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Install macOS Big Sur on VMware and VirtualBox on Windows 10

Apple unveiled its new macOS, the Big Sur, at the WWDC 2020 conference. In its update, this operating system has been associated with redesigning the user interface. One of the biggest updates to the toolbar is the operating system, which provides quick access to apps and files.

In the design of the new macOS operating system, we see Apple moving towards iOS in terms of visual design in this operating system. One of the new changes in this operating system is the new mode of Hover Mouse on various icons, which will be highlighted from now on. The new macOS control center allows users to access various settings for personalizing the operating system with the help of quick access.

The notification system has also undergone new changes, making it more similar to iOS 14. New features have been added to the Safari browser in this update, most of which are related to increasing user security and expanding extensions. The possibility of personalization has also been added to Safari, which includes background changes.

Apple claims that Safari’s speed has increased by 50% from Google Chrome. Of course, this claim must be tested closely. The new version of macOS also supports ARM processors, and Microsoft and Adobe will be compatible with this version of the processor.

Step 1. Install macOS Catalina on VMware and VirtualBox

If you have followed us from last year, you know that there are 2 methods to install macOS on Virtual Machine. The VMDK and ISO file on windows and the VMDK with DMG on macOS.

In this you will learn How to upgrade macOS Catalina to macOS big Sur on VMware and VirtualBox on Windows 10.

Install macOS Catalina on VMware

If you have already installed macOS Catalina on VMware on windows, move to the step 2, if not follow the below article or the video to install macOS Catalina on VMware.

  1. Install macOS Catalina on VMware using ISO file
  2. Install macOS catalina on VMware using VMDK file

Install macOS catalina with VMDK on VMware on Windows

Install macOS catalina on VMware using ISO file

Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox

  1. Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox using VMDK file

Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox using VMDK file

Install macOS Catalina on VirtualBox using ISO File

Step 2. Download and Install the macOS Big Sur

Step 1. Download macOS big Sur on VMWare and VirtualBox

This is the step where everything gets interesting because you will get the macOS Big Sur itself on your computer on Virtual machine.

As long as you have a developer account, you can log in and download the utility tool which contains the key to download the macOS Big Sur.

After downloading the utility tool, you have to install it. The installation is so much easy, anyway if you face any problem read the below instructions.

  1. Double click on the utility tool to launch the installation wizard.
  2. Pass the introduction window by clicking continue.
  3. Continue with the license.
  4. Click install.

Once the installation of the software is completed, suddenly the software update window will open. You will see macOS beta with 10.16 digits below, their you have to click upgrade.

Remember it is almost 10 GB, so, your internet connection should be so much fast to download it quickly, or else you will stuck their for hours like me.

Download macOS Big Sur

Step 2. Install macOS Big Sur 

Once the macOS big sur is downloaded using the Developer tool, the installation wizard will pop up.

Download macOS Big Sur

Agree to the software terms and conditions.

Terms of the software

Choose the drive and Install macOS big Sur and wait until the installation is complete.

Install macOS big Sur

Congratulations, the installation is complete.

macOS big Sur Installed on VMware on Windows

How to fix the operation couldn’t be completed (BIErrorDomain error 3.)?

If you search this error on google you will see, that almost everybody has faced this problem during the installtion of macOS big on VMware on windows and mac, and do not forget the Parallel Desktop on mac too.

The error is clear enough that it is saying you must have a valid board ID, which comes with actual mac. If you have and you are trying to install macOS big sur and faced this problem, use the following command in Terminal to get your board ID.

ioreg -l | grep board-id

Copy the result into the notes and type the other command to get the model of your pc.

sysctl hw.model

Also copy the result on the note too. If you are using parallel or vmware fusion access the below address and add the below codes.

VM configuration, under Hardware -> Boot Order -> Advanced Settings -> Boot flags

devices.smbios.board_id="<board ID>"

If you are on windows, Power off the Virtual machine and open the VMX file. Scroll down to the end and add the following code. And remember to change the model and board ID.

smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "Your computer model, number"
board-id = "enter the board number"
SM BIOS code

Here is an example if you faced any problem.

smbios.reflectHost = "TRUE"
hw.model = "MacBookPro14,3"
board-id = "Mac-551B86E5744E2388"

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kyuu July 19, 2020 at 4:52 pm

help, i am facing the operation not completed error, i tried doing the tutorial from you guys but its not working.

Ghulam Abbas July 21, 2020 at 10:38 pm

I noticed this problem, intel users do not face these error. Please tell me if your system’s processor is AMD?


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