This guide is part of our Mac on Windows series. In this article, we will talk about working pre-installed VMware image of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3. This VMDK file will work on most of the Intel-based desktop or laptop computers with Windows 10/8.1 or Windows 7. Software update to the latest version of Lion OS X is possible.
This pre-installed image was created and uploaded by ZackehSoul. Though he used to be active for while, now we can’t find any trace of him. But the torrent file or the pre-installed image links are available on the internet.
We earlier published a guide about the fresh installation of Lion OS X on VMware, if you prefer to install the OS from scratch, you can try this method. This Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 pre-installed VMDK VMware image can be downloaded either from a torrent or direct file hosting site. I’m giving the exact download links (as requested by owner) which will open after showing ads. Please note that these methods are only for testing purpose.
How to Use Lion OS X 10.7 VMware Image on Windows 10
1) The download is having a set of required files with VMware disk (VMDK) and configuration (VMX) files. It is compressed by the 7-zip utility and in exe file format. In case, your Windows OS is not extracting the file, you can download the 7-zip utility from the official site here.
Make sure that the destination is having enough disk space to extract the files and use the VM in future.
2) We have to unlock the VMware workstation program to host Mac OS X as a guest virtual machine. We need to use ‘VMware unlocker’ for this purpose.
The same download folder is having VMware unlockers for several versions. Incase these patches do not work for the version you have or you want to know more about how to unlock VMware workstation, read this guide about VMware Unlocker on Windows
Once the patch is applied successfully, do check whether ‘Apple Mac OS X’ OS type is appearing under guest Operating Systems.
3) Also, your physical computer must have VT supported processor and it should be enabled on motherboard BIOS.
Read our guide about enabling and checking VT on Intel or AMD computers
If your physical computer is pretty old and not having VT support, then there is a patch available to bypass VT check. So, VMware will not check the VT support for guest Operating systems. You will find VMware Unlocker – Hardware Virtualization Bypasser in this download. Mostly you will not need to use the bypasser since most of the recent computers have the virtualization supported processor.
4) Now open the pre-configured virtual machine file.
Go to ‘File’ on the menu and select Open, browse the Mac OS X Lion.vmx.
You can modify the virtual machine settings before power it on. Increase the number of processors and RAM size based on your physical computer capacity. I increased to two processors and 2GB of RAM. (I did this demonstration in 2012 🙂 )
5) Power on the virtual machine. If all steps are correct (specifically step 2 and 3), you should be seeing the working Lion OS on VMware with your Windows 10 computer.
Screen Resolution and Display Improvement
I do not understand the exact reason why the VMware tools is not installed on this image. Anyhow, the darwin.iso file is included in this download. We can use this file to install VMware tools inside the Lion OS X guest machine to get multiple display resolutions and better performance.
I recommend taking a snapshot before proceeding further steps.
Attach the darwin.iso file to CD/DVD drive of working virtual machine. The darwin.iso file is located under VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest\VMware 8.x Series\Tools in extracted location.
Once it is mounted inside guest OS automatically, execute the ‘install VMware tools’ file.
It will ask for the password, the ‘Lion user’ password is nothing (blank password).
Restart the virtual machine once the installation completed. After reboot, you must be seeing the full/larger screen and several display screen resolutions.
Sound and Network
The sound and network worked out of the box, no additional settings required.
VMware Shared Folder
After the VMware tools installation, we can set up the VMware shared folders to share data between host and guest OS.
Steps are very similar to earlier Mac OS X guests, check our earlier guide.
Note: This guide was originally published and linked to the owner’s site who created the pre-installed Lion OS VMware image torrent file. Since his website is not active anymore, you need to source for the image somewhere. Make sure you download it from reliable sources. Any pre-installed macOS image will have this identical steps to use on Windows 10 host computer.