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How to run Mac OSX within Windows Virtual PC?

I have heard rumors that there is a way to run Mac OSX Server in a Virtual Machine in windows. I know this is not exactly Legal.
I want to do this to try out what it is like to develop applications for the iPhone but without the huge investment of buying a MAC.

  • The performance will probably be atrocious. At least that was the case for me. – alex Sep 29 '09 at 5:50
  • Buy a Mac Mini,... – Pit Sep 29 '09 at 8:30

Try PearPC


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  • +1 seems like the only way without "hacking" things. – JL. Sep 29 '09 at 6:55

I'd have a look at this same/similar question: How to run Mac OSX within Windows Virtual PC

Jonathan Sampson answered:

Can you run OS X on Windows? Yes, apparently you can with PearPC. Is it legal? Well, that is another question on its own.

While it is possible (which is what you asked), there are certain limitations:

While the CPU emulation may be slow (1/500th or 1/15th), the speed of emulated hardware is hardly impacted by the emulation; the emulated hard-drive and CDROM e.g. are very fast, especially with OS that support bus-mastering (Linux, Darwin, Mac OS X do). A lot of unimplementated features are fatal (i.e. will abort PearPC). Timings are very still a little bit inaccurate. Don't rely on benchmarks made in the client. PearPC lacks a save/restore machine-state feature. No LBA48 (but LBA). Currently no support for hard disks greater than 128 GiB. Disks > 4GiB are not tested very well.

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