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Mac OSX in VMware

Mac OSX in VMware

Install Mac OSX in VMware Windows PC

This article explains step by step method to install Mac OSX in VMware on your Windows PC. If you are interested to learn something on Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard or do some testing on Mac OS, then you can continue read this article. This article is only for testing purpose. Whoever doesn’t have 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 easy as inserting the CD and click ‘Next’ ‘Next’ or running some executable files. I wanted to install and learn Macintosh OSX on Windows in my PC, so I searched on internet for possibilities to have Macintosh on Windows computer. The results returned nothing very useful other than changing your XP, Vista themes to Mac OS themes.  Based on the other tips in several sites and after I did it practically, now I’m writing this method to install mac on VMware in Windows PC.

But still I like to share what I found when I searched,

This video shows nicely how to change the XP theme to Mac OS theme. It looked as good video.  But when I tried to install it…., guess what? Anti-virus popped up. I left it. You can try how to change the XP theme to Mac OS theme if you want.

Step by step to change the Windows theme to Mac

Install Mac on VMware



But I’m talking about real Mac. As I said earlier installation is not very easy since both OS hardware platform requirements are different, Mac can be installed on Virtual PC on your PC. To make the installation easy, in other word “to avoid the Mac installation”, we will just import the Mac OS pre-installed hard disk to your PC using VMware.  Don’t be more confused, follow the below easy steps. Here are the requirements,

Software Requirements for Install Mac on VMware

Virtual PC software.  Several virtual PC software available, but this method goes with VMware workstation since we will be using VMware hard disk image.


VMware workstation 6 or more
you can download the VMware workstation at VMware site here . Either you can try 30-day free evaluation version or buy the full version, but don’t ask crack.

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download
(Note – This is a torrent download)

Hardware Requirements:
Make sure after you installed VMware workstation, you have minimum below  hardware resources to allocate for Mac OS.

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 extracted place)

5) Once you open the correct vmx files, you can see the configurations which already done on the image. The below screen is the default one when you open it, before you power on the virtual PC. ( this is what I’m getting in my PC)

Mac OSX in VMware

6) Make sure Guest OS should be ‘FreeBSD’. Even if you have Dual processor and have 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 long time,

Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard VMware image download

You must disable ‘Intel Hardware Virtualization’ from your BIOS.  Note that any time you enable or disable the Hardware virtualization setting in the BIOS; one has to completely power off (cold restart) the CPU 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 working in Mac with VMware, but it works fine with this image. I tested ‘Bridged’ and ‘NAT’ networks in VMware. It worked fine.

Mac Admin Password

This OS image has Mac Admin password, the password is ‘password ‘.

Mac VMX File

Here is the correct VMX file for your reference

.encoding = “windows-1252”

config.version = “8”

virtualHW.version = “7”

scsi0.present = “TRUE”

scsi0.virtualDev = “lsilogic”

memsize = “1024”

scsi0:0.present = “TRUE”

scsi0:0.fileName = “Mac OS X Leopard-000001.vmdk”

ide1:0.present = “TRUE”

ide1:0.autodetect = “TRUE”

ide1:0.deviceType = “cdrom-raw”

floppy0.present = “FALSE”

ethernet0.present = “TRUE”

ethernet0.startConnected = “TRUE”

ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”

ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = “FALSE”

usb.present = “TRUE”

ehci.present = “TRUE”

sound.present = “TRUE”

sound.fileName = “-1”

sound.autodetect = “TRUE”

mks.enable3d = “TRUE”

pciBridge0.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge4.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge4.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge4.functions = “8”

pciBridge5.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge5.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge5.functions = “8”

pciBridge6.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge6.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge6.functions = “8”

pciBridge7.present = “TRUE”

pciBridge7.virtualDev = “pcieRootPort”

pciBridge7.functions = “8”

vmci0.present = “TRUE”

monitor.virtual_mmu = “automatic”

monitor.virtual_exec = “automatic”

roamingVM.exitBehavior = “go”

displayName = “Mac OS X Leopard”

guestOS = “freebsd”

nvram = “Mac OS X Leopard.nvram”

virtualHW.productCompatibility = “hosted”

ft.secondary0.enabled = “TRUE”

tools.upgrade.policy = “useGlobal”

extendedConfigFile = “Mac OS X Leopard.vmxf”

ide1:0.fileName = “auto detect”

ide1:0.startConnected = “FALSE”

ethernet0.addressType = “generated”

tools.syncTime = “FALSE”

uuid.location = “56 4d 4e 0f ea ce 5e 03-83 66 d3 86 b7 b4 42 e4”

uuid.bios = “56 4d 4e 0f ea ce 5e 03-83 66 d3 86 b7 b4 42 e4”

scsi0:0.redo = “”

vmotion.checkpointFBSize = “134217728”

pciBridge0.pciSlotNumber = “17”

pciBridge4.pciSlotNumber = “21”

pciBridge5.pciSlotNumber = “22”

pciBridge6.pciSlotNumber = “23”

pciBridge7.pciSlotNumber = “24”

scsi0.pciSlotNumber = “16”

usb.pciSlotNumber = “32”

ethernet0.pciSlotNumber = “33”

sound.pciSlotNumber = “34”

ehci.pciSlotNumber = “35”

vmci0.pciSlotNumber = “36”

ethernet0.generatedAddress = “00:0c:29:b4:42:e4”

ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = “0”

vmci0.id = “660874947”

tools.remindInstall = “TRUE”

checkpoint.vmState = “”

ethernet0.connectionType = “nat”

Mac OSX in VMware under Windows check the different method..

215 thoughts on “How Install Mac OSX in VMware Windows – 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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