VMware Workstation 11, 10, 9 and 8 Unlocker to Run Mac OS X Guests in Windows 8.1 and 7

If you are a Hackintosh user with desktop virtualization software VMware workstation, then the “VMware unlocker” is a compulsory utility to run Mac OS X guests. This unlocker utility replaces few VMware program files to be able to install and run latest 10.10, 10.9 and older versions of Mac OS X guest virtual machines. Here is the download links of working unlocker for latest VMware Workstation 11, 10, and other series versions (all tested by me) on Windows 8.1, 8 64 bits and Windows 7 32 bit physical computer.

UPDATE (15-12-2014) This post has been updated with VMware workstation 11 unlocker to run Yosemite and other Mac OS X guests on Windows PC

This patch is needed if you wish to install and use Yosemite, Mountain Lion and Mavericks Mac OS X virtual machines as guest Operating Systems on VMware workstation 11 or 10.

Earlier Mac OS X versions like Snow leopard 10.6 and leopard 10.5 can run on VMware desktop virtualization products without this patch. But the latest versions required this patching.

Sysprobs already published few guides about installing Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion OS X on VMware workstation by using this unlocker. I have demonstrated and tested the unlocker in VMware Workstation 7 series in previous post, but once it was upgraded to version 10, 9 or 8, it stopped working. Obviously, the upgrade process would have replaced patched files, therefore I could not able to uses OS X guests. Using this VMware unlocker patch did the trick and I could able to use my hackintosh virtual machines.

VMware workstation 11 Unlocker 2.0.2

I’m just a tester of this unlocker utility. Full credits should go the developer who produced a great tool. Unfortunately it took little time to develop and publish the unlocker for latest VMware workstation 11 than other versions. But finally it has arrived. The unlocker version 2 works fine with the latest VMware workstation 11.  But the version 2.0 needed python installation on the Windows 8.1 or other Windows versions. That procedure looked slightly lengthy. Finally the unlocker 2.0.2 has come out today and it works without needing of Python. So, the installation procedure is similar to previous versions.

Here is my VMware workstation 11 guest machines support before patching. Also, my all Mac OS X virtual machines stopped working after I upgraded VMware 10 to 11.

before unlocker in VMware workstation 11

Visit the official site to download unlocker 2.0.2 ( free registration required).

Close the all virtual machines and VMware workstation program. Right click on ‘win-install.cmd’  and select Run as administrator.

run as admin

The successful script will stop the VMware services, copy few files and some other scripting stuff ( you will see more on-going process in command prompt in this latest version than previous versions) and start the VMware services.

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

after unlocker 2.0.2

That’s it, The non working Mac OS X guest VMs started working after the patch for me. Here is the working Mac OS X 10.10.1 on Windows 8.1 with VMware workstation 11.

Working Yosemite on VMware 11

Read below if you have older versions.

Unlocker for VMware workstation 10, 9, 8 and 7

I have not updated the screenshots for latest 1.1.1 unlocker or VMware workstation 10/9. The all below screenshots remain same with earlier versions (almost one year ago). But, I can confirm that latest 1.1.1 unlocker works well with VMware workstation 9 on Windows 8 or 7 Host. Unfortunately, it did not work with VMware workstation 10 on Windows 8 host for me. But after seeing couple of positive feedback from users regarding this patch for VMware workstation 10 (in this link), I thought to update this post.

Kindly leave your comment in comments area if the unlocker worked for VMware workstation 10 on your host computer.

before unlocker

After applying patch with VMware unlocker – One more Guest OS type and versions.

after unlocker

Unlocker for 10, 9 and 8 Download Links

This unlocker works well with 9,  8.0 and 8.0.1. All credits go to developer of this patch. You can download and check for the updates and comments here. Make sure you are download the latest version from developer. As on today 1.1.0 is the latest one.

For VMware workstation 7.0 series.

You can download our earlier Sysprobs_lion files set which is having unlocker for 7.0 series.


How to Use Unlocker

Its very simple. Close all VMware programs (if opened)

Extract the downloaded file. The latest Unlocker is having patch for Windows, Linux, Fusion 4.0 on Snow Leopard and Lion and VMware ESXi 5.

Before run the patch, its recommended to take a backup of VMware program folder, because this patch will replace the original files. Even though the utility takes backup which can be replaced later if required, but its good to have a backup copy taken by you.

Right click on install.cmd file and select run as administrator option as shown below. ( or you can start the command prompt as administrator in Windows 7 computer and execute install.cmd from command prompt)

right click and patch

The successful patch will return the following screen (and disappears automatically)

running patch

That’s it. You patched the VMware workstation 10, 9, 8 in Windows 7 host to run Mac OS X Lion guest. Restarting the host computer is not required here.

Here is the working Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 in VMware workstation 9 with Windows 7 32 bit host after running unlocker.

working guest


  1. says

    hi can somebody help me after downloading unlocker 2.0.2 to unlock the mac os x mavericks i’m not getting the file win-install.cmd and having only instal

  2. linuxaddict says

    I downloaded and extracted unlocker 2.0.2. I have Linux Mint 17.1 and Workstation 11 I need help getting this to work in Linux. Could someone please help me out here?

    • amit says

      my vmware workstation shown option of apple os x but when i tried to install mavericks it says efi network unsuccessful

  3. kumar says

    i am unable to see the changes and followed the above steps and getting below error. Can you plz help…
    ‘vmxsmc.exe’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.

  4. Hanish says

    Hi ,

    Anybody please help me , my sign in itself is not working.

    Always ends up saying password is wrong, even tough am using the password obtained by the site through forgot password feature.

    Please do help me !

    Thanks , Hanish.D

  5. says

    Oddly, at the installation of Snow Leopard, , the select disk remains empty, despite the fact I havae mounted a virtual hard disk. I tried IDE, SATA and SCSI and I still can”t select anything when it comes to choose a disk to install the OS. What do yout think ?

    • Kalle says

      The Unlocker204 worked on VMware v11 :)
      Even though I’m running Win8.1, I see no reason why it shouldn’t work for Win7

      • Russ says

        I’m trying to install Yosemite on VM 11 on win 8.1, after installing it half way it is stuck! Can you provide any suggestion? How did you get it done? Oh and I did install the unlocker right after i installed vmware 11 workstation…

  6. frank says

    I had installed Mavericks, without the patch, worked more or less. Then I updated throuh App Store to Yosemite. Worked but took very long (half day). First boot was ok to Yosemite, but then, next boot stuck in the half of the progress bar for hours, nothing happened anymore. So I installed the patch on my vmware 10 workstation and after this, the boot to yosemite was fast and normal. Here is the patch if any need:
    maybe down soon, dont know this uploader well.

  7. Srikar Reddy says

    Can any one plz help me.. After extracting and doing all the steps above mentioned,i still find no change in the options of os to be installed,am not getting Apple mac os. Pls, help me suggesting the changes

  8. Russ says

    I’m using Win 8.1 , VM 11 workstation and trying to install Yosemite … but after installing it half way it is stuck and wont let me kill it or reinstall it… I’ve tried to uninstall VM workstation and reinstalled it… but not working. After installing VM 11, I also applied the unlocker. I want to redo the OS installation from the beginning… how can I do that? Can anyone help?

  9. krishnaraj says

    My vmware workstation shown option of apple os x but when i tried to install mavericks it says efi network unsuccessful.
    Help me please..!

  10. Ben says

    It’s been the most flawless setups of vmware based Mac OS in my life. Thank you for saving so much time and sharing great pleasure of having OS X installed.

    Graphics are just awesome, btw

    PS.: I tried to get Lion in VMWare WRKSTN 11, at first I got black screen every time till I updated the image to an 11th version, and now it is just perfect.

  11. Johan du Toit says

    Vmware Workstation 12 has just been release. I had to upgrade to the latest versio because of my Host OS being Windoze 10. Are they going to release Unlocker for WKS 12 as well?


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