How Install Mac OS X in VMware Windows OS – Featured Post

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

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.

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

Mac OSX in VMware

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.

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 your Mac 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.

Mac on Windows

  • 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 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.

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 in VMware Windows OS – Featured Post”

  1. I tried this and it’s GREAT! one then the MAC osx doesn’t fill the secren how can I fill the sreen option?

  2. ” I tried this and it’s GREAT! one then the MAC osx doesn’t fill the secren how can I fill the sreen option? ”

    Hey !
    Tell me what Virtual machine application are you using ?
    if you are using Vbox then may you install the Guest Additions, so that you can fit the screen as you like
    if you are using VMware then may you install the VMware tools, in order to fit the screen as you wish.

    Hope to benefit from this .

  3. hi i did exactly what you sayed every step but sun virtualbox sayed
    Fatal: no bootable medium found! System Halted

    what’s the problem now???
    thank you so much

  4. I am using DELL STUDIO laptop(intel t6500 and 3gb ram).I think my pc has no VT support.now want install mac os X for using xcode.I have installed Mac OS X 10.5(leapad) and xcode 3.1 on vmwire with help of Sysprobs and it is running smoothly.Now i want know that is there any way for running Snow leapad on my pc(No VT support) .its for upgrading my xcode to some higher versions.please help me…

    • can you give me the sysprobs.com link that worked for xcode 3.1 ??? are you a iphone app developer ???

      thanks in advance ..

  5. I successfully installed MAC OS after upgrading to windows 7 in my office laptop. Thanks for providing the details. Really appreciated your work. Keep rocking.

    • This method works for computers with no Intel Hardware Virtualization or VT support. If you do have VT then you can try out one of other methods to install snow leopard but if you don’t have VT support as many of us who have tried and commented on this article don’t then we can at least try out leopard through vmware by following this article.

      If you do get VT support in the future then don’t try out this method but instead a newer guide to install snow leopard.

  6. WORKS AWESOME!
    I was spending loads of hours for hackintosh on my intel p4 3ghz….
    this is the only guide which clicked!

  7. thanks for your comments it helped me to get the right version of vmware…but for me it needed virtual technologyh enabled.

  8. It is working like a horse very fast

    unlocker is not there

    I think it does not need Unlocker

    Can i run logic studio or logic express in that image

  9. I installed this through VMWare Player and its running fine, its not that slow. But the problem I’m facing is the net is down. I didnot change anything in VMWare and kept wahtever was there(the default being bridged mode). In that case when I check network settings inside my MAC, it shows some predefined IP like 192.168.182.128 and it shows “Greeen” meaning Etehrnet connected. But when I tried to ping to google, yahoo or google dns on 8.8.8.8 it shows unreachable also I’m not able to open any page on browser. Then I tried changing the VMWare settings from Bridged to NAT mode but to no avail. Would appreciate some help to get my internet working. Thanks a lot.

  10. HI,
    i also tried to install Mac 0s in VMWare 7 ;
    i have downloaded the OS; opened .vmx file with VMware 7
    BUT, it is hanging with Gery Apple screen in Vmware for past 30 minutes;is taht expected:
    Please reply ASAP

    and how much time we can expect that grey image to stay?

    • Were you able to get past this? I really want to get this working. Would appreciate it if you would share what you did to get it working if you did.

  11. ok ive got the latest version of vmware, ive got this running, but i cant set a screen size bigger than 1024×768? how do i change this? also how do i install vmware tools? I also cant update this because it starts to update then a message comes up saying to restart the pc, so i did and i restart the vmware thingy and it still says it wtf?

    these are my specs:

    CM-HAF-932//AMD Phenom-II-X4-965-BE-Deneb-3.4 GHz-Quad Core//CorsairH50
    ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 Mobo//EVGA GTX-480(1536MB GDDR5)-Arctic Cooling Accelero Xtreme+cooler
    3TB(x1)1TB(x2)//G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB//DVD-RW(x1)//1000 Watt Corsair PSU
    42″Vizio TV(1920×1080)(1080P HD)(120Hertz)//Win 7 Ultimate(64)//Saitek Eclipse 2 keyboard
    Razer DeathAdder Mouse//XBox360-pc controller//MW3 Xbox 360//

    • For resolution try this =>

      1) Navigate to the Mac OS X -> Libraries -> Preferences -> System Configuration
      2) Now open the file com.apple.Boot.plist using the text editor.
      3) Add the lines:
      Graphics Mode
      1366*768*32 before . Note : 1366*768 is my resolution.
      4) Now save this as com.apple.Boot.plist in desktop. You will not be able to save in the same location and autosave also will not help.
      5) Now move the saved file from desktop to the original Mac OS X -> Libraries -> Preferences -> System Configuration folder. Restart the system and look at the resolution. if you dont know the resolution keep changing the values until you get the desired resolution

  12. I have a latest VMware installed on my machine and MAC is working not quite right , mouse responding slow. How ???
    I can’t set the screen size bigger than 1024 x768? how to do it ????
    How do i install VMware tools on MAC????
    I perform the software update but some problem login to MAC..Error message saying press power off to restart the computer.. i did this 100 times….same error ???
    how ??????

  13. Thank you for the post. I was able to install everything according to the directions, but can’t get past the welcome screen. I have an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU and virtualization is enabled in the BIOS. I’ve tried all the different preferred mode for the virtualization engine and different numbers of the processor cores but still can’t get past the mac welcome screen.
    Any help is appreciated.

    thanks!

  14. Thanks for the information and file sharing . Followed the steps and finally got excited to work in it at last. Now the question is can i update using software update to OSX Lion ?

  15. For resolution try this =>

    1) Navigate to the Mac OS X -> Libraries -> Preferences -> System Configuration
    2) Now open the file com.apple.Boot.plist using the text editor.
    3) Add the lines:
    Graphics Mode
    1366*768*32 before . Note : 1366*768 is my resolution.
    4) Now save this as com.apple.Boot.plist in desktop. You will not be able to save in the same location and autosave also will not help.
    5) Now move the saved file from desktop to the original Mac OS X -> Libraries -> Preferences -> System Configuration folder. Restart the system and look at the resolution. if you dont know the resolution keep changing the values until you get the desired resolution

  16. I followed zour instruction, but I got stuck at the grez screen.
    The problem might be the virtualization.
    I am using an iMAC with windows 7 64, and I assume can not switch of the virtualization.
    So, what can i do, give up?

  17. I’ve got Leopard working really well as per the instructions listed above. But could somebody give me a step-by-step guide to installing VM Tools for Leopard from inside the machine. I can see it sitting there but have no clue as to how to instal/configure it:-(

    Thanks in advance,
    GWD

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