How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 in VMware Workstation 15/14 on Windows 10

In this article, we will examine how to use macOS Sierra 10.12 on a virtual machine using VM Workstation 14/15 virtualization software.

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 in VMware Workstation 15/14 on Windows 10

How to Install macOS Sierra 10.12 on VMware Software in PC

Apple, the latest version of the Mac OS, MacOS 10.12 announced. Mac OS Sierra and Siri’s capabilities have improved.

In this article, we will install Apple Mac OS 10.12 with the VMware Workstation / Player virtualization program. On Windows 10, install VM Workstation 14/15 on your computer before proceeding with macOS installation with VMware.

If you want to download VMware Workstation 14/15, you can access it here. After performing the Workstation installation, you can proceed to the setup.

You can download the Apple ISO image and the tools required for VMware from the links at the bottom of the article to your computer.

How to Run macOS Sierra 10.12 in VMware Virtual Machine

To install the Apple operating system using the VMware virtualization software, you need the Unlocker program. The purpose of the Unlocker program is to activate the macOS  system on VMware.

Follow the steps below to install macOS Sierra 10.12 using the virtualization program on the Windows 10 operating system.

   Step 1

Before using VMware Unlocker, you can see whether Apple Mac OS X is available in the Select a Guest Operating System window.

Select a Guest Operating System

   Step 2

Run the win-install.cmd file as an administrator to enable the VM Unlocker tool.


   Step 3

The Unlocker program stops the VM Workstation/Player services.

VMware Unlocker 2.1.1

   Step 4

Downloading VM Tools software …

Downloading VM Tools

   Step 5

Virtual machine tools were downloaded and copied to the required files.

Starting VMware Services

   Step 6

Now open the VM Workstation 14/15 program again and click Create a new Virtual Machine and select Custom and click Next.

Creating a New Machine on VMware

   Step 7

In the Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility window, select Workstation 14.x/15.x and click Next.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 8

Continue by selecting I will install the OS later.

I will install the operating system later

   Step 9

Apple Mac OS X was added to the Select a Guest OS window as shown in the following image. Select Apple Mac OS 10.12 from Version.

Apple Mac OS X

   Step 10

It is recommended that you use an external HDD. Select the location by clicking Browse.

Configuring Machine Location

   Step 11

In the Firmware Type window, select UEFI and click Next to continue.

Firmware Type

   Step 12

In the Processor Configuration window, set the number of processors and the number of processor cores depending on your computer hardware.

Processor Configuration

   Step 13

You can set the amount of RAM for the VM to 4 GB.

Add RAM to the VM

   Step 14

In the Network Type window, select Use Bridged Networking.

Choosing a Bridged Network

   Step 15

Leave the setting (LSI Logic) in the Controller Type window as default and continue.

Controller Type

   Step 16

In the Select a Disk Type window, select SATA and click Next.

Selecting a Disk Type

   Step 17

In the Select a Disk window, continue to select Create a new virtual disk.

Creating a New Disk

   Step 18

You can allocate 40 GB for disk configuration. For VMware HDD performance, select Store disk as a single file and Allocate all disk space now.

Store Disk as Single File

   Step 19

Click Next button.

Selecting a Disk File Type

   Step 20

After the virtual computer prepared, you can move on to virtual HDD creation by clicking Finish.

Virtual Computer Configuration Completed

   Step 21

Creating a virtual HDD …

Creating Virtual Disk

   Step 22

Click CD/DVD to add the ISO image to the VM.

Add an ISO File to a VM

   Step 23

Select the ISO image you downloaded.

Adding an ISO File to a macOS Machine

   Step 24

After selecting the ISO image, click on Processors.

Adding an ISO File to a Machine

   Step 25

To enable processor virtualization, select Virtualization engine as shown in the following image, then click OK to close the window.

Enabling Virtualization for Virtual Machine

   Step 26

Before starting macOS configuration using VM Workstation 14/15, go to VM location and open the VMX file with Notepad to edit it.

Editing the .vmx File

   Step 27

At the bottom of the VMX file, type smc.version = “0” and save the file.

smc.version = "0"

smc.version = "0"

   Step 28

Click Power to start the VM.

Running macOS Virtual Machine

   Step 29

The macOS machine opens in the Workstation/Player software.

Apple Mac System Opens

   Step 30

Apple operating system is getting ready for installation.

Starting Apple OS

   Step 31

Use English for the main language and click Next.

Use English for native language

   Step 32

Click the Continue button.

Continue Installation

   Step 33

Click Continue to accept the license agreement.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 34

Continue by clicking Agree.

Accepting the License Agreement

   Step 35

You need to format the disk for installation. Click on Utilities.

macOS Utilities

   Step 36

Click Disk Utility.

Disk Utility

   Step 37

Click on VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media and click Erase.

VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media

   Step 38

Type the HDD name and click Erase.

Edit System Name

   Step 39

Formatting system disk …

Formatting Virtual Disk

   Step 40

A virtual disk has created for a clean installation. Continue by clicking Done.

Virtual Disk Formatted

   Step 41

To continue the installation, close the Disk Utility.

Closing the Disk Tool

   Step 42

In the Install macOS step, select the virtual disk to install.

Install macOS

   Step 43

Continue by clicking on the Continue button.

Disc Selection

   Step 44

Installing the Mac operating system using VM Workstation 14/15 in Windows 10 …

Installing macOS on VMware

   Step 45

After the macOS installation process is complete, the system will restart.

Restarting the Virtual Machine

   Step 46

Apple operating system is opening …

Opening macOS Virtual Machine

   Step 47

Make your region settings and click Continue.

Selecting Your Region

   Step 48

Select your keyboard layout and continue.

Selecting a MacOS Keyboard Layout

   Step 49

To skip the data transfer step, select Don’t transfer any information now and click Continue.

Don't transfer any information now

   Step 50

If you want to use Location service, you can select the Enable Location Services on this Mac option.

Enable Location Services on this Mac

   Step 51

Click the Don’t Use button.

Using Location Services

   Step 52

If you have an Apple ID, you can log in here. Click Don’t sign in to continue.

Login with Apple ID

   Step 53

Click on the Skip button.

Skip Login with Apple ID

   Step 54

Click Agree in the Terms and Conditions window.

Accepting the Sierra License Agreement

   Step 55

Click Agree to accept the license agreement.

Accepting Software License Agreement

   Step 56

To create a user account, type your user name and password, and then click Continue.

Creating a New User Account for the Apple System

   Step 57

To select a time zone, select your region and continue.

Configuring Time Zone

   Step 58

In the Diagnostics & Usage window, click Continue.

Confirming Sending Data to Apple

   Step 59

Preparing Mac OS Sierra …

Wait while your Mac is getting ready

   Step 60

Mac OS has successfully installed on VM Workstation 14/15. The next step is to install the VM Tools.

Apple Sierra Successfully Installed

VMware Tools Installation

After installing VM Tools, you can transfer files by drag and drop on the virtual machine. You can also enable/activate the graphics card of the virtual pc.

   Step 1

Select Eject “OS X Base System” to remove the ISO image installed on the system.

Eject "OS X Base System

   Step 2

Click the VM / Install VMware Tools.

Installing VM Tools on Sierra

   Step 3

A setup window will open as follows. Click on Install VMware Tools.

Installing VM Tools

   Step 4

Click the Continue button in the VM Tools Installer window.

Start VM Tools

   Step 5

Click on the Install button.

Starting VM Tools Installation

   Step 6

Click Continue Installation to start the VM Tools installation process.

Continue Installation

   Step 7

Type your root password.

Writing the Root Password

   Step 8

Click on the Install Software button.

Install Software

   Step 9

Installing VMware Tools on Mac OS Sierra …

Saving Components

   Step 10

After the VM Tools software is complete, click the Restart button to restart the virtual machine.

VM Tools Completed Successfully

   Step 11

Write your password and press Enter.

Writing the User Password

   Step 12

After the VMware Tools are installed, it was solved the Sierra virtual machine full-screen problem!

Virtual Machine Full Screen Resolution

   Step 13

It was completed Mac OS 10.12 configuration on VMware software 14/15!

Mac OS Installation Successfully Completed

   Final Word

In this article, we have examined how to install macOS step by step on the Windows 10 operating system using the VM Workstation 15 Pro / Workstation Player virtualization program. Thanks for following us!

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   Download Files

You can download ISO image by clicking on the button below.

ISO Image Download

Click the button below to download Unlocker 2.1.1.

Unlocker Download


  1. Avatar for Tom Tom 12 January 2018


    Unable to get pass Step 30. When it boots, the Apple indicator goes half way, then it reboots itself repeatingly. I followed all the steps according to instructions but unable to get to Step 31 as the boot looping might be a debugger called: . Take a look at the following screenshot I shared via link.

  2. Avatar for Aurelio Barreto Aurelio Barreto 16 January 2018

    I tried same steps without success.
    When apple gauge is near 40%, the VM reboots.
    There’s a bit difference with me, because my PC is Linux (xenial) and NOT has VM acceleration on BIOS.

  3. Avatar for Toshg Toshg 11 February 2018

    Had the same issues listed above … To get it installed and working, I turned the CPU Virtualization options Off for the initial install, than Virtualization On for the Install and finally Virtualization Off once it was installed… Not ideal … But got it to work …

  4. Avatar for speedytangent speedytangent 15 February 2018

    Wonderful guide.. it all worked like charm …
    big thumbs up (Y)

  5. Avatar for I_am_Junk I_am_Junk 28 February 2018

    Totally junk !!! I spent two days installed it successfully. But next morning it can’t boot up.

    I will remove it entirely and go to VirtualBox.

  6. Avatar for Christian Aubut Christian Aubut 14 June 2018

    It went very well
    Tks for your great work

    • Avatar for tolqabaqci tolqabaqci 14 June 2018

      You’re welcome! Thank you for your comment!

  7. Avatar for Doguhan Doguhan 13 July 2018

    Wonderful detailed guide! Got it working on the first try, THANK YOU!

  8. Avatar for Dipanjan Sinha Dipanjan Sinha 28 June 2020

    As per your instructions for install macos Sierra on vmware successfully install . I am following your instructions step by step then installation successfully macos. Thank you brothers you are great.


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