Hello Geeks..! Have you ever wanted to install Mac OS X for Windows PC? If the answer is a YES, then here’s the guide to do that. Currently if you are using Windows, maybe you’d like to test OS X before buying a Mac or building a Hackintosh, or maybe you just want to run an app on your Windows machine which is only exclusive for the Mac OS X i.e; use Mac and Windows together on a Windows PC. The Mac Operating system, Mountain Lion was released at the end of July, 2012. That means, it is another kid in the “Hackintosh” community. So, you get complete and detailed steps to install Mac OS X [Mountain Lion] for Windows PC in this article. If you are new to the topic of Hackintosh, then be SURE to check out some of our awesome guide on “What is Hackintosh?”
Many computer shoppers choose to buy a Mac not only to use OS X, but Windows as well. That is one strong advantage that Mac’s have in the Mac vs PC war. Apple computers are capable of running Windows, either through Boot Camp or virtual machines. So, why aren’t Windows PC’s capable of running OS X? Well, Windows PC’s are capable of running OS X. But, it is against Apple’s licensing agreement to do so. Thus, this article is intended for educational and demonstration purposes only. If you want to run OS X the best way possible, get a Mac.
After spending a bit time to poke around the “Hackintosh” community and overcome a few quirks along the way, where I have successfully set up my “first Mac Lion OS X”, I take this ‘special’ opportunity to share this 20 mins installation guide in order to get you with a Mac OS X Lion VM in no time.
This guide will help you go through step-by-step installation of the latest Mac OS X Lion.
Requirements To Install Mac OS On PC
- You must have an Intel CPU, if you have an AMD CPU then this will NOT working for you.
- Check make sure your Intel CPU has virtualization technology and is enabled from your BIOS, find out how?
- At least 4GB of RAM (you can still run with less RAM but you will suffer performance issues).
- At least 20 GB of Hard Disk space.
- VMware Workstation 8 / Workstation 9, (WMware Player might work as well, for optimal performance Workstation works better).
Download Mac OS
Optional: VMware Tools for VMware OS X. The download can be placed from the above link.
Steps To Install Mac OS X For Windows Using VMWare
Step 1: Extract the downloaded Mac OS X For Windows (OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion) Retail VMware Image.7z file. Once you’ve done that, you will see three folders created at the location you have extracted the file. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion folder contains the Mountain Lion vmdk and vmx file for your VMware. VMware Unlocker – Hardware Virtualization Bypasser folder is for people who have legacy machines that doesn’t support Intel Virtualization, then this tweak can help you by pass the restriction with VMware. Use this ONLY when you have failed to install and the warning message is on your unsupported Virtualization CPU.
VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest. You need this to unlock Mac OS X Operating System in VMware Workstation. It includes support for VMware Workstation 7 and 8. If you have Workstation 9 then it would also work, just run the unlocker for WMware Workstation 8 and you should be good to go.
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Step 2: Run VMware Workstation Unlocker. Navigate into the VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest folder > VMware 8.x Series > VMware Workstation Unlocker – Windows.
Run install.cmd. Alternatively you can also try to use this VMware Unlocker if it has failed on you. After you have successfully unlocked Mac OS X Operating System, your VMware Workstation will now recognize Mac as a new OS. Start VMware Workstation. I’m using the newly released Workstation 9 here as an example. Go to File > Open
Navigate to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. You should be able to see OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.vmx . Open it.
Step 3: Configure Virtual Machine settings for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. If you are running VMware Workstation 9, you will see an option to upgrade this virtual machine. You can do that to make this Virtual Machine more compatible with your latest Workstation. Alternatively, you can discard the message. But if you want to go to edit virtual machine settings, go to Options tab. Change the version to Mac OS X 10.8 64-bit.
Step 4: Start up the Virtual Machine. It will ask you if this virtual machine is moved or copied. Just click I copied it. Now let the fun part begin. VMware Workstation will now boot your VMDK image, this process might take anywhere between 1 minutes to few minutes depending on the system you are trying to install. If you ever run into issues, be sure to check out this “Guide on How to Troubleshoot Hackintosh“.
Step 5: Complete Welcome screen and initial setup. Now it should be very straight forward, just keep following the setup wizard and complete the installation.
Step 6: Optional Install VMware Tools. Once the installation is complete inside your new Mac, Mount the darwin.iso image. Install the VMware Tools to optimize your system.
I personally have trouble to get the VMware tools to properly installed under VMware Workstation 9. You might have more luck to try to install on other versions of VMware workstation. That’s it, if you are at this step, congratulations you just got yourself a new Mac running inside a Windows Machine ! This is the complete guide to install Mac OS X for Windows PC. If you like our work, please Subscribe to Interest Waypoint. Thank You.