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MacOSX on WindowsXP

This title seems like a dream, and actually it is one. Thanks to two german students and a growing community it actually works. The solution: PearPC.

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MacOSX Jaguar running under Windows XP

Granted, it has some flaws, and the speed isn't overwhelming, but recent news say the developers are working on it. The newest version 0.2 even supports networking, which means it should be possible to have internet access.

The setup of the whole thing is a bit tricky, but manageable, following the online instructions provided on PearPC's website. Legal issues first. You have to own a copy of MacOSX. I chose to install "Jaguar". Check ebay, for example, it shouldn't be too hard to get a copy at a rather small price.

Furthermore, you need a copy of PearPC (downloadable on their website), and a HFS formatted disk image (they offer one there as well, but I found the images over at more useful).

You have to make an ISO file out of your MacOSX installerCD. Configuration and setup of the virtual boot devices are done editing a textfile.

If you are lucky and it works for you, you have to wait...wait...and wait. The whole OS installation took about 2 and a half hour.

How's that for a browser cam?

Fortunately the speed flaws don't matter that much to me. I don't intend to work with an emulated Mac, why should I? But I was most excited to finally have a possibility to check my websites with Mac browsers. So I installed Safari 1.0 and Mozilla 1.6 (had to write the downloadable files into an iso disk image first).

MacOSX Jaguar running under Windows XP

MacOSX Jaguar running under Windows XP

MacOSX Jaguar running under Windows XP

Thats really amazing, isn't it?

Thank you, thank you

I've been waiting for something like that for a couple of years now. So I am very thankful and have to bow low before the folks who managed to bring PearPC to life and make it work. So what's left to do?

MacOSX Jaguar running under Windows XP

Shut down the Apple and make a donation to the people over at PearPC. See you there :))

Posted by Minz Meyer at June 23, 2004, 12:38 AM | To Top

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In my opinion the oposite makes more sense: working in the superior OSX, and using an emulator to view the results in Windows. Why would you want to do it the other way around?

Posted by: Jeroen at June 23, 2004 04:48 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Hmmmm...think about it this way.
Because I already got two computers running (both on Win) and wouldn't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money for a third one in order to test webpages on another OS.

And there is, of course another reason, but I don't intend to start an OS flame-war here, I've been through that so many times before and it doesn't really lead to any results.

Posted by: Minz Meyer at June 24, 2004 01:51 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Hey Minz, what speed processor does your host computer have? Also, does simple web browsing seem really really slow, or is it tolerable? I read a while back that PearPC ran about 40x slower than the native processor speed. I look forward to PearPC improvements!

Posted by: Tom Werner at June 25, 2004 09:17 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Hi Tom,
you are right. 40x slower, that's what they say. Actually, browsing isn't that worse once your browser runs. It is more the overall performance that is a bit annoying (speed of mouse and menues as well as execution of programs). But I read the developers already are working on it. So let's look forward to the next release.
I am running a P-4 2,66GHz with 1024MB RAM.

Posted by: Minz Meyer at June 25, 2004 09:44 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Tutorial to installing and running Mac OS X on Windows XP

Posted by: Mohd Shukri at July 17, 2004 05:40 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)


Posted by: fernando at August 10, 2004 08:00 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Is there any way to get a guide to doing what seems almost impossible for me to do.... make my win xp run a vurtual mac. i have osx v 10.2 and vurtual pc, vmware, i think i have paer(no clue how to work it). well any info would be greatly helpfull feel free to email me ... thank you josh ....

Posted by: joshua at August 28, 2004 10:51 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

email is thanks

Posted by: joshua at August 28, 2004 10:52 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

i want a installerCD MacOSX!!!please show me several links!!! Thank You

Posted by: mel at April 3, 2005 10:54 AM | Let Cool (this ingredient)

Thanks for showing me this Minz . . . I have no access to a Mac and don't really know anyone that uses it, so this would be a great setup when I get my new, larger and improved pc in the next month or so. I've been curious since having several peer reviews in the CSS Workshop class last Fall from Mac OSX users, and I can't really afford Browsercam at the moment.

Again thanks . . . definitely going to look into this.

Posted by: Miss B at June 13, 2005 11:15 PM | Let Cool (this ingredient)