How to install OSX 10.4 Tiger on your Intel computer


Dual boot version

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A note to the text
In this guide I'll tell you how to install OSX 10.4.9 on your Windows computer. I know that it's also possible to install 10.4.10, but since that's way more difficult, while you won't notice any difference, I chose to only supply this 10.4.9 guide.
Don't forget to read this before installing
I forgot the 'requirements' section on purpose. Please read through the whole guide and write down the things you need. This sounds stupid, but I want to force you to read through the whole guide prior to trying things out.
The actual guide
0. First you need to check if your CPU supports at least SSE2 (if you already know that your CPU supports at least SSE2, skip to the next step).
>> Download CPU-Z
>> Unzip and start the program. In the CPU tab, look if you see SSE2 somewhere (if you also see SSE3, congratulations, you have the perfect CPU!). If you only see SSE, ask your dad for a new CPU, otherwise this won't work.
1. Get a prepatched OSX 10.4.9 install image. Search for ‘uphuck’ on usenet or bittorrent for more information about this: don’t ask me where you can find it!
2. Burn the image to an empty DVD recordable (+R or –R, no rewritable dvd!)
>> Use your favorite burn program for this (I recommend Nero Burning Rom or Alcohol 120%)
2. You need to create at least 6GB unallocated space on your hard disk. If you know how to do this, don't hesitate to use your preferred method. If you don't know how to do this and are using Windows Vista, sip to step 3. If you are using Windows XP, download Partiton Magic 8 and shrink one of the partitions on your hard drive (see below). After you've done that, skip to step 4.
>> Click on ‘Resize/Move Partition
>> Move the slider to make the partition smaller and hit OK
>> Click on ‘Apply’
>> Close Partition Magic

3. You need to create at least 6GB unallocated space on your hard drive. To do this, follow the steps below.
>> Press the windows logo in the bottom left corner of you screen
>> Right click ‘computer’ and select ‘manage’
>> Select ‘Disk Management’ in the ‘Computer Management’ screen.
>> Select a partition with at least 6GB of free space
>> Right click it and hit ’shrink volume”
>> Type in the amount of space to shrink (at least 6GB) and hit ‘Shrink’.
>> Close all open windows.

4. In Vista, hit [windows button] + R. In XP, go to start > Run. Type 'diskpart' (without quotes) in the run window and press OK.
5. In the command window, type:
>> List disk
>> Select disk [disk #]
>> List partition
>> create partition primary id=af
>> active

6. Insert the OSX install disk and reboot your computer, follow the installation steps on your screen. Read everything carefully and select the right packages (don't forget to choose 'customize' during the install)!
7. After finishing the installation, OSX should boot up. Play with it for a few moments and then proceed to the next step.
8. Insert your Vista install disk and press reboot. Boot up Vista’s install disk.
9. After booting the install disk, click repair system and press next. Open the command window and type ‘diskpart’. Then type:
>>list disk
>>select disk [the number of your disk]
>>list partition
>>select partition [the number of your windows partition]
>>active (if this doesn’t work, try ’set active’ without quotes)
10. Reboot into Windows Vista.
11. Copy chain0 to the root of the Vista partition (mostly C:/)
12. Press WIN+R and type ‘cmd’. And type:
bcdedit /copy {current} /d “Mac OS X” (just leave the {current} there and don’t change it)
bcdedit /enum active
bcdedit /set [ID] PATH \chain0 (replace [ID] with you identifier)
13. Now you can reboot your computer and you’ll see a nice dual boot menu! Call your friends and show off!
14. Maybe there are still a few things not working like you hoped, search the forums at and for help. If you search the board before posting and use common sense, I'm sure that the community will help you.
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