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Mac OSX in VMware

Mac OSX in VMware

Install Mac OSX in VMware Windows PC

This article explains step by step method to install Mac OSX in VMware on your Windows PC. If you are interested to learn something on Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard or do some testing on Mac OS, then you can continue read this article. This article is only for testing purpose. Whoever doesn’t have chance to buy apple hardware with Mac OS, can use this method to install and run Mac on VMware home Windows PC.

Installation is not ‘Very’ Easy

Installation is not easy as inserting the CD and click ‘Next’ ‘Next’ or running some executable files. I wanted to install and learn Macintosh OSX on Windows in my PC, so I searched on internet for possibilities to have Macintosh on Windows computer. The results returned nothing very useful other than changing your XP, Vista themes to Mac OS themes.  Based on the other tips in several sites and after I did it practically, now I’m writing this method to install mac on VMware in Windows PC.

But still I like to share what I found when I searched,

This video shows nicely how to change the XP theme to Mac OS theme. It looked as good video.  But when I tried to install it…., guess what? Anti-virus popped up. I left it. You can try how to change the XP theme to Mac OS theme if you want.

Step by step to change the Windows theme to Mac

Install Mac on VMware



But I’m talking about real Mac. As I said earlier installation is not very easy since both OS hardware platform requirements are different, Mac can be installed on Virtual PC on your PC. To make the installation easy, in other word “to avoid the Mac installation”, we will just import the Mac OS pre-installed hard disk to your PC using VMware.  Don’t be more confused, follow the below easy steps. Here are the requirements,

Software Requirements for Install Mac on VMware

Virtual PC software.  Several virtual PC software available, but this method goes with VMware workstation since we will be using VMware hard disk image.


VMware workstation 6 or more
you can download the VMware workstation at VMware site here . Either you can try 30-day free evaluation version or buy the full version, but don’t ask crack.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download
(Note – This is a torrent download)

Hardware Requirements:
Make sure after you installed VMware workstation, you have minimum below  hardware resources to allocate for Mac OS.

RAM – 1GB

Hard Disk 15GB

Processor – Automatic allocation.

Install Mac on VMware Step by Steps

1) Install VMware Workstation.

2) Download Mac OSX 10.5.5 Leopard  VMware Hard disk image. ( Approx Size – 1.9GB)

3) Extract the Image to a folder (You need WinRAR for extraction and extracted size is Approx 9.4GB). Make sure extraction is successful and you get all VMware files as below

Mac OSX in VMware

4) Start VMware workstation and open the Mac OS X Leopard.vmx. ( In VMware go to File – Open from extracted place)

5) Once you open the correct vmx files, you can see the configurations which already done on the image. The below screen is the default one when you open it, before you power on the virtual PC. ( this is what I’m getting in my PC)

Mac OSX in VMware

6) Make sure Guest OS should be ‘FreeBSD’. Even if you have Dual processor and have option to select two processors in VMware option, DO NOT change to two. Leave the Processors 1 only. Do not worry about Hard disk allocation 30GB. You can increase the memory size if you have memory resource in your computer.

7) That’s it click ‘Power on this virtual machine’. Now you should be able to see Mac OS.

8) In case your Mac stuck with following welcome screen for long time,

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download

You must disable ‘Intel Hardware Virtualization’ from your BIOS.  Note that any time you enable or disable the Hardware virtualization setting in the BIOS; one has to completely power off (cold restart) the CPU for 10 seconds before booting.

Read More about how to Disable or Enable Hardware Virtualization in BIOS

Now start the Mac on VMware again, this time it will work fine.

Mac on Windows

Network

Somewhere I read that Network will not working in Mac with VMware, but it works fine with this image. I tested ‘Bridged’ and ‘NAT’ networks in VMware. It worked fine.

Mac Admin Password

This OS image has Mac Admin password, the password is ‘password ‘.

Mac VMX File

Here is the correct VMX file for your reference

.encoding = “windows-1252″

config.version = “8″

virtualHW.version = “7″

scsi0.present = “TRUE”

scsi0.virtualDev = “lsilogic”

memsize = “1024″

scsi0:0.present = “TRUE”

scsi0:0.fileName = “Mac OS X Leopard-000001.vmdk”

ide1:0.present = “TRUE”

ide1:0.autodetect = “TRUE”

ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-raw”

floppy0.present = “FALSE”

ethernet0.present = “TRUE”

ethernet0.startConnected = “TRUE”

ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000″

ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = “FALSE”

usb.present = “TRUE”

ehci.present = “TRUE”

sound.present = “TRUE”

sound.fileName = “-1″

sound.autodetect = “TRUE”

mks.enable3d = “TRUE”

pciBridge0.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge4.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge4.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge4.functions = “8″

pciBridge5.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge5.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge5.functions = “8″

pciBridge6.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge6.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge6.functions = “8″

pciBridge7.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge7.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge7.functions = “8″

vmci0.present = “TRUE”

monitor.virtual_mmu = “automatic”

monitor.virtual_exec = “automatic”

roamingVM.exitBehavior = “go”

displayName = “Mac OS X Leopard”

guestOS = “freebsd”

nvram = “Mac OS X Leopard.nvram”

virtualHW.productCompatibility = “hosted”

ft.secondary0.enabled = “TRUE”

tools.upgrade.policy = “useGlobal”

extendedConfigFile = “Mac OS X Leopard.vmxf”

ide1:0.fileName = “auto detect”

ide1:0.startConnected = “FALSE”

ethernet0.addressType = “generated”

tools.syncTime = “FALSE”

uuid.location = “56 4d 4e 0f ea ce 5e 03-83 66 d3 86 b7 b4 42 e4″

uuid.bios = “56 4d 4e 0f ea ce 5e 03-83 66 d3 86 b7 b4 42 e4″

scsi0:0.redo = “”

vmotion.checkpointFBSize = “134217728″

pciBridge0.pciSlotNumber = “17″

pciBridge4.pciSlotNumber = “21″

pciBridge5.pciSlotNumber = “22″

pciBridge6.pciSlotNumber = “23″

pciBridge7.pciSlotNumber = “24″

scsi0.pciSlotNumber = “16″

usb.pciSlotNumber = “32″

ethernet0.pciSlotNumber = “33″

sound.pciSlotNumber = “34″

ehci.pciSlotNumber = “35″

vmci0.pciSlotNumber = “36″

ethernet0.generatedAddress = “00:0c:29:b4:42:e4″

ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = “0″

vmci0.id = “660874947″

tools.remindInstall = “TRUE”

checkpoint.vmState = “”

ethernet0.connectionType = “nat”

Mac OSX in VMware under Windows check the different method..

Comments

  1. Nev says

    Hey, i’m stuck on this loading screen with the apple logo. It just doesn’t go ant further. (My PC doesn’t support hardware virtualisation)
    Any help would be appriciated.

  2. mark says

    When i open your VMX it doesnt say FREEBSD it says MAC OS X Server 10.6 64bit.

    how can i change it?

    It boots to the apple logo, restarts then says no operating system

    thanks

  3. MrgeeLgee says

    First of all the four folders in your image at step #3 does not come down and I tried to re download 3 times! The step says the total package should be 9.4 GB mine is 1.89GB every time.
    Secondly all other steps complete successful except when i power on virtual machine it says cant open: Mac OS X leopard-000001.vmdk : insufficient permission to access the file. I am logged as admin to my system so I believe it has to do with the missing folders in the download….can you help?

  4. MrgeeLgee says

    First of all the four folders in your image at step #3 does not come down and I tried to re download 3 times! The step says the total package should be 9.4 GB mine is 1.89GB every time.
    Secondly all other steps complete successful except when i power on virtual machine it says cant open: Mac OS X leopard-000001.vmdk : insufficient permission to access the file. I am logged as admin to my system so I believe it has to do with the missing folders in the download….can you help?

  5. themis says

    Hi am stuck in the loading screen too!i have the virtualization enabled but i cant disable it because i have hardware that assist this according Microsoft Tool to check hardware virtualization Technology ( VT) the message i get from this tool is “This Computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualisation”