How to Run macOS Ventura 13 in a Virtual Machine on Windows 10 or Windows 11 using VMware 17 Pro
Apple released macOS Ventura, the next most current operating system for Macintosh computers, after macOS Catalina, on October 24, 2022, after announcing it at WWDC on June 6, 2022.
Apple’s addition of a name to each macOS version is a popular approach for the sake of being memorable. As with the old versions, the name Ventura was determined from a region in California for the 13 version.
Apple has improved the rounded corners icons and windows in the user interface for Ventura, giving it a more transparent and smoother look. It also supports GIF or video content in order to increase user interaction in the messages application.
With the release of Ventura, Apple now fully supports ARM processors, with silicon chips developed for its own operating system instead of the x86/64 instruction set. With the M1/M2 processors it has produced recently, it has achieved longer charging times and system performance compared to Intel and AMD‘s processors.
Users with iMac, MacBook, or MacBook Pro computers can download the Ventura 13 update from the Apple Store and easily update their system. If you do not know how to update using the Apple Store, you can take a look at this article.
Normally you cannot install an Apple operating system on VMware Workstation because the program has no support for Apple OS systems. However, you can enable this support and unlock macOS using VMware Unlocker.
You can also unlock Apple Mac OS X using Unlocker software on both Windows and vSphere ESXi.
How to Create a New Virtual Machine for macOS Ventura
After installing VMware on your Windows 11 host computer, in order to install a guest macOS operating system, you need to use the Unlocker tool, as we mentioned, and set the VM’s settings correctly.
After opening VMware Workstation 17 Pro, open the wizard by clicking on the Create a Virtual Machine option that you see on the main screen. After opening the New Virtual Machine Wizard, select Custom (Advanced) to better configure the settings of the virtual machine and click Next.
In the Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility window, select the latest version of VMware Pro installed on your computer. If you are trying to install an older system version and get an error, you can downgrade the Workstation version from the compatibility section.
In the Guest Operating System Installation window, you can select the type of media you will use for system installation. To install with your host’s physical DVD drive, you can choose your installation media from the Installer Disc section or add the ISO image you downloaded to your computer from the Installer Disc Image section to the virtual machine.
When you add the ISO file to the virtual machine at this stage, the type and settings of the macOS virtual machine will be automatically determined by the image you add. This process may not be suitable for installation, so select I will install the operating system later and continue to configure the settings manually.
In the Select a Guest Operating System window, you can select the operating systems of Microsoft Windows, Linux, ESX or other platforms, but you will see that there is no Apple Mac OS X here.
When you try to install macOS on the virtual machine, you will see that there is no support for Apple Mac OS X systems. So you need to enable macOS support with Unlocker.
In this window, click the Cancel button to close the virtual machine creation wizard and then close your VMware Workstation program completely.
After running the Unlocker tool, some files of the VMware program will be automatically organized and backed up. In addition, VMware Tools (Darwin.iso) will start to download, allowing you to use the Apple operating system more efficiently on your host.
NOTE: If the VMware Tools file cannot be downloaded, you can download the relevant file to your computer by visiting this article.
After unlocking macOS, you can see that Apple Mac OS X support is enabled this time in the guest operating system selection window.
After selecting the Apple Mac OS X platform, select macOS 13 from the Version section and click Next.
Type the name of the system you will install on the virtual machine and if you want to change the installation location, you can specify the location on an external disk via the Browse button.
If the type of your host disk is SSD or NVMe, you can continue without changing the installation location for the performance of the guest machine.
In the Processor Configuration window, you can increase the number of virtual processor cores in accordance with the hardware performance of your host computer. Increasing the number of processors can cause the virtual system to not work stable, so you need to find the most suitable value for the macOS guest operating system.
Likewise, configure a suitable memory value for the macOS VM depending on the RAM capacity of your host computer. If your system has 16GB of RAM, you can allocate 8GB of memory size to the VM.
In Network Type settings, use NAT to connect the virtual computer to your local network. If you don’t need Internet connection in the VM, you can choose Host-Only or choose not to use any network adapters.
Proceed with LSI Logic, which is recommended and selected by default in the I/O Controller types window.
In the Disk Types window, you can select the virtual PC’s disk as IDE, SCSI, SATA or NVMe, but you need to find out if the system you are going to install has support.
Since macOS Ventura is an up-to-date operating system and supports new technologies, you can significantly increase the performance of the virtual machine by choosing the NVMe disk type.
In the Select a Disk window, you can create a new virtual HDD for the virtual computer, add an existing disk file, or mount your physical disk directly to the VM.
For a clean macOS installation, select Create a new virtual disk and click Next.
In the Specify Disk Capacity window, change the size of the virtual disk for Ventura to 100 GB and choose to backup the virtual disk to be created as a single file on your host.
If you are using an old mechanical disk type on your computer, you can allocate 100 GB of disk space for the VM from your host disk with the Allocate all disk space now option. If you continue without selecting this option, if the virtual machine needs disk space, the required space will be automatically allocated from your host disk.
If you want to back up the virtual disk file to a location other than the virtual machine configuration files, you can select the relevant location in this window. When you install more than one virtual machine on your computer, do not change the location of the disk file, as virtual disk files in different locations may cause confusion.
When the virtual computer is ready to be created, you will be greeted with a summary window like the one below. After checking all the settings you have made for the VM in the summary window, click the Customize Hardware button.
View the processor settings of your macOS virtual system and enable the “Virtualize Intel VT-x or AMD-V/RVI” option from the Virtualization Engine section.
To add the macOS Ventura ISO file to the guest system you created, in the hardware settings window, select the Use ISO Image File option on the CD/DVD (SATA) device and click Browse.
After adding the macOS image file to the guest machine, disable the “Accelerate 3D Graphics” feature in the Display settings and close the window.
Close the summary window of the Guest virtual PC and continue.
Before running the Ventura virtual machine and starting the installation, you need to add codes to its VMX file. Right-click on the VM you created from the Library section of Workstation Pro, and then click Open VM Directory.
Open the macOS.vmx file with Notepad and save the file after adding the following codes.
After adding the necessary codes to the Ventura.vmx file and saving the file, run the virtual computer.
How to Install macOS Ventura
After creating a new virtual machine for macOS with VMware up to this stage, you can now start the system setup.
After running the macOS virtual computer, wait for the system to boot when you see the Apple logo.
Choose which system display language you will use the macOS operating system with and continue.
When the Recovery screen appears, open Disk Utility as you need to format the virtual disk before installation.
Select VMware Virtual NVMe Disk Media on Disk Utility and click the Erase button. To format the selected disk, type any disk name in the Name field in the window that opens, and then select the APFS format and click the Erase button again and wait for the process to complete.
Scheme: GUID Partition Map
After formatting the virtual disk, select Install macOS Ventura and click Continue to start installing the system.
Click Continue again to start the macOS installation.
Accept the license agreement to continue installing the macOS software.
Select the virtual disk you formatted and click Continue.
Wait while the setup wizard copies the system files to the macOS disk. The progress bar says approximately how long it will take, but this may take less time depending on the performance of your host computer.
After the system files are copied, your guest virtual system will restart and continue to operate on the Apple logo.
After the necessary files are copied, select the country you live in and click Continue when the Select Your Country or Region screen appears.
On the Written and Spoken Languages screen, you can change the system language, keyboard layout and system robot voice you want to use in your system.
You can customize your system according to your personal needs in the Accessibility settings. For example, you can use the VoiceOver screen reader to speak text in files, web pages, or appearing on the screen.
On the Data & Privacy screen, Apple clearly states that it uses minimum personal information of users and respects human rights. The collection of your personal data is only aimed at improving Apple services and enhancing the user experience.
You can transfer your files and documents from another Mac or Windows computer to the guest machine. You can transfer data later to get a system experience from scratch.
If you want to use iCloud, App Store and other Apple services on the Sign In with Your Apple ID screen, you can log in. If you do not have an account, you can also create a new Apple account on this screen.
After reading the macOS software license agreement on the Terms and Conditions screen, accept it.
Create a new computer account for your virtual system and select your profile picture.
You can allow and disallow data usage to enhance personalized user experience for Apple maps and other services. This decision is entirely personal, but you can share your data and location information with Apple to help further improve macOS.
On the Time Zone screen, select the zone where you live or closest to you and continue.
Likewise, by sharing the crash and usage data you encounter in the applications you use with the application developers, you can help them develop their own applications more for users.
Screen Time allows parents to have more control of the system over their children of all ages. It also allows to review the time spent on apps and web pages. To configure these settings in detail later, click Set Up Later and continue.
You can select the theme you want to use on your Ventura system on the Choose Your Look screen. Apple has offered users three different theme skins: Light, Dark, and Auto.
If you choose to use the Auto view, your system’s view will automatically turn light or dark depending on the time zone of the country you live in.
After adjusting the system settings, clicking the Apple logo, you can find out your macOS version via About This Mac.
For macOS guest machines, you do not need to download the VM Tools ISO file from anywhere. Because when you use the Unlocker tool, the VM Tools (Darwin.iso) file will be downloaded to your computer.
In macOS virtual PC, go to VM / Removable Devices / CD/DVD (SATA) in the tool menu and click Settings.
After changing the status of the CD/DVD device to Connected, add the Darwin.iso file in the Unlocker/Tools folder to the VM.
After the ISO image is mounted on the VM, double-click Install VMware Tools and start the installation.
In the VMware Tools Installer window, click Continue to continue the installation.
VMware Tools will use 7.6 MB of disk space on your virtual disk. Do not change the installation location and click the Install button directly for standard installation.
When the installation starts, type your user account password to authorize the wizard and click the Install Software button.
This time, when you encounter the System Extension Blocked warning, click Open Security Preferences.
Click the Allow button next to the “System software from developer VMware, Inc. was blocked from loading” warning.
Click Not Now in the window informing you that you need to restart your system for the new system components to take effect.
After the VM Tools installation on macOS is successfully completed, restart your system.
Check that your guest system is available in full screen resolution on VMware and also that the graphics memory is 128 MB instead of 3 MB.
In order to use your guest machine in full screen resolution depending on the screen of your host, click View / Full Screen from the Workstation tool menu.
When you try to transfer a file by dragging and dropping a file from the Windows 10 host machine to the macOS guest machine, you will get the vmware-tools-daemon error. Click Open System Preferences to resolve this error.
To make changes to the security and privacy settings, unlock the system again and enable the vmware-tools-daemon component in the Accessibility section.
When you try to transfer a file from your host to the VM again after allowing the VMware-tools-daemon component, you can see that the operation will be successful as in the image below.
How to Check Internet Connection
After making all the settings on your Guest macOS computer, it is useful to test the Internet connection. Otherwise, you will not be able to install new updates on your system or install the applications you want to use.
To run Terminal, press Windows Key + Space together, type terminal in the search bar that opens and run it.
To ping on macOS, execute the command ping -c 2 www.google.com in the terminal. If you see the TTL=128 value in the ping output, it means you can access the Internet.
When the ping is successful, open the Safari web browser on your Mac virtual computer and test your connection by visiting the Google homepage.
How to Use USB Flash Memory
You can use your USB flash drives in a virtual machine you have set up in VMware Workstation 17 Pro software. As soon as the host inserts a USB disk into your computer, the new device detected by the program window opens, you can easily plug your device into the VM or the host.
Insert a USB flash disk into your Windows 10 host computer and when the New USB Device Detected window opens, select the Connect to a virtual machine option, select your virtual machine and click OK.
You cannot use an NTFS formatted flash drive on macOS. So you need to format your USB stick as ExFAT. After opening Disk Utility, right-click on your flash disk from the External section and click Erase.
In the disk formatting window, type any name in the Name field and select ExFAT from the Format field and click the Erase button again.
After formatting your flash disk as ExFAT, you can now transfer your data to it.
Disconnect your flash disk attached to the macOS VM and connect it to the host this time. The purpose of this is to test that the data transferred to the flash drive on macOS can be viewed through Windows.
When you view the contents of your flash memory through My Computer on your Windows 10 host, you can see the folder named Backup created in the VM.
How to Improve the Performance of a macOS Guest Machine
Unfortunately, even if you run the macOS operating system virtually, you will not be able to use some of your applications or games because it does not support 3D graphics. This is because there is no 3D graphics support for macOS by the virtualization software used.
By installing VMware Tools on the guest machine, you can increase the graphics memory from 3 MB to 128 MB, but this will not work for you even if you have a new generation computer.
At the very least, it may be ideal for software developers or people who want to experience Apple systems. For example, you will experience performance issues when using the latest version of macOS with a VM, even on Intel’s 12th or 13th generation processors.
For this reason, changing the visual effects of your system, adjusting the menu transition effects or lowering the screen resolution may affect the system performance a little.
You can quickly change system settings using the codes listed below, but don’t forget to back up your system with the snapshot beforehand!
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