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Is it possible to have Mac OS X on Windows 7 using a virtual machine, preferably VMware?

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Yes, but:

  1. It is against the license unless you plan to run Mac OS X Server.
  2. If you use the original VMWare installer from VMWare, it will be really slow, sluggish.
  3. It is most certainly not legal if you use the images from "the internet". There are many prepared VMWare images, with VMWare cracks/hacks to get it working.

But, again. Against the license:

… to install, use and run up to two (2) additional copies or instances of the Apple Software within virtual operating system environments on each Mac Computer you own or control that is already running the Apple Software.

… so, not from a Windows host, only OS X hosts.

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Uuuhm... but if I remember correctly, VirtualBox can run MAC OS X out-of-the-box. But that's also illegal from Windows. You know, just saying. –  Shiki Feb 23 '12 at 16:45
    
virtualbox.org/wiki/Guest_OSes –  Shiki Feb 23 '12 at 16:48
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It's not allowed if you run Windows on a Mac. You must be running Apple software, citing from the license: > run up to two (2) additional copies or instances of the Apple Software within virtual operating system environments on each Mac Computer you own or control that is already running the Apple Software. – I edited your answer, hope you don't mind. If breaking the license is illegal depends on where you live. –  slhck Feb 23 '12 at 17:03
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@posdef For example. I seriously messed up my system editing the system configuration to answer questions here on SU ;-) Another reason is to experiment with updates of vital software while your production system continues running, or running conflicting software packages. –  Daniel Beck Feb 23 '12 at 17:22
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@m0skit0 Read again. You can run non-Apple software on your Mac, through Boot Camp. But you can't run Apple software (e.g. Lion) virtualized on non-Apple software (e.g. Windows). –  slhck Feb 23 '12 at 18:35

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