Virtualization involves the use of a program to create a virtual machine within a computer. Virtualization programs are many but one of the very best is VirtualBox. This is a powerful tool that can run on AMD 64 or Intel 64. It is available for free and commercial use. With VirtualBox in your Windows computer, you can create a virtual machine (a computer within the one you have) and install any operating system of choice. This can be Linux, another version of Windows or even OS X. Regardless of the OS you choose to install, you can use it on AMD or Intel-controlled hardware. You just need a few patches and you are ready to go. Here we will look at all the things you need and how to go about the process of installing Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite on Windows computer using VirtualBox.
What You will need
It is important that you have everything ready before getting started. That said, not everyone will be able to get started. There are minimum requirements your Windows PC needs to meet in order to support Mac OS X fully. First, your AMD processor should be i3 or i5. The RAM should be at least 3GB while there should be more than 20GB drive space. The display should be of at least HD resolution and the mainboard must support hardware virtualization.
Yosemite AMD Processor Image
Google drive: https://goo.gl/hFM9YG
There are a few things you need to download and number one is the virtualization software. You can download VirtualBox from the designer’s original website. Ensure that you download Virtualbox 4.3.28 or a later version for the best compatibility. You will also need Winrar x64 for extracting files. If you do not have this, be sure to download it before getting started. You will also need the image of the OS X Yosemite. The only freely available option for AMD computers is known as the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Download the latest version for best results.
Steps to Install Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite AMD on Windows on VirtualBox
To do this, open the folder where the downloaded file was saved and right-click on it. Select “extract here” and the file will be unbundled.
Step 2: Install Virtualbox
Once downloaded, it is very easy to set up VirtualBox. Double click on the.exe file and the installation process will start. It involves following a few instructions that will be shown on the screen. Within a few minutes, you will be done. When done, you will need to reboot the computer. Do this and open VirtualBox to continue with the next steps.
Step 3: Create a New Virtual Machine and Add Bootloader AMD Disk
In the open VirtualBox window, click on “New”. You will see the New Virtual Machine wizard that will guide you through the process. You will need to make several selections and press the “Next” button several times. Select the Virtual Machine name as whatever you want, the operating system as “Windows”. Just leave the memory as it is by default.
This is a disk that will make it possible for OS X to boot. To do this, on the hard drive window while creating the VM, select “use an existing hard drive file”. Browse to where the “Bootload for AMD.vmdk” is saved and select it then press the “Open” button. When done, click on “Create” and the virtual machine will be created.
Step 4: Add Yosemite Virtual Machine Disk (vmdk file)
The Bootload allows the VM to boot but it does not have the actual OS X for booting. For this, you need to have the Niresh Yosemite added. Go to settings then under the Storage tab, click on “Add hard disk”. Choose the “Mac OS X Yosemite Niresh.vmdk” file and add it.
Step 5: Edit Your Virtual Machine
This helps put everything in a manner that supports the OS X. Go to “settings” and under the system tab, uncheck the button next to “Enable EFI” and select chipset as PIIX3 or ICH9.
Under the Network tab, choose attached to “NAT” and the adapter type as “Intel Pro/1000 MT server”.
Step 6: Add Kernel and Run Yosemite AMD on VirtualBox
A kernel is a command that needs to be added for a program to execute a certain command. In this case, HP, AMD, and Haswell users need to add an appropriate kernel for the OS X Yosemite to boot. To add the kernel, boot the virtual machine. A black screen will be shown. Add an appropriate kernel and you will be able to start the Mac OS X Yosemite in VirtualBox.
: /amd32 (its actually a 64 bit kernel)
: /amdfx (can also boot non FX Processors)
Haswell Users : /haswell
HP Laptops with Intel Processors : /hp or /hp1
How do you use these kernels? Simply type in the kernel and press the “Enter” button on the keyboard. As soon as you do this, the Yosemite will boot and you can log in and set up your account. This will take a while but just be patient, in a few moments you will be able to check out what the Yosemite has to offer.
With VirtualBox, it is possible to have Mac OS X Yosemite on your Windows PC. All you have to do is create a virtual machine, install the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Niresh and enjoy having two computers in one. You can access the internet, create and save documents among other activities you would do on a Mac. Sharing documents between the two operating systems are very easy. Simply drag and drop. Find out what other cool features there are! Install Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Niresh on VirtualBox today!