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How to Run Mac Software on Windows

 


How to Run Mac Software on Windows 

The Mac OS X operating system allows individuals to install and run the Microsoft Windows operating system on a Macintosh. However, such cross-platform support is not available on a PC. It is not possible to install the Mac OS natively on a Windows computer. Thankfully, it is possible to circumvent such technical difficulties by using a software emulator. This essentially tricks the Mac OS into thinking it is operating on Mac hardware. Learn how to run Mac OS X on a Windows computer to increase productivity and enable your computer to run programs for both software platforms.


Before Install Mac OS X on PC things to note

If you want to install Mac on PC, you have two basic options how to do it: you can either install the Mac OS X operating system directly on a drive or use a Mac emulator for Windows. The former option gives you the best performance you can get, while the latter option is a lot simpler.


Since Apple’s switch from the PowerPC architecture to Intel’s x86, it has become very easy to install Mac on a PC. If you buy the right parts, you can put together a capable Mac computer for around $600.



Check your computer's specifications.

Your Windows computer must have an Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or i9 processor in order to run macOS Catalina, as well as a minimum of four gigabytes of RAM. To check these specs:
Open Start Image titled Windowsstart.png.
Type in system information.
Click System Information at the top of the menu.
Look at the name of the processor to the right of the "Processor" heading.
Scroll down and look at the number to the right of the "Installed Physical Memory" heading.


Check your computer's BIOS type. 

Next to the "BIOS Mode" heading in the System Information menu, check to see whether it says "UEFI" or "BIOS". Keep this information in mind for later.
You can exit System Information after this point



Determine your computer's bit type.

There are two types of computer: 32-bit, and 64-bit. Your computer must be able to support 64-bit operation in order to install macOS.


How to Install Mac OS X on PC


1: Create a macOS Virtual Machine

The easiest way to run Mac apps on your Windows 10 machine is with a virtual machine. While it is the easiest method, it is also a lengthy process. Don't worry!

The tutorial will guide you through the virtual machine download and installation process, how to download the macOS operating system, and how to install it in the virtual machine.

Once your macOS virtual machine is up and running, return to this tutorial to find out how to install your Mac apps.







Step 2: Log Into Your Apple Account

From here, downloading and using an Apple app is very similar to the regular macOS experience. You still need to log in to your Apple account to download and use apps from the App Store.



Step 3: Download Your First macOS App

Once you sign into your account, you have the run of the App Store. You can install almost any macOS software you want in your virtual machine.

Select the App Store from the Dock at the bottom of the screen. You may well have to enter your Apple ID credentials again.

Browse to the macOS app you want to download. Hit Get, then Install. After installation completes, select Open, and you're good to go. For instance, here's an example where I am using Downlink to put an automatically update my background with satellite images.


Step 4: Save Your macOS Virtual Machine Session

Saving the state of your macOS virtual machine session is easy. Why? Well, you're using a virtual hard disk. The changes you make to the virtual machine save in the virtual hard drive, ready for the next time you want to open the macOS virtual machine and continue using the Apple Apps on your Windows machine.

The best way to shut down the macOS virtual machine is from within macOS itself. Both VirtualBox and VMware have an option to power down on command, but as with physical hardware, this can cause an issue. In fact, a sudden shutdown on your virtual machine can corrupt the virtual drive.

Select the Apple logo in the top-right corner, then Shut Down. The operating system will close in the correct sequence, then the virtual machine will close.








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