Macos Virtual Machine Windows 10

  1. Macbook M1 Virtual Machine Windows 10
  2. Virtual Machine For Windows 10
  1. Preparing the virtual machine with VMware. Edit the VMware configuration to enter the macOS code. Start up macOS in Windows 10. Put macOS in Spanish. Install the VMware tools. Create a snapshot in case something goes wrong. Upgrade to macOS “Catalina” from Windows 10, or install the latest versions of macOS.
  2. Input macOS high sierra or macOS Mojave in the Name field, select Mac OS X in the Type drop-down list, select Mac OS X(64-bit) in the Version drop-down list, then click the Next button. Set the virtual machine’s memory size in the next wizard window, you had better set a half memory size of your physical memory size.
  3. After installing Mac OS X Mojave on a virtual machine, straight away you will notice that you are not able to get a full resolution for Mac OS inside the virtual machine. Even though you toggle the VM to full screen. If you are looking to optimize macOS Big Sur in Vmware Player 16, read this.

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Which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? How to install a macOS virtual machine on PC? In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard gives you a step-by-step guide on how to install a macOS virtual machine on PC via VMware.

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Best Mac Emulator for Windows

This community is dedicated to Windows 10 which is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. This subreddit is not a tech support subreddit. Troubleshooting/support posts will be removed, these posts would be a better fit in /r/WindowsHelp or /r/TechSupport. Input macOS high sierra or macOS Mojave in the Name field, select Mac OS X in the Type drop-down list, select Mac OS X(64-bit) in the Version drop-down list, then click the Next button. Set the virtual machine’s memory size in the next wizard window, you had better set a half memory size of your physical memory size.

For many years, Mac and Windows PC have been two incompatible camps. Apple Mac series computers have always been niche products, and fewer people use them. In general, under the same configuration, Mac computers are almost twice as expensive as Windows computers.

However, comparing Windows PCs, the Mac PCs have a more beautiful design and are easier to use. If you don't want to buy an Apple computer but want to try this operating system, you can choose to either use hackintoshes or install a macOS virtual machine on Windows.

However, installing hackintoshes is very complicated. If your PC's specs are not very bad, installing a macOS virtual machine is recommended. Then, which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? Most people will choose between VirtualBox and VMware. I am of no exception.

Tip: If you want a Windows emulator for Mac PC, you can directly download one from Apple store and the Windows VM installation process is very easy. But if you want to install MacOS on Windows, the installation process is slightly difficult, because you need to use some tools to break the limit of MacOS.

At first, my choice is VirtualBox, because many people recommend using this software. I follow steps in these posts to install the macOS virtual machine, but the installation fails with no exception.

The reason may be that installing a macOS virtual machine on VirtualBox needs a file named 'VirtualBox Boot.vmdk'. I see this process in many videos but unfortunately many posts don't mention this step. In addition, if you want to get this file, you must download it from some posts that are some private websites full of ads. I don't like that, so I choose to try VMware.

Fortunately, my colleague in technical department has ever succeeded in installing a macOS virtual machine with VMware. Thanks to him, this post can be completed smoothly. So, in my mind, VMware is the best Mac emulator for Windows, although this judgment is a little subjective.

Preparatory Work

To run Mac on Windows smoothly, you should make sure your PC meets the following requirements:

  • CPU: 4th Intel i5 or higher (if you AMD CPU, you will encounter more errors and bugs)
  • RAM: at least 8GB
  • Storage: more than 100 GB free space
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later

If your PC doesn't meet the above system requirements, the macOS VM will freeze frequently. Then, you should get the following thing prepared:

  1. VMware software and unlocker file.
  2. A partition specialized for the macOS virtual machine (optional).
  3. A macOS image in .cdr format.

1. Install VMware and Download Unlocker

Both VMware Workstations Pro and VMware Workstation Player (the free version) are OK. You just need to install one of them. The installation process is very simple. You just need to download this software from its official website and install it normally. If you have VMware installed already, you can skip this step.

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Then, you need to download the unlocker file that is the key file making VMware allow you to install macOS virtual machine. The unlocker file is released on GitHub, an open-source project hosting platform. On this platform, the developer will publish the source code of the unlocker file. Therefore, in my mind, the unlocker file is reliable. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the website: and click Release. Then, download the latest file.

Step 2: Close VMware software. Then, right click blank area of the Taskbar and choose Task Manager. In the Processes tab, right-click and end any tasks related to VMware.

Step 3: Extract the file. Open the extracted folder to find win-install.cmd file. Right click this file and choose Run as administrator. Then, this file will run to get some tools for VMware. All you need do is to wait for the window to shut down automatically.

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2. Make a Partition

This step is recommended, because the virtual machine file will become larger and larger. Placing all virtual machine files into one partition is in favor of centralized management. To make a partition, you can use the shrink volume feature in Disk Management. But MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you make a partition more easily.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard (free edition) and go to its main interface. Right click a partition and choose Move/Resize. This will open a window.

Step 2: In the window, drag the arrow to resize the partition. If you drag the whole partition block, you can change the location of the partition. Through this way, you can make unallocated space on the location you want. Click the OK button to continue.

Step 3: Right click the unallocated space and choose Create. Just keep everything in default and click the OK button.

Step 4: Click Apply button to execute the pending operations.

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3. Get a MacOS Image in .cdr Format

Where to get macOS .cdr image? You can create it by yourself or download it online. If you want to create by yourself, here is the guide:

Step 1: Download a macOS installation package (for example, Install macOS Catalina. app) from the Apple Store into the apps directory.

Tip: All of these operations are performed in macOS system. Therefore, if you have no macOS product, downloading macOS .cdr image online directly is recommended.

Step 2: Open the terminal and perform the following commands:

  • hdiutil create -o /tmp/Install macOS Catalina -size 8300m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J (* This command will create an empty .dmg disk image with a size of 8300m under /tmp The .dmg image should be at least 500M larger than the macOS app file. In addition, Install macOS Catalina is the name of the .dmg disk image, you can replace it accordingly.)
  • hdiutil attach /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will mount the .dmg image that you created just now to directory /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina.)
  • sudo /Applications/Install macOS --volume /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will write the macOS app file into the .dmg disk image you mounted just now. Then, you need to enter password and wait for the writing process to complete.)
  • hdiutil detach /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will unmount .dmg disk image.)
  • hdiutil convert /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg -format UDTO -o ~/Desktop/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will convert the .dmg image into .cdr image and save it into desktop with the name 'Install macOS Catalina'. Wait until the process to complete and then you can find the .cdr file on your desktop.)
  • rm /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg (* This command will delete the .dmg image in the tmp folder to free up space.)
Note: Don't convert the .dmg image into .iso image with UltraISO or dmg2iso tool, because I read a post saying the converted iso file can't be read by VMware.

How to Create a MacOS Virtual Machine with VMware

Now you can install Mac on Windows with VMware, the best Mac emulator for Windows. Here is the guide:

Step 1: Open VMware and click File > New Virtual Machine. Choose Typical and click Next.

Step 2: Choose Installer disc image file (iso) and click Browse. This will allow you to choose the macOS image file. But please note that you can see the .cdr image only if you modify the file type to All files. Then, click Next.

Step 3: Choose Apple Mac OS X and pick the right version. Then, click Next.

Note: My VMware can only support macOS version up to 10.11. The reason may be that my VMware version is 12, not the latest version. If you want to install slightly newer macOS versions, please install more recent VMware versions.

Step 4: Check the name and the location of the macOS virtual machine. Then, click Next. Specify disk capacity. Please make sure the max size is at least 40 GB and then click Next. Then, click Finish.

Step 5: Go to VM > Settings. In the Virtual Machine Settings window, you can change the macOS hardware settings. I recommend you to change the Memory to at least 4GB, otherwise the macOS virtual machine will not run smoothly. Click OK to save changes.

Step 6: Then, you need to modify the configuration file, otherwise you will get VMware unrecoverable error when booting the macOS. First, please navigate to the location of the macOS virtual machine in your PC. Right click the macOS virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) and open it with notepad.

Step 7: In the notepad, scroll down to find the code line: smc.present = 'TRUE'. Under this code line, add the following code line: smc.version = '0'. Then, save and exit. Now, you can start the macOS virtual machine and it should open smoothly.

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Step 8: Follow the on-screen wizard until you are asked to choose a disk for installing the macOS. In this case, go to Utilities > Disk Utility. Click the VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media in the left panel and click Erase. Follow the wizard to rename and erase the disk. After completing this process, exit Utilities tool and choose the disk you just renamed to install macOS on it.

Step 9: Follow the wizard to customize settings and then you can use the macOS on your PC.

Bottom Line

Is this post useful to you? Have you encountered problem when following the above steps to install macOS virtual machine? Do you know other good Mac emulators for Windows? Please leave a comment in the following zone.

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Mac Emulator for Windows FAQ

Yes, you can. As I know, you can emulate Mac on Windows with VMware and VirtualBox. But to make the macOS run smoothly, your PC needs to meet some requirements.
Apple doesn't authorize any end user to run Mac OS on non-Apple machines. It's illegal to install macOS on anything but a genuine Macintosh computer.
  1. Install VMware and download unlocker file from GitHub.
  2. Get a macOS image in .cdr format.
  3. Create a macOS virtual machine in VMware with the macOS image.
  4. Modify the macOS configuration file.
  5. Perform macOS installation process.

Mac OS is the name that comes right after Microsoft while talking about operating system for computers. Basically both of them are designed to perform similar kind of tasks but still they are different from each other. The file formats supported by Mac are not accessible through windows. This is the reason why some techniques are developed to run macOS on windows 10 in a virtual machine by programmers. Yes it is possible with the help of some third party software that you need to install before installing Mac OS. This operating system is specifically designed for apple company computer systems and do not support any other machine.

By providing an emulated environment to the Mac OS in windows, you can easily install and run every application that is supported by Mac. All you need is a computer system that must have following capabilities:-

  • 64 bit windows
  • Duel core processor or above
  • 4 GB RAM or above

If your computer system is fulfilling all these requirements, then it is very easy to run Mac and windows in a single machine. It really seems amazing but you need to download software applications and follow the instructions to make it work. To run macOS on windows 10 in a virtual machine, here is the whole procedure:-

How to Run macOS on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine:


Before installing the Mac operating system in your windows based PC, first of all you need to download a third party app that can manage all of its files. One of the best applications to perform this task is virtual box. You can easily download virtual box by clicking on this direct link without searching anywhere else. Another thing that you will need is a hacked disk image file of mountain lion. Also you will need HackBoot 1 and HackBoot 2 ISO files that are easily available on internet and occupy little bit of space.

Create a virtual machine with virtual box

First thing that you need to do is installing virtual box and customize the settings to Run macOS on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine. Follow these steps to initiate the process:-

  • After the installation of virtual box in windows, start it and and click on new button to create a new virtual machine. Give it the name of Mac OS and set operating system as:-

“Mac OS X server” that must be 64bit.

  • After assigning the name and version, click on next button and specify the RAM that you want to give for this new virtual machine. Minimum 4GB RAM is required so that you can divide it in equal proportion for windows and Mac.
  • Click on the next button to create new disk in VDI format. After creating it successfully, main screen of virtual box will appear.
  • Now right click on the left side bar at OS X machine and select the settings. In the setting section, go to system option and uncheck the “Enable EFI”.
  • Below the system option, you will find storage option, click on it. Under the storage type, click on CD icon that will be empty. You will find CD/DVD drive under attributes, click on its drop down menu and “Choose a Virtual CD/DVD Disk File” Finally select the HackBoot 1 ISO and click OK. By doing this, your computer will be ready to boot.

Installation of OS X in Virtual Box

Now mount the mountain lion ISO file in the virtual drive that for installation purpose. After mounting the operating system file, follow this process:-

  • Start the virtual box application, select OS X machine in left side bar of virtual box and click on start button in tool bar.
  • By performing this, you will be directed to the hackboot screen.
  • Click on the CD icon appearing in the interface of virtual box and select “Choose a Virtual CD/DVD Disk File” From here, select hacked mountain lion ISO file from the main storage.
  • After selecting it, go to the hackboot screen and press F5 button of your keyboard that will reload the boot menu and show you:-

“OS X Install DVD”

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  • Select it, press enter key and you will be directed to the installation screen of OS X within a moment.
  • Here choose the language, and accept the terms and conditions to proceed but a problem will occur that new operating system will not detect the valid hard drive for installation. To solve this problem, go to the utilities option and open disk utilities.
  • Now click on the hard drive of virtual box in the left side and click on erase tab option. Give “Macintosh HD” name to the drive and click on erase button.
  • It will format the drive that will appear in left sidebar. After the completion of process, exit the disk utility and continue the installation of operating system in normal way. Wait for about 20-30 minutes for ending the procedure.
  • After finishing thee setup, a white screen will appear with white text; here you will click on X at the upper right corner of window to exit the virtual machine.

Fix the audio and visual issues

Audio fixing

It is very important to fix the audio related issue and you can do it by using a third party software. To Run macOS on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine with good audio quality, follow these steps:-

Macbook M1 Virtual Machine Windows 10

  • Start the virtual box and right click on OS X in the left side bar. Go to the settings option and open the storage section.
  • Again click on the disk icon but this tome choose HackBoot 2 ISO file that you had downloaded.
  • Now click on start button to reboot again and again the hackboot menu will appear with option to boot in new virtual machine, just press enter.
  • Within a moment, the desktop of OS X will appear, here open the safari browser and visit “”. From here, download multi beast from what you will need section.
  • Now open the system preference and proceed to security option.
  • In the bottom left corner, click on the lock icon, enter password here, and set the preference of “allow applications” to “anywhere”. By doing this, you will be able to run all the applications from un-trusted developers.
  • Now launch the multi beat application that you have downloaded recently.
  • An installation type selection list will appear from where you will need to select the options that are shown in below image.
  • After selection all of the options, click on continue to finish the installation.

Fixing graphics

You will see the interface will appear in very low resolution that needs to be improved for better experience. Here is the process of fixing the graphics to perfectly Run macOS on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine:-

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  • Follow this chain: – Go > Go to folder > /Extra/.
  • Double click on “org.Chameleon.boot.plist” file and add it to the bottom right before Graphics mode 1920 X 1080 X 32 Saver it and exit the text editor. Now the OS X will start with high resolution when you will open it again.