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Installing Mac OS X on Non Apple Hardware

How can I install OSX Snow Leopard and Windows XP 32-bit on same HDD?

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marked as duplicate by Sathya, Diago Feb 16 '10 at 16:45

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

MAC == Media Access Control Mac == Macintonsh –  Sathya Feb 14 '10 at 19:59
someone has suggested this question is a duplicate (of superuser.com/questions/47337/… ) ... but it is not clear to me that this is asking how to install OSX on non-Apple hardware. it is only clear that this question is asking how to configure a dual-boot system with OSX and WinXP. any duplicate should address that issue. –  quack quixote Feb 15 '10 at 1:31

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Use Boot Camp. It is installed with Snow Leopard and can be found in /Applications/Utilities/Boot Camp Assistant.app

Boot Camp will create a second partition on your hard drive then assist you in installing Windows on it. You can then dual-boot the machine.

If you want to use OS X at the same time as Windows, then you should use either VirtualBox, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels Desktop to run Windows in a virtual machine.

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Run Boot Camp Assistant. It walks you through the process step by step. –  Stephen Jennings Feb 13 '10 at 18:30

In addition, I believe Parallels and VMWare Fusion will allow you to run the Boot Camp partition in a virtual machine. This can be quite handy when you only need a Windows program for a minute and don't want to have to reboot into the Boot Camp partition. I saw an article the other day showing that Parallels was quite a bit faster than Fusion, fyi. I use VirtualBox b/c it is free though, and it is great, but it can't virtualize the Boot Camp partition.

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