OS 9 Classic, Installing OS 9 Classic On Mac OS X

If you’ve received or bought a Mac that is accompanied by a full version of Mac OS X 10.x’s restore DVD then it should come with an OS 9 Classic install package contained therein. The use of OS 9 Classic becomes important if you’re a parent shopping around for Mac games for your children. Most of which still come only in OS 9 versions. Otherwise, you could be an OS 9 user who still has OS 9 applications you wish to continue using. It never hurts to have OS 9 Classic installed as most multimedia music CDs which are multi-platform friendly are usually only OS 9 Quicktime friendly.

But what happens when you don’t have the OS 9 Classic installation package and you need to install OS 9 Classic onto your Mac? It can be a troublesome process riddled with obstacles but here’s a quick fix.

What you’ll need if you do not have a copy(some Macs were issued with only Mac OS X 10.x upgrade versions that do not contain OS 9 Classic installation packages) of the OS 9 Classic installation package as part of your Mac kit is access to a Mac that already has OS 9 Classic installed on it.

Within this Mac’s hard drive’s root folder, there should exist two files relating to OS 9 Classic:

  1. System Folder;
  2. Applications(Mac OS 9)

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You’ll need to copy these two folders from the Mac to your Mac’s hard drive root folder. If you’re unclear precisely what location to copy the files to, use the OS 9 Classic installed Mac as a reference. Mirror its files’ location.

Once this is completed, access your Mac’s System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left of your Mac’s screen. Access the OS 9 Classic pane within your System Preferences.

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You next need to set the System Folder for your OS 9 Classic to refer to. Direct your Mac to the System Folder that you copied into the root directory of your Mac.

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If you have completed all the above tasks correctly you should be able to start OS 9 Classic from within your OS 9 Classic preference pane of your Mac’s System Preferences. Additionally, you may also set it so that an OS 9 Classic icon is always displayed on your Mac’s menubar making starting, stopping and monitoring OS 9 Classic’s activity a one-glance affair.

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