How To Install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows PC

macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows
Written by M Abbasi

Basically, our today’s aim is to provide illumination about the process you have to go through in order to install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows PC. Afterward, we explicate all the steps in a very clear narrative as we want to be to the point so that you enjoy reading this article. To begin with, this is a case study for installation of a different operating system on a single physical computer with Windows Operating system using VMware Workstation. For this purpose, all the required files are provided in the download section and this article provides you a step by step detailed description of installation process accompanied with appropriate pictorial illustrations.

By the way, do you feel exhausted using Windows Operating system for many years, and want a new substituting operating system like macOS, or Linux? Yes? Then, here is a surprise for you. We introduce you to the new operating system that is full of appealing features, high-security level, and best performance providing system. Moreover, all operating systems have their unique user interface and layout. In addition, every software and application has a different interface and layout for every operating system.

Generally, there are some requirements and hardware resources for every operating system. Thus, we must be grateful to virtualization software like VMware Workstation and Virtual Box. It is neither feasible nor recommended to buy a physical computer for every operating system that you want to utilize; therefore, the solution is to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. You must be wondering how? The answer is simple as you can install multiple operating systems on a single computer by using software such as VMware Workstation and Virtual Box. Although they are two different things, both meet perfectly well the demands of Windows users.

Finally, you are warned not to install any sort of operating system in your computer to which you are unfamiliar as it may result in deprivation of your important files and documents. Particularly, using VMware Workstation and Virtual Box software is the perfect option to install and examine a new operating system.  Thereby, the new operating system must be installed on a virtual machine as you can remove a virtual machine whenever you want and restore to the previous state before something wrong takes place. To be honest, our aim is to test and learn about the different operating systems; at the same time, we may do something wrong to crush the operating system. Hence, it is important to keep yourself on the safe side.

What does it mean by Virtualization?

To begin with, virtualization simply refers to the process where various operating systems are run on a single physical computer; no matter whether, it is the same operating system which is installed on your host computer or a different one such as Linux, Windows, Windows Server, and macOS. Keep in mind, in case you need any of this operating system for your networking or software development projects, you can install it on a virtual machine inside your host computer.

Undoubtedly, this is applicable in cases where you create a networking laboratory or develop software and test it on a different operating system before you devise to publically introduce software in the market. In addition, this is also applicable in case you aim to learn about new or different operating systems.

What do you know about a Virtual Machine?

Certainly, these terms are important to be familiar to before being able to use any software. After knowing about virtualization, we now explain what a virtual machine is. Hereby, a virtual machine is a non-physical or intangible computer that works like a physical or tangible computer, for instance, ram, hard disk, processor, CD room, etc. usually, you can create and run multiple virtual machines at the same time until your physical machine has enough resources to be assigned to each virtual machine.

Therefore, today as a windows user, we will guide you on how to install macOS Catalina on a VMware virtual machine. For this purpose, we need to download and install VMware workstation pro or VMware workstation player which is the prerequisite for installation of any operating system on a virtual machine.

What do you know about macOS Catalina?

Instantly, it is indispensable to know about macOS Catalina before executing to install macOS Catalina on VMware Virtual Machine. macOS Catalina(version 10.15) is the sixteenth major release of Apple Inc.’s desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. It is the successor to Mojave and it was announced at the World Wide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC19, Apple Inc.) on June 3, 2019. Indeed, a number of improvements and new features have been incorporated in which are benefits only to those who use a Mac computer. On the contrary, if you want to run and test macOS Catalina as a windows user, you need not worry as we have arranged instructions for you on how you can install macOS Catalina on a Virtual machine by using VMware or Virtual Box. Religiously, you must follow the steps for correct installation.

Steps to install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows PC

Initially, the installation process of macOS Catalina on a virtual machine is not a much complicated task, all we need is to download all the required files and follow the instruction steps correctly. This way, you can easily install macOS Catalina on VMware Virtual Machine on Windows pc.

  1. Download all the Required Files
    To begin, starting to install macOS Catalina on Windows PC, all the required files must be downloaded. The required files are the following: VMware Workstation, VMware Unlocker, WinRAR and macOS Catalina VMware Image. These files are direly important for complete installation of macOS Catalina.
  2. Extraction of macOS Catalina VMware Image
    Secondly, macOS Catalina VMDK file must be extracted from the compressed archive after all the required files are downloaded in the first step.
  3. Installation of VMware Workstation Pro or Player
    After the download of VMware Workstation, the installation process begins. For this purpose, just click on the setup.exe to start the installation wizard, and opt some simple processes to get it done.
  4. Installation of macOS Unlocker
    Now, after the successful installation of VMware Workstation, the next step is to install macOS Unlocker. However, macOS will not be populated in the list of the guest operating system by VMware Workstation in case macOS Unlocker is not installed.
  5. Creation of a Virtual Machine 
    Virtual Machine creation is one of the important parts of the whole process on macOS Catalina installation on VMware on Windows. Hence, “Create A New Virtual Machine” is the accurate option which needs to be clicked.
  6. Configuration of macOS Catalina Virtual Machine
    Before, you can use it freely, editions must be made in settings of the virtual machine. Meanwhile, much more is to be carried out. After the configuration of the Virtual machine for macOS Catalina requirements, all you need is to just add the existing image file.
  7. Configuration of VMware Virtual Machine
    At this point, you have to minimize the VMware window and navigate the virtual machine’s location. At the same time, search for the file with an extension of VMX, edit that file with a notepad, now a line of code is past which should be saved.
  8. Installation of macOS Catalina on VMware Workstation
    Ultimately, the configuration is completed and your Windows is ready to get macOS Catalina. Now you just have to follow the process of macOS configuration in order to use it.
  9. Installation of VMware Tools
    Lastly, you can now access macOS Catalina on VMware. You can access it with a smaller screen view; therefore to sort out this problem, you have to install VMware Tools.

Here is an instructional guide with distinct images of each step that will provide a thorough comprehension of the process of installation of macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows PC.

Step 1: Download Required Files initially

Luckily, Catalina is one of the most popular operating system updates available today in case you have been considering to give your computer a new update. Hence, we provide you the right tools which you need in order to install macOS Catalina. As a result, these tools will make you get it done for you with convenience and satisfaction. Are you ready? Here we go with the steps.

  • Download VMware Workstation Pro / VMware Player – For instance, if I were let to select between the virtual machine apps, I would definitely select VMware. Although VMware doesn’t the backup installation of macOS Catalina or any other version of macOS, that is not a difficulty with the quick tool. The quick tool will not only let you install macOS Catalina, but you certainly experience all features which make Catalina unique and different. While Catalina runs on the virtual machine, you’ll get all the tools that you need in a real computer such as the internet, sound, screen resolution and a lot more. When you install macOS Catalina, you can also install the VMware Tools which strengthen the performance and furnish some great features one of them being a full-screen resolution.
  • macOS Catalina Final APFS (One Full – Google Drive) – As you know, you require the installer’s copy for the installation during the actual installation of the operating system. Similarly, VMware demands macOS Catalina image further continue with the installation. The macOS Catalina VMware image is created and provided securely in compressed form. Then, it is uploaded on the powerful Google server. Hereafter, without waiting anymore, you can download and commence to install macOS Catalina on VMware Workstation Player.
  • macOS Catalina Final APFS (6 of 6 – Google Drive) – At some point, if perceive being unable to download the single Catalina image, it is suggested that you opt to download it in a split from which, indeed, is a little time taking.
  • macOS Catalina Final APFS (One Full – MediaFire) – With no doubt, there are options available if you prefer to download from sources other than Google. Problems have often been detected in drives; therefore, you can very easily switch to other existing options to counter such problems.
  • macOS Unlocker3.0 – Now, for files which are patch relevant to VMware, you have to install macOS Catalina.
  • WinRAR — 7-Zip – Indeed, you need to download and install the latest version of Winrar or 7 Zip in order to extract and unzip the downloaded files.

Step 2: Extraction of macOS Catalina VMware Image

Secondly, you need Winrar software and the macOS Catalina 10.15 Vmware image file (.vmdk) for the completion of this step. Links are provided for each of these. You have to download Winrar and install it on your computer. In addition, download the macOS Catalina VMware image virtual file and remember where you store it.

Extract Catalina VMware Image
Extract Catalina VMware Image

Now, visit the folder which contains the virtual image file, and right-click on Rar file or (Part1.rar). Here, choose “Extract Here.”

Step 3: Installation of VMware Workstation Pro or Player

Before you feel elevated about starting things, you must be sure enough that you have everything you need to start. Next, you need to check in BIOS if the Intel VT-x hardware acceleration options are enabled. If it’s not enabled, you may not be able to get done with the installation process. Now, when you are ready to start, go for it.

Firstly, you must go to setup.exe. in installation files.

VMware Workstation 15 Pro

Ordinarily, installation of VMware does not vary from other programs, so do not hesitate and proceed with the installation.

VMware Installation Wizard
VMware Installation Wizard

Instantly, the installation will be done quickly.

Installing VMware
Installing VMware

When you’re done, click “Finish”.  But, you don’t have to open it (seriously). You are warned!

VMware Installation Completed
VMware Installation Completed

Step 4: Installation of macOS Unlocker

Generally, the installation process cannot take place without the patch as VMware doesn’t support the installation of macOS on a virtual machine. Specifically, macOS Unlocker discards the restrictions and patches VMware in order to run macOS in VMware Workstation or Player.

Now, you have to install this patch. For this purpose, you have to close VMware completely. Then, from the Unlocker files, you should right-click on “win-install” and run as administrator. It will pop up command “prompt running some commands”, but that’s fine.

macOS Unlocker
macOS Unlocker

Step 5: Creation of a Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation Pro

Over here, with all the supportive files in your hands, you’re now ready to create a virtual machine.

Firstly, open VMware Workstation Player and click “Create New Virtual Machine”.

VMware Workstation Home Page
VMware Workstation Home Page

Now, when the wizard pops up, select typical (recommended) option and click “Next”.

Create a New Virtual Machine
Create a New Virtual Machine

In order to create the virtual machine without a disk, select “I’ll install the operating system later”.

Guest Operating System
Guest Operating System

Now, choose Apple Mac OS X from the Guest operating system. Then, select 10.14 for the version, and click “Next”.

Select Gust OS
Select Gust OS

Accordingly, specify the virtual machine as you would like to. Then, click “Next”.

Virtual Machine Name & Location
Virtual Machine Name & Location

Here, let the Firmware Type be the default and click “Next”.

At this point, it does not matter which one you choose, it will be replaced later with macOS Catalina VMDK file.

Virtual Machine Disk
Virtual Machine Disk

Now, on the confirmation screen, if everything looks fine, then go ahead and click “Finish” to start the virtual machine.

VM Confirmation Screen
VM Confirmation Screen

Step 6: Configuration of macOS Catalina Virtual Machine

Here, with the creation of a virtual machine, now we need to do some little configuration which will enable you to use it.

From VMware, click on “Edit virtual machine settings on Catalina VM”.

Edit Virtual Machine Settings
Edit Virtual Machine Settings

Ideally, you RAM must at least have 8GB space out of which 4GB is recommended to be allotted to macOS Catalina.

Memory
Memory

As a matter of fact, the virtual machine requires huge processors. Therefore, set up 50% – 75% of your system’s CPU and click “Next”. The processors should be 2 or above.

Processor
Processor

Now, in order to replace the disk with Catalina VMDK, select the Hard Disk and click “Remove” from the end.

Remove Hard Disk
Remove Hard Disk

Next, you should click on “Add”.

Add Hard Disk
Add Hard Disk

Then, from the hardware, select Hard Disk and click “Next”.

Hard Disk
Hard Disk

Now, simply click “Next”.

SATA Recommended
SATA Recommended

At this point, on the next window that appears, select “Use an existing virtual hard disk”, and follow “Next”.

Use Existing Disk
Use Existing Disk

Now, you have to browse the macOS Catalina (VMDK) image and click “Finish”.

Browse & Confirm Disk
Browse & Confirm Disk

Here, when you’re asked for the disk format, select “Keep Existing Format”. This will create the new macOS Catalina VMDK disk with the existing format for the virtual machine.

Keep Existing Format
Keep Existing Format

Without closing the settings of the virtual machine, opt the “Options tab”, and change the operating system to Microsoft Windows and Windows 10 x64 as version. In the end, click “OK”.

Virtual Machine Settings
Virtual Machine Settings

Step 7: Configuration of VMware Virtual Machine

The VMware virtual machine configuration (VMX) file is the core of the virtual machine. At this point, there are some changes which are recommended to undergo to install macOS Catalina.

After the virtual machine is created, close VMware. Make sure you do it; otherwise, this may end up without installation.

Now, navigate the macOS Catalina files. From the files, open (macOS Catalina).vmx with Notepad.

Edit .VMX File
Edit .VMX File

Now, copy the key and paste it at the end of the lines.

smc.version = “0”
Configuration Code
Configuration Code

When you’re done, save it.

Save Code
Save Code

Step 8: Installation of macOS Catalina on VMware Workstation

Once, the configuration of the virtual machine is processed, you’re now entirely ready to install macOS Catalina on your computer. Thus, let’s get started.

From the VMware, you have to select the “Catalina”, and click “Power on the virtual machine”.

Play Virtual Machine
Play Virtual Machine

basically, here you have to wait a few moments since this is the first time the virtual machine is booting. Generally, it does not take long to boot, yet it largely depends on how many resources you’ve assigned to it. When it starts, it will begin installing Catalina. Do give it a while.

macOS Catalina Installation
macOS Catalina Installation

After the installation is finished, you’ll boot into the Boot Manager. Go down with the down arrow key and select “Shut down the system”. This will turn off the virtual machine.

Shout Down
Shout Down

When it’s off, navigate to Edit the settings of the virtual machine.

Edit VM Settings
Edit VM Settings

After that, from the Options tab, change the operating system to Mac OS X and 10.14 as version.

Select Guest OS
Select Guest OS

Now, you need to switch on the virtual machine to resume the installation process.

Keep in mind, some users have trouble installing macOS Catalina in VMware. Hence, if you encounter a crash with the error “The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system, power off or reset the virtual machine”, then try how to diagnose and fix the problem.

When the screen appears, select your region and click “Continue”.

Select Country
Select Country

For your data and privacy on macOS, point to the following “Data & Privacy”.

Data & Privacy
Data & Privacy

While, we’re not going to use this as our actual operating system, we’ll opt “Don’t transfer any information now”.

Transfer Tool
Transfer Tool

For whatever apps you would download, you’ll require an Apple ID, if you don’t have one, you can make one.

Apple ID Login
Apple ID Login

Since you’re using macOS, you’ll need to comply with terms and conditions, agree with it.

Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions

Create a computer account. Fill out the following information to create your computer account.

  • Full Name: Write your name.
  • Account Name: It will be selected automatically.
  • Password: Write your password to log in your mac. Further, write the same password to verify.
  • Hint: Write something memorable about your password. When you forget your password, the hint will help you to find it back.
  • Finally, Press on Continue.
Create Account
Create Account

The Express set up enables some useful features such as Maps, and Location Services. If you would like to use these features, press “Continue”.

Express Set Up
Express Set Up

The analytics might send some information (not personal). The information is about how you want to use the product of Apple, continue with it. This can later be changed from System Preferences.

Analytics
Analytics

Now, Screen Time, is one of the coolest features in macOS Catalina 10.15. and it has been introduced in iOS not too long ago. This allows the users to control apps and device usage on their iOS Devices. In addition, there is a blasting new feature for parents, it’s easy for parents to monitor and control their child’s usage, and now screen time is going to be incorporated in Mac as well.

Apple has officially introduced Screen Time for macOS Catalina this year WWDC 2019,

So, here’s a quick overview of what to expect from Screen Time on macOS Catalina.

  • Weekly Reports: View daily and weekly charts and get insights about your Screen time.
  • Downtime & App Limits: Schedule time away from the screen and set daily time limits for the apps or app categories to control child spending too much time on the computer.
  • Content & Privacy Restrictions: Restrict settings for contacts, explicit content, purchases and downloads, and privacy.
  • Screen Time Passcode: Manage screen time for children from your Mac or iOS devices, or use a screen time passcode on your child’s device.
Screen Time
Screen Time

Choose your Look, macOS Mojave comes up with a dark mode which was a cool feature and loved by Mac users. On the other hand, in macOS Catalina 10.15, you have an option to select an auto option for the look to change between dark mode and light mode. This is another cool option in macOS Catalina 10.15.

Choose Your Look
Choose Your Look

Patience, as in a moment, everything will set up for you.

Congratulation, you have done great! Now at this screen, it will set up your Mac. It will take some time for configuration. Then you will see your macOS 10.15 Catalina for the first time.

MacOS Catalina on VMware
MacOS Catalina on VMware

Step 9: Installation of VMware Tools on macOS Catalina

With all that out of the way, there’s one last thing you’ll need to do before you can completely start working on it, it is installing VMware Tools. This is likely the easiest part of the entire process.

Don’t worry, it won’t be very tricky. Here’s a step by step illustration on how to do it.

For this purpose, click on “VM” from VMware Workstation Pro menu and select install VMware tools.

Install VM Tools
Install VM Tools

Popup windows open to install VMware Tools, so click on “Install VMware Tools.”

VMware Tools
VMware Tools

Proceed installation of VMware Tools.

VM Tools Installation
VM Tools Installation

You will have the choice to change the installation destination, and next click on install after setting up the basic configuration.

VMware Tools Installation Wizard
VMware Tools Installation Wizard

A system restart will be required after the installation is completed, so you can continue the installation.

All new software installation will require your login details; therefore, type your password and click to install the software.

Allow VM Tools Installation
Allow VM Tools Installation

When the installation’s successful completion message appears; unfortunately, you may see a pop up ‘ System Extension Blocked ‘. On that, click “Open Security Preferences”.

Security and Preferences
Security and Preferences

On the security & privacy window, click the “Allow” button to enable the VMware extension to install VMware Tools.

Unlock Extention
Unlock Extention

Next, click on the lock icon on the left corner and type your password and Unlock.

Close the window from the top right corner “exit” button and click “Restart” on the wizard.

VMware Tools Installation Completed
VMware Tools Installation Completed

After you restart, you witness the great features you have been wanting to see like sound, full-screen resolution, network, drag and drop and more.

Conclusion:

The article brings in discussion one of the newly introduced software of the contemporary day which is macOS Catalina. The article features the advancements inculcated in this newly introduced software and brings it’s up to date benefits into the limelight. The article also serves to be a very helpful guide in elucidating how to install this latest operating system on VMware on Windows Pc. The explanations are most relevant, simple and escorted with appropriate pictorial labels.

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