VMware Workstation 12, 11, 10 and 9 Unlocker to Run Mac OS X Guests on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

If you are a Hackintosh user with desktop virtualization software VMware workstation, then the “VMware unlocker” is a compulsory utility to run Mac OS X virtual machines on Windows computer. This unlocker utility replaces few VMware program files and patches them to install and run latest OS X 10.11, 10.10 and older versions as virtual machines. Here is the download link of working unlocker for latest VMware Workstation 12, 11, 10 and other versions versions (all tested by me) on Windows 10, 8.1 64 bit and Windows 7 32 bit physical computers.

UPDATE (23-10-2015) This post has been updated with VMware workstation 12 unlocker to run El Capitan, Yosemite and other Mac OS X guests on Windows PC, including Windows 10

This patch is essential if you wish to install and use Yosemite, Mountain Lion and Mavericks Mac OS X virtual machines as guest Operating Systems on VMware workstation 12 or 11.  Earlier Mac OS X versions like Snow leopard 10.6 and leopard 10.5 can run on VMware desktop virtualization products without this patch. But the latest versions require this patch.

I have already published few guides about installing Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion OS X on VMware workstation by using this unlocker. I have demonstrated and tested the unlocker in VMware Workstation 7 series in previous post, but once it was upgraded to version 10, 9 or 8, it stopped working, its same for VMware workstation 12 too. Obviously, the upgrade process would have replaced earlier patched files, therefore I could not able to uses OS X guests. Using this VMware unlocker patch did the trick and now I can use Mac OX S virtual machines on Windows 10.

Extra Note:
Some user reported that even after upgrading to VMware workstation 12 from previous version, their Mac OS virtual machine keep working without using this unlocker. I do not know the exact reason for it, therefore, after the upgrade you can directly try your existing Mac guest machines, if they do not work then use this patch to unlock Mac OS X support on Windows 10 or 8.1 laptop/desktop.

Unlocker 2.0.7 for VMware Workstation 12/11

I’m just a tester of this utility. Full credits should go the developer who produced a great tool. The latest version 2.0.7 added support for new Windows 10 and few Linux host Operating Systems. The unlocker version 2.0.7 works fine with the latest VMware workstation 12 and older versions such as 11.

Here is working El Capitan 10.11 on Windows 10 with VMware workstation 12 by using latest unlocker 2.0.7working 10.11 on Windows 10 with Unlocker

Though following screenshots are taken from older Windows Operating System, but the methods and installation steps are identical for Windows 10 too. Below is the state of VMware workstation’s guest OS support without patching. As you see, there is no Mac OS X support under Guest operating system list.

before unlocker in VMware workstation 11

Download 2.0.7 Unlocker (Link below)

Visit the official site to download unlocker 2.0.7 ( free registration required).

How to Install Unlocker on Windows 10 for VMware Workstation 12/11

Close the all virtual machines and VMware workstation program. Right click on ‘win-install.cmd’  and select Run as administrator.

run as admin

The script will stop the VMware services, copy few files and some other scripting stuff (you will see more about on-going process on the command prompt) and start the VMware services.

Once it has successfully patched the VMware workstation 12/11, you should be able to see the Mac OS X guest support as shown below.

after unlocker 2.0.2

That’s it, you should be able to install and use Mac OS X guest VMs on Windows computer now. Here is the working Mac OS X 10.10.1 on Windows 8.1 with VMware workstation 11.

Working Yosemite on VMware 11

Read below if you have older versions.

Unlocker for VMware workstation 10, 9, 8 and 7

The latest Unlocker 2.0.7 will work on most of the VMware workstation and Windows Operating Systems, but if you still have the older version, then you can follow below steps. I have not updated the screenshots for latest 1.1.1 unlocker or VMware workstation 10/9. The all below screenshots remain same with earlier versions (almost one year ago). But after seeing couple of positive feedback from users regarding this patch for VMware workstation 10 (in this link), I thought to update this post.

before unlocker

After applying patch with VMware unlocker – One more Guest OS type and versions.

after unlocker

For VMware workstation 7.0 series.

You can download our earlier Sysprobs_lion files set which is having unlocker for 7.0 series.


How to Use Unlocker

Its very simple. Close all VMware programs (if opened)

Extract the downloaded file. The latest Unlocker is having patch for Windows, Linux, Fusion 4.0 on Snow Leopard and Lion and VMware ESXi 5.

Before run the patch, its recommended to take a backup of VMware program folder, because this patch will replace the original files. Even though the utility takes backup which can be replaced later if required, but its good to have a backup copy taken by you.

Right click on install.cmd file and select run as administrator option as shown below. ( or you can start the command prompt as administrator in Windows 7 computer and execute install.cmd from command prompt)

right click and patch

The successful patch will return the following screen (and disappears automatically)

running patch

That’s it. You patched the VMware workstation 10, 9, 8 on Windows 7 host to run Mac OS X Lion guest. Restarting the host computer is not required here.

Here is the working Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 in VMware workstation 9 with Windows 7 32 bit host after running unlocker.

working guest

I hope this guide would be helpful in getting the download link of VMware workstation unlocker and how to install it on Windows 10/8.1 for VMware workstation 12/11 to get most of the latest Mac OS X version including OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Yosemite.

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