How to Run Apple Software on a PC

By Arn Goldman

When Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel chips in 2006, their computer architecture became increasingly compatible with PCs, making it easier for software developers to design software that works for both systems. However, many software companies still produce software exclusively for the Mac; this includes Apple's own iLife suite of products. The best way to run Mac sofware is to install a transformation package on your PC, which is a safer (and more legal) method than installing a bootleg copy of Mac OS X.

Things You'll Need

  • PC
  • FlyakiteOSX Sofware Package

Step 1

Direct any web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, to a download page containing the FlyakiteOSX transformation software package. A link to this software can be found in this article's References section.

Step 2

Start the FlyakiteOSX software download. As prompted by Flyakite, allow the software to create a backup drive on your hard drive of Windows; if you choose not to, you won't be able to revert to your old PC.

Step 3

Agree to warnings from Windows that .dll files are about to be replaced. This is a necessary part of the FlyakiteOSX process, and the alternation must be accepted to complete the installation process.

Step 4

Restart your computer after the installation is complete. Assuming that the software has installed correctly, you will be greeted by the Mac OS X log-in screen. You can use your old Windows username and password to log in.

Step 5

You can now use your PC as you would a Mac that runs the OSX operating system. If you're familiar with the operating system, you should find that it is almost identical to the official version of Mac OS X. The system will now understand Mac software; thus, you can now run any Mac software on your PC.

Tips & Warnings

  • Access the Control Panel in the menu bar when you wish to leave Mac OS X for good. Here, you'll gain access to your backup utility, where you'll be able to revert to Windows.
  • If you search online, you may find instructions for how to create a "Hackintosh," which is a PC that runs the Mac OS X operating system natively. Aside from the high risk involved in this process, this type of installation is of questionable legality and should not be performed.