This article explains step by step method to install an older version of Mac OSX in VMware on a Windows PC. If you are interested in learning the older version of Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard or do some testing, then you can continue reading this article. This article is only for testing purpose. Whoever doesn’t have the chance to buy Apple hardware with Mac OS can use this method to install and run Mac on VMware home Windows PC.
Installation is not ‘Very’ Easy
Installation is not as easy as inserting the CD and clicking ‘Next’ buttons or running some executable files. I wanted to install and learn Macintosh OSX on my Windows y PC, so I searched on the internet for possibilities to have Mac OS on Windows computer. But the results returned nothing very useful other than changing the Windows OS theme to Mac OS themes. Based on the other tips on several websites and trial and error by my self, I’m writing this method to install mac on VMware in Windows PC.
As I said earlier installation is not easy since both OS hardware platform requirements are different. To make the installation easy, in other words “to avoid the Mac installation from the beginning”, we will import Mac OS pre-installed hard disk to VMware. Follow the below easy steps. Here are the requirements,
Software Requirements for Install Mac on VMware
- Desktop virtualization software. Several virtualization software available in the market, but this method goes with VMware workstation since we will be using VMware hard disk image.
- VMware workstation 6 or latest
You can download the VMware workstation from VMware site here. Either you can try 30-day free evaluation version or buy the full version.
- Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download
Make sure after you installed VMware workstation, you have minimum below hardware resources that can be allocated to Mac OS virtual machine.
RAM – 1GB
Hard Disk 15GB
Processor – Automatic allocation.
Install Mac on VMware Step by Steps
1) Install VMware Workstation.
2) Download Mac OSX 10.5.5 Leopard VMware Hard disk image. (Approx Size – 1.9GB)
3) Extract the Image to a folder (You need WinRAR for extraction and extracted size is Approx 9.4GB). Make sure extraction is successful and you get all VMware files as below
4) Start VMware Workstation and open the Mac OS X Leopard.vmx. (In VMware go to File – Open from the extracted place)
5) Once you opened the correct vmx files, you can see the configurations which already done on this image. The below screen is the default one when you open it before power on the virtual machine.
6) Make sure Guest OS is ‘FreeBSD’. Even if you have Dual processor and have the option to select two processors in VMware option, DO NOT change to two. Leave the Processors 1 only. Do not worry about Hard disk allocation 30GB. You can increase the memory size if you have memory resource in your computer.
7) That’s it click ‘Power on this virtual machine’. Now you should be able to see Mac OS.
8) In case your Mac stuck with following welcome screen for a long time, try the below step.
You must disable ‘Intel Hardware Virtualization’ from your BIOS. Any time you enable or disable the Hardware virtualization setting in the BIOS; the computer should be completely powered off (cold restart) for 10 seconds before booting.
Now start the Mac on VMware again, this time it will work fine.
Somewhere I read that Network will not be working in Mac with VMware, but it works fine with this image. I tested ‘Bridged’ and ‘NAT’ networks in VMware both worked well.
- Mac Admin Password
This OS image has Mac Admin password, the password is ‘password ‘.
Mac VMX File
For some reasons, if you need to verify your virtual machine VMX file, you can check mine here.
We published many guides to install the latest Mac OS on Windows PC such as Windows 10, and 8.1 in our main page here, you can check to get the latest version of the guide.