If you’re willing to hands-on macOS Mojave and give it a try before you really install on your Mac, here’s how to do that with a quick set up Mojave on a virtual machine.
This is a clever idea that if for some reasons you might not want to install on your actual computer. More importantly, there are tons of reasons why you would not install this on your working computer. One of the reasons might be conflicting with a software or program or not getting installated or perhaps maybe not working with other different things like network, sound and other. In this case, you might want to install it aside from your original OS.
So, what’s better idea than installing on a virtual machine aside from your operating system. This is probably a mature idea to get around with installing Mojave on a virtual machine (VM) before you actually go through it on your real Mac. The best part is, whether you get failed with installation or not properly work with things, you’ll always have the option to rollback to re-installation or deleting the virtual machine without affecting your OS. Parallels make it handy and quick with installing on a virtual machine that is entirely painless without hassle. So, let’s get started.
- Check this out: Install macOS Mojave on VMware Workstation
What you’ll need
To begin, here are a few things you’ll need to download.
- macOS Mojave Installer file: In order to install and run macOS Mojave as a virtual machine, you’ll need to download macOS Mojave image installer image file from App Store. The downloading may take some while (which is over 6 gig) mostly depends on your internet connection.
Head to App Store on your Mac, and search for macOS Mojave, you’ll get a bunch of results, look for the original one and click on Get.
The software update will check and ask for download, click on Download and it will start downloading.
To close, navigate to the top-left corner and click on Install macOS Mojave and from the list down Quit Install macOS.
- Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac: The Parallels makes it surprisingly easy and straightforward that I have used for over years now. The worse thing is, you’ll need to do subscription which is not free. For the pricing, check out the offical website and you’ll find the pricing there.
The installation part is pretty easy, once you’ve downloaded the setup, run it and you’ll have the install option, double click on it and it won’t ask you another question, instead it will open the main window.
Install macOS Mojave on Parallels Desktop
Once you’ve those things, you’ve got ready to go.
The first thing you’ll ever need to do is to fire up Parallels once you’ve installed. At the first line, you may see this page, recommended by Parallels, just click Skip.
Next, click on the Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file button.
The installation image will automatically figure out macOS Mojave from Applications folder, simply Continue.
Now you’ll be prompted to create a bootable disk image file to install this virtual machine, hit the Continue button and let it do this.
When you’re questioned to where to put this up, choose a place where you want to be, save it and go ahead.
Next, choose a name and location, this can be anything, anywhere. At the bottom, mark Customize settings before installation and click Create.
On the configuration, click Hardware and customize the CPU & Memory as the amount of hardware of your system but not less than 1 Processor and 2GB Memory. When you’re done, close this window.
At this point, create a new user account by entering your details and click Create Account. Or if you’ve one, click on I have a password and you’ll be able to sign in with your existing Parallels Account.
After you’ve signed in, the virtual machine will start booting up automatically and the Apple logo appears and loads as a typical machine does, so this may take a while.
The first screen appears to choose your language and click Continue.
Here, you need to choose Install macOS and Continue.
Continue with the installer.
Agree with the license agreement by clicking on Agree.
Next up, select the virtual hard drive you chose to create for the virtual machine earlier and click Install. Note that this is not the primary drive where the operating system is installed.
This will now install macOS Mojave on the particular drive and it will take some time.
The main installation starts here. So, choose your region and Continue.
And you’re good to proceed with the rest of the installation, there’s nothing much new with installation except choosing between light and dark mode.
There you go! You’ve successfully installed macOS Mojave on Parallels entirely running on virtual machine.
And that’s it! There you’ve the macOS Mojave, and you can penetrate into and do everything you want to do.