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MacOS(BigSur) VM on VMware Workstation(Win10) AMD CPU*


In this post, I will show you how to create a MacOS VM in VMware Workstation. Check out my last post to see how to install VMware Workstation if you have not. For this installation, make sure VMware is not running to begin.

Assuming you have an AMD CPU and have installed VMware Workstation on Windows 10, let’s get started and download a nice tool known as Auto-Unlocker available on GitHub.

Download the most recent release for Windows.

Once downloaded,using your favourite archive extractor (I use WinRar), extract the folder wherever you want it.

Now you will need to run CMD or your favourite terminal as Admin. Just click start and type cmd to quick search.

Once in the command prompt, navigate to the location of your extracted folder using the command cd.
Type in win-install.cmd and press enter.
Installation should be very quick, then chose “y” for yes to download VMware Tools or n if you don’t have it.
Here we go, system patched!

Let’s run VMware Workstation to see if it worked.

Create a new VM and click next.
Select “I will install[…] and click next.
This means it works!

Choose the location you want to install the VM and select next.
Use the ISO you downloaded earlier.
Click close and then finish to save.
Now right-click on your new VM and select Open VM Directory.
Right click the .vmx file and open with notepad or any editor.
Scroll down to the bottom of the file and paste the following content:
smc.version = "0"
cpuid.0.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:1011"
cpuid.0.ebx = "0111:0101:0110:1110:0110:0101:0100:0111"
cpuid.0.ecx = "0110:1100:0110:0101:0111:0100:0110:1110"
cpuid.0.edx = "0100:1001:0110:0101:0110:1110:0110:1001"
cpuid.1.eax = "0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:0111:0001"
cpuid.1.ebx = "0000:0010:0000:0001:0000:1000:0000:0000"
cpuid.1.ecx = "1000:0010:1001:1000:0010:0010:0000:0011"
cpuid.1.edx = "0000:0111:1000:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111"
smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookPro14,3"
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388"
It should look like this. Now save and exit.
Finally you can start the VM and proceed to the OS installation!
Before going further, we need to format the HDD into Mac format.
Give a new name to the drive and click Erase!
Now we can install the OS!
Select your drive and click Continue.
Get a coffee.
Just proceed with the Mac OS installation.

Ok almost done! Now we need to install VMware tools for Mac OS. First shut down the VM.

Right click the VM and click Settings.
Browse to load the ISO file.
Select the Darwin File located in the tools folder inside unlocker folder.
Reload the VM.
Sign in and you should see the VMware Tools package on the desktop. Right click, select open and Install.
You will be asked your password and to give permissions to VMware to run extensions on the system. Unlock the lock and then click allow. The system will reboot.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the most secure and good looking OS on the market!

I hope this was useful to anyone. It is always good to try and master any kind of OS out there. As a Linux fanboy, I see Big Sur like a premium Ubuntu but the best part of my macbook M1 is the hardware.

7 thoughts on “MacOS(BigSur) VM on VMware Workstation(Win10) AMD CPU*

  1. Does not work for me. These instructions and every video of same thing on you tube fail when starting the VM for the first time. Error: Failed to start the virtual machine.

  2. Thank Neoh, worked like a charm. Tried following all the other stuff out there and this was the only one that was flawless and easy to follow!


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