Do you want to install and test macOS Big Sur virtually on your PC or Windows? If you don’t have a Mac or just want to install macOS big Sur virtually on your Windows then read the below step by step article to get to know how to install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows virtually.
Before going to begin the installation process, initially, I want to highlight some new features and updates that Apple has introduced to the 11th macOS (operating system). The features and updates are as follow:
macOS Big Sur New Features:
- Toolbars and sidebars have been redesigned and each window and sidebars are now full height.
- The menu bar is no translucent to blend better with the desktop.
- The Control Center is now customizable and you can now set it up to put the functions you use most often.
- Sheets: The small window that pops up when you do things like print or save a document, now has been updated now with borders and bezels removed.
- System sounds have been updated and designed.
- Notification Center has been redesigned and it now combines all incoming notifications with widgets in a single view.
- Safari has a new start page that you can customize with wallpaper and options to add favorites.
- Extensions: Now there is a dedicated category for extensions in the Mac App Store.
- Messages: Many new features like you can pin a conversation to the top, circular icons, and new emojis.
- Maps have been improved for Mac.
- Retouching tools in the Photos app that can remove unwanted elements.
- Airpods: Now you can automatically switch between active devices paired to the same iCloud account.
- Apple Music has been replaced with “Listen Now”.
- Weather widget now provides government alerts about severe weather events, offers details on when there are major shifts in temperature coming.
These are some new updates and features introduced to macOS Big Sur. Now before deciding to upgrade your Mac’s operating system it’s recommended to try installing macOS Big Sur virtually on your Mac or those who don’t have Mac can install it virtually on Windows PC.
There are many ways and software you can use to install macOS Big Sur virtually, as we have already covered installing macOS Big Sur on VirtualBox on Windows, and in this guide, you will learn how to install macOS Big Sur on VMware on Windows.
How to Install macOS Big Sur On VMware on Windows
Step 1. Download Required Files
In the first step, you need to download the required files for the installation process. These files are necessary if you don’t have these files you can’t proceed. Download all of the required files from the given links below:
- Download VMware Workstation 15 Pro
- Download VMware Player 15
- Download macOS Unlocker V3 for Vmware workstation
- Download macOS Big Sur Beta ISO
Step 2. Install VMware Workstation
When you downloaded all required files the next step is to install VMware on your system. The installation process is quite simple. Just extract the zip file and install it as follow:
- Extract and open VMware setup
- Click Next
- Tick the terms in the license agreement box and click Next
- Click Next
- Choose the shortcut and click Next
- Click Install
Step 3. Install macOS Unlock VMware
Unlock VMware to install macOS on Windows. Initially, you have to exit the VMware Workstation application completely from the background too because the VMware unlocker doesn’t work if it’s running. To do so click on the File and then click Exit.
When the application is exit completely. Now extract macOS Unlocker that you have downloaded from the given link above. Open the extracted folder and find win-install.com, right click on it and Run as Administrator. If you have already installed a previous version of VMware unlocker, it’s recommended to uninstall it first before installing the new version.
Step 4. Create a New Virtual Machine on VMWare
When the code running is completed on cmd and the VMware unlocker is installed, now Open VMware and folllow the steps below to create a new virtual machine on it.
A. Open VMware and click on Create a New Virtual Machine then select Custom Advanced and again click Next.
B. Click Next in Choose the Virtual Machine Hardware Compatibility.
C. Select I will install the operating system later and click Next.
D. Select a Guest Operating System as Apple Mac OS X and version as macOS 10.16 and click Next.
E. Type the virtual machine name (macOS Big Sur) and select a location for it and then click Next.
F. Increase the number of processor at least to 2 or 4 for better performance>Next
G. Select 4 GB or higher Memory for the virtual machine> Next
H. Network Type: Use network address translation (NAT)>Next
I. Controller Types LSI Logic (Recommended) > Next. Dist Type (SATA) > Next.
J. Select a Create a new virtual disk > Next
K. Maximize disk Size to 120 GB or higher and Select Store virtual disk as a single > Next > Specify Disk File> Next.
L. Click Customize Hardware
M. Click New CD/DVD (SATA) Auto detect > Select Use ISO Image File and click Browse
N. Open macOS Big Sur ISO Image that you have already downloaded.
O. Click Close the application now to save all the changes and then click Finish your virtual machine will be created.
Step 5. Configure macOS Big Sur VMX File
When the virtual machine is created the next step is to configure macOS Big Sur VMX Fie. You can access this file from the folder you selected before in step 3 > D. If you have not changed the location of it then the default file location that you can access it is Document > Virtual Machine> macOS 10.16>macOS Big Sur Beta.vmx
A. To Configure it Right-click on macOS Big Sur Beta.vmx then open it via Notepad or any other text editor.
B. Here you need to add the following code to the bottom of these texts. Scroll down to the bottom and add this code:
smbios.reflectHost = “TRUE”
hw.model = “MacBookPro14,3”
board-id = “Mac-551B86E5744E2388”
smc.version = “0”
C. Save the File and exit it.
Step 6. Start the macOS Big Sur Virtual Machine
Now the machine is created and ready to be started. Open the VMware and follow the following installation process.
A. Power on this virtual machine
B. Select your preferred language and then click the –> Next ArrowSelect Disk Utility and Continue
C. Select VBOX HARDDISK MEDIA and click Erase
D. Name the new HardDisk (for example macOS Big Sur HD) and then select APFS from format drop-down and then click Erase
E. Click Done, Go to the top menu, click Disk Utility and click Quit Disk Utility
F. Click Install macOS and then click Continue
G. Click Continue and Agree to the macOS Beta license agreement
H. Select the disk where you want to install macOS and click Install
Wait for the codes run to be completed and it can take more than 30 minutes depending on the speed of your PC so be patient.
Step 7. Installation Process
After the codes running the created machine will restart with Apple logo appearing. The final step is the installation and the settings you need to set up for macOS Big Sur, just follow the following settings process and your will be done with the process.
A. Select your Country or Region and click Continue again click Continue if you don’t want to customize written and spoken language
B. You can skip Accessibility by clicking Not Now button
C. If you don’t need anything to migrate from a Windows PC or From Mac, skip the step by clicking Not Now
D. Enter your Apple ID or click Set Up Later and Skip the step
E. Agree to the Terms and Conditions
F. Give Full Name, Account name, password, and password hint and click Continue
G. Click Continue in Express Set-Up
H. Click Continue in the Analytics step
I. You can manage Screen Time or else click Set Up later
J. You can Enable Ask Siri and click Continue
K. Select your language for Siri
L. Improve Siri and Dictation if you want by ticking option Share Audio Recording or skip by clicking Not Now and click Continue
M. Choose the Look of your Mac: Light, Dark or Auto and click Continue
You have now completed the installation process successfully. Enjoy using macOS Big Sur on your Windows.
Moreover, we have a video tutorial of this guide, you can watch the video too and get help from it.
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