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

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]


  • OK, someone please explain to me because I just dont get why. . .

    Why buy an expensive Mac just install Windows?
    Wouldnt it make more sense to buy an even more powerful Windows PC for the same money?

    I understand running Windows for those programs that dont run on Mac, but everything runs on Windows, so just use that. I dont get it.
    Is it just some stupid geek wank?

    • “everything runs on Windows”

      No. That is a very generalised statement and is horrendously wrong.

      Believe it or not, some people like the hardware of iMacs and MacBooks. They aren’t bad All in ones – They have decent processors and okay GPUs, generally good quality screens and are quite durable in construction. They are however overpriced for their hardware specifications in most areas. Still money isn’t an issue to some people. Support for their is reasonably good too. Some people also prefer OSX for day to day use.

      TL;DR: Personal preference, Deal with it.

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