How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows – PC

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

In this article, I am going to show you how to install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows. So, Apple announced its latest and greatest operating systems in WWDC 2020. If you want to give macOS Big Sur Beta a try, then you’re in the right place.

macOS Big Sur is Currently in Beta, and obviously, it’s baggy. When a new release/version comes out then depending on how many vital fixes it has, I 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 Catalina ISO and link it below. So, without wasting any more time, let’s jump into it.

Related: How to create macOS Big Sur ISO Image file

Steps to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows

  • Download the prerequisites
  • Install the Prerequisites
  • Unlock VMware to Install macOS Big Sur
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit macOS Big Sur VMX File
  • Start macOS Big Sur Virtual Machine
  • Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  • 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, which 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 then it works properly, and it’s compatible.

  • Install VMware Workstation 12/14/15 or VMware Player 7/12/14/15

Step 3: Unlock VMware to Install macOS on Windows

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. Right-click on win-install.cmd and select Run as Administrator.

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

How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

Run win-install.cmd As Administrator

How to Install macOS Catalina on VMware

Unlocker 3.0.2 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 10.16 from version drop-down list and click Next.

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Name and Save macOS Big Sur Beta

#4. Specify the disk size of 120 GB or more than 50 GB. Then select Store virtual disk as a single file and click Next. On Ready to Create Virtual Machine, Click Finish.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Specify Disk Capacity

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Customize macOS Big Sur Hardware

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Increase RAM

#7. 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 Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Increase Number of Processors

#8. Select New CD/DVD (SATA) from the menu then click Use ISO image file: and click Browse.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Click Browse

#9. Locate the macOS Big Sur Beta.iso file then click Open. If you don’t have this file then you should download this from Step 1: Download the Prerequisites section.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Select macOS Big Sur Beta ISO

#10. After selecting the macOS Big Sur ISO to save all the changes click Close.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Save Change by Clicking Close

#11. Finally on the New Virtual Machine Wizard Window, Click Finish.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Ready to Create Virtual Machine

Step 5: Edit macOS Big Sur VMX File

#1. 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 Big Sur Beta.vmx then open it via Notepad or any third-party text editor of your choice.

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Open macOS Big Sur Beta VMX with NotePad

#2. Scroll down to the bottom of texts and add the following code; then click on FileSave. After that, you may those it as you don’t need it anymore.

smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookPro14,3"
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388"
smc.version = "0"
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Save the macOS Big Sur Beta VMX File

Step 6: Start macOS Big Sur Virtual Machine

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Start macOS Big Sur VM

#2. Wait for it boot up.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Wait for Boot Up

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Select English Language

#4. Select Disk Utility and click Continue.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Go to Disk Utility

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Erase VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media

#6. For Name, type disk macOS Big Sur Beta then select APFS from Format drop-down list and click Erase.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Name and Select Format Type

#7. Click Done to close the dialog box.

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Close the Dialog Box

#8. From Disk Utility Tab, click Quit Disk Utility.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Close Disk Utility

#9. Select Install macOS and click Continue.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Select Install macOS

#10. Click Continue.

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Continue macOS Installation

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

How to Install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows - PC

Agree to the terms of the software license agreement

#12. Select the available disk then click Install.

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.

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Select Install Location

#13. Now, macOS Big Sur 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

  1. Select your Country and click Continue.
  2. Choose a Keyboard Layout and click Continue. If you don’t agree with preset options then you customize it. Just click Customize Settings.
  3. You can turn on the Accessibility features now with macOS Big Sur. You’ve several options with accessibility like vision, motor, hearing, and cognitive. If you don’t want to set up right now just click Not Now button to skip them.
  4. Read Data & Privacy and click Continue.
  5. On the Migration Assistant page, click the Not Now button to continue.
  6. 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.
  7. Click Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
  8. Fill out the Full name,  Account name, Password, and Hint then click Continue.
  9. If you want to customize Express Set Up, you can click on Customize Settings otherwise click on Continue.
  10. On the Analytics page click Continue.
  11. On-Screen Time, click Set up Later.
  12. Select an appearance theme and click Continue. Here you choose your dark mode if you want.
  13. Finally, wait a little while for macOS to finish setting up then it should boot into the macOS Big Sur Desktop

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Step 8: Install VMware Tools (Optional)

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

Conclusion

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

  • Download the prerequisites
  • Install the Prerequisites
  • Unlock VMware to Install macOS Big Sur
  • Create a New Virtual Machine
  • Edit macOS Big Sur VMX File
  • Start macOS Big Sur Virtual Machine
  • Complete Basic macOS Account Settings
  • Install VMware Tools (Optional)

If I left out something and didn’t mention please let me know by commenting down below this post. We have lots of new posts related to macOS Big Sur so stay up to date with us.

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39 Comments

  1. blankGASTON Antoine Reply

    Hello, I’m French but I don’t speak a treacherous word of English. So I set up my virtual machine like this: region and languages ​​France and French and I entered my Apple ID and password. as soon as I open my session it closes 5 seconds after opening it.

    1. blankFaiz Post author Reply

      In the meantime, please don’t sign in with your Apple ID. Apple doesn’t like macOS to be run on VMs so they block it as soon as you sign in with your apple id.

  2. blankbenov Reply

    Signing with Apple ID in XCode to pulish an app also leading to signout.
    Can’t be used for development this way.

      1. blankbenov

        After I install the macOS. I’ve tryed upgrading working Cataling with my Apple ID signed in, and intsalling fresh Big Sur. When I install fresh macOS Big Sur it is working until I sign in with my Apple ID.

      2. blankMukhtar Jafari

        Some people have these issues and we’ve not found the solution. We’ll let you guys know once we find a solution.
        Thanks for raising your problem.

      3. blankMukhtar Jafari

        Some people have this issues and we’ve not found the solution. We’ll let you guys know once we find a solution.
        Thanks for raising your problem.

  3. blankMichael Franchino Reply

    Followed this 2x.
    First time I used my normal icloud account, and when I get the opportunity to try and sign on, it would go for about 15 seconds, flash and then back to the login screen.
    Second time, i create a brand new icloud account. I was able to login, do stuff. I wanted to try to change the resolution, but it wouldn’t let me. I also wanted to load the vmware tools, it wouldn’t give up the CD/DVD drive. I rebooted the image normally and now when I signon it signs on, see the finder but then in about 3 seconds goes back to the signon screen.. Any ideas?

    1. blankFaiz Orz Post author Reply

      Skip signing into your iCloud account since Apple doesn’t like macOS on VMware(Especially on Windows). When the installation finished make sure to eject or disconnected the macOS Big Sur ISO from the VM.

      For VMware tools after ejecting/disconnecting macOS Big Sur ISO follow this guide: How to install VMware Tools on macOS Big Sur.

      P.S: Use the default VMware tools provided by VMware (Step 1).

    2. blankAdam Stepansky Reply

      Having the same issue as Michael F. Happens with or without sign into iCloud. Have tried upgrades and fresh installs. With a valid serial, at least with Catalina, this was not an issue. Seems to be some sort of graphics rendering crash from what I can tell.

  4. blankTobias Reply

    Hi, im always getting the error message: Error while powering on: Failed to power on ‘E:\VirtualPCs\macOS_BigSur\macOS BigSur.vmx’. What am i doing wrong? All other VMS fail to start as well, when installing the unlocker in the newest version?!

  5. blankAdam Stepansky Reply

    Same issue with mouse and keyboard. Any chance of a vmdk upload? Would be very much appreciated. I’m using version 15.

  6. blankJordan van Bergen Reply

    It’s working, see: https://i.imgur.com/bFxq5lL.png

    2 things for everyone to know:

    – Use unlocker version 3.03 and NOT v3.02 (with 3.02 it won’t work)
    – Use these quotes with smc.version = “0” as smc.version = “0” didn’t work for me

    After these 2 enhancements it’s working nicely with VMWare player 15.5.6 build-16341506

    1. blankMukhtar Jafari Reply

      Did you install win-install.cmd? When you run this as administrator your VMware should be quit and exit. It should not be opened otherwise, you won’t see Mac OS X on the list.

      1. blankJordan van Bergen

        Yes, but you provide 3.02 as well. With this unlocker it will fail. You need at least 3.03 if you have latest vmware player.

      2. blankMukhtar Jafari

        We’ve already provided the latest unlocker file on our Download section of this guide. Please download all the necessary files before you begin the installation.

      1. blankJordan van Bergen

        And if you copy paste what’s on this page:

        smbios.reflectHost = “TRUE”
        hw.model = “MacBookPro14,3”
        board-id = “Mac-551B86E5744E2388”
        smc.version = “0”

        It won’t work as the last line should be:
        smc.version = “0”

        So other quotes.

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