Even if you're a Windows user, you've probably thought about trying the Mac OS X. Maybe you'd like to test OS X before buying a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run an app on your Windows machine which is only exclusive for the Mac OS X. Whatever your reason is, you can actually install and run OS X on any Intel-based Windows PC with a program called VirtualBox. Here's how.
Running OS X on your Windows desktop will take a bit of work, but it's pretty easy to do and the final product is quite outstanding. Thanks to Macbreaker and Lifehacker for providing the original instructions! To cut to the chase, here's how to do this.
Step 1: Requirements
- A PC running 64-bit Windows with at least a dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Mountain Lion is 64-bit, and thus requires your copy of Windows to be 64-bit. If you’re on a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install Snow Leopard instead (Google it as this instructable is for Mountain Lion not Snow Leopard). Note that your processor also needs to support VT-x. This list should help you find out whether yours does.
- VirtualBox and the VirtualBox Extension Pack: VirtualBox is my favourite virtualisation tool for Windows, and it’s completely free. VirtualBox doesn’t officially support OS X, but it’s actually very easy to get up and running. You should download the main program and the Extension Pack, which will give you support for USB devices.
- A hacked Mountain Lion disc image. Sadly, this won’t work with a vanilla Mountain Lion installer, so you’ll have to find a compatible hacked version. The hacking group Olarila has put a great installation ISO together, and you can find it by searching Google. If that doesn’t fit well with you, you can head over to the Mac App Store and buy a legit copy for yourself, so you can at least pirate with a clear conscience.
- The HackBoot 1 and HackBoot 2 ISO files. Each one has it's own function which you'll know later. However, both will help you boot into the installation.
- Mulitbeast 4, which will help you get audio and other things working correctly after installation. You’ll need to register for a free account over at Tonymacx86.com to download this. Make sure to download MultiBeast 4 — it’s labelled “Lion”, but for our purposes the Lion version works better than the Mountain Lion version.