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Install Mac OS X Yosemite/El Capitan on VMware Workstation 11 inside Windows

Install Mac OS X on VMWare Workstation

It is easy to install an run Mac OS X all versions (Mavericks, Yosemite and the upcoming El Capitan) smoothly on VMWare Workstation 11 inside Windows.

Please be noticed that in the range of this tutorial, we instruct you to install and run Mac OS X inside Windows through VMWare Workstation 11 – a specializations software for Windows. If you are looking for the VMWare fusion 7 for Mac OS X, take a look at: VMware Fusion 7 full version – free download with serial and keygen.

  • You should meet the following hardware requirements to make sure your Windows Pc is strong and compatible enough to run Mac OS X system:
    Ram: You need at lest 4Gb of Ram. 8Gb is recommended.
    CPU: Intel Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7. Core i5 supports Intel Virtualization VT-x, and Core i7 is much better since it supports VT-d (IO Direct) which facilitate virtual machine access Hardwares of PC quicker.
    HDD (Hard drive): SSD absolutely is perfect. However, SATA hard drive is alright.
  • You should check your BIOS to make sure Virtualization is enabled:

Enable Virtualization to install Mac OS X on VMWare

BIOS setting to install Mac OS X

Install Mac OS X Yosemite/El Capitan on VMware Workstation 11

Follow these steps below to install and run Mac OS X on VMWare Workstation in Windows smoothly.

  • Step 1: Download necessary softwares and tools

Download these 5 following things:

1. Download Mac OS X Setup.DMG

El Capitan has not available to download yet. How to download OS X Yosemite?
You need to borrow a Mac, then easily download Yosemite from Apple store (Go to Mac Apple Store > use your Apple ID and login > Find and download OS X Yosemite). After downloading, OS X Yosemite Installer will appear in /Applications. To get the InstallESD.DMG, go to Application > right mouse on OS X Yosemite > select Show Package Contents.

2. Download and install VMWare Workstation 11

You can download and get free VMWare Workstation 11 full version here.

3. Download PowerISO 5.8 full key

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4. Convert InstallESD.DMG to ISO

Install and run PowerISO > Tool > Convert. Locate and select InstallESD.DMG at Source file > Choose where to Save the ISO file.Convert Yosemite DMG To ISO

5. Download and run Unlocker 2.0.2

Download Unlocker v202 here, then Right mouse on ‘win-install.cmd’  > Run As Administator.

Unlock VMWare

Once it has successfully patched the VMware workstation 11, you should be able to see the Mac OS X guest support as shown below:

Install Mac OS X on VMware

  • Step 2: Install OS X Yosemite on VMWare Workstation

VMWare OS X
Run VMWare–>File—>New Virtual Machine.
Choose Typical-->next
Choose Typical–>next
Source: Choose ISO and select the diretion InstallESD.Iso converted
Source: Choose ISO and select the direction InstallESD.ISO created.
Choose Apple MAC OS X + select MAC OS version
Choose Apple MAC OS X + select MAC OS X version.

 

Choose where to Save the virtual machine
Choose where to Save the virtual machine

Next, you set the HDD and Ram. Finally, clicking on Finish button to boot the machine.

Choose language
Choose language
Disk Utilities > Partition tab > Partition Layout: 1 > Type Name > Format: MAC OS Extended > Option: Guid Partition Table
Choose Disk Utilities
Partition tab > Partition Layout: 1 > Type Name > Format: MAC OS Extended > Option: Guid Partition Table
Partition tab > Partition Layout: 1 > Type Name > Format: MAC OS Extended > Apply
Choose Reinstall Mac OS X
Choose Reinstall Mac OS X
Choose the HDD created
Choose the HDD created
Start Installing Mac OS X on Workstation
Start Installing Mac OS X on VMWare Workstation

It takes about 15- 30 minutes to finish. You know should now how to Install and run Mac OS X on VMWare Workstation in Windows yet. Leave comments for any troubles.

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Cameron Palm
Cameron Palm
6 years ago

I can't seem to boot from the iso. I'm presented with the efi boot menu which will cycle through the HDD (as expected) but then there it won't read the .iso file.

Andrea Terzani
Andrea Terzani
6 years ago
Reply to  Cameron Palm

Have you found a solution ? i'm facing the same issue

Cameron Palm
Cameron Palm
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrea Terzani

Nope. I had to abandon it as I needed to get Debian up and running. What I did find a couple things others suggested, like there being a specially way to extract the dmg to make it a bootable iso. A few others just installed off of an 8gb Mac is install drive they made with the OS X install utility.

Lem
Lem
5 years ago

Stuck up during boot up process. Any idea?

Seun
Seun
5 years ago
Reply to  Lem

Experiencing the same problem here too.

WhatADouche
WhatADouche
5 years ago

This doesn’t work. It never boots from the DVD. I can burn it and it works, but mounting it does not. I jsut get the VMWare UEFI menu with no working bootable options. And that’s after reinstalling vmware completely because the tools failed without errors the first time around.

What a mess.

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