If you are a Hackintosh user in desktop virtualization software VMware, 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 10.9,10.8 and 10.7 Lion OS X guests. Here is the download links of working (possibly) unlocker for VMware Workstation10, 9, 8 and 7 series versions (tested by me) on Windows 8/7 32 bit host.
UPDATE (13-09-2013) – This post has been updated after couple of users’ confirmation about working unlocker for VMware workstation 10
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.
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.
After applying patch with VMware unlocker – One more Guest OS type and versions.
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)
The successful patch will return the following screen (and disappears automatically)
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.
I will be publishing several articles in coming days about running a Lion OS X with pre installed VMware image based on this VMware workstation 9 unlocker.