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Guide: Start Your Native Hackintosh in Windows via VMWare For Beginners

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this tutorial is about running your physical hackintosh installation in Windows. It's not about setting up a new OS X VM. As always it's very simple once you know, but it however took me a while to figure out the settings, especially using IDE in the VM and using the Clover/EFI partition or not. Luckily, it turned out we have to skip it, so we can leave Clover (or any other bootmanager) untouched.



What's the point?

If you have to do tasks in Windows, be it mining bitcoins, 3D-rendering, gaming or simply work with a windows-only software, you probably at the same time miss your OS X. 


The advantages over a simple new virtual machine running with your personal setup are many: Imagine you can use all your data, listen to your iTunes library, use your installed and configured programs and work with your settings. It also comes in handy when you messed up your installation for some reason and want to conveniently fix it. And last but not least don't forget you save the 25GB minimum space for a virtual disk what is probably not sooo insignificant since (I assume) most of us already switched to SSDs and only a few may have picked the models above 500GB because they are still pricy.



Gain advantages by hooking up your existing Hackintosh installation in a VM and work in your personal OS X environment whenever you like, even under Windows.


If you have High Sierra with APFS installed it will most likely not work (yet), because Paragon and probably VMWare don't support the filesystem (yet). That being said, let's get started: 



1. Preparing Instructions

- do all possible reboots as required while installing

- install Paragon HFS+ 11 or above (buy or know where)

- install VMWare Player (free for private use)

- install Unlocker from Insanelymac (free)



2. in VMWare, set up a new virtual machine 


- choose "I will install the operation system later" next >

- choose "Apple Mac OS X" and "macOS 10.12" next >

- choose "Store virtual Disk as a single file" next > and next>

- choose 5GB Maximum disk size (we delete it later) and pick "Store in a single file" next >

- Finish


3. in VMWare, configure your new machine


- click on "Edit the virtual machine settings"

- delete your new 5GB virtual Hard Disk (SATA)

- click Add... on the bottom, select Hard Disk 

- select SATA (IDE works, too but I'd prefer SATA in 2017) (UPDATED)

- pick "Use a physical disk"

- select your harddisk with your OS X installation on it and pick "use individual partitions"

- now do not select your UEFI partition, select the partition with your OS X: 


Example: My Sierra is on my PhysicalDrive 3 which I selected before. As we all know, the EFI partition is always the first partition (0), so my OS X (and probably yours, too) is on the second partition (1). So I check partition 1 and click next and finish.


- if all is set and done, close VMWare.


4. check your VMWare .vmx file


- replace the green parts with your data and move to "C:\Users\YourWindowsUsername\Documents\Virtual Machines\YourVM-Name\"

- open yourVM-name.vmx with the Windows Editor and add the folowing lines only if they are missing:


smc.version = "0"
firmware = "efi"


Click save.


5. VMWare optimization

I choose half of my physical RAM, maxed out the graphics RAM and choose half of my physical CPU-Cores in the VM settings.


6. Finalize (UPDATED)

Go to your VMWare program folder, right-click on vmplayer.exe and under Preferences > Compatibility > check the "Run as administrator" checkbox on the bottom. 



And that's it! :) Screenshots for reference. Now you have your OS X install available in Windows, too.  :sorcerer:


If it asks you for updating the VMWare Tools, click yes or install them with one of the tools in the download section here on insanelymac. You can also add other Harddrives to your VM. What will not work: VMWares unity-mode in Windows - it's not supported for OS X yet. Gaming, the graphic is slow-ish but enough for coding, office, music and all basic tasks.



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 the graphic is slow-ish but enough for coding, office, music and all basic tasks.



As long as you can't passthrough your GPU, I don't see the point. The macOS needs a fully enabled GPU even for the basic tasks, even if you don't see the juicy grapchics (i.e. OpenCL can't be used)...

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As long as you can't passthrough your GPU, I don't see the point. The macOS needs a fully enabled GPU even for the basic tasks, even if you don't see the juicy grapchics (i.e. OpenCL can't be used)...


For me it's very different. I need to work in x-code and Windows at the same time, like to access my iTunes library from there because of the playlists and most of my personal bookmarks etc are under OS X.  But as I already mentioned above, it's not for gaming or other metal/opengl/opencl relevant programs but I think this is true for any VM. 


It works fairly good with anything else tho.

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      DSDT.aml.zip (optimized for Core2Duo, configured for HD5450 and Audio LayoutID 11 (0B) for AppleALC. Additionally Framebuffer in the Clover is "Shrike" for the HD 5450)
      my_Optiplex_DSDT.aml.zip (my DSDT, optimized for Core2Quad, configured for HD5450 and Audio LayoutID 11 (0B) for AppleALC. Additionally Framebuffer in the Clover is "Shrike" for the HD 5450)
      my_Optiplex_config.plist.zip (Create serial number, board serial number, MLB, ROM)
      Generic 760/780:
      Generic_DSDT.aml.zip (Not Patched for HD5450 Video, for other graphics cards. Audio is LayoutID 11 (0B) for AppleALC)
      config.plist_for_other_graphics_cards.zip (Not Patched for HD5450 Video, for other graphics cards. Create serial number, board serial number, MLB, ROM)
      Example Optiplex755:
      DSDT.aml_755.zip (configured for HD5450 and Audio LayoutID 28 (1C) for Trial-AppleALC see below. Additionally Framebuffer in the Clover is "Shrike" for the HD 5450)
      config.plist_755.zip (Create serial number, board serial number, MLB, ROM)
      Example Optiplex790:
      790.zip (Patched DSDT (PEG0) for HD5450, config: Create serial number, board serial number, MLB, ROM)
      DSDT.aml_790_LayoutID15.zip (for Sound with AppleALC - LayoutID 15 (0F))
      DSDT.aml_790_LayoutID28.zip (for on-the-fly-Sound with Clover, LayoutID 28 (1C))
      Example Optiplex990:
      DSDT_and_config_for_Optiplex990.zip (Patched DSDT (PEG0) for HD5450, Sound with AppleALC - LayoutID 15 (0F), config: Create serial number, board serial number, MLB, ROM)
      5. Create folders 10.12 in EFI/Clover/kexts/
      6. Copy your kexts of your Capitan HDD or SSD to EFI/Clover/kexts/10.12/
      Example760/780: these are my kexts for 10.12: 10.12.zip
      7. Now Sierra install on your HDD or SSD (Partitions with Guid scheme)
      after installation:
      8. Terminal (for unsigned apps):
      sudo spctl --master-disable 9. Install Clover on your HDD or SSD (Legacy-Method):
      Install Clover in the ESP
      Bootloader / Install boot0af in the MBR
      CloverEFI / Clover-EFI 64Bit SATA
      Drivers64UEFI / EmuVariableUefi-64
      Drivers64UEFI / OsxAptioFixDrv-64
      Drivers64UEFI / PartitionDxe-64
      Install RC Scripts In Target Volume
      Theme, free choice
      Install Clover Preference Pane
      10. Copy your config.plist, DSDT and folder 10.12 to your Sierra HDD or SSD

      after installation sound:
      Please ask if you have problems with the AppleALC method! It is not hard to get it right.

      optional Audio Optiplex780/760:
      since version 1.0.13.Release (and later) now with appleALC with LayoutID 11 (0B)
      new Codec LayoutID 13 (0D) for 780/760  (autodetect)
      optional Audio Optiplex755:
      trial_AppleALC.kext_Optiplex755.zip LayoutID 28 (1C) please report
      (If no one tries and reports, then nothing comes in the next release of the AppleALC. So far no users for experiments, a pity.)
      optional Audio Optiplex790 and 990:
      since version 1.0.19.Release (and later) now with appleALC with LayoutID 15 (0F)

      new Codec LayoutID 16 (10) for 790/990  (autodetect)
      Night Shift Patch:
      Tested graphics cards with Sierra:
      My XFX one HD5450: with DSDT patch and frame buffer "Shrike" works great with HDMI audio and Sleep in the Optiplex780
      @morpheousman´s HD5450: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/312656-guide-macos-sierra-1012-dell-optiplex-780-760-755-790-990/page-18#entry2369870
      My HD6570: works OOB including HDMI audio
      My Nvidia GT610: works OOB only up to 10.11.6, with Sierra no support
      My EVGA Nvidia GT210: works with Inject Nvidia with Sierra, but no HDMI audio possible
      other User with GT710
      Zotac GeForce GT 1030 2Gig OOB Web Drivers only (@chris1111) http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/312656-guide-macos-sierra-1012-dell-optiplex-780-760-755-790-990/page-44#entry2478188 (Optiplex 790)
      Saphire Radeon HD 6670 1 gig - by @chris1111 (Optiplex 790) http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/312656-guide-macos-sierra-1012-dell-optiplex-780-760-755-790-990/page-75#entry2592085
      If you have other graphics cards for Optiplex or for other computers working with Sierra, then please report!
      Tested WLAN:
      PCIe: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 N900 WLAN Dual Band up to 450Mbit/s to 2.4GHz or 5GHz, works OOB as Airport
      PCI: TP-Link TL-WN851ND 300Mbit/s, works as Airport, thanks Maggo AtherosWiFiInjector.kext.zip
      USB: TP-Link TL-WN725N Nano WLAN USB Adapter 150Mbit/s, not as AirPort
      Developer Beta program:
      [How-To] macOS Sierra Developer Beta program without special registration, if anyone is interested!

      Copies the com.apple.seeding.plist file to / Library / Preferences / (not S/L/P)
      and open Terminal:
      sudo softwareupdate --set-catalog https://swscan.apple.com/content/catalogs/others/index-10.12seed-10.12-10.11-10.10-10.9-mountainlion-lion-snowleopard-leopard.merged-1.sucatalog.gz see AppStore/Updates

      Credits/Sources - Thanks to all mentioned users: InsanelyMac.com & root86.com @Slice and all others for the Clover Bootloader @vit9696 and @vandroiy2012 for AppleALC and Lilu @pepto, @polyzargone, @morpheousman, @Chris1111, @owbp, @ricoc90 and all others for all Optiplex 780 (760) Guides!    
      have fun    Optiplex
    • By crazybirdy
      Patched OSInstaller.framework to allow macOS 10.12 installation on MBR partition.
      To use those patched files you must follow HowTo-10.12.x to create an USB installer. You can't just run the app downloaded from Mac App Store.
      The patch is made base on 落下爱@pcbeta 10.10.x patch method
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      2. Copy InstallESD.dmg/BaseSystem.dmg to /Volumes/macOSMBR/
      3. Copy InstallESD.dmg/BaseSystem.chunklist to /Volumes/macOSMBR/
      4. Copy InstallESD.dmg/AppleDiagnostics.dmg to /Volumes/macOSMBR/
      5. Copy InstallESD.dmg/AppleDiagnostics.chunklist to /Volumes/macOSMBR/
      6. Remove /Volumes/macOSMBR/System/Installation/Packages
      7. Copy InstallESD.dmg/Packages to /Volumes/macOSMBR/System/Installation/Packages
      8.OSInstaller replace to
      9. Copy InstallESD.dmg/Packages/Essentials.pkg/System/Library/Kernels/kernel
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      (use Pacifist v3.2.14 to access the contents of Essentials.pkg, and make directory /System/Library/Kernels first.)
      (Need kernel only if you use Chameleon with -f to boot the installer disk, needn't with Clover.)
      10. Boot to /Volumes/macOSMBR/ to install macOS.
      And, need a /Extra/SMBIOS.plist supported with /Volumes/macOSMBR/System/Library/CoreServices/PlatformSupport.plist.
      Set a SMBIOS with Chameleon Wizard.
      Work fine with Enoch r2839+
      and /Extra/kernel.plist with
      (don't need patched OSInstall.mpkg since pb4)
      If you want to patch MBR by yourself, here is the patch code, works on 10.12.0~10.12.6
      perl -pi -e "s|\x48\x8B\x78\x28\x48\x85\xFF\x0F\x84\x91\x00\x00\x00\x48|\x48\x8B\x78\x28\x48\x85\xFF\x90\xE9\x91\x00\x00\x00\x48|g" OSInstaller
      codesign -f -s - OSInstaller
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