After macOS Catalina, which is the 10.15 version of Apple’s operating system was rolled out on the event. With all those things, those fabulous features will definitely be into the macOS Catalina which is almost out. This update like no other update is one of the most powerful plus plenty of features, improvements to the old features and updates to all over the corner. The Catalina is out now with a slew of new features and improvements from killing iTunes into three apps to the new Sidecar feature and a lot more.
While Mac users were likely had access to and have still but that’s the entire case for them. What’s the tremendous news for Windows users is that those updates are not limited to single device owners (Macs), Windows users can still download macOS Catalina and install macOS Catalina on VMware on their Windows PC. This up to update post will instruct on how to Install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows PC in a recent new method.
For this process, we’ll use VMware Workstation which is the most popular virtual machine app. That is in two modes of VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Workstation Pro. Now if you’re planning to use VMware Workstation Pro for more than 30 days, you’ll do require a license key. These two modes don’t have huge difference except a few. With that, there’s no difference in the installation of it and installing macOS Catalina on it.
What this app does is, it uses a virtual machine with all its own virtual hardware to install and run an operating system entirely separate from the actual operating system. With VMware, you can create not only create a virtual machine but manage it. Within the VMware, there are probably huge rooms of features and updates. This includes installing VMware Tools which is pretty useful that enhances the performance, quality of the display and more. And that’s only a tiny part and there’s definitely more to do.
Step One – Create or Download macOS Catalina ISO File
Installing macOS Catalina requires a copy of macOS Catalina image file whether macOS Catalina VMDK or ISO. While we did install macOS Catalina on VMware with the macOS Catalina VMDK file, now we’ll install the macOS Catalina with the ISO file. The macOS Catalina ISO file can be either created or obtained that both are easy to do.
In this method, we’ll use the macOS Catalina ISO Image file to install and run macOS Catalina on VMware. Since the process is different from installing macOS Catalina with the virtual machine image (VMDK) file, we’ve separated installing macOS Catalina with ISO file in this section.
macOS Catalina Final Version (19A602) 15 Oct 2019
- Installing Catalina is pretty easy, but that’s not the case with downloading. This process seems very easy which should require a few clicks, that’s correct but matters where you’d catch up the file. That’s what makes it difficult. So we’ve cut you to the chase and straight to the point, here’s the Catalina Final ISO Image file.
Step Two – Install VMware Workstation Player or Pro
The VMware Workstation is necessary to install macOS Catalina on VMware. Like we explained the VMware Workstation that how it works, installing it is pretty easy but before that, let’s download it.
Once that’s done, go ahead accomplish with the installation which is a matter of a moment.
Step Three – Install VMware Patch Tool
With the VMware installed whether its VMware Workstation Player or Pro, without opening it, open the VMware Patch Tool. What this patch does is, it will switch the VMware to install macOS Catalina and install macOS Mojave or High Sierra.
Note: Before installing the patch tool, it’s important to take note down that the VMware should be closed.
Go ahead and open the VMware patch tool and right-click on win-install and Run it as Administrator. This is no different from previous versions we’ve done.
Step Four – Create A New Virtual Machine
And that makes all things set. Start with creating a new virtual machine on VMware.
So open up VMware Workstation and click Create a New Virtual Machine (Ctrl+N).
Now select the Typical (Recommended) option for the installation and click Next.
When this screen pops up, select I’ll install the operating system later and click Next.
Then select macOS and macOS 10.14 for the version and hit Next. If there’s no macOS option on your screen, chances are there that the Patch tool is not installed correctly.
In this order, enter a name and a location where the Catalina virtual machine files should be stored then hit Next.
The disk size is insanely important, specify 100GB or more and select Store virtual disk as a single file then hit Next.
On the finish line, check if everything is okay and click Next.
Step Five – Configure The Virtual Machine
For installing macOS Catalina, we need to edit some settings of the virtual machine.
For this purpose, open the virtual machine settings.
On the virtual machine settings, set up 50% of your computers RAM that would be 8GB if there’s 16GB of RAM in your system.
Navigate to the next tab which is processor and set up 50 – 80% of your system’s processor.
Next head to the CD/DVD tab, there, select use an ISO image file and browse the macOS Catalina ISO file and select it.
Jump to the USB Controller and select USB 3.0 for the USB Compatibility.
Step Six – Insert Config Key For VMX File
Great! The settings are near to end, so accomplish with it.
Now close the virtual machine (seriously) and head over to the virtual machine files where you had stored them and right-click on the macOS Catalina VMX file and open with Notepad.
Next, scroll to the end and copy and paste this command then press Ctrl+S.
smc.version = “0”
Step Seven – Install macOS Catalina on VMware
That done, we’re ready to install macOS Catalina.
Start by switching macOS Catalina on that will take a couple of minutes.
When the macOS Catalina booted, as you see the Apple logo wait for a sec or two then right-click on the VM name and select Power > Shut Down Guest.
After its off, go to the virtual machine settings and opt the next tab which is Options and change the operating system to Microsoft Windows and Windows 10×64 then click Ok.
Next up, switch the macOS Catalina on and wait for it to boot. When it’s up, select your language and click Continue.
Next, select Disk Utility and click Continue.
On the Disk Utility, select the VMware Virtual Disk and click Erase then do it like the shot.
When you’re done, click on Done and close the Disk Utility.
Once that’s done, select Install macOS and Continue.
Agree with terms and conditions by clicking on Agree.
The time has come, select the Vmware disk and click Install.
That will install the macOS Catalina on the specific disk, so when it’s done, the virtual machine will reboot.
Then shut down the screen with the down arrow key and hit Enter.
Goto virtual machine settings then from the Options tab change the operating system back to macOS 10.14 then hit OK.
Then switch on macOS Catalina back on.
That done, the Welcome screen will appear so from here set up your Mac like normal.
Once that’s done, the macOS Catalina will be successfully installed on VMware on Windows PC.
Step Eight – Install VMware Tools on macOS Catalina
Coming to this place we’ve done everything except installing the VMware Tools which is super useful. This will make many features that will make Catalina more pleasant. Here’s how to do it.
So if there’s some problem or issue, you can always fix it from the instructions.
And that’s all to there it is. When its done, you can always update your macOS Catalina to the latest version.
If there’s something remaining or would like to add, let us know in the comment down below.