How To Install Mac OS X on Windows Using [10.6.2 - VirtualBox]

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MAC OS X 10.6.2
Refined, not reinvented.

Mac OS X is renowned for its simplicity, its reliability, and its ease of use. So when it came to designing Snow Leopard, Apple engineers had a single goal: to make a great thing even better. They searched for areas to refine, further simplify, and speed up — from little things like ejecting external drives to big things like installing the OS. In many cases, they elevated great to amazing


Today we will be learning how to install MAC OS X in VirtualBox on Windows. VirtualBox is an emulation software that offers Virtualization at software level. There is a way to install MAC OS X in VMWare, however its NOT recommended. This tutorial will require a rather advanced knowledge of Windows, and a lot of patience. Don't give up if you get an error, If I did that, I wouldn't be writing this for you today. An important factor, this will NOT work if your CPU does not support Hardware Virtualization. If your not sure, download This. Simply run the program, and it will tell you.

1. Preparation

The following programs are needed:
Download VirtualBox first, and get it installed. No need to open it just yet.
Download Winrar next, followed by a torrent client. Once all 3 of these are installed, you'll need to download Mac OS X 10.6.2 Torrent Download

Open your downloads folder, right click on and extract it. (winrar not needed here, you can use Windows, or 7-zip etc). Open the extracted folder, and open the .TORRENT file inside with your torrent client of preference.

Let it download. This took me about ~40 minutes.

Once your downloads are finished, your ready to start extracting and configuring. Open winrar, and browse to your downloads folder, and open Snow_Leopard_Client_Server_10.6.2_SSE2_SSE3_Intel_AMD_by_Hazard folder. You should see Click it (once). Then click Extract To at the top. A new window will appear. You will need to check the box labeled Keep broken files.

This will take a few minutes to extract. Once its done, Open VirtualBox. Click New. Click Next. Name the VM what ever you want, I'll name mine OSX 10.6.2 (the drop down boxes will change once you type OSX, cool eh? xD). Click Next. Set RAM. I would suggest keeping RAM close to 1GB during install. Afterwards you can change this setting. You'll need to create a new Hard Disk, click next. Click Next at the new window. Click next. The next screen allows you to choose a hard drive size. I suggest a 20GB - 120GB selection. Its all up to you, but no less than 20GB. Click Finish.

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Your screen should look something similar to mine

Click Finish, and click Finish again. You should now see your new VM called MAC OS X 10.6.2

2. Configuration

Select MAC OS X 10.6.2 and then click the large gear icon that says Settings. On the left pane, click System. On the right UNCHECK Enable EFI.

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Next, click on Storage located in the left pane. It should show IDE Controller with a disk under it saying Empty. Click on Empty, and on the far right click the little silver disk. And click Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file...

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It will open a browser window, you'll need to goto where you extracted your MAC OS X 10.6.2 ISO file with winrar. Once you select it, click OK.

3. Installation

Time to start your VM for the first time. Make sure MAC OS X 10.6.2 is selected (in case you already have VM's listed). Once you see the Oracle VirtualBox logo, click INSIDE the window, and start taping F8.

The next screen can be a shock to some, personally when i saw two creepy ass green heads i was like WHOA WTF!? Aliens vs Predator, good movie. Anyway, dont hit enter. Wait for maybe 10 seconds, and type "-v" (without the quotes.) You should see

PHP Code:
boot: -

at the bottom.

Now hit your Enter key. You should see a wall of white text on your screen anywhere from 10 seconds to 35 seconds. (maybe even longer). Right after you should see a Installation screen.

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After clicking the arrow, it will say Preparing Installation. This took 10 seconds on my hardware, might take longer, or will get done sooner on yours. The next screen will have a few icons on it, and have a More Information button. You can read this if you'd like, if not, click Continue.

There will be a popup, click Accept. The very next screen will say Select a Destination. You'll notice that there isnt any hard drives listed. At all. Its OKAY. You'll need to format your virtual drive for use with Mac. At the top, click on Utilities > Disk Utility.

Follow the steps in this picture.

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Once Disk Utility closes your screen should look like this.

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Click Continue. On the next screen click CUSTOMIZE. THIS STEP IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!

For AMD users:

Click the dropdown arrow for Kernels. Click the check box for Legacy Kernel_10.2.0
Check the AMD_Patch option
Click the dropdown arrow for CMOS_Reset_Fix and select AppleRTC

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For INTEL users:

Drop down bootloaders and check the newest Chameleon.
Drop down Kernels and choose Legacy kernel.

Click Done. Click Install.

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The installation finished in under 7 minutes for me. Not bad... Now after its done, it will say it needs to restart. Let it restart, and while its coming back online (when you see the Oracle VirtualBox logo) click Machine > Close > Power Off.

Now, select MAC OS X 10.6.2 and click settings. Then on the left click Storage. Click the CD ROM drive, and click the little silver CD image and then Remove disk from virtual drive...

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Click Okay, and start your VM again. Just like before, click inside the screen when you see the Oracle VirtualBox logo, and start tapping F8.

You'll notice a different screen now. Type the following:

PHP Code:
-"Graphics Mode"="1280x1024x32" 

The default is 1024x768x32. I dont like that, because when i goto full screen mode, it doesn't look good. Once you hit enter, you'll see a wall of text for around 30 seconds. Then you should see a gray screen, then finally MAC OS X 10.6.2 will have a Welcome to Mac screen. Just go thru the screens, doing what it says. Nothing special here. When it asks for an Apple ID, just hit next. When it asks for a bunch of personal stuff, just hit next. When it asks for a password, and you dont want one, just hit continue. And click ok to the popup, and hit continue for the last time.

Thank you for reading my tutorial, if you have any questions, I'll answer them to the best of my ability. Thanks again.

Performance wise, this is pretty good. On my AMD Athlon II x2 250 system, it can play youtube videos in full HD, and the audio is crisp and clean. The internet is pretty damn good, and there is almost no lag whats so ever. Thanks again.


1. Can this damage my computer?

Answer: If you follow this tutorial, NO.

2. If i DONT have Hardware Virtualization, can i still run this?

Answer: MAYBE. It depends on your hardware. I know MAC OS X 10.6.2 does NOT like IDE drives.

3. Anything special in the BIOS that needs to be set?

Answer: Having AHCI for SATA enabled will help performance.

4. What was your working environment at the time of writing this tutorial?

Answer: AMD Athlon II x2 250, MSI 785GM-P45 MOBO, 4GB DDR3 2066Mhz RAM, Nvidia GT 430

5. What kind of video card should I have/use?

Answer: Nvidia chip sets tend to cause less problems than ATI/AMD. On board chipsets are UNKNOWN.

Credits: Chris