Download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion VMware Image for Windows 10/8.1 Computer

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.

Direct download links

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.

Extract the macOS 10.7. VMware image

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 🙂 )

Lion OS X VM settings

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.

first boot screen

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.

mount darwin file to VM

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).

Install Vmware tools

Restart the virtual machine once the installation completed. After reboot, you must be seeing the full/larger screen and several display screen resolutions.

Screen resolutions in Lion OS on VMware

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.

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 Mac OS X 10.7 Lion VMware Image for Windows 10/8.1 Computer”

  1. i had to restore my vm when i attempted to go to 10.7.4 no worries cause i got 10.7.3 already

  2. I have VM WS 8.03. I have an AMD PHENOM II 6 core. Downloaded MAC OS Lion as one file. Found a Trogan in one of the patch files. Found another copy of the latest unlocker. Ran that admin and get the right OS options as shown in article. When I power up, I get the USB admin popup and then a popup telling me the Guest OS has such down the CPU. I assume this is because of AMD? Is there a way to hide the CPU type?

  3. I have VM WS 8.03. I have an AMD PHENOM II 6 core. Downloaded MAC OS Lion as one file. Found a Trogan in one of the patch files. Found another copy of the latest unlocker. Ran that admin and get the right OS options as shown in article. When I power up, I get the USB admin popup and then a popup telling me the Guest OS has such down the CPU. I assume this is because of AMD? Is there a way to hide the CPU type?

  4. Work great for in Windows 7 64 Bit
    Vm Workstation 8.0.3
    Screen, sound, network and update works well….

    Thank a lot…

  5. Hi,

    I have installed VMWare Tools for this machine as you suggested. The screen resolution worked perfectly, except when I move to fullscreen, in this case the screen flickers when transitioning to fullscreen.

    Everything is OK except for Netbeans and Intellij Idea.
    Then problem is that the mouse clicks or mouse hover in some situations, for instance when I want to open a java page or click in a hyperlink in Intellij Idea, does not work. The cursor changes to hand but the click does not work.

    I all other situations and applications it works perfectly. I have a Snow Leopard machine and it works perfectly in all situations.

    Maybe this is a problem is the VMWare tools version,

    Is there a new version of vmware tools for Mac Lion.

    Thanks

  6. Hey, for all of you who are getting stuck on the grey Apple logo, here’s the trick. You have to update VMWare Workstation to 8.0.2

    • What about vmware 8.0.4. I have the same problem , the apple logo appears forever. The last version of vmware is 8.0.4.Thus , if i update to this version , will that trick work? Or do we have to update to the 8.0.2 version. I’m now updating to 8.0.4 , when the update will end , i try it . By the way, i’m waitng for your reply.

  7. I have windows vista and 8.0.3 (build 703057) – will the unlocker and bypasser work for me?

  8. Using 8.0.3 on Win7 64bit I could upgrade from 10.7.3 to 10.7.4 without any issues.
    I had to wait a while for that first boot though (about 30 mins).

  9. I have windows vista 32 bit machine with intel core 2 duo cpu.
    VMWare workstation 8.0.3.
    I ran this with: 2 processors, 1 core per cpu.
    Followed all the steps.
    The unlocking worked fine – apple mac os x is visible in the list.
    The VT check is bypassed, too, after the bypasser patch.

    However soon after power on, it gets stuck on gray block sign logo – and powers off automatically in 1 min.

  10. Hey, I tryed it, but it didn’t work… I have AMD Phenom II N660 dual core processor with 4 gigs of RAM. I activated hardware virtualisation in BIOS and with that bypasser, but still, I am stuck on apple start-up screen. Help me please, I really want 10.7

    • I tried to disconnect cd-rom from boot and wait 5 to 10 minutes and it power up lion 10.7.3. the next time i restart system was more quickly, some seconds only.

  11. Anytime I apply VMware tools that is included in the download, this VM no longer works, as the screen becomes all fuzzy. I am running VMware 8.0.4 and Win7x64. I also have a core i7 with VT enabled. Any ideas???

  12. I tried this, I get to the point of the apple start-up screen and get a message saying the VM is ignoring the CPU, restart the VM to fix. I restart the VM but keep getting the same message. I have disabled the CD-ROM, ran the virtual unlocker. I am running out of things to check!? lol… Any help would be appreciated!

  13. Didn’t work in Vmware 8.0.0… but

    IT WORKS IN VMWARE 8.0.4!!!!

    Thank you so much!

  14. Didn’t work in Vmware 8.0.0… but

    IT WORKS IN VMWARE 8.0.4!!!!

    Thank you so much!!

  15. Any help? My Mac OS X takes forever to boot (apple start-up screen) after upgrading to 10.7.4 via combo update .dmg file. Worked just fine with 10.7 (before upgrade). By the way: upgrade via “Software Update” menu option failed several times with “…could not save combo update file…” error. Running VMware Workstation 8.0.4 + Win7 64-bit SP1 + Intel Core2Duo + 4GB.

  16. Hi i cant get started at all. when i run install.cmd i get message that system cant find specified registry or key so my vmware is not installed. any idea whats wrong? im using windows 7 64bit
    thanks

  17. I tried Downloading Lion OS X 10.7.3 VMware Image but I got the message of Incomplete download. An I also have a problem in downloading it for the second time as it says, it can’t connect and shows 505 Error. What am I supposed to do now?

  18. Thanks, MAC OS X works great in vmware.
    But I have a problem with Aperture 3, it says that my graphic card is not supported and it doesn’t open up.
    Possible that solve this problem?
    My pc spec:
    i5-750
    8gb ram
    GTX 260
    Giga P55A-UD3P
    Thanks again

  19. Where can I get the bypasser? The one I googled doesn’t work, it can only replace 1 out of 7 patterns…

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