Easily Run Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Retail on PC with VMware Image – Simple Steps

VMware and VirtualBox made hackintosh easy by allowing us to work as separate virtual machine, rather than disturbing existing physical OS. After Apple has released the final retail version of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, this VMware image made from latest version by a reliable source. The pre installed VMware image is created by souldevteam and all credits go to them. I’m here just explaining how to make it work and run Mac OS X 10.8 mountain lion retail version on VMware with Intel PC and Windows 7.

Sysprobs covered several hackintosh guides with VMware and VirtualBox here. Also we earlier published few articles based on souldevteam blog too .

Update: By Any chance if you are looking for latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks, read our below famous guides,

How to install OS X 10.9 Mavericks on VMware with Windows 8 & 7

How to use per-installed VMware image of OS X 10.9 Mavericks on Windows 8 & 7

This method is completely for testing and learning purpose only. Do not use this method on production environment or permanently for long term. You can’t get the all features of Mac OS X from this method as how it works on Apple hardware. We always recommend to buy Apple hardware to run Mac OS X.  Also, few users keep on asking about their Apps development and Xcode support on virtualized hackintosh. Frankly, I do not know whether these all will work on this platform, if it works, you are lucky.

 

What all Required to Run 10.8 Mountain Lion Retail VMware Image on Windows

1) Hardware Virtualization Technology (VT) enabled processor. I do not fully recommend VT pypasser (to skip this check) tool which is included in this download.

2) Pre installed VMware image with few tools. VMware unlocker and darwin.iso are important.

3) VMware workstation 8 or later versions

 

Easy Steps

1) Download ‘Mountain Lion 10.8 Retail VMware Image’ from owner’s site.

2) Use 7z program to unzip the download, after extraction the size should be around 6.2 GB

extracting

3) Check and make sure your physical computer processor supports Hardware Virtualization Technology (VT).  Read our previous guide about how to use VT checker tool and confirm it.

4) Use VMware unlocker (which will be available on same extracted location) and patch the existing VMware workstation 7 or 8 series. Use the correct version of unlocker. Read more about how to use VMware unlocker to get Mac OS X guest support.

After the patch, make sure you are getting Apple Mac OS X option as shown below.

mac os x guest OS after patch

5) Once the step 3 and 4 are succeeded, open ‘OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.vmx’ from extracted location through VMware workstation ‘File –> Open’ menu.

open the VMX file

6) That should open the pre installed Mountain Lion retail VMware virtual machine. Before powering on, you can modify processor and RAM settings depending on available resources on physical computer. I have increased the RAM to 2GB and number of processor cores to 2 as I have core2duo physical processor.

changed settings

7) Now power on the virtual machine. If all settings are correct, the Mac OS X 10.8 virtual machine should start with initial setup screen of Language settings as below.

initial language selection screenThat’s it, we are almost done. After completing all initial settings (you can skip few too), you should land on mountain lion desktop without any issues.

I recommend to take a snapshot now before proceeding further.

 

Install VMware Tools on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Virtual Machine – Intel PC, Windows 7

Network and sound worked out of the box without additional installations or settings.

working network and sound

To get more screen resolution sizes, VMware shared folder and slightly better performance, we need to install VMware tools on mountain lion virtual machine.

8.) To install, load the darwin.iso file to virtual machine’s CD/DVD drive. Darwin.iso located at same extracted place.

loaded darwin

Once it is loaded to CD/DVD drive, the virtual machine will automatically detect and load it on desktop as below.

mounted darwin on desktop

Double click and run ‘Install VMware Tools’ application. You may need to enter your password and select the disk to continue the installation.

For some reasons, VMware tools installation failed on Mountain lion virtual machine, but nothing to worry. Press close and restart the virtual machine manually.

failed vmware tools installation

9) After virtual machine is restarted, you will find more screen resolutions under display settings. Also, the full screen mode (from VMware menu bar) will work now.

more screen options after vm tools

 

VMware Shared Folders on Mountain Lion 10.8 and Windows 7

Few users reported that drag and drop of files between Mac OS X guest and Windows host is not working even after VMware tools installation. Yes, it is not working and we can’t complain about it, because VMware is not officially supporting Mac OS X virtualization on non Apple hardware. So, we need to live with it.

But, if you like to transfer files between Mac OS X guest and Windows host frequently without any types of networking connectivity or network sharing, then you can use VMware shared folders feature. This will work only after VMware tools installation.

You can access specific folders or partitions of Windows 7 host OS thorough VMware shared folders from Mountain Lion guest OS. That will enable the file transfer back and forth easily. It is nothing to do with networking or network file sharing, it is completely a different technology.

To set it up, go to virtual machine’s settings and Enable the folder sharing first. Then, add the partition or folder of Windows host.

vmware shared folders settings Wait for some to mount this drive or folder inside Mountain Lion virtual machine.

You will find a new drive under computer on OS X. By opening the drive you can access the hosts’ shared drive or folder.

shared folder disk Depending on the mode you selected (with read-only or not), you can save the data too.

mounted shared drive This is really fast and easy to transfer files and folders between Mac OS X 10.8 guest and Windows host machines.

Enjoy and play around with 10.8 Mountain Lion retail version on VMware!.

241 thoughts on “Easily Run Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Retail on PC with VMware Image – Simple Steps”

  1. Works fine to me! Thanks for this great share!

    Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit 6.1.7601, Service Pack 1
    i5 quadcore – 4Gb Ram
    VMWare 8.0.0 build-471780
    Hardware virtualization supported
    Fixer to MacOS run into VMWare

    Running from USB driver.

    Thanks again!!!!

    • Hi I can use it on my system ?? I have only i3 2 core 3.3 Ghz 4gb memory and nvidia gt 630.. Please reply immediately !!!

      • Yeah, you absolutely can, I’m using it on a Core 2 Duo P8700 which is 3 years old, with 4gb memory specially for the Mac VM and an Ati HD Radeon 4650. But my point is that I have a sound problem to fix now.

    • How is the performance of your OS X 10.8 Virtual Machine on your Intel i5 cpu? I couldn’t get OS X 10.8 to run on my AMD E2 450 dual core cpu laptop, however my first OS X 10.4.3 VM I created back in 2005 runs in Vmware with out the patch, and with the unlocker patch.

    • Yeah, you absolutely can. Get some Virtual Machine to use it. I think you can’t work for dual booting b’cause your using HP.

      • can i convert this vmdk file into .ISO format ,so that i format my laptop and install single mac os x? ..o ranyother way to increase the speed without changing the virtual machine?

  2. i have installed this mac os x 10.8 mountain lion version..But the OS is very slow.even opening an itunes takes so much time…

    My specifications are,

    HP,i5 processor.

    i allocated 3gb ram memory for mac but still its slow ..how to resolve this?
    pls help me

  3. I have VM Worksation 9.0.0 build-812388, is there an unlocker for this build?

    I also have a usb install for Mountain Lion, is there any way to use this to create the vmx file or should I just download the torrent?

    thanks…

  4. Hi. Can I resize the hard disk of this image? 150 is too much for me, I`ve already change ram and the number of cores but I cant choose the size of the hard disk…

    Thanks from Spain!

  5. Since Apple has discontinued the 17 inch laptop, which 17 inch Windows computer would be a good buy to strip down and just install MacOS10.8, Yes it would be more permanent or as permanent as systems are. I am thinking this would be a better move then waiting or buying into a discontinued 17inch mac laptop. Not interested in iTunes , just using imaging software, and I detest windows of any number which is why I would not use it even if available.
    Thanks

  6. I am using

    — 32 bit win 7
    — vm workstation 8
    — intel processor …with no VT support

    I had applied the hard virtulization crack..and it worked

    But when I power on the virtual machine..get msg

    “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?”

    \\\\\\\\\ I hit yes or no any thing it just shuts down \\\\\\.

    I tried many diff ways to get it fixed…but nothing seems to working…please help

    In my vmware tools…I see a file named darwin.iso
    which I didn’t use..and I am not sure where to use..may be this file has some this to do with this error..so please guide me..

  7. I am using

    — 32 bit win 7
    — vm workstation 8
    — intel processor …with no VT support

    I had applied the hard virtulization crack..and it worked

    But when I power on the virtual machine..get msg

    “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?”

    \\\\\\\\\ I hit yes or no any thing it just shuts down \\\\\\.

    I tried many diff ways to get it fixed…but nothing seems to working…please help

    In my vmware tools…I see a file named darwin.iso
    which I didn’t use..and I am not sure where to use..may be this file has some this to do with this error..so please guide me..
    Thanks

    • having the same problem here, seems this vmk files is just for 64bit, can you please provide an option to work with 32bit pc, actually I changed the option with no 64bit into the setting but not run either. where to download a fresh copy from mac to install in 32 bit.?

      thanks

  8. would it work on HP pavilion dv6 with AMD A6 processor quadcore and 6 GB ram = radeon dual core graphics
    and plz include the best setting i shld apply

  9. Hi! Worked perfectly the first time. Your guide was fantastic.

    I have one question: Are you able to update or will it mess things up?

    Thanks for the great guide!

    • Yes, it works. Have just set up a new OS X VM. Survived the OS X update.

      Finally found a working VMWare OS X image, my life becomes much easier. Thank you very much guys!

  10. While opening the mac os file through vm ware workstation, it shows ”EFI Vmware virtual cdrom drive (IDE 1:0).. unsuccessful” ”EFI unsuccessful””. please help. Thanks.

  11. Sorry, the second one shows ”EFI Network…”

    I have a dell XPS L502x running windows 7 64bit home premium. I followed each and every step precisely. but still not able to get there.

  12. Worked fine for me ^,^ Thank You!

    VMware Workstation 9 on Windows 8 Pro 64bit
    4GB DDR2 RAM, Core2Quad 2,5GHz

  13. Its Awosome men!
    I am From Pakistan ……….. n seraching this Solution for very long time …….. n Finally i got it men by your Help! you are Super!

  14. Works fine to me! Thanks for this great share!

    Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit , Service Pack 1
    Intel Core i7 / 8G Ram
    VMWare Player 5.0.0 build-812388
    Hardware virtualization supported

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