How Install Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in VMware with Windows OS

This article explains step by step method to install the older version of Mac OS X 10.5.5 in VMware on a Windows PC. If you are interested in learning the older version of Mac OS X Leopard to do some testing, then you can continue reading this article. This guide is only for testing purpose. Whoever doesn’t have the chance to buy Apple hardware with Mac OS can use this method for only learning purpose.

Note: This article originally published in August 2009

Installation is not that 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 OS X on my Windows PC, so I searched on the internet for possibilities to have Mac OS by virtualization. But the results returned nothing beneficial 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 the hardware platform requirement for both Operating Systems is different. To make the steps easy, and avoid the Mac installation from the beginning, we will import Mac OS pre-installed hard disk to VMware.

Software Requirements for Mac 10.5 on VMware

  • Desktop virtualization software: 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

Hardware Requirements:

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

Mac 10.5 on VMware Step by Steps

1) Install the 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 the extracted file size is Approx 9.4GB). Make sure extraction is successful, and you get all VMware files as below

Extracted images of mac OS 10.5

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 when you open it before powering on the virtual machine.

VM configuration

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 the Mac OS stuck with following welcome screen for a long time, try the below step.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download

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.

Read More about how to Disable or Enable Hardware Virtualization in BIOS

Now start the Mac on VMware again, this time it will work fine.

working Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in VMware

  • Network

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 the Admin password, and 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 newest version of the guide.

If you like to use this VMware image on Oracle VirtualBox, check this guide.

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.

215 thoughts on “How Install Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in VMware with Windows OS”

  1. Hey, i’m stuck on this loading screen with the apple logo. It just doesn’t go ant further. (My PC doesn’t support hardware virtualisation)
    Any help would be appriciated.

  2. When i open your VMX it doesnt say FREEBSD it says MAC OS X Server 10.6 64bit.

    how can i change it?

    It boots to the apple logo, restarts then says no operating system

    thanks

  3. First of all the four folders in your image at step #3 does not come down and I tried to re download 3 times! The step says the total package should be 9.4 GB mine is 1.89GB every time.
    Secondly all other steps complete successful except when i power on virtual machine it says cant open: Mac OS X leopard-000001.vmdk : insufficient permission to access the file. I am logged as admin to my system so I believe it has to do with the missing folders in the download….can you help?

  4. First of all the four folders in your image at step #3 does not come down and I tried to re download 3 times! The step says the total package should be 9.4 GB mine is 1.89GB every time.
    Secondly all other steps complete successful except when i power on virtual machine it says cant open: Mac OS X leopard-000001.vmdk : insufficient permission to access the file. I am logged as admin to my system so I believe it has to do with the missing folders in the download….can you help?

  5. Hi am stuck in the loading screen too!i have the virtualization enabled but i cant disable it because i have hardware that assist this according Microsoft Tool to check hardware virtualization Technology ( VT) the message i get from this tool is “This Computer is configured with hardware-assisted virtualisation”

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