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Is it possible to run a Mac IOS on a Windows 7 machine through VMware?

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Is it possible to run a Mac IOS on a Windows 7 machine through VMware?

SanjivN
Hey Guys, I wanted to know if I could really run a Mac IOS on a Windows 7 laptop that I am about to buy(most likely a Dell). Many people have give me mixed responses like you need special software and devices, only Intel processors can do this and also that it is impossible. I would like to know if it is possible to run a Mac IOS on a Windows 7 laptop through VMware, what are the hardware and software needed to run the latest Mac IOS image, and what are the laptop specifications(memory, processor, etc.) that would be needed to support both OSs running at the same time. I am not too familiar with the Mac operating systems, so buying a Macbook wouldn't be too clever. That is why I was hoping to learn about it by using it virtually.
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    Apple hardware. So you might want to check at the Apple website and see if there is
    any details there.
    You may be able to get some idea of OSX by using FreeBSD, since OSX is sort of
    based on BSD. Won't be the full "experience", but should give an idea on how things
    are organized.

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    OH Smeg

    It should work but you'll need a Copy of OSX and they are not so easy to get. I think Mountain Lion is the current version now or the very soon to be current OSX.

    You can get How to Build a Hackintosh from here just remember to remove the space from the URL

    http://www.hackintosh .com/

    As to weather it's Legal or Not I have no idea and I certainly wouldn't expect any help from either the system maker or Apple.

    And in answer to your Question No it's not possible to run IOS on a computer that is a Phone OS not a computer OS the Apple Computer OS is OSX not IOS.

    Col

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    pickleman

    It always amuses me every time a question like this comes up and, just like clockwork, the first response is always by some uber-nerd touting the legalities of the issue.

    The guy wanted to know if it's POSSIBLE to do it. Nowhere in his question did he ask if it was legal to do it. So to answer your question properly: yes, it's possible to do it. But your terminology isn't quite correct. You were asking about "iOS", and you should've been asking about OSX. They're two very different things. The term "iOS" refers to the mobile operating system that Apple uses on their phones and tablets. The desktop operating system is called OSX. That's the one that you can run in VMWare.

    The only thing "special" about OSX is that it's designed to specifically look for a string of text in your BIOS which identifies your motherboard as one that's found in an Apple computer. If it doesn't find that string, it won't let you install it. But in a virtual environment, BIOS strings are a very simple thing to fake, which is why it's a very simple thing to get OSX to run in VMWare.

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    OH Smeg

    And the unanswered part of the question is HOW?

    If you are going to address the question I would assume that the questioner wants to know how as well as is it possible. You are committing the same problem as the uber-nerd you complain of defaulting the legalities.

    Col

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    SanjivN

    By the way thanks for correcting my mistake with the IOS and OSX. OK, it can run on non-Mac systems through VMware but what are the system requirements in terms of RAM capacity, procesoor type, etc..

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    Slayer_

    Not high.
    A 40 gig virtual hard drive is probably more than enough, Processsor? You don't get a choice in the matter, VMware virtualizes one for you. RAM? A gig or 2 would be good depending on what you want to run on the system.

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    databaseben

    not sure if you would want to run a mac o.s. in a virtualized environment. at best you might see the mac desktop and mac panels and access the internet. but that's about it.

    the reason being is that a virtualized o.s. will not be allowed to gain total control over the laptop hardware. and being a mac os, it might not be able to adopt or use the pc hardware drivers.

    but don't get me wrong, virtualization is a fun thing to do, but its very limiting and sometimes not worth the trouble unless your using it for experiments or trouble shooting exercises.

    have you considered mac osx themes that can be installed and overlaid on windows pc?

    http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/4881/

    if you do try out third party themes, remember to make a restore point or system back up first, especially on the laptop. else your only recourse will be a factory restore, if you decide to uninstall the theme and leaves your system unstable.

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    Slayer_

    A 40 gig virtual hard drive is probably more than enough, Processor? You don't get a choice in the matter, VMware virtualizes one for you. RAM? A gig or 2 would be good depending on what you want to run on the system.

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    Wolfe26

    I can see that you were probably confused, but if you're not. I don't see why anyone would want to run the iOS. The iOS is the operating system used for iphones, ipads, and ipod touch, and is pretty limited in it's capabilities.

    I would like to know from others using vmware if it causes your system to be bogged down, since you are running two OS at the same time, or if OSX takes over all resources when run in fullscreen mode? Is it possible to install mac apps, or are they only temporarily available as long as vmware is run?

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    Apple hardware. So you might want to check at the Apple website and see if there is
    any details there.
    You may be able to get some idea of OSX by using FreeBSD, since OSX is sort of
    based on BSD. Won't be the full "experience", but should give an idea on how things
    are organized.

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    OH Smeg

    It should work but you'll need a Copy of OSX and they are not so easy to get. I think Mountain Lion is the current version now or the very soon to be current OSX.

    You can get How to Build a Hackintosh from here just remember to remove the space from the URL

    http://www.hackintosh .com/

    As to weather it's Legal or Not I have no idea and I certainly wouldn't expect any help from either the system maker or Apple.

    And in answer to your Question No it's not possible to run IOS on a computer that is a Phone OS not a computer OS the Apple Computer OS is OSX not IOS.

    Col

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    pickleman

    It always amuses me every time a question like this comes up and, just like clockwork, the first response is always by some uber-nerd touting the legalities of the issue.

    The guy wanted to know if it's POSSIBLE to do it. Nowhere in his question did he ask if it was legal to do it. So to answer your question properly: yes, it's possible to do it. But your terminology isn't quite correct. You were asking about "iOS", and you should've been asking about OSX. They're two very different things. The term "iOS" refers to the mobile operating system that Apple uses on their phones and tablets. The desktop operating system is called OSX. That's the one that you can run in VMWare.

    The only thing "special" about OSX is that it's designed to specifically look for a string of text in your BIOS which identifies your motherboard as one that's found in an Apple computer. If it doesn't find that string, it won't let you install it. But in a virtual environment, BIOS strings are a very simple thing to fake, which is why it's a very simple thing to get OSX to run in VMWare.

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    OH Smeg

    And the unanswered part of the question is HOW?

    If you are going to address the question I would assume that the questioner wants to know how as well as is it possible. You are committing the same problem as the uber-nerd you complain of defaulting the legalities.

    Col

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    SanjivN

    By the way thanks for correcting my mistake with the IOS and OSX. OK, it can run on non-Mac systems through VMware but what are the system requirements in terms of RAM capacity, procesoor type, etc..

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    Slayer_

    Not high.
    A 40 gig virtual hard drive is probably more than enough, Processsor? You don't get a choice in the matter, VMware virtualizes one for you. RAM? A gig or 2 would be good depending on what you want to run on the system.

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    databaseben

    not sure if you would want to run a mac o.s. in a virtualized environment. at best you might see the mac desktop and mac panels and access the internet. but that's about it.

    the reason being is that a virtualized o.s. will not be allowed to gain total control over the laptop hardware. and being a mac os, it might not be able to adopt or use the pc hardware drivers.

    but don't get me wrong, virtualization is a fun thing to do, but its very limiting and sometimes not worth the trouble unless your using it for experiments or trouble shooting exercises.

    have you considered mac osx themes that can be installed and overlaid on windows pc?

    http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/4881/

    if you do try out third party themes, remember to make a restore point or system back up first, especially on the laptop. else your only recourse will be a factory restore, if you decide to uninstall the theme and leaves your system unstable.

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    Slayer_

    A 40 gig virtual hard drive is probably more than enough, Processor? You don't get a choice in the matter, VMware virtualizes one for you. RAM? A gig or 2 would be good depending on what you want to run on the system.

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    Wolfe26

    I can see that you were probably confused, but if you're not. I don't see why anyone would want to run the iOS. The iOS is the operating system used for iphones, ipads, and ipod touch, and is pretty limited in it's capabilities.

    I would like to know from others using vmware if it causes your system to be bogged down, since you are running two OS at the same time, or if OSX takes over all resources when run in fullscreen mode? Is it possible to install mac apps, or are they only temporarily available as long as vmware is run?