How To Install Vmware On Mac For Free

Some options are VirtualBox (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X), VMware Player (Windows, Linux), VMware Fusion (Mac OS X) and Parallels Desktop (Mac OS X). VirtualBox is one of the most popular virtual machine programs since it is free, open source, and available on all the popular operating systems.

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VMware ESXi is free when using only the basic features, and when you first install it, you get to try all the advanced features for 60 days. Creating a VMware vSphere ESXi 6.7 virtual machine with VMware Fusion. Open VMware Fusion. and then click on the + icon in the toolbar. Click New Select Create a custom virtual machine and then click. The VMWare Mac product line offers the not-free VMware Fusion as a hypervisor. VMware does not offer a free player for the Mac. As with a lot of Mac software, the developer assumes that the Mac User is less price sensitive, and the development costs of the platform get spread over a much smaller user base. To install or upgrade VMware Fusion from a download 1 If you are upgrading an existing VMware Fusion installation, make sure that no virtual machines are open and that VMware Fusion is not running. 2 Download VMware Fusion from the VMware Web site at This video will show you how to install windows 7 on a mac using a VMGet VMWare Fusion Pro 7 for free:

Matt Cone January 22, 2008 TutorialsMacApps

It’s an exciting time to be a Mac user. Everyone knows that we get to use Mac OS X Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system. And now, if you have an Intel-based Mac and an application called VMware Fusion, you also have the option of using the world’s second and third and fourth best operating systems! Yes, we’re talking about Microsoft Windows, the operating system that the rest of the world has the misfortune privilege of using.


Why would someone want to go and do something like install Windows on their Mac? Good question. We’re guessing that they’ll probably want to use some applications that are unavailable for Mac OS X, like… Internet Explorer? Who knows. Anyway, if you’d like to do the unthinkable and install one of the other operating systems, then follow along.

What is Virtualization, and how does it work?

Before we start, we want to tell you a little about how VMware Fusion works its magic. Here are the main points you need to understand VMware:

  • VMware Fusion is a normal application that you install on your Mac. You can use it after you’ve booted into Mac OS X. It resides in your Applications folder and it sits on your Dock, just like Safari and iTunes.
  • After you install VMware Fusion and start the application for the first time, you’ll create what’s called a virtual machine. This is actually a file that lives on your Mac, but to casual users it appears to be an actual computer running within Mac OS X. For example, you can see Windows boot up on the virtual machine.
  • VMware Fusion will help you install whichever operating system you’d like to use on your virtual machine. Microsoft Windows XP and Vista are just two of many operating systems you can install. You could also install a Linux-based operating system, for example.
  • Once you’ve installed your operating system, you can boot into your virtual machine after you’ve started your Mac. In fact, you can even switch out of your virtual machine and back into Mac OS X at any time. The two operating systems are running in parallel, so you’ll never have to restart your Mac to get from Mac OS X to Windows, or vice versa.

As Wikipedia states: “Virtualization is a technique for hiding the physical characteristics of computing resources from the way in which other systems, applications, or end users interact with those resources. This includes making a single physical resource (such as a server, an operating system, an application, or storage device) appear to function as multiple logical resources.”

Virtualization is a popular option for those with high-power computers. In the past, when computers were relatively slow, computer hobbyists would use a technique called Beowulf clustering to connect several computers together to create one supercomputer. Today, with powerful computers such as the Mac Pro, the trend has been away from Beowulf clusters and towards virtualization options such as VMware. (Today’s Mac Pros are so powerful that most individuals have trouble enough utilizing a single Mac Pro’s resources!) Virtualization essentially allows individuals to turn one computer into multiple computers. This technique is particularly useful in IT departments, where many servers can be virtually combined onto one single physical computer.

In this tutorial, we’ll simply show you how to install Windows on your Mac. However, VMware has many other powerful uses with which you can experiment. Don’t stop with installing Windows!

Gamers Can Forget Virtualization

We know that some will be tempted to use VMware to play Windows-based games. Is such a thing possible? VMware’s website states that “VMware Fusion has experimental 3D graphics support allowing you to play select DirectX 9.0 games in Windows XP Service Pack 2 virtual machines.”

It all sounds great, until you actually try to install and play a game with VMware. Your mileage may vary. Our graphics look weird and our mouse doesn’t respond. Sure it’s a bummer, but you can still use Apple’s Boot Camp to install Windows and play games. Unfortunately, installing Boot Camp is another tutorial entirely.

Why Pick VMware Over Parallels?

If you know anything at all about virtualization on the Mac, you may be wondering why we choose VMware Fusion over Parallels, another application that allows you to run Windows on your Mac. The two products appear nearly identical, at least at first glance.

We selected VMware Fusion, because at this time we feel that it’s a more polished application. Fusion provides more features, and VMware provides better support than the competition. And then there’s the experience factor. The guys over at VMware have been in business for years, and they really know their virtualization stuff.

Having said that, you might want to give Parallels a try. The installation process is similar to VMware Fusion, as is the price.

How to Run Windows with VMware Fusion

Before you start, make sure you have some time to allocate to this procedure. It could take you an hour or so to install Windows and set everything up. Here we go!

  1. Download and install VMware Fusion. If you have purchased a copy of VMware Fusion, enter the license code during the installation process. If you don’t have a license code, just continue with the installation – you can always purchase VMware Fusion and enter the license code later.

  2. Start the VMware Fusion application by double-clicking its icon in the Applications folder. You should see the window shown below.

  3. Click New to start the New Virtual Machine Assistant.

  4. The New Virtual Machine Assistant will appear. Click Continue to start the process.

  5. Select the operating system you’re planning to install. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll be installing Microsoft Windows XP Professional.

  6. Enter a name for your virtual machine, and select the folder where you’d like to store your virtual machine.

  7. Configure the settings for your Windows hard drive. Remember that this Windows hard drive is actually a file on your Mac’s hard drive, so this space could potentially be subtracted from the available space in Mac OS X. VMware Fusion will only allocate as much space as is required by Windows, so the number you specify is the maximum amount of space that Windows can use. Space cannot be reclaimed. If you install an application in Windows and then remove it, the virtual machine file does not shrink.

  8. If you’re installing Windows on this virtual machine, you’ll probably want to use VMware Fusion’s “Windows Easy Install” feature. It takes care of most of the installation headaches associated with Microsoft Windows. Just enter your name, a password, and your Windows Product Key.

    You can also select the “Make your hard drive accessible to the virtual machine” option to access your Mac’s files. This feature is a bit buggy, and think twice before enabling read and write permissions. If your virtual machine gets a virus, it could wreck havoc on your Mac!

  9. Insert the Windows installation CD in your computer’s disc drive, and then click Finish to start the installation process.

  10. Your virtual machine will start. Notice how PC-like it looks!

  11. If all goes well, your virtual machine will startup from the Windows installation CD and start installing Windows. You’ll see a blue screen with lots of files flying by. (No, this is not what’s known as the blue screen of death, although some may call it that.)

  12. After installing critical files, the virtual machine will restart and… install some more files. It should be apparent that the Windows XP installation process is nothing like the Mac OS X installation process. Be patient!

  13. After this main installation process completes, you’ll restart into Windows for the first time. Windows will take some time to configure itself.

  14. After Windows configures itself, VMware Fusion will install VMware Tools – a very important set of utilities that allows Windows to communicate with your Mac’s devices and VMware Fusion itself.

Warning: Do not stop this installation – VMware Fusion will not work correctly without VMware Tools.
  1. Windows will require another restart. After your virtual machine reboots, you should finally be able to use Windows.

Use Unity to Bring Windows Apps to Your Mac’s Desktop

Now that we have Windows installed on our virtual machine, we can start having fun. VMware Fusion has a great feature called Unity that allows you to run Windows applications right on your Mac’s Desktop. Here’s how to do it:

  1. In Windows, launch an application.

  2. On the VMware Fusion window, click the Unity button.

  3. The VMware Fusion window will disappear, and all of the open applications in Windows will now appear to be Mac applications. They will appear on your Mac’s Desktop and on your Mac’s dock.

  4. To exit Unity mode, click the VMware application icon, and then select Single Window from the View menu.

Configure Your Virtual Machine’s Settings

VMware Fusion does an excellence job of configuring your virtual machine’s settings, but those who need more performance will want to tweak the default settings a bit. Here’s how to do it:

  1. If your virtual machine is turned on (and running Windows), turn it off. You can do this by selecting Shutdown from the Start menu in Windows.

  2. Click the Settings button at the top of the VMware window.

  3. There are plenty of options here to configure! Of course, most of the settings are beyond the scope of this tutorial. We’ll be focusing on the two panes that most people will probably want to mess with: Display and Memory. Select Display from the left-hand sidebar.

    Select the “Accelerate 3D Graphics” option to enable DirectX and other Windows graphical elements. This will help you to play games and see those fancy Windows effects in Vista.

  4. Select Memory from the left-hand sidebar.

Up the memory as much as you like. However, the more memory you allocate to Windows, the less memory you’ll have to run applications in Mac OS X. And remember that if you’re using a 32-bit version of Windows, you won’t be able to allocate more than 3GB of RAM. See this article for more information.

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Which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? How to install a macOS virtual machine on PC? In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard gives you a step-by-step guide on how to install a macOS virtual machine on PC via VMware.

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Best Mac Emulator for Windows

For many years, Mac and Windows PC have been two incompatible camps. Apple Mac series computers have always been niche products, and fewer people use them. In general, under the same configuration, Mac computers are almost twice as expensive as Windows computers.

However, comparing Windows PCs, the Mac PCs have a more beautiful design and are easier to use. If you don't want to buy an Apple computer but want to try this operating system, you can choose to either use hackintoshes or install a macOS virtual machine on Windows.

However, installing hackintoshes is very complicated. If your PC's specs are not very bad, installing a macOS virtual machine is recommended. Then, which is the best Mac emulator for Windows? Most people will choose between VirtualBox and VMware. I am of no exception.

At first, my choice is VirtualBox, because many people recommend using this software. I follow steps in these posts to install the macOS virtual machine, but the installation fails with no exception.

The reason may be that installing a macOS virtual machine on VirtualBox needs a file named 'VirtualBox Boot.vmdk'. I see this process in many videos but unfortunately many posts don't mention this step. In addition, if you want to get this file, you must download it from some posts that are some private websites full of ads. I don't like that, so I choose to try VMware.

Fortunately, my colleague in technical department has ever succeeded in installing a macOS virtual machine with VMware. Thanks to him, this post can be completed smoothly. So, in my mind, VMware is the best Mac emulator for Windows, although this judgment is a little subjective.

Preparatory Work

To run Mac on Windows smoothly, you should make sure your PC meets the following requirements:

  • CPU: 4th Intel i5 or higher (if you AMD CPU, you will encounter more errors and bugs)
  • RAM: at least 8GB
  • Storage: more than 100 GB free space
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later

If your PC doesn't meet the above system requirements, the macOS VM will freeze frequently. Then, you should get the following thing prepared:

  1. VMware software and unlocker file.
  2. A partition specialized for the macOS virtual machine (optional).
  3. A macOS image in .cdr format.

1. Install VMware and Download Unlocker

Both VMware Workstations Pro and VMware Workstation Player (the free version) are OK. You just need to install one of them. The installation process is very simple. You just need to download this software from its official website and install it normally. If you have VMware installed already, you can skip this step.

This post shows you what causes error 'VMware Workstation Pro can't run on Windows' and offers you 4 solutions.

Then, you need to download the unlocker file that is the key file making VMware allow you to install macOS virtual machine. The unlocker file is released on GitHub, an open-source project hosting platform. On this platform, the developer will publish the source code of the unlocker file. Therefore, in my mind, the unlocker file is reliable. Please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the website: and click Release. Then, download the latest file.

Step 2: Close VMware software. Then, right click blank area of the Taskbar and choose Task Manager. In the Processes tab, right-click and end any tasks related to VMware.

Step 3: Extract the file. Open the extracted folder to find win-install.cmd file. Right click this file and choose Run as administrator. Then, this file will run to get some tools for VMware. All you need do is to wait for the window to shut down automatically.

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2. Make a Partition

This step is recommended, because the virtual machine file will become larger and larger. Placing all virtual machine files into one partition is in favor of centralized management. To make a partition, you can use the shrink volume feature in Disk Management. But MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you make a partition more easily.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard (free edition) and go to its main interface. Right click a partition and choose Move/Resize. This will open a window.


Step 2: In the window, drag the arrow to resize the partition. If you drag the whole partition block, you can change the location of the partition. Through this way, you can make unallocated space on the location you want. Click the OK button to continue.

Step 3: Right click the unallocated space and choose Create. Just keep everything in default and click the OK button.

Step 4: Click Apply button to execute the pending operations.

You can enlarge the hard disk of virtual machine if you set the disk to be so small at the beginning of creating virtual machine, and here are detailed steps.

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3. Get a MacOS Image in .cdr Format

Where to get macOS .cdr image? You can create it by yourself or download it online. If you want to create by yourself, here is the guide:

Step 1: Download a macOS installation package (for example, Install macOS Catalina. app) from the Apple Store into the apps directory.

Tip: All of these operations are performed in macOS system. Therefore, if you have no macOS product, downloading macOS .cdr image online directly is recommended.

Step 2: Open the terminal and perform the following commands:

  • hdiutil create -o /tmp/Install macOS Catalina -size 8300m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J (* This command will create an empty .dmg disk image with a size of 8300m under /tmp The .dmg image should be at least 500M larger than the macOS app file. In addition, Install macOS Catalina is the name of the .dmg disk image, you can replace it accordingly.)
  • hdiutil attach /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will mount the .dmg image that you created just now to directory /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina.)
  • sudo /Applications/Install macOS --volume /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will write the macOS app file into the .dmg disk image you mounted just now. Then, you need to enter password and wait for the writing process to complete.)
  • hdiutil detach /Volumes/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will unmount .dmg disk image.)
  • hdiutil convert /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg -format UDTO -o ~/Desktop/Install macOS Catalina (* This command will convert the .dmg image into .cdr image and save it into desktop with the name 'Install macOS Catalina'. Wait until the process to complete and then you can find the .cdr file on your desktop.)
  • rm /tmp/Install macOS Catalina.dmg (* This command will delete the .dmg image in the tmp folder to free up space.)
Note: Don't convert the .dmg image into .iso image with UltraISO or dmg2iso tool, because I read a post saying the converted iso file can't be read by VMware.

How to Create a MacOS Virtual Machine with VMware

Now you can install Mac on Windows with VMware, the best Mac emulator for Windows. Here is the guide:

Step 1: Open VMware and click File > New Virtual Machine. Choose Typical and click Next.

Step 2: Choose Installer disc image file (iso) and click Browse. This will allow you to choose the macOS image file. But please note that you can see the .cdr image only if you modify the file type to All files. Then, click Next.

Step 3: Choose Apple Mac OS X and pick the right version. Then, click Next.

Note: My VMware can only support macOS version up to 10.11. The reason may be that my VMware version is 12, not the latest version. If you want to install slightly newer macOS versions, please install more recent VMware versions.

Step 4: Check the name and the location of the macOS virtual machine. Then, click Next. Specify disk capacity. Please make sure the max size is at least 40 GB and then click Next. Then, click Finish.

Step 5: Go to VM > Settings. In the Virtual Machine Settings window, you can change the macOS hardware settings. I recommend you to change the Memory to at least 4GB, otherwise the macOS virtual machine will not run smoothly. Click OK to save changes.

Step 6: Then, you need to modify the configuration file, otherwise you will get VMware unrecoverable error when booting the macOS. First, please navigate to the location of the macOS virtual machine in your PC. Right click the macOS virtual machine configuration file (.vmx) and open it with notepad.

Step 7: In the notepad, scroll down to find the code line: smc.present = 'TRUE'. Under this code line, add the following code line: smc.version = '0'. Then, save and exit. Now, you can start the macOS virtual machine and it should open smoothly.

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Step 8: Follow the on-screen wizard until you are asked to choose a disk for installing the macOS. In this case, go to Utilities > Disk Utility. Click the VMware Virtual SATA Hard Drive Media in the left panel and click Erase. Follow the wizard to rename and erase the disk. After completing this process, exit Utilities tool and choose the disk you just renamed to install macOS on it.

Step 9: Follow the wizard to customize settings and then you can use the macOS on your PC.

Bottom Line

Is this post useful to you? Have you encountered problem when following the above steps to install macOS virtual machine? Do you know other good Mac emulators for Windows? Please leave a comment in the following zone.

In addition, if you have difficulty in moving/resizing partition, please contact us via [email protected]. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mac Emulator for Windows FAQ

Install Mac Os Vmware Pc

Yes, you can. As I know, you can emulate Mac on Windows with VMware and VirtualBox. But to make the macOS run smoothly, your PC needs to meet some requirements.
Apple doesn't authorize any end user to run Mac OS on non-Apple machines. It's illegal to install macOS on anything but a genuine Macintosh computer.
  1. Install VMware and download unlocker file from GitHub.
  2. Get a macOS image in .cdr format.
  3. Create a macOS virtual machine in VMware with the macOS image.
  4. Modify the macOS configuration file.
  5. Perform macOS installation process.