In this article, I am going to show you how to dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra on PC. Apple has already released the Macintosh operating system on 20 September of 2016, and if you want to give a try to this OS, then you are in the right place because here you will learn the complete process of how to dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12, Hackintosh on PC. Since the Apple’s new operating system for Macintosh has been released, the Hackintosh experts are busy to create and manage to make easy tools like Unibeast and Multibeast to build a Hackintosh on PC and easy way to dual boot macOS Sierra and Windows 10. So follow below step by step guide to dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra on PC but first need to know what’s dual boot.
What is a Dual Boot?
Dual-booting is the act of installing multiple operating systems on a computer and being able to choose which one to boot. The term dual-booting refers to the standard configuration of precisely two operating systems. It means when we install two operating systems on a single Machine. Sometimes it’s called Multi-boot or dual boot as well. If you install and use three operating systems like Mac, Windows, and Kali Linux on a single machine then in this case, it called triple boot. Now that you have understood what is dual boot, so let dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12 on PC.
Dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra on PC
- Create Bootable USB Installer For macOS Sierra
- Setup Parts of Your Motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI
- Boot into Bootable USB Installer of macOS Sierra
- Choose Your Language for macOS Sierra
- Create Partition For macOS Sierra with Disk Utility
- Install macOS Sierra on Created Partition
- Boot into macOS Sierra Partition or Disk (HFS)
- Perform a clean Installation of macOS Sierra
- Finish Installation of macOS Sierra
Before to start dual booting, you must know about this article, that from where you have to start, how you should do the steps, and how to finish. Firstly you should have the requirement that mentioned below then you have to install macOS Sierra first and then Windows 10. Please remember about partitioning the Hard disk drive. You have to partition it for Mac and Windows in the duration of installing macOS Sierra. So don’t forget to backup your file before formatting your HDD or SSD.
- Bootable USB Installer for macOS Sierra. If you don’t have one, then follow the article to create a USB Installer for macOS Sierra using Unibeast or A method in Windows 10.
- Bootable USB or CD/DVD For Windows 10. Follow the article on how to create a bootable USB for Windows 10.
- Two free empty Partitions for macOS Sierra & Windows 10.
- A PC (Laptop or Desktop) with full Intel supported to install and support macOS Sierra and Windows 10.
- Extra accessories such as a mouse, keyboard and much more. Because of macOS Sierra may not identify your laptop’s keyboard or mouse until you didn’t install the drive Separately.
Installing macOS Sierra 10.12
To dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra on PC, it is better to install macOS Sierra first. If you install Windows 10 first then while installing macOS Sierra, it might create a problem for you and you will be a little in trouble. If you have installed macOS Sierra on your PC, then that’s okay skip this and try to install Windows 10. Also if you have installed Windows 10 already then follow the steps below or check this article:
Step #1. Create Bootable USB Installer For macOS Sierra
In this step, you have to download and create a bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra using UniBeast. This move will help you to Boot with the USB installer and create a partition for Mac and finally, install the Mac from the USB Installer to OS X Extended (Journaled) partition. It’s a bit long, so due to this, we have managed two articles and different methods for it. Check the guide and follow step by step to bootable create USB Installer. Also linked in the requirement section.
- How to Create Bootable USB Installer for macOS Sierra Using UniBeast?
- How to Create macOS Sierra Bootable USB Installer on Windows 10?
Step #2. Setup Parts of Your Motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI
Now after downloading and creating bootable USB installer for macOS Sierra 10.12. Then here you will need to set up parts of your motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI. This step will let and make the USB installer to boot into clover menu. It’s so important to do this step correctly and carefully because if no then without doing this stuff, you won’t be able to go forward and install macOS Sierra 10.12.
#1. Press the BIOS Menu Button from your keyboard(F12, F10, F8, F2) depending on your system if can’t find then do a google search or comment us below the details of your computer. For Lenovo laptops, press Novo button or one key recovery then select BIOS Setup and hit enter from your keyboard.
#2. Now from BIOS, Set The SATA Controller Mode to (AHCI).
#3. Then go to the boot tab and set the Boot Mode to (Legacy Support) and set the Boot Priority to (UEFI First).
#4. Exit and Save Changes.
Note: This works great on Lenovo based computer. And this may not work for any other systems. So due to this, we highly recommend you to do the below guides for your machine.
- Load Optimized Defaults
- Set the SATA Controller Mode to AHCI
- Set the Boot Priority to UEFI
- Set OS Type to Other OS
- If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it
- If your system has CFG-Lock, disable it
- If your system has Secure Boot Mode, disable it
- If you have six series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0
- Save and exit.
- If your system didn’t boot automatically, then go to Boot Manager and select the Bootable USB Installer that you create in step 1, Manually.
Step #3. Boot into Bootable USB Installer of macOS Sierra
After you get into Clover Menu then if your system has full intel supported then select the Bootable USB Installer. But if that didn’t work, then you need to enter boot flag for your system to boot into USB Installer. If you have trouble to boot from USB Installer, then comment us your problem below in the comment section and also check this article, to know how to boot correctly.
Now from Clover boot menu, select the bootable USB Installer (External) and hit enter.
Step #4. Choose Your Language for macOS Sierra
Now after Booting successfully with the boot flag or without, then the USB installer should take you to Language chooser page. Select your Language for macOS Sierra and click on the arrow button to go forward.
Step #5. Create Partition For macOS Sierra with Disk Utility
So after you have chosen your language, then you should partition the disk for macOS Sierra 10.12. This step will help you to install macOS Sierra from the USB installer to the drive that you are going to create in this step.
#1. To partition the Disk for macOS. Now click on Utilities > Disk Utility.
#2. Now select your free hard disk drive and click on Erase tab. Be sure to choose a free empty partition that the partition is going to be cleaned and formatted for macOS Sierra.
#3. Name the disk then choose the format to “OS X Extended (Journaled) “ and click on Erase button. If you are partitioning the entire hard drive, then be sure to select the Schema to “GUID Partition Map.” Then your hard disk or drive will be cleaned and partitioned to OS X Extended Journaled.
#4. Make yourself sure that you get the message that erasing disk process completed successfully. Click Done. If you were facing any errors, then I highly recommend you to visit the link below.
#5. To create more partitions, now again select your machine’s hard disk and this time, click on partition tab.
#6. Click on the (+) button to create two partitions. Specify the disk size for Windows 10 then Name the Partition and choose the Format type as MS-DOS (FAT) then click Apply button.
#7. Here the utility alert you that two partitions will be created, so finally click on Partition to confirm it.
#8. Make yourself sure that you get the message that erasing disk process completed successfully. Click Done and close disk utility.
Step #6. Install macOS Sierra on Created Partition
#1. To set up the installation of macOS, Click on Continue.
#2. Now, click Continue, then Agree with the I have read and agreed to the terms of the software license agreement.
#3. On the Install macOS page, select the partition that you created for macOS Sierra while partitioning the disk with disk utility and finally click Continue.
#4. Now, wait for USB installer to install macOS Sierra from it to the disk that you selected. It will take some time to complete, depends on your system. After it is finished, it will restart automatically after 10 seconds.
Step #7. Boot into macOS Sierra Partition or Disk (HFS)
When your computer rebooted, then it must automatically take you to the USB installer Clover menu. If no then boot yourself from Boot Manager, the EFI USB installer that created in step 1. After that on the clover menu, don’t make any changes because it will automatically boot into the disk that Mac OS is newly installed. If no then select HFS disk icon that named your Mac HD and hit enter from your keyboard.
Note: If you have booted USB Installer with boot flags then, this time, use the same boot flag to boot from macOS Sierra partition or HFS disk.
Step #8. Perform a clean Installation of macOS Sierra
In the previous actions, if you have installed macOS Sierra from the USB Installer to the partition that you created for macOS Sierra 10.12, then after booting from that partition that macOS Sierra is installed on it. Here it’s time to set up and performing a clean installation of macOS Sierra. Well, we have another article also for further information with the shots visit the link below to perform a clean installation of macOS Sierra or keep following this article below.
- How to perform a clean installation of macOS Sierra? (With Shots)
#1. Choose your Country and click on Continue.
#2. Pick a keyboard Layout and click on Continue.
#3. Now select your method to transfer information to this mac and click on Continue.
#4. Enable location services and click on Continue.
#5. In this step, you have to Sign in with your Apple ID. If you don’t have, then create a free Apple ID “how to create an Apple ID on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch”. If you don’t want to sign in with Apple ID or don’t want to create Apple ID, then Choose Don’t Sign in and click on Continue.
#6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
#7. Fill out the Full name, Account name, Password, Hint and check the box of Set time zone based on Current location. Finally click on Continue to create your user account for macOS Sierra, that will be installed on your PC.
#8. Select the options for Diagnostics & Usage and click on Continue.
#9. Wait a little while to Setting Up Your Mac. It will run on the desktop of macOS Sierra.
Finish Installation of macOS Sierra
After performing a clean installation and Set upping your macOS Sierra on PC. You should see your final result that macOS Sierra has successfully installed on PC and enjoy using it.
Installing Windows 10
Now after installing macOS Sierra on your PC and now you if you have installed it successfully then you’re almost 50% done. Because your PC may support window 10 and it’s easy to install windows. So to complete dual boot Windows 10 and macOS Sierra on PC then keep following here step by step.
Step #1. Create Bootable USB for Windows 10
As I mentioned in at the requirement section, that you need a bootable USB of Windows 10 or a Windows 10 CD\DVD, to install Windows 10 on your PC and complete your dual booting. If you don’t have Bootable USB of Windows 10 or Windows 10 CD\DVD, then buy one or create a bootable USB for Windows 10 with the help of the article below.
Step #2. Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10
#1. Insert the Bootable USB or the Windows 10 CD\DVD to your PC and Boot your PC with that whether it’s a bootable USB or Windows 10 CD\DVD. When the system booted, enter your language, and other preferences then click Next.
#2. Now click Install Now.
#3. If the system asked you to enter the Product Key then if you have bought the key from Microsoft, enter the product key otherwise click Skip.
#4. Agree, I accept the terms and click Next.
#5. On the type of windows installation click Custom: Install Windows only ( advanced) because we have to install it newly, and there are no windows to upgrade it.
#6. Now on the “Where do you want to install Windows?” page, you have to select the partition that you create while installing of macOS Sierra. After selecting the disk click Next. If you’re unable to click the Next button then once format the same partition that you created for Windows while installing macOS Sierra, and try again. If still a problem then lets us know by comment.
Note: Be careful in the selection because if you select the wrong partition, then you might format and install windows on the macOS Sierra partition.
#7. Wait now and let the windows be installed (Depending on your system) and when the installation finishes then your PC will restart automatically after 10 Seconds.
#8. If the Windows asked again for the Product Key, then click Do this later.
#9. When the Window asks to Let’s Get connected, then connect to your Wireless access point or click Skip this Step.
#10. On the Get going fast Page, click Use Express Settings.
#11. On the “Create an account for this PC” page fill the requirements that asked or skip that options that are optional, after that click Next.
#12. Wait a while for windows to Setting things up for you.
After performing a clean installation and Set up your Windows 10 then you should see your final result.
Post Installation of macOS Sierra to Complete Dual Boot Process
So now if you have successfully installed macOS Sierra and Windows 10 on PC. You might get some problems after the installation of macOS Sierra. Like sound and Wi-Fi doesn’t work. You can’t boot into macOS Sierra without the USB Installer. Bootloader, the Internet connection won’t work. And the most important, if you cant’ boot into macOS Sierra without the USB Installer, then you need a post-installation. Follow the step by step guide below.
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