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Helpful individuals across the Internet have provided step-by-step "how to" guides and tutorials as well as general advice on installing OS X on everything from self-built desktop systems and notebooks to netbooks, tablets, and more.
Installation guides for OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) all follow. Also see the Hackintosh video tutorials, below.
Preliminary tutorials to install the beta release of the forthcoming version of OS X, scheduled for release "this fall" -- OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" -- on a Hackintosh include:
Install OS X 10.10 Yosemite - An OS X 10.10 Yosemite Hackintosh installation guide from a helpful InsanelyMac forum member using the Clover EFI bootloader.
Yosemite Installation Guide - A detailed Yosemite Hackintosh installation guide from newcomer Skyline OS X based on InsanelyMac forum postings from "ikingblack" and "snatch" and enhanced by hands-on experience.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite Quick Guide - A "Quick Hackintosh Tip" Yosemite installation guide from Roche Technology. Don't miss the corresponding installation video below, either.
Yosemite Budget Hackintosh - This useful blog post from Geek Dime covers inexpensive compatible hardware as well as OS X Yosemite installation with the Clover EFI bootloader.
Install Yosemite Niresh Distro on PC - How to install the dodgy Niresh distro of OS X Yosemite with the site's own MacPwn tool. The same site also explains how to create a USB bootable version of Yosemite.
Dual Boot Mavericks & Yosemite - An in-depth guide, complete with screen shots, that covers installing both OS X Yosemite and OS X Mavericks on separate drive partitions courtesy of Wonder.
Please note that OS X 10.10 Yosemite is beta software intended for developers and definitely should not be used on any "mission critical" computer whether a Mac or a Hackintosh either one. Backup first!
Quality tutorials to install the current version of OS X -- OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" -- on a Hackintosh include:
Install OS X 10.9 Mavericks - An OS X 10.9 Mavericks Hackintosh installation guide from tonymacx86 using the site's UniBeast app. The site also covers the OS X 10.9.1, 10.9.2, 10.9.3, and 10.9.4 updates and has hardware recommendations for building your own system, as well.
Installing OS X 10.9 Mavericks with myHack - From MacBreaker, a how to installation guide for OS X Mavericks using the sophisticated myHack app. If the "official" guide (above) isn't sufficient, you also may find this site's OS X Mavericks Unibeast tutorial and its tutorial for the sketchy Niresh distro helpful, too.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks "Vanilla" Install Guide - A helpful OS X Mavericks installation guide for beginners.
OS X 10.9 Mavericks Installation on Gigabyte Motherboards - Explains how to install OS X Mavericks, as well as Lion and Mountain Lion, on Gigabyte motherboards using the Hackinstaller script. This tutorial also includes a list of FAQs that can be quite helpful for troubleshooting.
Install OS X Mavericks in Virtualbox - From MacBreaker, explains how to install OS X Mavericks in Virtualbox using the dodgy Niresh distro.
Dual Boot OS X Mavericks & Windows 8/8.1 - A brief guide to dual boot both OS X Mavericks and Windows 8/8.1 on UEFI-based Hackintosh systems using the Clover bootloader program.
Upgrading Mountain Lion to Mavericks - Explains how to upgrade a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3-based Hackintosh from OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion to OS X 10.9 Mavericks using MultiBeast, Chimera, and other apps.
Building a Hackintosh with Quo's Any OS Motherboard - An interesting piece from TechSpot that covers both the Quo "Any OS" (AOS) motherboard -- quietly designed to be as compatible as possible with OS X -- and OS X Mavericks installation and configuration.
Always Up-to-Date Hackintosh Guide - A noble effort to write an "always up-to-date" guide to building a Hackintosh from Lifehacker. Covers hardware selection and construction as well as installing OS X Mavericks.
Create a Bootable OS X 10.9 Mavericks Thumb Drive - An ArsTechnica tutorial that explains how to create a bootable OS X Mavericks USB flash drive for a Hackintosh (or a Mac) with the excellent DiskMaker X.
Although hardware compatibility is essentially identical to OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," installation procedures can be different and Hackintosh tutorials for OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" still may be of interest:
Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - A complete OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" Hackintosh installation guide from the legendary tonymacx86 using the site's UniBeast installation tool. The site covers the OS X 10.8.1, 10.8.2, 10.8.3, 10.8.4, and 10.8.5 updates, too.
Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion with myHack - An installation guide for OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" using the sophisticated myHack app, which has more features than UniBeast and may be of interest accordingly.
Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion with UniBeast - If the "official" tutorial from tonymacx86 wasn't enough, this one from MacBreaker may help. The same site also covers how to install both of the dodgy iATKOS and Niresh distros of "Mountain Lion" as well as how to install "Mountain Lion" in Virtualbox with Hackboot.
Budget Hackintosh Project - A ten page tutorial covering hardware selection and construction for an inexpensive "Ivy Bridge" OS X "Mountain Lion" Hackintosh from BenchmarkReviews. The author also provides shorter tutorials about OS X Mountain Lion software installation and Hackintosh performance hardware options.
Build an OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Hackintosh - Originally written for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and subsequently updated to cover OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and "Ivy Bridge" motherboards, this twelve page Hackintosh tutorial from NoFilmSchool is geared toward amateur filmmakers. It covers hardware selection and assembly in addition to OS X installation.
Install OS X 10.8.5 on a Hackintosh - How to install OS X 10.8.5 on a Hackintosh from Lifehacker. Covers hardware selection and construction as well as installing the OS X "Mountain Lion" software.
Upgrade to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion from OS X 10.7 Lion - A well-written tutorial to upgrade a Hackintosh running OS X 10.7 "Lion" to OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" from the excellent Bassheadtech. The same blogger also covers how to switch from BIOS to UEFI on a compatible Gigabyte board.
HP ProBook 4530 Hackintosh - An interesting article from Sonic State about OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" installation on an HP ProBook 4530 from the perspective of a professional musician -- and "old school" Mac and Amiga user -- interested in backwards compatibility. Significant coverage of emulation environments, too.
Create a Bootable OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion USB Drive - A detailed ArsTechnica piece to create a bootable OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" USB flash drive for a Hackintosh (or a Mac) using the helpful DiskMaker X app.
Fusion Drive Setup for a Hackintosh - A tutorial from MacBreaker that covers the process of configuring a Fusion Drive on a "Mountain Lion" Hackintosh system.
Adding an SSD to a Hackintosh with a Hard Drive - A useful walkthrough from Bassheadtech that explains how to install an SSD in an OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" Hackintosh that already has a hard drive to significantly enhance performance.
Note that just like its predecessor, OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" does not support "Rosetta" and cannot run older Mac OS X software written for the PowerPC processor. Those who need older software should instead consider Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard."
Hackintosh tutorials for OS X 10.7 "Lion" still may be of interest for compatibility with additional hardware, whether system components themselves or third-party peripherals:
Install OS X 10.7 Lion via Download - The quintessential tutorial to install the download version of OS X 10.7 "Lion" on a PC with compatible hardware using xMove and Multibeast from tonymacx86. The same site also covers upgrading a Hackintosh to OS X Lion 10.7.1, 10.7.2, 10.7.3, 10.7.4,
Install OS X 10.7 Lion via Apple Thumb Drive - A simple tutorial to install OS X "Lion" from the retail Apple USB thumb drive on a Hackintosh using the xMove software tool, also from tonymacx86.
Install OS X 10.7 Lion via All-In-One Bootable USB Drive - A detailed tutorial to install OS X "Lion" from a bootable USB drive using the UniBeast tool, yet again from tonymacx86.
Installing Lion with Kakewalk - A walkthrough from MacBreaker that covers OS X "Lion" installation using Kakewalk on a supported Gigabyte-based Hackintosh. The site offers a "Lion" walkthrough for UniBeast, too.
Lion on the Hackintosh - An insightful and detailed post from photographer Thomas Pindelski. Covers OS X 10.7 "Lion" installation, workarounds, limitations, benchmarks and more.
Lion on an AMD Hackintosh - A step-by-step post to install OS X Lion on an AMD-based Hackintosh from MacBreaker using the myHack software tool and selected kexts.
Buying Lion on a Hackintosh - A short, but vital, post on upgrading a Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" Hackintosh to Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" via the App Store from the always excellent Bassheadtech.
Building a Hackintosh Mini ITX Server - A helpful post on building a "Hackintosh" Mac mini running Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" Server. Also from Bassheadtech.
OS X Lion on Acer 523h & D257 Netbooks - A short post that explains how to install OS X 10.7 "Lion" on these netbooks from myMacNetbook.
Note that Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" does not support "Rosetta" and cannot run older Mac OS X software written for the PowerPC processor. Those who need older software should instead consider Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard."
Hackintosh tutorials for Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" can be particularly useful for those who need their Hackintosh to be compatible with software written for the PowerPC processor or for those who simply do not like the "iOS-ification" that OS X Lion brought to the platform:
The Snow Leopard Hackintosh - Written in late 2013, an up-to-date and easy-to-follow guide covering hardware configuration and Mac OS X installation for a Snow Leopard Hackintosh from FreeHand Forum.
Snow Leopard on Hackintosh (Second Method) - An excellent guide to installing Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" from Bassheadtech. The same blogger also offers an older step-by-step guide to upgrading a Hackintosh to Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" from Mac OS X 10.5.8 "Leopard". Bassheadtech likewise covers upgrading a Hackintosh to Mac OS X 10.6.3, 10.6.4, 10.6.5, 10.6.6, 10.6.7 and 10.6.8.
Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard on an Intel PC - Straightforward instructions using the iBoot and MultiBeast tools from tonymacx86. The same site also helps one upgrade a Hackintosh to Mac OS X 10.6.3, 10.6.4, 10.6.5, 10.6.6, 10.6.7 and finally 10.6.8 with useful blog posts.
Ivy Bridge Snow Leopard Hackintosh - From MacBreaker, an "experimental" guide to installing Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" on an "Ivy Bridge" Hackintosh with the iBoot Ivy Bridge software tool. The same site also provides a guide to install the operating system on an older "Sandy Bridge" system.
Sandy Bridge Snow Leopard Hackintosh - A six page guide to installing Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" on a custom-built "Sandy Bridge" Hackintosh from RegHardware. Uses the iBoot Legacy and Multibeast applications.
Turning PC into Apple Macintosh - An insightful evaluation of a personal experience building a Hackintosh and a comparison of the resulting Hackintosh to a Mac Pro from BenchmarkReviews.
Snow Leopard on an AMD PC - An older Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" installation process on a Hackintosh as well as custom details related to using an AMD-based system from iHackintosh. The same site also offers a list of kexts that may be helpful.
Install Snow Leopard in VMWare - A guide to install Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" in VMWARE for Windows 7, also from iHackintosh.
Snow Leopard on a Dell Mini 9, Dell Mini v10, HP Mini 1000 and HP Mini 110-3710 - Detailed and easy-to-follow guides from myMacNetbook.com.
Snow Leopard on an Acer Aspire One ZG5 - Another great walkthrough for Snow Leopard on this largely compatible netbook courtesy of Bassheadtech.
Snow Leopard on a Dell Mini 10v - An older walkthrough from the Gizmodo blog for the "ultimate Snow Leopard netbook".
There are a variety of Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" Hackintosh tutorials that still can be useful for those creating a Hackintosh with more vintage hardware, or just for "historical" interest, too:
Hackintosh In-Depth - a fantastically comprehensive nine part guide covering Hackintosh building, Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" installation, and more from Bassheadtech.
Dell Vostro A90 Netbook - A brief blog post from Hack a Day covering the Hackintosh process on this essentially rebadged Dell Mini 9. See the below videos too.
MSI Wind Netbook - A step-by-step Hackintosh installation guide for the MSI Wind from the Gear Diary blog.
Acer Aspire One (A150X) - A helpful posting from Fernando Colaço's "general purpose useless blog" with installation directions and limitations of the Acer netbook.
Sony Vaio P Netbook - A collection of long gone forum posts documenting the struggle of getting Mac OS X to run on the ultraslim Sony netbook.
Guide to Creating a Hackintosh - Hardware selection and Mac OS X installation info from Techware Labs.
Install a Retail Mac OS X Leopard DVD on a PC - A step-by-step installation guide from the MeNoob blog.
Building a Hackintosh Apple Can't Sue You For - Choosing hardware and how to install Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" courtesy of the well-respected OSNews website.
You can't just install OS X on any old PC and expect it to work like it does on a Mac. Let's face it, given the vast assortment of configurations, you can't install Windows on any old PC and expect it to work like OS X does on a Mac. Fortunately, many have experimented with Mac OS X on a wide variety of PC hardware and have shared their findings with the world.
The following listings of Hackintosh compatible computers, parts, motherboards and drivers (kexts) should be helpful:
There are a number of vibrant and active communities that focus on helping one another to configure, build, and troubleshoot Hackintosh systems. Notable Hackintosh communities such as the following may be useful to you:
Before posting a message in any of these forums, it always is good form to first search and see whether or not your question has been addressed previously. Those who do not do so can expect to be dismissed as "noobs" or ignored.
The following videos demonstrate the installation process of OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), and Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) on PC hardware. Some videos also cover compatible hardware selection as well as software installation.
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