How to Install macOS Sierra Final on VMware on Windows

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Apple has announced the macOS Sierra as the next version of Mac system software. From Siri integration, a revamped Apple music application and much more, macOS 10.12 Sierra Final, coming this fall, brings a whole bunch of amazing features. Apple announced this next version of Mac as is a tradition in the WWDC. With the Sierra, Siri will make its debut on a Mac and has new capabilities that have been designed for the desktop. This is the only way to make the Mac smarter, and you get hands-free access to your machine. Sierra will also help you shop more securely from online stores and with the new file system, you can now get and free up valuable space.

The VMware player, virtualisation software for the x64 based computer that uses Windows. You can run macOS Sierra Final on VMware on Windows. This player uses the same virtualization core like the VMware workstation, even though the workstation is not free and has more features than the Player. VMware Player is available for non-commercial use and can be seen as free.

Steps to Install macOS Sierra on VMware on Windows

Step 1: Download macOS Sierra on Mac App Store

However, if you already installed macOS Sierra, you can re-download a macOS Sierra installer in Mac App Store. Unfortunately, if you search the Mac App Store from Sierra, you will be disappointed because the Sierra installer no longer exists. The Apple support community keeps upgrading to more compatible and secure mac OS versions. Still, your worries are over because if you follow the steps below, you can download macOS Sierra.

First click and follow this ​link to download macOS Sierra. Click on the "Get" button, that will automatically redirect to the Software Update control panel. Then click the Download button, and macOS Sierra will download into your mac.

Read more: How to Download macOS Installer in Virtual Machine

Step 2: Create a macOS Sierra ISO File

You can then locate file labeled as "macOS Sierra" in the Applications folder of your Mac. If you further want to create an Sierra ISO file, you must first move your "macOS Sierra.app" to Application Folder. You will then identify the Terminal, which you can find in Applications > Utilities.

# Mount DMG Installer to macOS
hdiutil attach /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/Install

# Create a DMG Disk
hdiutil create -o /tmp/sierra -size 7900m -volname sierra -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J

# Mount Sierra.dmg disk to your macOS
hdiutil attach /tmp/sierra.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/sierra

# Create macOS Sierra Installer Disk

  • asr restore -source /volumes/Install/basesystem.dmg -target /Volumes/sierra -noprompt -noverify -erase
  • rm /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/Packages
  • cp -rp /Volumes/Install/Packages /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System/System/Installation/
  • cp -rp /Volumes/Install/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
  • cp -rp /Volumes/Install/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
  • hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
  • hdiutil detach /Volumes/Install

  • # Convert DMG Disk to ISO File
    hdiutil convert /tmp/sierra.dmg -format UDTO -o /tmp/sierra

    # Move ISO File to Desktop
    mv /tmp/sierra.cdr ~/Desktop/sierra.iso

    Step 3: Install VMware Player and Patch Tool

    VMware Player is free for download here. Open it and install on your Window PC.

    Install VMware Player

    With Patch tool by DDork. Right click on "win-install" and select "Run as administrator".

    Install Patch Tool

    Step 4: Create New Virtual Machine

    Open your VMware Player, click on "create a new virtual machine" with Guest OS is Mac OS X and version 10.11 or 10.12.

    Create New Virtual Machine

    In this step, select your Virtual Machine location (VMX Folder) and Virtual Disk Size (40 - 100 GB).

    Virtual Disk for Sierra in VMware

    Step 5: Edit Your Virtual Machine

    In VMware virtual list, select your virtual machine and click on "Edit virtual machine". Set up your RAM with "50% of real RAM" and 2 core of CPU.

    In CD/DVD tabs, click on "Browse" button and open your Sierra.iso file. Click "Ok" to save your virtual machine.

    Add Sierra ISO file to VMware

    Step 6: Edit VMX File

    Open VMX Folder location (in step 4).  Right click on "vmware virtual machine configuration" file and select "Open with". Then click on “More Apps” and Open this file with “Notepad”.

    Open VMX file with Notepad

    Add this code to your configuration file: smc.version = "0".

    Edit VMX File

    Step 7: Install macOS Sierra on VMware Player

    Turn on your virtual machine in VMware, wait about 5 min to enter your Boot Screen. Then, open Disk utility. Format your VMware Virtual Disk with "Mac OS Extended" and "GUID Partition Map". And you can install macOS Sierra on your Virtual Disk.

    Install macOS Sierra on Virtual Disk

    Waiting about 20 min. After your installation is completed and you can create a new account for your Mac.

    macOS Sierra 10.12 on VMware

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    S M
    S M

    And these two commands:

    cp -rp /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System
    cp -rp /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS\ X\ Base\ System

    S M
    S M

    For High Sierra, the first command in “Create macOS Sierra Installer Disk” must apparently be replaced with:

    asr restore -source /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/SharedSupport/BaseSystem.dmg -target /Volumes/highsierra -noprompt -noverify -erase

    Caveat: I’m still testing the final ISO.

    Cristian Sori
    Cristian Sori

    I already fixed it John,thank you so much

    Cristian Sori
    Cristian Sori

    John i did everything and im stucked on installing system,it just advanced until 80%,but it doesnt moves anymore.I got a SSD.


    John, when I enter fullscreen mode, the resolution will not force to my default monitor resolution. Any solution?


    It says “The CPU has been disabled by the guest operating system. Power off or reset the virtual machine.” even though I have followed the steps exactly…any help?


    My setup is : AMD Ryzen 2600x with 32gb ram
    After criated the VM, on VMware, changed the config VMX like coments with instructions for AMD and have this error:
    This virtual machine requires AVX2 but AVX is not present. This virtual machine cannot be powered on.


    it is stuck at the apple logo plz help…


    This error come when i start os
    “The firmware encountered an unexpected exception. The virtual machine cannot boot.”