How to Install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK – Windows 10 PC

Install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK

In this article, I’m going to show you how to install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK on Windows 10 PC. Apple in WWDC 2018 announced its new operating system which is macOS Mojave 10.14. At the moment, you can test macOS Mojave on virtualization software such as VMware and VirtualBox. It’s highly recommended to use VMware instead of VirtualBox because it works much better like smoother, quicker, and faster than Virtualbox. To Install macOS Mojave on VMware using a pre-made VMDK filled with only macOS Mojave setup then go through the step by step guide down below and do exactly as the guide is shown. We have another method also that shows how to install macOS Mojave on VMware on Windows 10 using an ISO image.

Newer versions of macOS are out, So check the guides below to install them:

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 GB memory
  • Minimum 2 cores of processors
  • Hard disk free space 20 GB
  • Your system should support Intel or AMD VT (Virtualization Technology)
  • Intel/AMD VT (Virtualization Technology) Should be enabled from BIOS setup

Required: If you haven’t already then you should enable Virtualization Technology (aka Intel VT or AMD-V).

Steps to Install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK

  1. Download the prerequisites
  2. Install the prerequisites
  3. Unlock VMware to Install macOS Mojave
  4. Create a New Virtual Machine
  5. Edit the New Virtual Machine
  6. Edit macOS Mojave VMX File (Optional)
  7. Wait for macOS Mojave Installation
  8. Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  9. Install VMware Tools (Optional)
  10. Update macOS Mojave to the Latest Version (Optional)

Step 1: Download the prerequisites

To install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK, you need to download the virtualization software like VMware Workstation or VMware Player, macOS Mojave 10.14 VMDK file and macOS Unlocker for VMware. All the essential files are listed down below for download.

Step 2: Install the Prerequisites

Now install the following virtualization application, and if you already have it by any chance then you’re welcome to skip but make sure then it works properly and updated to the latest version.

  • Install VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.x or VMware Player 15.5.x

Run the VMware Workstation Pro/Player and follow the prompt leaving all the options as default.

Step 3: Unlock VMware to Install macOS Mojave

Firstly make sure VMware Workstation application is closed completely otherwise the VMware unlocker won’t work. You can do this by Clicking on File Tab > Exit.

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Exit VMware Workstation

You should have downloaded macOS Unlocker V3 for VMware Workstation from GitHub or the direct link. So now extract the macOS Unlocker V3.0 for VMware Workstation. Right-click on win-install.cmd and select Run as Administrator. This step is very important because you won’t see Apple Mac OS X on the Operating System list while creating a new VM unless you patch VMware with this tool.

Note: You may always uninstall the previous version of the Unlocker before using a new release. Failure to do this could render VMware unusable. – David Parsons

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Run win-install.cmd As Administrator

How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

Unlocker 3.0.3 for VMware Workstation

Step 4: Create a New Virtual Machine

#1. Open VMware and click on Create a New Virtual Machine (Ctrl+N) then select Typical (Recommended) and click Next.

#2. Now select I will install the operating system later and click Next. Choose Apple Mac OS X from operating system list then select macOS 10.14 from version and click Next.

#3. Name the virtual machine as you prefer like macOS Mojave. Click Browse to choose a location to save virtual machine files and click Next, or you may let it as default (recommended).

Name and Save macOS Mojave VM

Name and Save macOS Mojave VM

#4. Don’t Specify the disk space just select Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next. On Ready to Create Virtual Machine, Click Finish.

Step 5: Edit the new Virtual Machine

  1. Click on Edit Virtual Machine Settings.

    Edit macOS Mojave VM Settings

    Edit macOS Mojave VM Settings

  2. Increase the Memory from 2 GB to 4 GB or higher for better performance.

    How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

    Increase RAM

  3. Select Processor menu then increase the CPU processor core from 2 cores to or Higher cores for better performance.
    • Note: If you don’t have enough resources then you may not increase the Memory and Processor since the minimum requirement is 2 GB Memory and 2 Cores of Processor.

      How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

      Increase Processors

  4. Select Hard Disk from device section and Remove it.

    Remove Hard Disk Mojave

    Remove Hard Disk

  5. Click Add button at the bottom of Virtual Machine window. Select Hard Disk from the Hardware section and click Next.

    Add Hard Disk Mojave

    Add Hard Disk

  6. Select SATA as disk type and click Next.

    How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

    Select SATA Disk Type

  7. Select the Use an existing virtual disk and click Next.

    How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

    Select Existing Virtual Disk

  8. Now, browse for macOS Mojave VMKD file. Select macOS Mojave 10.14.6.vmdk File and click Open.

    Select macOS Mojave VMDK

    Select macOS Mojave VMDK

  9. After selecting the macOS Mojave VMDK then click Finish.

    Select macOS Mojave 10.14.6 VMDK

    Select macOS Mojave 10.14.6 VMDK

  10. Finally, click OK to save all the changes that you made to the virtual machine settings.

    Save Changes to macOS Mojave VM

    Save Changes to macOS Mojave VM

Step 6: Edit macOS Mojave VMX File (Optional)

  1. Do these 2 steps only if you can’t boot into macOS or have other issues. Navigate to the virtual machine folder which you select in step #4.3 of this guide. If you didn’t specify a new location, then the default location is in Document > Virtual Machine. Right-click on macOS Mojave.vmx then open it via Notepad or any third-party text editor of your choice.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of texts and add the following code; then click on File > Save. After that, you may close it as you don’t need it anymore.
smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookPro14,3"
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388"
smc.version = "0"

Step 7: Wait for macOS Mojave Installation

  1. Open VMware and on the macOS Mojave VM window Click Power on this Virtual Machine.

    Power on macOS Mojave VM

    Power on macOS Mojave VM

  2. Now, wait for macOS Mojave to boot up and complete the installation itself without you touching anything. It will take roughly 15 minutes depending on your system, be patient.

Step 8: Complete Basic macOS Account Settings

Once the installation part complete, the VM will reboot, and after the reboot, you should see macOS Mojave Welcome page.

macOS Mojave Welcome VMware

macOS Mojave Welcome VMware

  1. Choose your Country and click on Continue.
  2. Choose a Keyboard Layout and click Continue.
  3. On the Data & Privacy page, click Continue.
  4. Select Don’t transfer any information now and click Continue.
  5. On Sign in with your Apple ID page, click Set up Later and click on Skip.
  6. Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  7. Fill out the Full name,  Account name, Password, Hint and click on Continue to create your user account for macOS Mojave 10.14.

    Create macOS Mojave User Account

    Create macOS Mojave User Account

  8. On the Expres Set Up page, you don’t want to do something just click Continue.
  9. Dark mode feature is added newly to macOS Mojave 10.14 so you can select Light or Dark mode then click Continue.

    Choose macOS Mojave Look

    Choose macOS Mojave Look

  10. Wait a little while to Setting Up Your Mac. Then it will run to the desktop of macOS Mojave.

    Successfully Installed macOS Mojave on VMware

    Successfully Installed macOS Mojave on VMware

Step 9: Install VMware Tools (Optional)

So now you should have noticed that the resolution of macOS Mojave can’t be changed and it’s not working as smoothly as you expected. To fix macOS Mojave Resolution on VMware or Make it more responsive, you need to install something called VMware Tools. It’s quite easy and straightforward to work with any system. So to do that we have created a comprehensive guide. Please click the link below and follow the guide Step by step.

See this guide: How to install VMware Tools on macOS.

Step 10: Update macOS Mojave to the Latest Version (Optional)

You should do this step if your macOS Mojave is not updated and not the latest version. So, you can update it by following the instructions below.

  1. Click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen. Select System Preferences from the list. Under System Preferences, click on Software Update.

    Software Update

  2. For now, we do not upgrade to another release of macOS so we just updating our current version of macOS Mojave to the latest version of macOS Mojave. Under Another update available, click More info.

    Update Available

  3. Check the latest update of macOS Mojave and click Install Now.

    Update macOS Mojave to 10.14.6 Latest

  4. Click Download Install & Restart button. Now, wait for a couple of minutes so that the downloading Update complete.
  5. Once the Downloading Update gets complete, your VM or system will restart automatically. Just wait and relax. Be patient because it’s going to take sometimes. First, you’ll see the Installing Software update followed by another 18 minutes remaining window.

    Updated macOS Mojave to the Latest version

Video Tutorial:

If you want to watch the video tutorial, you can open the URL below to see how to update your macOS to the latest version. It doesn’t matter what versions do you use. It should work for macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, and other versions of macOS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oovQHski5Hs

Summary

Basically, in this article, I’ve shown you the step by step pictorial guide on how to install macOS Mojave on VMware using VMDK on Windows. After reading and following this guide, you should have done the following:

  • Download the prerequisites
  • Install the prerequisites
  • Unlock VMware to Install macOS Mojave
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit the New Virtual Machine
  • Edit macOS Mojave VMX File (Optional)
  • Wait for macOS Mojave Installation
  • Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  • Install VMware Tools (Optional)
  • Update macOS Mojave to the Latest Version (Optional)

Related: How to Install macOS Mojave on VirtualBox on Windows.

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