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How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VMware on Windows PC

Written by John

At the recent World Wide Developers Conference 2019 or WWDC19, Apple Inc. announced the release of a new macOS 10.15 Catalina operating system that is a significant improvement on the more recent one. It is full of plenty of new features, including some related to both security and performance. Another update included with the new operating system allows the user to send any application over to an external display which can be range from iPads to other various connected monitors. This is one of the more talked about features that we can’t wait to try out. And how to install macOS Catalina on VMware on your Windows PC?

What is a macOS Virtual Machine Image?

A virtual machine is something that doesn’t physically exist but instead uses your computers physical resources to act virtually through VMWare Workstation. In this instance, we’re talking about a macOS virtual machine that is running on a Mac OS system. You can also run Mac OS through a virtual machine if you have a Windows Desktop. VMware Workstation Player is like any other application you’d run on your desktop. First, you need to create what is called a macOS Catalina VMware image which in essence is the same type of file macOS users would use to install the Operating System initially. In addition to this, you’ll also need to download VMWare Player itself as an additional Patch Tools file.

Download macOS Catalina 10.15 VMware Image

Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VMware on Windows PC

The macOS Catalina VMWare image we’ve already mentioned is referred to as a VMDK file in VMWare. The process for creating this image can be very complex as you need to create a macOS installer iso image and then subsequently install this image on your VMware application. Fortunately, I’ve made macOS 10.15 Catalina Virtual Image for you, which makes the whole process a lot easier. To open the file, you need an unzipping application such as WinRar or 7Zip, so you’re going to want to ensure you’ve got these downloaded before getting started with this process as it is needed to unpack the installer image.

macOS 10.15 Catalina Installer (Beta 1 19A471t)
Drive 1 (One full): Download Link
Drive 2 (One full): Download Link
Drive (One full): Download Link
Drive (6 of 6): Download
Mediafire (One full): Download

How to Fix Drive Download Limit
Patch Tool & VM Tool: Download
Winrar: Download
VMware Workstation Player (free): Download

Now when it comes to a macOS Catalina VMware Virtual image, there are two download options, the first is a full image RAR file which is 6 GB and a 6 of 6 Part (1GB) RAR file. If you have a fast internet sped you can download the one full RAR file, however, if your internet speed is slow, you’ll have to do it in parts where you should put them all in the same folder and then unzip and extract the files into the same folder.

Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VMware on Windows PC

Step 1: Extract Virtual Machine Image

When you download the virtual image you’ll find that rather than being in a normal folder it is in a zipped folder. To gain access to the image inside this folder you’re going to want to install an unzipping program. You have the choice of either Winrar or 7Zip as the most reliable and free options. Once you have installed either of them right click on "macOS 10.15 Catalina.rar" (*.part1) and select ‘Extract Here’ and you will have access to the Catalina Virtual Machine image.

Extract macOS 10.15 Catalina Virtual Machine Image

Step 2: Install the VMware Player

If you click the link we’ve provided this is where you can download VMware Player for yourself for free, once downloaded go ahead and install VMware Player before moving on to the next step.

Install VMware Workstation 15 Player

Step 3: Install Patch Tool

Once you have installed VMware Player what we need to do next is to install the Patch Tool. What you’re going to want to do is right click on "win-install.cmd" and choose the option Run As Administrator and this will then install the patch tool for you.

Install new Patch Tool for macOS 10.15

Step 4: Create a Virtual machine on VMware

If you have done Step 2 correctly you should fine that you have downloaded and install VMware Player. If that’s correct we’re now going to want to open up VMware Player and in the top left select the option that says "create a new virtual machine".

Guest OS and Version

Once you have clicked "create a new virtual machine" you’ll then find that you have wizard in front of you that will run you through the process. When it asks you to select the Guest OS go ahead and select macOS and then click ‘Next’.

Virtual Machine and VMX Folder

After clicking next you’ll then be asked to name your virtual machine and where you’re wanting it to be stored. Select the “VMX folder” and then click next. For the storage space remain with the default as 40 GB and also select store virtual disk as a single fine. After that click confirm and finish and you have set up your virtual machine.

Step 5: Edit the Virtual Machine

Now we have created our virtual machine we are now going to want to edit it, go into setting and go onto the memory tab. For the RAM allocation set it at 50% of your machines RAM, so if your desktop has 8GB RAM allocate 4GB of this to the virtual machine. Set the CPU to 50%.

RAM and CPU in VMware

On the hardware tab you’ll see a list of devices. Go ahead and click “Hard Disk” from this list and select "Remove" button. What this is doing is removing the virtual hard disk that was creating when we were first setting up the virtual machine.

Remove Hard Disk

Once removed then click "Add" button.

Add New Virtual Machine to VMware

To add a new virtual hard disk, select "Hard Disk" from the list of devices and choose "SATA" and then Click "Next" button.

New Hard Disk with SATA

To select an existing disk, we’re going to use browse through file explorer to the location where you stored the macOS 10.15.vmdk file before and select that and click finish.

Open macOS 10.15 Virtual Machine Image

Step 6: Editing the VMX File

Open your “VMX Folder” in step 4. We referred to this before and that is the VMX File (VMware virtual machine configuration). This is configuration file essentially for the whole of your virtual machine. Right Click on VMX file, selecting "Open with" and then choose more apps, and from the list of choices select ‘Notepad’.

Open VMX Folder

Open VMX file with Notepad

This will open the VMX file in Notepad. At the bottom;

Add the code: smc.version = "0". Save the changes by clicking on “Ctrl+S”.

Add Command to VMX file

Step 7: Install macOS Catalina on VMware

Open VMware, go into Options tab and change Guest OS to Windows and Version to Windows 10 x64.

Change your Guest OS to Windows 10 x64

Now, turn on your macOS Catalina, it’s time to wait about 10 to 20 min. Once your installation has completed, Turn off your VMware.

Install macOS Catalina on VMware Virtual Disk

Go into Options tab again, select the Guest OS and Version is "macOS 10.14".

Change Guest OS and Version to macOS

Step 8: Play macOS 10.15 Catalina in VMware in Windows PC

Next up open up the VMware Workstation Player and select the option that says "Play Virtual Machine" and create a new account for your macOS Catalina.

Create a new account in macOS

Step 9: Install VMware Tool

Open VMware Workstation Player, click "Player", then select “Removable devices” then “CD/DVD” then  click “Setting” and open the “VM Tool.iso” file. Check the “connected” button and click “OK”.

Install VM Tool in macOS Catalina

Next up we are going to want to install the VMware tools. This isn’t a quick process and before hand you will need to enable "System Extensions" which is easy to do, browse to and select "Open Security Preferences" and click "Allow". Click on the Restart button this will restart your virtual machine.

If your VMware tools turn out to not be working on your macOS Catalina, don’t panic, just go ahead and reinstall the VMWare tools. Once they successfully work enter full screen mode which will take about 3 minutes.

Done! macOS 10.15 Catalina on VMware on Windows PC


New System Preferences in Catalina VMware

With VMware, it is possible to run macOS Catalina on Windows PC. This is the best free virtualization software out there. With it, you can run a Mac on the same PC hosting the Windows operating system. This is the solution for people who cannot choose any among the two best operating systems! You can now have both Windows and macOS on one computer. You never have to choose one.

Hopefully now you have all of the knowledge you need including the installer file in order to be able to run macOS 10.15 Catalina through VMWare Workstation on your desktop regardless of whether it is Windows or Mac OS. You will never have to settle for a single operating system and in addition to this you also don’t have to go through the process of trying to locate an ISO installer image for your macOS system as this has already been developed and provided for you by me in order to make the whole process easier.

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