I am using Windows XP, now I want to install Mac OS X Lion (10.7). My problem is I want both operating systems. Is it possible? Will it be possible to use Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and XP simultaneously?

  • Questions about installing Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware are off-topic for this site as per the FAQ. – Gerry May 30 '12 at 7:14
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    Better idea: Buy a Mac. Install VM s/w such as VMWare or Parallels. Then install WinXP (or Win7) in the VM. Then you can use them simultaneously and be legal at the same time. – james.garriss May 30 '12 at 13:28
  • Yes you certainly can do it, but in many cases, you might not want to risk the licensing issues if you don't have a legal team to know the risks of a potential violation. As long as we can keep this objective and informative, I don't see this needing to be closed. If it gets into a "how to accomplish this" we may need to edit or close this. We're happy to host a high level summary of issues, but we are not the place to find a "how to run Lion on non-Apple hardware". – bmike May 30 '12 at 17:27

Questions that detail how to actually installation of OS X on non-Apple hardware are off topic due to the violation of the Apple EULA, but let's see if we can have a good general discussion of the issues and assume everyone is here to learn where the virtualization issues lie.

Using non-Apple hardware

Your only option is a hackint0sh.

Using a Mac computer

If you were using a Mac computer, you can use both operating systems:

  • simultaneously:

    OS X (host), XP (virtual machine)

  • dual boot via bootcamp:

    OS X, XP ← this will allow XP full access to the hardware


    • Bootcamp in Lion does not support Windows XP.
      (Thanks to @DanBarrett for mentioning this)

    It only supports:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, or Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate with Boot Camp 4.0. Check this list for information on 64-bit support.
  • I think it's also possible to use XP as a host via bootcamp and virtualize OSX. – gentmatt May 30 '12 at 5:54
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    He wants to install Lion, so XP in Bootcamp isn't an option since Lion Bootcamp only supports Windows 7. – Dan Barrett May 30 '12 at 11:35
  • @DanBarrett All right, thanks! I wasn't aware of that. – gentmatt May 30 '12 at 11:45
  • However, we can use a russian doll metaphor to boot Windows 7 in BootCamp and then virtualize an XP instance in that to avoid any Mac OS. It's a stretch if the OP would accept it, but it's certainly possible and clearly within EULA of Windows and Apple if proper licenses are used. – bmike May 30 '12 at 17:30

There is a second way you can run on Windows hardware, although it pretty clearly seems in violation of the Apple EULA (at least to a non-laywer).

You can download and install VirtualBox. It will emulate the Mac OS X hardware and you can run Mac OS X on your Windows (this tutorial mentions Snow Leopard, but Lion will work as well).
It isn't easy (or recommended...) but this solution is pretty close to the answer you are looking for.

Please note, although they say you can download a copy of Snow Leopard/Lion, this is illegal. You'll have to buy a legal copy of the installation disk in order to do this legally...

  • Keep in mind though that using a virtualization of OSX on a PC still is a violation of the Apple EULA. – gentmatt May 30 '12 at 6:17
  • Hm, I thought so... Does this make my answer unsuitable for this site? I'll edit my answer. Thanks! – Michiel May 30 '12 at 6:20
  • As long as you yourself don't give directions on how to do this, you should be fine - I think... :) – gentmatt May 30 '12 at 6:22
  • I see :-) I'll edit my answer! – Michiel May 30 '12 at 6:24
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    Great discussion - trying to be clear of legality and just covering the bases seems a good thing to have. I'll ping another moderator to be sure we're in the clear here. – bmike May 30 '12 at 17:32

You can install Mac on your Windows computer using VMWare Player, which is a non-commercial software. It's easy, quick, and you can get a Mac OS X running within minutes.

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