While driving back home after a long and relaxing vacation, I wrote the following "quick start" guide. It's pretty basic, though it should solve most beginner problems.

I wrote it for my own forum, though to be kind I'll also post it here (but I really appreciate it if you register at my forums to post thank you or something below the article: http://gregariousforums.profit42.com...DiscussionID=2)


So you want to install OSX on your Windows computer? I'm happy to tell you that you've arrived at the right place.

If you want to install OSX on your Intel or AMD computer, your computer processor needs to support at least SSE2. You can check this with a program called CPU-Z. Don't even dare to try this stuff if CPU-Z only states SSE. If you got SSE3, you're lucky because everything will go [synonym for extremely] fast.

After checking if your CPU supports at least SSE2, you should decide if you want to dual boot OSX with another operating system (no data loss) or if you want to format your whole hard disk and create an OSX-only configuration (easy, though life without Windows is hard and you'll lose all data on your hard disk). This gives the following scenario's:

1. You want to dual boot OSX with Vista.
Good choice. This gives you a chance to try out worlds best OS, without losing data and without losing Windows. If you your CPU supports SSE3, you'll be able to install OSX 10.4.10 without any problems. If your CPU only supports SSE2, it depends on the type if you can install OSX 10.4.10. Just head over to our dual boot guide and install 10.4.9, after that you can choose if you want to update to 10.4.10 (best is to try the update, if it doesn't work you can always reinstall)

2. You want to dual boot OSX with XP.
Bad choice. I recommend that you install Vista, though if you really want to use XP, combine my old XP dual boot guide with the new 10.4.10 install guide. Use the new guide for the OSX install and the old one for partitioning and dual booting.

3. You want do a clean install of OSX.
Easy choice. Just follow our clean install guide and you should be fine. If you want to update to 10.4.10, read the last part of our 10.4.10 dual boot guide.

4. You want to dual boot OSX with Vista, XP, Ubuntu, Slackware, Suse Linux, Windows 98SE, Windows 3.1, back|track 2, Dos and Gentoo.
Bad choice. The boot menu will be long and you need a big HD.... Though if you really want to do it, I think you can figure out everything by yourself. Just read our dual boot guide carefully and try to fill the gaps in your knowledge of computers using this forum, Google or your neighbor.

Installed everything correctly, though still getting an error? Read the whole guide again and make sure you didn't miss a step. When you're sure that you didn't miss anything, read the following faq:

Q: What packages do I need to choose on uphucks install DVD?
A: Uphuck wrote an excellent article about those packages, just don't hit next too fast on install DVD and read everything.

Q: I can't select the partition during the installation!
A: Reformat your OSX partition/hd with Disk Utility (it's somewhere under utilities in the top bar) to HFS+ (journaled).

Q: I get an HFS+ partition error, sounds cool, but after looking at it the whole day, I'm a little bored. How do I get in OSX?
A: You did something wrong with the partitions (yeah, I know you already figured that). Make sure you set the active partition to your Vista/XP partition (contains the windows folder) and make sure that you correctly completed the dual boot steps.

Q: When I hit OSX in the dual boot menu, I'm being redirected to the dual boot menu. How do I get in OSX?
A: After hitting OSX, hit F8 asap, a few times. You'll be redirected to the Darwin boot menu, where you can select your OSX partition.

Q: I get "Still waiting for root device".
A: If you have a different CD/DVD drive, try installing from that drive. More info regarding this problem should be here soon.

Q: You destroyed my computer! How can I get my data back?
A: No, I didn't destroy anything, you read the guide not carefully enough. Though maybe nothing has been deleted. Try booting a Linux live cd or repair the PC with the Vista install DVD.