comment, but I've seen Tiger run on 512MB RAM.