How to Use OS X 10.9 Mavericks VMware Image in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7

Using the pre-installed VMware images of Mac OS X is always convenient rather than installing, patching and setting up other requirements manually. As this blog covers topic of OS X with desktop virtualization software on PCs, this guide shows how to install and run OS X 10.9 Mavericks VMware image on Windows 8 and 8.1 (supports Windows 7 too) Intel processor based computer.

Update – I have published a new guide with latest OS X 10.9 Mavericks retail VMware image here. It’s highly recommended to read the guide to get download links of retail image and installation guide.

Sysprobs had already published a guide about installing OS X 10.9 from original dmg file on VMware.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks VMware Image.

1)      Download OS X 10.9 VMware image from torrent or other download sites.

2)      As I mentioned earlier, if it contains only virtual machine configuration and virtual hard disk file, then VMware unlocker needs to be downloaded separately.

3)      Read our earlier guide about where to download and how to use VMware unlocker.

4)      Make sure that after using unlocker patch you could see Apple Mac OS X guest as shown below.

 os x guest

5)      After extracting the downloaded content, attach it to VMware workstation.

You can go to File –> Open and browse the VMX file which is the configuration file of virtual machine.

6)      Before switching on, you could modify the hardware settings of VM. For example, processor numbers (cores) and RAM size if the physical computer hardware resources allow to do .

7)      Power on OS X 10.9 VM now.

8.)      Remember, if the VMware unlocker patch had not been applied (or failed), then you will be seeing the Apple logo with loading screen for long time.
Most of the people just download the image and execute it without applying unlocker patch (which is not included in most of the torrent downloads).

Therefore, make sure that patch is working fine and you are seeing Mac OS X OS as guest.

Within couple of minutes virtual machine will boot in to Mavericks desktop.

9)      VMware tools (Darwin.iso) is already installed, so no need to worry about it.

10)   The password for default root user ‘User’ is blank, means no password.

no password

There you go, you have the latest OS X 10.9 on your Intel based computer with VMware workstation. Always hackintosh versions do not work as running on real Mac physical computer. So, you will have limited usage on virtual machine which is fair enough to test, experiment and play around with OS X.

running 10.9 vmware image

This installation can be updated to Mavericks 10.9.1 or 10.9.2 or even 10.9.3 with combo update. Since vanilla kernel is used in this pre-installed VMware image you will not face any issues by updating to latest OS X versions. But I highly recommend to take a snapshot of virtual machine before update.

I hope this guide would be helpful in running OS X 10.9.2 on Windows 8 or 8.1 by pre installed VMware image.

19 thoughts on “How to Use OS X 10.9 Mavericks VMware Image in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 7”

  1. Thanks you so much Dinesh for your “[Guide] Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on VirtualBox with Windows 7 and Intel PC” guide.

    I could not thank you there as comments are closed, an excellent article that solved problems I getting previously frustrated over!! 🙂

    • @Carl,
      One you unzipped the downloaded file, you will see a file name with extension .vmx. Either you can double click this file from Windows explorer which will open in VMware workstation or, from the VMware workstation you can browse and open the file.
      Still doubt?

  2. Hello,
    I have used the unlocker and the option of OS X is also showing but when I am opening the file OS X.vmsd I am getting an error that the file cannot be opened

  3. VMWARE works fine, the unlocker worked fine but once my VM goes to the apple screen, then loads the language but then I go to a screen asking me what drive and that window is empty. Should I create another partition on my drive to install the mac? how do I specify where to install it?

  4. i tried to use the “vmware unlocker 1.2.0” from dave parsons and when i start install.cmd in a cmd-window, it says “VMware is intstalled at ….”, “Stopping VMware services…”
    and unfortunaltely nothing more happed.

    i am using windows 8.1 with the actual VMware version for windows 8.1 which is 10.0.1 build-1379776

    does anyone have an idea what might be wrong? – thanks in advance for your help.

    • problem is solved.

      just start the cmd as administrator and the unlocker works fine.
      mavericks now within windows 8.1

      thanks for the nice job to bring apple into a windows pc

    • Having the same problem, Winrar says part8.rar is broken. And when I try to power on virtual machine using mac os x mavericks image, vmware workstation says “File not found: OS X Mavericks.vmdk”.
      Please help me out!!

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