Download Lion OS X 10.7.3 VMware Image and Make it Work on Windows 7 Computer

This guide is part of Sysprobs Mac on Windows series. In this article we will talk about working pre installed VMware image of Mac Lion 10.7.3. This image is working fine on normal X86 Intel based computer with Windows 7. The good thing is, you can get the latest features of Lion 10.7.3 without struggling with kernel panic or boot loaders issues.

This pre installed image is created and uploaded by ZackehSoul who is having a blog about IPhone, Android and Hackintosh contents. You can follow ZackehSoul on twitter for more updates and the original source of article is available here.

Sysprobs earlier published two guides about fresh installation of Lion OS X on VMware and 10.7.1 VMware image. I wanted to publish another guide on updating 10.7.0 and 10.7.1 to latest 10.7.3, but after seeing this pre installed image, I think this will be the better and easy way to have it.

The Lion OS X 10.7.3 pre installed VMware image can be downloaded either by torrent client or direct file hosting site.  I’m giving the exact download links (as requested by owner) which will open after showing ads.

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Direct download links


How to Open and Run it on Windows 7 Computer?

1) The download is having set of required files with VMware disk and configuration files. It is compressed by 7-zip utility and in EXE format, so if your Windows OS is not extracting this file, you can download 7-zip utility from official site here.

Windows 7 extracts it without additional software installation. Make sure the destinations is having enough disk space (may be around 10GB for future use too).

before extract image

2) We have to unlock VMware workstation to be able to run Mac OS X as guest. It can be done by ‘VMware unlocker’.

The same download is having VMware unlockers for 7.1.x and 8.x series. Incase these patches do not work or you want to know more about how to unlock VMware workstation to run Mac OS X guests, check our earlier guide on VMware Unlocker 8.0.x

Once the patch is applied successfully, make sure ‘Apple Mac OS X’ OS type is appearing under guest Operating Systems.

3) Most of the Mac Operating Systems required Hardware Virtualization Technology (VT) supported processor on host. Your physical computer should have VT supported processor and VT should be enabled in motherboard BIOS (if  it was disabled earlier).

Read our earlier guide on how to enable and check VT on Intel or AMD computers

If your physical computer is not having VT supported processor, there is a patch available to bypass VT check. So, VMware will not check the VT on processor for guest Operating system. This download is having VMware Unlocker – Hardware Virtualization Bypasser, which will do the bypass job. Even though I have not checked this bypass unlocker, you can try and let me know the outcome (if your processor is not Hardware Virtualization Technology supported).

4) After completing above two steps, open the pre configured virtual machine file of Lion OS X 10.7.3.

Go to ‘File’ on menu and select Open, browse the Mac OS X Lion.vmx  and open it.

You can modify the virtual machine settings before power it on. Increase the number of processors (depends on  physical processor cores) and size of RAM.  I increased to two processors and 2GB of RAM.

10.7.3 virtual machine settings


5) Power on the virtual machine. If the all steps are correct (specifically step 2 and 3), you should be seeing the working 10.7.3 Lion on VMware now.

first boot screen

Screen Resolution and Display Improvement

I do not understand the exact reason why the VMware tools is not installed in this image. Anyhow, darwin.iso file is included in this download, it can be used to install VMware tools on Lion OS X 10.7.3 to get more display resolutions and better performance.

I recommend to take a snapshot before proceed further steps.

Attach the darwin.iso file to CD/DVD drive of working virtual machine. darwin.iso file is located under VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest\VMware 8.x Series\Tools in extracted location.

mount darwin

Once it is mounted inside guest OS automatically, execute the ‘install VMware tools’ file.

The ‘Lion user’ password is nothing (blank password).

install vmware tools

Restart the virtual machine after installation completed. After reboot you must be seeing the larger screen and more display screen resolution sizes.

After VMware tools on Lion OS X 10.7.3

Sound and Network

Both worked out of the box, no additional settings required.

 VMware Shared Folder to share data

After the VMware tools installation VMware shared folders can be setup to share data between host and guest OS.

Setup is very similar to earlier Mac OS X guests, check our earlier guide.

 Original Video by owner

Feel free to leave comments on owner’s original post or here below.


Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

99 thoughts on “Download Lion OS X 10.7.3 VMware Image and Make it Work on Windows 7 Computer”

  1. First off I would really like to give my thanks for all your work in providing such a great easy to understand guide of accomplishing this task but I do have a question is it possible to change the hard drive set up? I would like to set it up at a much smaller size and to store it as a single file not multiple files but i am unable to get rid of the 250 GB harddrive without removing the operating system i would really appreciate any help i can get sorry if this is an amateur question i’m new to this virtual machine world
    Thanks again,

  2. hi,

    i want to build a hackintosh, but i don’t have any mac or access to one. so i can’t go to mac app store to buy lion. i have windows. can i use ur vm to access the mac app store and buy lion?

    Thank You

      • i don’t think apple sells it like that. and when the lion usb stick was available it cost 70 vs 30 online.

        • im sure it did with orther versions of osx so i think it will be the same with mountain lion and not a usb stick but a dvd it costas around 30 and for 30$ you can get a usb dvd drive if you need with usb

          • i checked the nearest apple store and was told that it is available only thru’ the mac appstore.

  3. Hi there, thanks for the great description of setting up Lion in VMware. I have set-up Workstation 8 with Lion and everything works great! No problems at all, except I can’t get 2 displays working.
    My set-up is a Windows Ultimate, Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B-3,CPU i5-2500, Graphic card Saphire HD6850,Vertex 3 250 Gb and Memory Corsair Vengeance 8Gb.
    Any ideas how to set-up 2 displays?

    Thanks, Peter

  4. Anyone had luck getting this run on on an x64 machine running VMware Workstation 8? I keep getting “CPU disabled by guest OS”

  5. Hi,
    First Thank You for your awesome help. I did all the steps as you explained however when i try to run vmware image it remains on apple logo and nothing happen even after long time. CPU performance also is low. Could u help me???

  6. to bad no Quartz (Extreme) Support 🙁 which is needed for almost all usefull MAC apps 🙁
    but anyway this guide was well written



  7. Running VMware player 5…..have leopard and snow leopard working.
    Lion stuck at grey apple screen… Any ideas? Don’t want to use workstation.

    • Just run this:
      D:\Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 VMware Image\VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest\VMware 8.x Series\VMware Workstation Unlocker – Windows\install.cmd
      before starting vmware player , or similar depends on where you extracted downloaded image.

    • Did u enabled VT in BIOS. please check… as well as try to run the VMware workstation unlocker under Administrator privileges.

      Hope this will help…


      Magesh K

    • Finally i have solved all the problems… Thanks to the boss who shared this…


      Magesh K

  8. It don’t work for me.I tried it many times but don’t get success. please help me.I have Hp laptop with latest bios and i5 processor.
    Help me please.

    • Hello,

      Sorry to hear that nothing worked for you. U can try obtaining the latest version of Vmware( 9 ) and follow above procedure carefully. 100% it’ll work. Even i have the same processor and it worked for me…

      Best of luck..

      Magesh K

  9. Hi,

    I am getting the same problem on a x64 pc, grey Apple screen comes up and does nothing then changes after a while to the stop sign. your software looks awesome but would seriousely like some help to get over this issue.

    thankyou 🙂

  10. finally done it, installed on my Acer PC, top work guys internet works fine, sound not the best but not too worried about that.

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