If you have already followed our earlier guide to install Mac OS X 10.9 on VMware workstation by preinstalled image, then this could be the next step which shows how to update 10.9 to latest 10.9.3 version on same virtual machine. The original update from Apple works fine on VMware workstation in any Windows Operating Systems by this method. There is no kernel panic or you do not need to modify the kernel to make it work with latest 10.9.3 Mavericks, this is simple and straight forward.
Since the earlier method used vanilla kernel, the combo or individual update from Apple to latest Mavericks OS X works straight away. There are few new features and improvements added to the latest release. Safari 7.0.3 also included with several fixes. You can find more about 10.9.3 update here in official site.
You can use the system software update or manually download the combo (or individual) file to update Mavericks 10.9 to 10.9.3 in VMware workstation on normal Windows 7 or 8 PC.
How to Update 10.9 to 10.9.3 on VMware
You must have a working OS X 10.9 on VMware which was installed with vanilla kernel, that means no modification done in the original kernel. We highly recommend to use our earlier guide to run 10.9 with VMware pre installed image. The below demonstration goes with the same installation method we have used here.
1) Download the update package here. It’s a combo update and sized to 950MB.
2) If you have downloaded this file from host computer, then use an USB disk or VMware shared folder to transfer the dmg file to virtual machine.
3) It’s recommended to take a snapshot of virtual machine before proceed to update.
4) Open dmg file and start the installation.
Below screenshot was taken in my Windows 8 host with OS X 10.9 before start the update.
5) When you start the installation after providing root (super user) password, it should run and complete smoothly. Be ready to restart Mavericks virtual machine.
6) The real update process will occur once the machine is restarted.
7) 10.9.3 virtual machine on VMware rebooted nicely with upgraded OS X. The display resolution went with higher (may be because of 4k support in this update) settings. I had to change screen resolution to make it fit for my virtual machine screen size.
and here is the updated OS X 10.9.3 from 10.9.0 in VMware workstation which is running on Windows 8 host computer.
So, if you are looking for a pre installed VMware image of Mavericks OS X 10.9.3, use our earlier pre-installed image method to install 10.9.0 then follow this guide to update it. Since VMware tools already installed on the machine, display performance and VMware shared folders will be available.
Share your experience and other issues related to update process. As I said earlier, taken snapshot before starting the update will be helpful to revert back earlier virtual machine state incase anything goes wrong.