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I've recently purchased an assembled desktop (it has an i5 processor, and a intel DH67CL motherboard). Is it possible for me to install OS X on a separate partition, just to understand the experience of working in OS X? I don't mind if its a trial installation (which won't work after X days), but I need to understand whether working on OS X would suit me. I'm 60+, and have used Windows all my life, hence the hesitation before buying a MacBook.

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Theoretically you can install OS X on non-Apple machine. However, this is against the OS X TOS. Such a machine is called Hackintosh and there are several guides on the internet about how to do this. However, I am not sure if that motherboard is compatible, and from what I remember other components (e.g. video card) should also be compatible. The process is much more trickier than normal install of OS X on Apple machine or Windows on a PC. And this question most likely will be closed as Hackintosh-related. – lupincho Jul 29 '12 at 9:45
Can't edit my comment, but it should be OS X EULA, not TOS. – lupincho Jul 29 '12 at 11:08
As everything you're doing falls into the "grey zone" of legality anyway the easiest way to try out OSX on a Windows machine is to download a preinstalled OSX VMWare image from any of the popular torrent sites and use that. – Tyr Jul 29 '12 at 12:59
As per the FAQ, questions like this (which ask how to violate the terms of the license) are explicitly outside the scope of this site. – Ken Jul 29 '12 at 18:16

1) OS X doesn't have any of that licensing/trial bs you're probably used to. There is just 1 version of OS X that you run, and that's it. 2) OS X can't just run on regular hardware without being "tricked" into thinking it's a mac 3) What's you're trying to do is against Apple's EULA, but is possible. You should see the Hackintosh project, and the OS X 86 project. 4) Running OS X on standard hardware is a very common feat, which is well documented on the internet… all you need is a simple google search query.

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You can install Mountain Lion from the following link (doesn't even require you to burn a new DVD!):

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And how would this be helpful to install OS X on non-Apple hardware? – Arjan Jul 29 '12 at 10:58
Only works for booting on macs... – AMomchilov Jul 29 '12 at 15:43

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