If you’re interested in running Mac OS X, but you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh is just might be for you. Right now, the newest iteration of OS X is 10.10, known as Yosemite. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Yosemite on your PC with the newly released “Yosemite Zone” distro, from Niresh.
The advantages of Unibeast vs Yosemite Zone
Yosemite is a distro, which is a copy of Mac OS X that has been modified to work with a PC. Distros are a popular Hackintosh alternative to Unibeast, a known installation tool which requires a retail copy of Mac OS X instead.
Yosemite Zone is essentially just a renamed version of the Niresh distro that we’ve covered previously on this website, except it has been updated to work with Apple’s newest version of Mac OS X. Using Yosemite Zone instead of Unibeast offers a far share of advantages– if you don’t have any qualms with the legal issues regarding distros, they’re actually the most convenient way to set up your Hackintosh:
- You don’t need a real Mac. Unibeast is a Mac app, so you need to have an existing Mac OS X installation for it to work. This usually means that you either have to find a real Mac, or set up a Mac virtual machine. However, with Yosemite Zone, you can just set up everything from a Windows computer.
- The post-installation is easier. By default, Yosemite Zone will automatically install necessary Hackintosh-specific kexts and drivers for your computer when you boot your Mac OS X installation for the first time. Unibeast requires you to do this manually, using the Multibeast tool. While the post-installation in Yosemite Zone isn’t perfect (you’ll probably have to use Multibeast anyways), it’s still a nice convenience.
- You can install it on a hard drive that already has Windows installed. By default, the Mac OS X installer will not work with hard drives that were originally formatted in Windows. Therefore, if your computer’s hard drive already has Windows installed on it, you won’t be able to install Mac OS X on there. Normally, you can bypass this limitation on Unibeast by applying the MBR patch; however, Yosemite Zone does this for you automatically, saving you one extra step.
- Yosemite Zone supports more hardware (including AMD). Normally, computers that use AMD processors are unsupported by Mac OS X. However, Yosemite Zone includes experimental “patched” kernels that may allow Mac OS X to work with these processors regardless.
Interested? Here are the requirements: