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How to Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan on PC

Written by John

Mac OS X El Capitan, Apple’s next update to its OS X desktop operating system software, is now available to the public for download. It was launched on Wednesday 30th, 2015. In this article, we will explain in detail how you can use El Capitan USB Installer, install it on your PC with Clover Bootloader. We will also discuss the download and update processes. Our main aim is to provide you with all the information you need to know about Install Mac OS X El Capitan on PC. In addition, we will offer you the tips on the actions you should take into consideration to prepare your PC for the OS X update.

The first step you should take is formatting your hard drive before you install El Capitan on Mac. If you prefer doing this, you must back up your data because erasing the volume and doing clean install means that nothing is accompanied with it. Generally, this is best only for advanced users. Therefore, if you do not know what you are doing with OS X El Capitan Installer, and you have not done backups, do not try this, because you will lose your data or lost bootload.

Steps to Install Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan on PC

Step 1: Boot with Your USB Installer

Plug in your USB Installer and turn on your PC, wait for that first screen to pop up then Start tapping Boot Key (Esc, F12, F8, F9, Del…) repeatedly. A new screen pop up, called Boot Manager. This is where you select El Capitan USB Installer.

Boot with USB Installer

Boot with USB Installer

Step 2: Boot with Your Flag

You can boot with flag: -v (Verbose mode)
Verbose mode displays every single process that takes place during your bootup of Mac OS X El Capitan. if your Hackintosh isn’t booting, then verbose mode should freeze at the exact point where the bootup process is tripping up. You can search this error on Internet to find another flag.

Boot with Flag

Boot with Flag

Step 3: Format Partition with Disk Utility

At the Welcome screen, select Utilities – Disk Utility

Open Disk Utility

Open Disk Utility

Select Your Partition (or whatever the name of the target Mac drive. Give the drive a name or keep it the same, and under “Format” choose “OS X Extended (Journaled)”, then click on “Erase” (this erases everything on your Partition, this is not reversible)

Format Partition with Diskutility

Format Partition with Disk Utility

Step 4: Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan on PC

When the drive is finished erasing, quit out of Disk Utility to return to the “OS X Utilities” screen. Now choose “Install OS X” from the menu, click Continue

Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Install OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Done! Completing a fresh installation of OS X 10.11 can take a while, so be prepared for at least 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the speed of the drives in use.

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Hi. I am very happy to welcome you my friends. Myself John, and I am a founder & admin of I love to spend time to writing useful tech posts for people and that is the main reason behind the development of the blog. Blogging is my hobby and I am doing it for part time. I am full time worker who is working as an administrator in system & network.


  • Okay John , that other guy your content and your videos . I found by chance, and you gave me to ride my first hack MB Gigabyte ga- b75m d3h – G2020 – 8Gb Ram – Hd Seagate 1TB – Geforce 210 with El Capitan . See if you can help me – now tried their luck in a mb asus b85m-e/br – CPU G3250 – 8Gb ram – SSD Kingston 240GB V300 Sata III – SV300S37A / 240G – Gigabyte Nvidia gt 420 and can not rise at all , tried in many ways and nothing – kernel panic right away , is there any incompatibility in this configuration , including also tried the vmware and virtualbox and also will not , in the last virtualbox video in -v gave kernel panic …. man independent of any thing … very much thank you very much if it were not his videos I have not ridden my first hack. Big Hug Brazil … excuse the English google translate ta help me here !!!! rs

  • Hi!. Thanks to you I have a 80% working powerful Hackintosh, for which I’m grateful. My residual issues are:

    • Booting from my HDD. Not for the life of me. Tried everything.
    • Fixing iCloud (asks for a login every hour or so) and iMessage (does not work at all).

    Are you by any chance planning to put out detailed guides for these?

    Thanks again anyway.

  • Hello! First of all very nice website with great tutorials! Keep up the good work!

    My PC is ASRock H81M-DG4 motherboard, i3-4170 @ 3.7 GHz, Nvidia GTX 950, 8 GB RAM. I have Windows 10 (64-bit) installed on my hard-drive. I was wondering if I buy SSD drive and install OS X 10.11 El Capitan on it, will that be OK? I’d like to have Windows on an existing hard-disk drive and Mac OS X on SSD so maybe I could dual-boot?

    Thanks in advance!

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