How to Install macOS Monterey on VMware on Windows – PC

Install macOS Monterey on VMware

In this article, I am going to show you how to install macOS Monterey on VMware on Windows. So, Apple announced its latest and greatest operating systems in WWDC 2021. If you want to give macOS Monterey Beta a try, then you’re in the right place.

macOS Monterey is Currently in Beta, and obviously, it’s buggy. When a new release/version comes out then depending on how many vital fixes it has. We may update the ISO file linked below. Although you can make your own ISO. I will create a step by step guide on how to create your own macOS Monterey ISO and link it below. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

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

Step to Install macOS Monterey on VMware on Windows

  • Download the prerequisites
  • Install the Prerequisites
  • Unlock VMware to Install macOS Monterey
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit macOS Monterey VMX File
  • Start macOS Monterey Virtual Machine
  • Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  • Capture Snapshot of the VM
  • Install VMware Tools (Optional)

Step 1: Download the Prerequisites

To begin with, you should download some files, and you may also download & install some applications. These are required later on in this guide. But if you have done any of the followings already, then you may skip it. Here is the list:

Step 2: Install the Prerequisites

Now, install the VMware Workstation Pro applications, and if you already have it by any chance then you’re welcome to skip. But make sure it works properly, and it’s compatible.

  • Install VMware Workstation Pro 16.1.x or VMware Player 16.1.x

After downloading the VMware Workstation pro/player, run the setup and follow the prompt leaving all the options as default.

VMware 16.1.X Version

VMware 16.1.X Version

Step 3: Unlock VMware to Install macOS Monterey on Windows

Firstly, make sure the 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

The reason we install win-install.cmd is because the macOS is not listed on the guest operating system list by default. So, we execute this script to enable macOS in the guest operating system list.

Make macOS Available in the Guest OS on VMware

Make macOS Available in the Guest OS on VMware

Make macOS Available in the Guest OS on VMware 01

Make macOS Available in the Guest OS on VMware

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.

Create new macOS Monterey VM

Create a new macOS Monterey VM

#2. Now, select I will install the operating system later and click Next. Choose Apple Mac OS X from the operating system list then select macOS 11.1 from the version drop-down list and click Next.

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

#4. Specify the disk size of 124 GB or more than 50 GB. Then select Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next.

#5. On Ready to Create Virtual Machine, Click Customize Hardware.

Customize Hardware for macOS Monterey

Customize Hardware for macOS Monterey

#6. Increase the Memory from 4 GB to 8 GB or higher for better performance.
#7. Select Processors menu then increase the CPU processors 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 4 GB Memory and 2 Cores of Processors.

Increase RAM and Processors

Increase RAM and Processors

#8. Select New CD/DVD (SATA) from the menu then click Use ISO image file: and click Browse.
#9. Locate the macOS 12- 21A5248p.iso file then click Open. If you don’t have this file then you should download this from Step 1: Download the Prerequisites section.
#10. After selecting the macOS Monterey ISO click Close to save all changes.
#11. Finally, on the New Virtual Machine Wizard Window, Click Finish.

Browse the macOS Monterey ISO

Browse the macOS Monterey ISO

Step 5: Edit macOS Monterey VMX File

#1. Navigate to the virtual machine folder which you selected 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 macOS12.vmx then open it via Notepad or any third-party text editor of your choice.

Edit macOS Monterey VMX file

Edit macOS Monterey VMX file

#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.

smc.version = "0"
Add smc.version to VMX file

Add smc.version to VMX file

Step 6: Start macOS Monterey Virtual Machine

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

Power macOS Monterey VM

Power on macOS Monterey VM

#2. Wait for it to boot up.

Installing macOS Monterey

Installing macOS Monterey

#3. Select English on the language page then click on the Next Arrow icon.

Select Language

Select Language

#4. Select the Disk Utility and click Continue.

Disk Utility

Disk Utility

#5. Select VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media then click Erase.

Erase macOS Monterey Disk

Erase macOS Monterey Disk

#6. For the Name, type disk macOS12HD then select APFS from Format drop-down list and click Erase.

Name macOS Monterey Disk

Name macOS Monterey Disk

#7. Click Done to close the dialogue box.

Erasing macOS Monterey Disk is Completed

Erasing macOS Monterey Disk is Completed

#8. From Disk Utility Tab, click Quit Disk Utility.
#9. Select Install macOS 12 Beta and click Continue.

Choose Install macOS 12 Beta

#10. Click Continue.

macOS 12 Beta Installation

#11. You have to agree to the terms of the software license agreement.

macOS 12 Software License Agreement

macOS 12 Software License Agreement

#12. Select the available disk then click Install.

Select Installation Disk

Select Installation Disk

NOTE: If you get the Operation Couldn’t be Completed BiErrorDomain Error 3 then follow this step by step guide to Fix the Operation Couldn’t be Completed BiErrorDomain Error 3.

#13. Now, macOS Monterey will restart 2/3 times to complete the installation itself without you touching anything. It will take roughly 15-30 minutes depending on your system, be patient.

Step 7: Complete Basic macOS Account Settings

  • Select your Country and click Continue.
  • Choose a Keyboard layout and click Continue. If you don’t agree with preset options then you can customize them. Just click Customize Settings.
  • You can turn on the Accessibility features now with macOS Monterey. You’ve several options with accessibility like vision, motor, hearing, and cognitive. If you don’t want to set it up right now, just click the Not Now button to skip them.
macOS Monterey Accessibility

macOS Monterey Accessibility

  • Select how your computer connects to the internet. I recommend choosing My computer does not connect to the internet.
  • Read Data & Privacy and click Continue.
  • On the Migration Assistant page, click the Not Now button to continue.
  • Click on Set Up Later then Don’t Sign In. You can add your Apple ID later. IMPORTANT: Don’t sign in with your Apple ID since some people have mentioned in the comments section that they have issues with it.
  • Click Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
macOS Monterey Terms & Conditions

macOS Monterey Terms & Conditions

  • Fill out the Full name,  Account name, Password, and Hint then click Continue.
Create a New Computer Account

Create a New Computer Account

  • Click Continue on Make This Your New Mac Window.
Make This Your New Mac

Make This Your New Mac

  • On-Screen Time, click Set up Later.
  • Uncheck Siri and click Continue.
  • Select an appearance theme and click Continue. Here you choose your dark mode if you want.
Choose an Appearance Dark or Light mode

Choose an Appearance Dark or Light mode

  • Finally, wait a little while for macOS to finish setting up then it should boot into the macOS Monterey 12.0 Desktop.
macOS Monterey Installation Completed

macOS Monterey Installation Completed

Step 8: Capture a Snapshot of the VM

Pro Tips: If you’re running the Beta 1 version then follow the below steps otherwise, when you power off the VM it won’t load up the second time. This should be fixed in the next update.

  • Open System Preferences> Users & Groups. Click the lock icon and type your password. Click Login Options> Automatic Login should be your username.
Enable Auto Login on macOS Monterey

Enable Auto Login on macOS Monterey

  • Take a snapshot of the VM. To capture a snapshot of macOS Monterey, simply click on VM from the Menu bar> Snapshots and Take snapshots. Give it a description so that you understand later on what’s been done so far on this VM.
    When something goes wrong then you always can run the snapshot and everything should from that point.
Take VM Snapshot

Take VM Snapshot

Step 9: Install VMware Tools (Optional)

So now you should have noticed that the resolution of macOS Monterey can’t be changed and it’s not working as smoothly as you expected. To fix macOS Monterey 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 Monterey

Conclusion

That’s all on the step by step pictorial guide on how to install macOS Monterey 12.0 on VMware on Windows PC. We covered the following:

  • Download the prerequisites
  • Install the Prerequisites
  • Unlock VMware to Install macOS Monterey
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit macOS Monterey VMX File
  • Start macOS Monterey Virtual Machine
  • Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  • Capture Snapshot of the VM
  • Install VMware Tools (Optional)

If I left out something and didn’t mention please let me know by commenting down below this post. Please share your feedback with us if the above guide worked for you. It would help if you also share some of your system information through the comments section below. We have lots of new posts related to macOS Monterey so stay up to date with us.

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Mukhtar Jafari is the founder and CEO of wikigain.com. He is CISCO CCENT & CCNA Certified and has got his diploma in IT Networking from North Metro TAFE PERTH. He is currently working as a Help Desk Technician at DEEPTECH Perth Western Australia. In addition, he loves helping other tech enthusiasts so he is working part-time on wikigain.com. He shares his experience through this website for IT beginners.

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