Follow These Best Practices When Dual-Booting OS X And Windows 7 On A Hackintosh

Windows and Mac OS X don’t always get along so well when they’re required to co-exist on the same drive, but that doesn’t mean they can’t. Hackintosh master tonymacx86 outlines the best practices for setting up a dual-boot environment on your hackintosh in this charming video. You’ll get all the information in the video above, but here’s an outline of the steps you should take for reference:

  1. Create two partitions on your drive, both using a GUID partition table.
  2. Format at the OS X partition as Mac OS X Journaled and the Windows partition as MS DOS FAT.
  3. Install Windows 7 first, but remember that there is a hidden partition (meaning your Windows partition will be partition #3 rather than #2).
  4. Now install Mac OS X (use our guide if you don’t know how) on partition #1 and you should be able to dual-boot problem-free.

Pretty easy! For a more in-depth look at the process, while also throwing Linux into the mix, check out our triple-booting guide.

tonymacx86 Public Service Announcement: Dual Booting [tonymacx86 Blog]

The Cheapest NBN 50 Plans

Here are the cheapest plans available for Australia’s most popular NBN speed tier.

At Lifehacker, we independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. We have affiliate and advertising partnerships, which means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. BTW – prices are accurate and items in stock at the time of posting.


5 responses to “Follow These Best Practices When Dual-Booting OS X And Windows 7 On A Hackintosh”

Leave a Reply