In this video I run through the steps of running OSX on top of your windows PC via virtualization. Virtualization does not emulate hardware but uses the hardware in your pc to run the os. One of the advantages of this is that is that if you can get this running in virtualization then you can proceed to install osx as your main operating system with a good degree of confidence that it will work with your hardware. The other perk is that virtualization does not have the significant performance hit that you would see though emulation.
Before you start you will want a PC with a CPU that supports SSE2, has at least 2GB of ram, and over 20GB of free hard drive space.
1st you need virtualization software. Fortunately oracle offers its VirtualBox virtualization software for free. You can find it at, VirtualBox.org. Download and install the appropriate version for your operating system.
Next you need a patched copy of OS X that will run a non Macintosh machine. While I will not give you a direct link, try googling “iPC OSx86 10.5.6 torrent”.
Once you have a copy of a patched OS X image open virtualbox and select new. Type in OS X into the name field and click next. Now allot as much ram as possible to this virtual machine being sure to leave some for your host os. Do not give it less then 1GB. Now create new hard disk and select next. Next you have two options dynamic and fixed sized. Dynamic uses space as needed up to the virtual drive size. Fixed sized reserves the space up front. If you want a little better performance select fixed sized. Now finish out the final steps in the creation process.
Before you start your virtual machine select settings. *optional: select system then the processor tab. If you have multi core cpu give your virtual system a couple cores.* Next step is to click the motherboard tab and uncheck “Enable EFI” box. Now select display and allot the system some video ram. After that select the storage tab and select the virtual cd drive under IDE controller. On the far right under attributes select location of the image or if you burned the image to a disk select Host Drive (*).
Once selected you are ready to start your OS X machine. With OS X selected on the main window hit the start button. Now the OS X image should boot. Select your language and agree to the terms. At the select a destination screen, select the utilities drop down menu located at the top of the screen a chose the disk utility option. Select your disk on the right of the screen and chose to erase it. This will format it prepping the drive for OS X. Close the utility window and select your hard drive as the destination. In the next window select customize. Now click the arrow next to the iPC OSX86 heading and select the voodoo kernel. Next in the drivers section select the video card drivers that match the video card in your PC. Continue the process selecting drivers based upon the your systems hardware. Finally under the fixes and patches menu check CPUS =1 if your computer only has a single CPU or if you only designated one to the virtual mac. Also check:
- Legacy Time Machine Fix
- Support PS2 (if you have a PS2 mouse or keyboard)
also install all the applications as they will likely be useful to you. Select ok then select install. Once installed the virtual machine should reboot into your fresh install of OS X. Enjoy.
Specs of system used for video:
AMD phenom II x6 1075T @ 3.0Ghz
8GB DDR3 RAM
Radeon HD 6850 1 GB
1TB 7200 rpm HD
Windows 7 home premium 64-bit.
Duration : 0:6:34