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

    great sir many many tnx to you i m proud of you sir i wnat to instakk mac os on lion on gigabyte mt-s2pt rev 2.1 plz provide me dsdt my processor core 2 duo e7500

  2. Matt says

    I got the OS loaded on the Installing OS screen and I am stuck on the “Select the disk where you want to install” It does not list an option. ANy help?

    • Ron Foley says

      Did you figure this out? You have to back up a screen and select disk utility from the menu above. Select the VM HD and erase and format it. Then you will see a disk to install to on the next screen.

      • Matt says

        I did figure it out thanks. I eneded doing exactly what you posted. I figured since its a VM, creating/formatting etc would not hurt anything other than having to create a new one again. I am up and running now. Thanks

  3. Sonty says

    I don’t have graphic card on my laptop i had 4 GB ram and DUAL CORE 64bit processor, I had downloaded ISO. file of Snowleopard and Virtual machine, but it says a error for Graphic card. can this vmware help me out ??

  4. Nick says

    I’m running in to an error when trying to use the unlocker on windows 8.1 with vmware workstation 7/8/9 when trying to run the programs or the BAT files it says in a windows security pop up that “the file cannot be opened” & “Your internet security setting have prevented this file from being opened” I have ran this as admin as well but still no go! and im not sure how to run it from command terminal, any help would be greatly appreciated

    • says

      You can ONLY run it from the commandline, in the terminal window.
      Make sure the bat file is in the same directory as the vmx file.
      Open the CMD Terminal so you have the black screen.
      CD to the directory containing the bat and vmx files.
      At the > prompt, type the name of the bat file ie: patch.bat and hit Enter.
      Wait …..
      Wait ….

      Type Exit. Double click the vmx file.

  5. Asif Hassan says

    Firstly thanks for your brilliant job. But in detail it is worse than mac snow leopard. It’s shared folder and internet is not working at all. Beside the vmware mac guest unlocker is not working. Please do something soon about it. :)

    • Asif Hassan says

      After a little work I fixed everything but internet connection is not working, please post a detailed on it. plz plz plz

  6. vishnu says

    hi i just wanted to ask, why should i do this unlock? because i tried it with out actually unlocking and it worked just fine for me.. i double clicked on the vm file.. and it opened up and started working.. so what is the real need for unlocking the vmware?

  7. says

    When i run install.cmd as an administrator using command prompt, in the lines of code it runs in command prompt i see some “access denied” and it didnt copy any files. Please help.

  8. says

    When i run install.cmd as an administrator using command prompt, in the lines of code it runs in command prompt i see some “access denied” and it didnt copy any files. Please helpp.

  9. datum says

    With unlock-all-v120 or unlock-all-v110 installed, you won’t be able to disconnect USB devices from host and connect them to virtual OS, all the virtual OS are affected, including the Mavericks image, and the Windows & linux images. I have tested this on multiple machines and that seems to be a bug in the unlocker.

  10. Mahmoud Ziada says

    Thanks for the instructions, it worked fine to the end but after getting into Mac OSX guest it freezes after a minute and I have to power it off. any ideas? I am using AMD phenon II 945

  11. says

    I’ve got this error “Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.”
    Have tried to force virtualization engine prefered mode from “Automatic” to “Intel VT-x or AMD-V” but failed with

    “Preferred mode unavailable. Using binary translation instead.

    This host does not support AMD-V.”

    Somebody know how to solve that?

    P.S. AMD-V is enabled in BIOS.

    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      I have HP Pavilion p7-1247c Desktop PC with 12GB ram, with my system I have check the bios and enable bios for virtualization.

      My Computer is supporting AMD-V and it’s enable, I have tested it.

      testing on VMW Workstation 10.0.2 build-1744117 installed on windows 7 64 bit system and I am testing OS X 10. 9 Mavericks ready image.

      I have installed patch (1) Hardware Virtualization Bypasser (file Ver, dated: 05/20/2012 5:47pm) and Unlocker (dated 9/18/2013, 9:30 pm)

      and then follow your direction but,
      I still got this error “Mac OS X is not supported with binary translation. To run Mac OS X you need a host on which VMware Workstation supports Intel VT-x or AMD-V.”

      I have uncheck binary translation option also and tried but same thing

      Please help me on this.
      Thank You,

      • says

        You MUST have an Intel processor. You can’t use and AMD processer whatsoever. Again, It MUST be an Intel, and having Intel VT might as well be required.

  12. says

    I followed the tutorial. I was great. I have used Hardware Virtualization Bypasser and the patch was working fine. But,
    I couldn’t run Mac OS X Lion on x64 based processor and the error came like this. ( I am complex between “x86 is single core” and “x64 is dual core”. )
    ” This virtual machine is configured for 64-bit guest operating systems. However, 64-bit operation is not possible.

    This host does not support VT.

    For more detailed information, see http://vmware.com/info?id=152.

    Continue without 64-bit support? ”

    When I pressed OK it stopped working.

  13. Jasmin Mankad says

    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: Msg_Post: Error
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: [msg.log.error.unrecoverable] VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vcpu-1)
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120+ NOT_REACHED d:/build/ob/bora-1895310/bora/devices/ahci/ahci_user.c:1521
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: [msg.panic.haveLog] A log file is available in “E:\Virtual Machines\MAC OS X\vmware.log”.
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: [msg.panic.requestSupport.withoutLog] You can request support.
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: [msg.panic.requestSupport.vmSupport.windowsOrLinux]
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120+ To collect data to submit to VMware support, choose “Collect Support Data” from the Help menu.
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120+ You can also run the “vm-support” script in the Workstation folder directly.
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: [msg.panic.response] We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: —————————————-
    2014-07-26T18:09:22.346+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: USBGW: Write arbitrator op:13 len:18
    2014-07-26T18:09:43.179+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: USBGW: Write arbitrator op:13 len:18
    2014-07-26T18:09:43.179+05:30| vcpu-1| I120: Exiting

    After getting this error vmware crashes. Anybody please help.
    Also 5-10 min after booting up mac an unknown cd/dvd appears to mount.
    Sorry for bad english..

  14. Frank Frankson says

    Found the image as torrent somewhere, including the patch for Workstation 10 and tested it, it works.
    Internet works.
    On the initial setup I set language to german but it is still english, doesnt matter.
    VMware Tools worked after reboot.
    Some smb didnt work, but mostly all works till I can see now.


    • says

      I tried to run this script and was seeming to get errors about “access denied” on a couple files. It would show the Mac OSX 10.8 in the “Other” field, but it did not have it’s own specific mode. So, I decided to stop ALL the services running that use VMWare and killed the vmware-tray PLUS all associated processes (just for safe measures). Re-launched the bat file for Windows and it worked perfectly.

      I decided to modify it a bit for people who may be facing this issue also. Manually stopping/starting things is very painful! I know!.. Anyways, here you go.

      I uploaded it to pastebin: http://pastebin.com/egTe9DKa

  15. joy says

    hi,someone please help me with my problem . I bought a new Mac book Pro with os x mavericks and i want to run vmware in this machine, can someone send me the link from where i can download vmware for mac .Thanks

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