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Is it legal to run Mac OS X in Windows on Virtualbox? Answered

Just wondering cuz i was thinking a bout doing this.

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orksecurity

7 years ago

As the mentions of "hackintosh" machines on the Internet indicate, there are people doing this sort of thing. But the answer to your question is "no, it isn't legal".

In this case, like most cases, you do not own your copy of Apple's software; instead you own a license to use that software, and that license states how it may and may not be used. In particular, as you point out, the license says you may use it only on Apple hardware. Using it on other hardware violates your contract. You could be sued for breach of contract if Apple wanted to make the effort.

Unless, of course, you're running Windows on Apple hardware. In that case, I suppose you could run OS X inside a virtual machine running on top of that copy of Windows without violating the contract.

Another approach would be to have that Apple hardware run Windows in a virtual machine under OS X. Windows' license agreement doesn't restrict what hardware you install it on, as long as you're only installing it on one machine at a time.

Personally, my suggestion would be to skip OS X entirely, and run Windows in a virtual machine under Linux or vice versa. Unless there is something you Absolutely Must Run which is available only for OS X. In which case, bite the bullet and buy a Mac... or break the contract and take your chances. Remember that ignorance of the law is no excuse.

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frollard

7 years ago

if you have a legit legal copy of osx, then yes.

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Mr. Tech Cheesefrollard

Answer 7 years ago

it says in the apple user agreement that you cant run mac os x on a non-apple computer.

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frollardMr. Tech Cheese

Answer 7 years ago

the user agreement presumes you have bought the software - IF you have a legit copy, then yes, no reason why you can't.

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Re-design

7 years ago

It's legal only if running on Apple branded equipment. Apple does not allow running any of their software on anything else, according to the license.