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How to Create Virtual Machine for macOS High Sierra in VMware Workstation 14/15

In this article, we will examine the steps to install a new virtual machine for macOS High Sierra installation using VMware Workstation 14/15.

How to Create Virtual Machine for macOS High Sierra in VMware Workstation 14/15

How to Setup macOS High Sierra Virtual Machine in VMware on PC

Under normal circumstances, you will get an error if you try to install a macOS operating system using the VMware Workstation virtualization program. The reason for this is that VMware Workstation does not support macOS systems.

When you try to create a new VM with VMware, you will not see an option for macOS in the operating system selection window. Normally, you can not install Mac systems with VMware Workstation. However, you can install macOS systems on VMware Workstation using the VMware Unlocker program.

In short, you only need to download the VMware Unlocker program and run the win-install file once to use macOS on VMware Workstation.

What happens when you try to install macOS without using VMware Unlocker? The answer is that you will get errors about macOS setup error / Mac is not booting / Mac restarts continuously.

In addition, you must use the appropriate version of the VMware Unlocker program otherwise you will encounter the errors mentioned.

In our previous articles, we discussed how to install macOS Sierra 10.12 and macOS High Sierra 10.13. You can access the macOS setup articles from the following links.

In this article, we will prepare a virtual machine for installing macOS operating systems on VM Workstation 14/15 Pro.

How to Install macOS Virtual Machine

You can not see macOS support while creating a VM on VM Workstation for macOS High Sierra or other systems. So we’ll break it using VMware Unlocker 2.1.1.

   Step 1

If you try to create a VM without using VM Unlocker, you will not see the macOS option as in the following image.

Guest Operating System

   Step 2

Download VM Unlocker by clicking on the button at the bottom of the article and shut down VMware Workstation first and then run win-install.cmd as administrator.

Installing VMware Unlocker

   Step 3

Wait until VMware Unlocker stops and restarts the VM Workstation service.

Installing Unlocker

   Step 4

Open VM Workstation 14/15 and click Create a new virtual machine to create a new VM for Apple Mac OS X. In the virtual machine creation window, select Custom (advanced) and click on the Next button.

Custom (Advanced)

   Step 5

Click the Next button in the VM hardware compatibility window.

VMware Hardware Compatibility

   Step 6

To add the operating system ISO file later, select I will install the operating system later and click Next.

I will install the operating system later

   Step 7

After using the VM Unlocker program, you can see that Apple Mac OS X has appeared.

Apple Mac OS X

   Step 8

Select the version you want to install and click on the Next button.

Apple Mac OS X

   Step 9

Storing the VM on an external disk is useful for performance. Once you have set the virtual machine name and location, click Next to continue.

Configuring VM Name and Location

   Step 10

Configure the processor configuration of the VM according to the hardware specifications of your computer.

Adding Processor to Virtual Machine

   Step 11

Likewise, assign a 4 GB RAM value to the VM.

Adding RAM to Virtual Machine

   Step 12

Specify the disk size and click Next.

Store Virtual Disk as a Single File

   Step 13

Continue by leaving the location of the disk file in the default location.

Specify Disk File

   Step 14

Click the Customize Hardware button.

Customize Hardware

   Step 15

Click Processors and activate the virtualization feature for the VM as follows.

Enable Virtualization Software

   Step 16

Click on the Finish button to close the Wizard window.

Finish Wizard

   Step 17

After creating the VM, open the virtual machine’s location and open the .vmx file.

Editing VMX File

   Step 18

Add the ( smc.version = “0” ) value to the HighSierra10134.vmx file and save the file.

smc.version = "0"

   Step 19

Add the ISO file to the VM and run it.

Power VM

   Step 20

As you can see in the image below, the installation of High Sierra on VM Workstation will begin!

Starting macOS

   Final Word


In this article, we have created a virtual machine for High Sierra 10.13.4 on VM Workstation 14/15. In the next article, we will install macOS 10.13.4 with VMware. Thanks for following us!

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   Download VM Unlocker

To create a VM on your Windows computer using VMware, you can download VMware Unlocker to your computer by clicking the button below.

VM Unlocker

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