In this post, we’ll install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC with macOS High Sierra ISO. The installation of macOS High Sierra on VMware requires VMware Unlocker Patch Tool or macOS VMware Unlocker Patch. This is easy to download VMware Unlocker Patch Tool and also easy to install. From the time when installing an operating system out of Windows came into our mind, what we started thinking was whether it’s possible to install macOS High Sierra on Windows because macOS is the significant rival of Windows. While Windows does almost everything we would like to do, sometimes it does it in the best shape that we assume can’t be more advanced, but there is always plenty of room to make a change and improve. While we can’t talk one by one, but as an example, we’ll take a few. Suppose shooting or scanning a nearby object and it will straightly appear on your Mac.

But Microsoft has neither its own phone nor its features which could be done like this but chances are you might have iPhone and would like to try this feature out. Another feature that comes is to do things with the updated smart assistant Siri, like Cortana on Windows. It’s smarter, reliable, and more intelligent to do things. Including that, there are dozens of new features and updates like iOS features, Auto Unlock with Apple Watch, shopping with Apple Pay by Touch ID, Storing desktop and document files in iCloud and more, to name a few.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC [New Method]

Trying those even some of those features for a Windows user is one of their top 🔝 demand. While we’ve install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows and also install macOS High Sierra on VirtualBox on Windows, there are also some other ways to approach. Just like we did 3 ways to install macOS Catalina on Windows, there are more than one ways to do this. Just like we installed macOS High Sierra on VMware and on VirtualBox, we’ll do it in a different way different file.

Now, these two ways are done within two another ways we’ll show you. As we installed macOS High Sierra on VMware and VirtualBox with a single macOS High Sierra VMware & VirtualBox. In this post, we’ll install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC with a new method which is done with macOS High Sierra ISO For VMware & VirtualBox.

Now with this new method, you can probably install macOS High Sierra on VMware which makes another way for installing it. Suppose if installing macOS High Sierra doesn’t work with the first method, you can opt for this one. It’ll make most users who have a problem installing High Sierra with the previous method, they’ll have now definitely another way to try on which in our case should work perfectly fine.

Step One – Create or Download High Sierra ISO

For installing any operating system, we’ll need the operating system installer file. For this process, we’ll need macOS High Sierra ISO file which can be either created or obtained. Fortunately, we’ve covered both the option. The first one is to create macOS High Sierra ISO which is also super easy, but requires a macOS and reliable internet connection.

The second one is obtaining macOS High Sierra ISO which is easier than the first one. This one is created and provided by us through links uploaded to two different servers in two different sections. The file is provided in one part and also in several parts for easier download. Here’s the macOS High Sierra ISO file.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Final Version (17G66) September 26, 2019 

  • Just like installing macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, and other versions, High Sierra also requires installer files for installing. Regardless of where you are installing it, it will probably need the installer files to adapt there. Now as the installation differs, the installer files also differes. This file is different from a typical macOS High Sierra DMG file whether downloaded from the App Store or from somewhere else. This file is particularly made for installing macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC. So without further do, let’s do it first.

Step Two – Install VMware Workstation Pro or Player

From the BIOS, watch out if the Intel VT-x hardware acceleration options are enabled. Now, while we’ll be installing High Sierra on VMware, we’ll need to install VMware Workstation or Player first. It’s pretty easy as installing any other app and won’t take much time. Download VMware Workstation or PLayer first.

Once that’s done, extract it and open it up. Go Next with a few simple wizards and it will begin the installation. When it’s done, click on Finish.

VMware Workstation Setup
VMware Workstation Setup

Step Three – Install VMware Unlocker Patch Tool

Unlike VirtualBox, VMware doesn’t support installing macOS by default, but there’s a simple workaround for that. For this fix, we’ll use the VMware Patch Tool or popular as Unlocker for VMware. What this does is, it patches VMware when it’s closed and let us install any macOS on VMware with all its features. Here’s how to do it.

When it’s there, before installing it, close VMware Workstation or Player completely first.

Close VMware
Close VMware

Now open up Unlocker and right-click on win-install and select Run it as Administrator. It will immediately start patching VMware and will close up once it’s done with Command Prompt.

Run as Administrator
Run as Administrator

Step Four – Create A New Virtual Machine

To install High Sierra on VMware, fire up VMware first.

Next, when it appears, we’ll need to Create a New Virtual Machine, so click on that.

Create a New Virtual Machine
Create a New Virtual Machine

Let this window by default and click Next.

New Virtual Machine WizardNew Virtual Machine Wizard
New Virtual Machine Wizard

In this window that appears, select I’ll install the operating system later and click on Next.

Guest Operating System Installation
Guest Operating System Installation

From the top, select macOS X for the operating system and 10.13 for the version and click on Next.

If for some reason there is no macOS in the operating system list, it’s likely that the Unlocker hasn’t patched correctly and chances are VMware was open when installing the patch.

Select a Guest-Operating System
Select a Guest-Operating System

Now put a name and specify where to store the machine files then hit Next.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Name The Machine

Set 100GB at least or more and click Next.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Specify Disk Capacity

Step Five – Set Up Virtual Machine Settings

Without settings, the machine isn’t able to install macOS High Sierra on it.

So click on the Edit virtual machine settings and let it open.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Edit Virtual Machine Settings

When the virtual machine settings opened, increase the memory to half of your system’s memory.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Virtual Machine Settings

Coming to the next tab which is processor, increase the processor to at least 2 or more.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Increase Processors

Skip the next tab and it will be on CD/DVD (SATA), then select Use ISO Image file from the right side and click on Browse and choose macOS High Sierra ISO.

Browse macOS High Sierra ISO
Browse macOS High Sierra ISO

For working mouse & keyboard, select the USB version that is compatible with them. When it’s done, click on OK.

USB Controller
USB Controller

Step Six – Insert Config Key on VMX File

The settings for the machine is finished from VMware. Now what’s left is editing and adding a command to the VMX file of the machine.
First, close out of VMware and make sure it’s off. Navigate to machine files and right-click on the file that ends with .VMX and open it with Notepad.
Open With Notepad
Open With Notepad

Once the file is there, scroll down to the end and enter the command.

smc.version = “0”
Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Add Key

When finished, close it and click on Save.

Save
Save

Step Seven – Install macOS High Sierra on VMware

Time has come to take off and there’s no better time than this when settings have finished.

Start the machine by click on Power on this Virtual Machine.

Power on This Machine
Power on This Machine

When it finished loading, Continue with the language window.

Language
Language

Now select Disk Utility from the screen and click Continue.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Disk Utility

In this screen, select the “VMware Virtual SATA..” disk and click on Erase.

Choose Disk
Choose Disk

Name the disk and click on Erase.

Erase Disk
Erase Disk

Once finished, click on Done and close the entire window.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Done

On the previous window, select Install macOS and click Continue.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Install macOS

Continue with the window.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
macOS High Sierra

Accept the terms and conditions and click on Continue.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Terms & Conditions

Now select the disk we had formated and click on Install.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Install High Sierra

It will begin installing macOS that will take some while.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Installing macOS High Sierra

On the actual installation screen, proceed with the installation steps which are as simple as making a few clicks.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Welcome

In between, create an account by filling out the blanks with your personal information and click on Continue.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Creating Your Account

With proceeding a few steps, you’ll eventually install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC with a new method.

Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC
Install macOS High Sierra on VMware on Windows PC

Final Step – Install VMware Tools on macOS High Sierra

While this is optional but it’s as necessary as a step. That’s why we’ve added this to a step. As familiar from its name, it’s a collection or a set of essential tools which enhances the performance, increases the screen resolution to the actual resolution, share files via drag & drop and more. As we’ve done it previously, we’ll put the link to it.

VMware Tools
VMware Tools

For more caution and safe, I would probably recommend taking a snapshot which will include the entire system image. Whatever files and settings are there, it will save a copy of those and can be revert back when it’s required. But before anything, I would take a snapshot now.

Take and Use Snapshots on VMware
Take and Use Snapshots on VMware

With all that done, if there’s some problem or errors that pop up, we’ve done the fix beforehand. Here’s how to fix those.

With everything set and an installed VMware Tools, there shouldn’t be any problem but as of a performance, we’ve an exclusive step by step tutorial. Here’s how to do it.

In this point, we’ve the latest version of macOS High Sierra installed through macOS High Sierra ISO for VMware & VirtualBox. If there’s a newer version released, we’ve shown how to update to the latest version of High Sierra.

That comes near to the end. If there’s something left or would like to add or give us some kind suggestions or ideas for improvment, we’re happy to hear.

5 Comments

  1. Worked perfect except it said my installer package was damaged. Turned out to be a security cert expired issue affecting the package. The solution was to disconnect host from the internet, shutdown vmware (Exit), and set the system date back to early 2019. Then run the vmware vm again and launch the mac os installer, no more error.

    Thanks!

    • Ali Reply

      Andrew, thanks for sharing your issue and resolution. I am sure this will help many users in the community!

  2. zachary love Reply

    i tried this the apple logo loads then the system reboots and does it again any help please?

  3. I followed everything as illustrated on this platform but it stayed in boot loop. As the loader beneath the apple logo starts to load then it’ll start all over again. Any fix available?

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