macos sierra 10.12

Here’s a step by step guide to download and install macOS Sierra on Windows using VMware virtual machine.

VMware is a virtualization software that allows multiple operating systems to run on a single machine. On a Windows machine, it means that you can install any operating system that is originally not supported such as macOS Sierra 10.12.

Some of you might want to install macOS on your Windows machine for various reasons. Maybe your favorite program works on Mac only or you wish to develop apps for iOS or macOS and therefore require XCode. Whatever the reason is, it is quite easy to install macOS on your Windows machine using VMWare.

In this detailed guide, we will show you how to install the latest macOS Sierra 10.12 on Windows using VMWare virtual machine.

How to Install macOS Sierra on Windows using VMWare

Step 1: Download the following files:

  • macOS Sierra Image file
  • All required files & tools
    • If you get an error stating that the download limit has reached, you can fix it by copying the file into your own Google Drive. Right click on the file and select ‘Make a Copy’. Choose ‘My Drive’ from the left menu. Once copied, download the file from your drive.

Step 2: Download and Install VMware Workstation or VMware Player. You can get started with the trial version if you don’t want to purchase it.

Step 3: Extract the macOS Sierra .rar file to a folder. To do so, place it within a new folder and then right click on the .rar file and choose Extract Here.

install macOS sierra on Windows using vmware

Step 4: Unzip the Patch Tool file downloaded in step 1 and open its folder. Right click on win-install.cmd file and select ‘Run as administrator’. For this step to be successful, VMware should be installed on your PC.

Step 5: Create a new virtual machine for macOS Sierra:

  • Open VMware Player or Workstation (download it if you don’t have it) and select “Create new virtual machine”.
  • Choose “I will install the operating system later.”
  • For ‘Guest operating system’, choose Apple Mac OS X and then for the Version, select OS X 10.11 or  OS X 10.12.

install macOS sierra on Windows using vmware

  • Enter a name for the virtual machine. For the Disk Capacity, enter the size that is recommended by VMware and then choose “Store virtual disk as a single file”.

install macOS sierra on Windows using vmware

Step 6: Edit the newly created virtual machine:

  • Select “Edit Virtual Machine Setting”. On the Hardware tab, click on “Hard Disk (SATA) 40 GB” and then click on Remove.

  • On the same window, click on Add. For the disk type, select SATA. Click Next and select “Use an existing virtual disk”.

  • Once it’s created, click on the new hard disk and then click on the Disk file field. Browse and select the macOS Sierra image file that you downloaded and extracted in step 2 (macOS Sierra.vmdk).

  • For the RAM, you can select between 2.56GB to 4GB and for processors, it can be 2 to 4 cores.

Step 7: Edit the VMX file:

  • Open the folder where you extracted the macOS Sierra image file. Right click on the VMX file, choose Open with, and select Notepad.

edit vmx file vmware

  • Go to the end of the file and on a new line, copy and paste this code: smc.version = "0"

Step 8: Run macOS Sierra and install VMware tool:

  • Turn on the macOS Sierra virtual machine.
  • Once turned on and logged in, at the top of the VMware window, choose Player -> Removable Devices -> CD/DVD -> Setting…

install macOS sierra on Windows using vmware

  • Click on CD/DVD, make sure that Device status is set to ‘Connected’ and ‘Connected at power on’.
  • On the same window, under Connection, choose ‘Use ISO image file’, and then browse and select ‘VM Tool.iso’ from the files that you downloaded in step 1.

install macOS sierra on Windows using vmware

  • Click Ok

Congrats! You have successfully installed macOS Sierra 10.12 on Windows using VMware. You can now use macOS on your Windows machine and run any mac-specific program within the newly created virtual machine without having to own a Mac.

If you face any issues, let us know in the comments below.

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  • Silkaz7

    macos not showing on latest version of VMware when trying to create new virtual machine… do i need an older version of vmware?

    • Ali

      I think you missed Step 3. The Patch Tool adds the Mac OS X option.

  • Stanley

    the VM is working but it doenst recodnise the iPhone when i connect it… how can i fix this?

    • Stanley

      i fix it 🙂 the solution war to Change USB 3.0 to 2.0 and it worked

      • avery taylor

        tried USB 2.0 and 3.0 and the vm still wont recognize it

        • Stanley

          you have to create the VM new! u cannot change it if you create it with USB 3.0 already. so delete this VM and do the Process again and before add it there is an option Hardware! you Change it there

  • Riko Mukhlis

    after extracting thre macos sierra i dont see any file with vmx extension,, there are only 3 files mac osx sierra.vmdk and 2 other files that says tutorial

    • disqus_sGMYNokPGC

      You have to look in the “Location” folder on step 5. I had to watch a YouTube video to figure it out. #4

    • Duke Punzalan

      Did you find the solution please share.

  • Corey Green

    I dont have a vmx file

    • Riko Mukhlis

      same problem here

      • disqus_sGMYNokPGC

        You have to look in the “Location” folder on step 5. I had to watch a YouTube video to figure it out. #3

    • disqus_sGMYNokPGC

      You have to look in the “Location” folder on step 5. I had to watch a YouTube video to figure it out. #2

    • Duke Punzalan

      Did you find the solution? please share

  • Riko Mukhlis

    where is the vmx file?? i cant find it
    i’ve downloaded the rar file about 5 times and extracted it
    but couldnt find any single file with vmx extension at all

    • Ali

      @riko_mukhlis:disqus @disqus_bSzEk4tMfg:disqus That’s strange. Can you try with the new mirror link I added: Mirror Link 1. Or maybe you have an Anti-Virus software installed which is accidentally removing it.

    • disqus_sGMYNokPGC

      You have to look in the “Location” folder on step 5. I had to watch a YouTube video to figure it out.

  • iTnaam 13

    why my iphone was not connect with itunes on mac just connected with itunes on windows ???

    • Ali

      You have to change USB 3.0 to USB 2.0

  • disqus_discuss

    Anyone else having mouse issues?

  • Shahdan Turung

    Same issue here. Does it need verbose mode or certain flag to run on certain devices? Admin help..

  • Shahdan Turung

    I can not pass the apple logo. Does it need verbose mode or certain flag to run on certain devices? Admin help..

    • Shahdan Turung

      It is running so slow in VM. Can I use the vmdk file to dual boot macos with windows?

      • Joe Lutrago

        i used the oracle VB, with SSD and 8gb ram. it must cater the speed. not smooth experience but tolerable.

    • Joe Lutrago

      i had that problem before when my lappy was using HDD and a 4gb ram. now I upgraded to SSD and 8gb, i manage to run the OS not smooth but tolerable. I checked the task manager, it will eat your ram up to approx to 7gb. so i guess u need to upgrade.

  • Joe Lutrago

    it certainly due to your laptop capacity i believe. i had the same problem before i upgraded my lappy. now i have SSD on my OS and 8gb ram. it will eat up approx to 7gb ram when running the virtualbox.

  • Himanshu Singhal

    Not able to download patch file

  • Snazzz

    Any Help Appreciated – I get the Apple Logo Come up Immediately after I get the following message . “The firmware encountered an unexpected Exception. The virtual machine cannot Boot.”

    Any Ideas ?

    TIA

  • Duke Punzalan

    Why i don’t files like unlocker folder and vmx and other files?

  • Wani Ruvaid

    i dont find .vmx file please help me, i am using hp pavalion note book ab516tx and also i don`t found mac os as guest operating system, every os is showing except mac

  • Tino Gutiérrez

    I was unable to install macos sierra. I followed all steps but I can’t make it to step 8. I get the following message on the screen when trying to start macOS Sierra and it just reboots in a loop. Any help to deal with this? Thank you https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f268b7572d5a75bc9d57e35413ea5021d2b03f5bb43566851c51aebb84721f7.png