I have a laptop with AMD A8 processor, is it possibe to install Mac OS X lion on it using retail DVD ?


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Technically it is possible, although it is not legal.

you are granted a limited, non- exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple- branded computer at any one time.

It is also not nearly as stable as a true Mac would be.

If you want an inexpensive (By apple Standards) taste of the Mac environment, I would buy a Mini. ~$200 for a used one is possible.


No. The OS X license prohibits installing it on non-Apple hardware. There are no Apple-branded laptops with AMD processors. There are various different clauses for different license types, but they all contain this restriction:

"... you are granted a limited, non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at any one time."

"... to download, install, use and run for personal, non-commercial use, one (1) copy of the Apple Software directly on each Apple-branded computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control"


No. Legally, OSX can only be installed on Mac hardware. There are "Hackintoshes" out there, however, they run on very specific PC hardware - all with Intel processors.

  • Ohh didn't know about the legalities. Thanks for the information. Aug 24, 2013 at 18:49
  • @Keltari I remember some "Hackintoshes" being installed on AMD CPU (since they have the same instruction set), however it involved heavy modification to the underlying system. This and coupled with the legal issues make this answer just for record. Aug 24, 2013 at 18:59
  • @DoktoroReichard, yes... I added an answer stating exactly that. Hackintoshes have all sorts of problems if you step away from specific chipsets as I recall, and AMD is even further out of the box of things that work. But it is possible, just not legal. Aug 24, 2013 at 19:05
  • @AthomSfere and in all, that was the question asked. Is it possible? Yes. Is it legal? No. Aug 24, 2013 at 19:09

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