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All of the answers I've come across seem to either pre-date the change in the OS X EULA or are not dealing with real Apple hardware. The reason I want to do this is because I love my Macbook Air, I build iOS apps, but my bread and butter is in developing .Net applications. I currently run Lion and build my .Net apps in a Win7 virtual machine, but it's not ideal. I'm not interested in running a half-baked, legally-questionable solution. I want to know if it will actually work from a tool like VMWare Player without spending the hours needed to try it out on my laptop for real. Anybody tried this?

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It's still violating the EULA, since the Mac computer won't be already running OS X. See the quote in this answer on Meta ("the Apple software" refers to OS X). –  Daniel Beck Sep 19 '11 at 14:47

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A "questionable" solution patches some of the hardware checks that forbid the VM from starting. I don't think you're going to have a lot of success using Lion out of the box inside a VM, regardless of the underlying hardware. The VM software will have different virtual hardware IDs than the real Mac hardware. Haven't tried it myself, but this is my understanding.

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