How to install MacOS Catalina 10.15 on VMware using Windows?

Apple Inc. announced the 16th major release of the Macintosh Operating system or macOS by the name of “Catalina”. It is the successor of macOS Mojave, which is the previous release of macOS. So, Catalina was introduced at The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 3, 2019, So its initial release was held later on October 7, 2019. In this article, I will show you how to install macOS Catalina on VMware using Microsoft Windows, in very short and easy steps.

You can install any operating system inside Windows. In case, you are a Macintosh user also install and other operating systems on your running operating system.  So, this feature is called virtualization, which allows you to use IT services on bound hardware. Simply, it allows users to use the full capacity and capability of a machine by distributing among the user environment.

There are three popular virtual machines, that you can use for virtualization. Hence, the first one is Microsoft Hyper V. It came with windows 8. So if you are using lower than Windows 8, you should try other Virtual machines. Take heed, mac users because you cannot use Hyper-V. It is developed just for Windows users. Certainly, there are other Virtual machines that both macOS and Windows users can use. Such as, VMware and Virtual box, which are handy and user-friendly. Bear in mind, for installing any operating system you need the ISO or image file.

What is ISO or Image Files?

The ISO file is often known as an image file. So, it is an archive file, that contains a copy of the entire content of an optical disk drive sector by sector. So, the name ISO is taken from ISO 9660 used with CD-ROM media. Well, ISO 9660 is a system file for optical disc media. Afterward, it was published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

What is the Benefit of using a Virtual Machine?

Virtual Machine allows you to install a complete, actual and separate operating system on your usual operating system. So, you would not need to spend money on the extra systems or peripherals. Though, it is just software implementation of that of a machine. Some benefits of using a virtual machine are as bellow.

  • Running multiple Operating systems: You can install and run more than one operating system on your actual machine using any virtual machine. In case, you are a networking student, you can practice any operating system such as macOS, Linux, windows, or other on your single PC.
  • Workflow flexibility and ease of recovery: Many times on actual operating systems you face many problems, such as installation errors and other software errors. Don’t worry, because VM or Virtual Machine gives you an option named “snapshot”. SO, it is very handy, Just take a snapshot when the installation of any operating system is complete. After facing any error or problem in further installation of softwares and other tasks, you would not need to reinstall or delete the OS. Just run the snapshot and OS will start-up from the specific step, where you captured the snapshot.
  • Data backup by VM: Inside, Virtual Machines businesses can store and backup their data at a time. Bear in mode, VM is not locally hosted, but it keeps data in VM which is also accessible by the Internet. Because you can use the VM operating system’s features as your actual operating system features.

Features of macOS Catalina

As Apple Inc. updates softwares or releases the new version of OSs or softwares, It improves the older features or adds new features to make them better and more useful. So, Here is some feature of the latest macOS “the Catalina”.

  • Apple Music, Podcasts and TV: Apple announced the end of iTunes. This new trio feature was officially announced at WWDC 2019. Well, this is better than iTunes, because it is “flashing fast” and also offers a library of “50 million songs, playlist, and videos”.
    Apple tv supports 4k, HDR and Dolby atoms as well as offers more than 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows which are available. Moreover, it is fortunate that Apple Music Users still have access to the iTunes Music store.
    Apple Podcasts is a catalog of shows. So, it contains over 700,00 shows. Hence, you can search for Podcast episodes by the host and watch them.
  • SideCar: This is the feature, which attracts me. Because in macOS Catalina Apple offers you second screen support for iPads. So, It allows Mac users to resort to their iPad as an assistant to their Macs.
    The 2nd use of SideCar is for artists as they can use their iPads are drawing tablets while connecting to Mac. And using an Apple Pencil to draw and figure things on their iPad surface.
  • Photos App update for better Organization: Apple brings improvements to the Photo App. The most extraordinary improvement is in the organizing of the photos.
    The app has new changes in large photo preview and auto-playing video while scrolling through the library. Now the photo app can remove the low-quality and duplicate pictures.
  • Time Screen: This new feature is eye-catching. You manage your activities on time. Though, you can limit the use of apps by limiting time.

How can I get MacOS Catalina?

Catalina is available in Apple App Store. The size is up to 8 gigabytes. Hence, use a reliable internet connection to download the file. Also, you can download the image or ISO file from other sources. So, I will publish another post with a direct download link of the ISO image of macOS Catalina soon in the coming days.

Softwares You need for installing macOS Catalina

For installing macOS Catalina on VMware you need a high-performance PC alongside, higher Hard disk drive and RAM space. Because It is heavier than preceding mac operating systems such as macOS Mojave.

Behold, to install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows. So, you also need to download and install three softwares on your PC, such as s macOS unblocker, 7 Zip or Winrar, and VMware Workstation Pro. The reasons for installing these are defined below.

  • macOS unblocker: For installing macOS you should enable the VMware Workstation operating system option called “Darwin tool”. It will fix the VMware Workstation problems and the missing files. For enabling this Darwin tool you have to install a macOS unblocker.
  • 7 Zip or Winrar: These two softwares are used to compress or decompress files. They can protect your files from viruses and also can encrypt the file by a password. But here we use 7 Zip or Winrar to decompress the Catalina VMDK file.
  • VMware Workstation Pro: VMware is the Virtual Machine on which we are going to install the operating system. Well, the latest version of Workstation is available. So, you can download the trial version for free or purchase the complete version, from the official website of VMware Workstation.

How to install macOS Catalina on VMware on Windows?

First of all, install VMware Workstation on your PC. Afterward, download the macOS Catalina image file. And Just follow the below steps.

The basic step before installing OS

1: Right-click on the zipped file named “Catalina Virtual Disk Image”.

2: Navigate and click on “Extract Here” to extract the image file.

Extract MacOS Catalina Image File
Extract MacOS Catalina Image File

Note: After extraction of the image file, you may not find the macOS file. Therefore,  you should download and use the macOS unblocker software. After downloading the unblocker software, extract that. Right-click on “Win-install” and click on “Run as administrator”. Then a black screen will appear to wait till 100% of downloading should complete and then windows will close automatically.

Create a Virtual Machine for macOS Catalina

Here, you have completed the essential steps before creating a new virtual machine in VMware.

1: Now open “VMware  Workstation” and Click on “create a New Virtual Machine”.

Create a Virtual Machine
Create a Virtual Machine

2: Click on the circle beside the “Typical (Recommend)” and click “Next”.

Select Recommended Option
Select Recommended Option

Note: If you are new to VMware Workstation select “Typical (Recommend)”. In case, you are not a rookie you can select “Custom (Advanced)” and configure your new Virtual Machine manually.

3: Select “I will install the operating system later”.

Install the Operating system later
Install the Operating system later

4: Select “Apple Mac OS X” as the guest operating system.

install MacOS Catalina on VMware
Select Mac OS X

Remember: The macOS Catalina is not available in the list in this version of VMware Workstation. Though, there will not be any problem during installation.

5: Name Your Virtual Machine “MacOS 10.15”. And Click on “Browse” to specify the location you want to store the files of macOS Catalina 10.15 and click on the “Next” button.

Select Mac OS X
Select Mac OS X
Rename the Operating System
Rename the Operating System

6: Specify the storage size according to your data needs and plan. And Select “Store virtual as a single file” and click “Next”.

Select the Storage Capacity
Select the Storage Capacity

Note: This is your final step of the configuration.

Edit Virtual Machine’s Performance for macOS Catalina 10.15

For Better performance of any operating system, you should edit the virtual machine’s options. With these options, you can increase or decrease using RAM space, Storage space, and much more.

1. Click on “Edit Virtual Machine Setting”.

Edit the Virtual Machine Setting
Edit the Virtual Machine Setting

2. Click on the Hardware tab and go to Memory and Increase the memory from “2GB to 4GB” for performance improvement.

install macOS Catalina on vmware
Increase Memory

3. Click on Processor and increase processor number and core from 1 to 2.

Edit Processor Unit
Edit Processor Units

4. Select Hard disk and click on the remove button down below to “Remove” the current Hard disk.

Remove the current Hard drive
Remove the current Hard drive

5: Click on the “Add” button to add the new Hard disk.

Add Hard disk
Add Hard disk

6. Select “Hard Disk” from the given list “Hardware types” then click “Next”.

Select Hard Drive
Select Hard Drive

7. Select “SATA (Recommended)” from hard disk type and click on “Next”.

Select Hardware Type
Select Hardware Type

8. Select “Use an Existing Virtual Disk” and click “Next”.

Select Existing Virtual Disk
Select Existing Virtual Disk

You should Insert the MacOS Catalina VMDK File.

9. Click on “Browse” and find the folder where you extracted the macOS Catalina VMDK file, and click “Open”.

Insert the Catalina VMDK File
Insert the Catalina VMDK File

10. Click on “Keep Existing Format”.

Existing Format
Existing Format

Click on the Options tab.

11. Select “Microsoft Windows” for the new Virtual Machine Name.

Select Windows
Select Windows

Note: The versions must be “Windows x64”. Be sure that you have performed all the changes step by step.

Change the macOS Catalina VMX File

While macOS installation in VMware, you face problems like graphical issues and lagging issues. Afterward,  VMX is a complete macOS operating file that solves all these problems and issues. Hence, here you should bring little changes to the VMX file.

1. Open the folder you have selected for macOS Catalina files. Open the macOS Catalina virtual machine folder, and right-click and click on open with notepad.

Change VMX File
Change VMX File

2. When the file is opened. scroll down and add SMC.version =  “0”.

install macos catalina on vmware
Edit VMX Version

Note: If the smc.version=”0″ did not work add samc=0 (without double quotations).

Now Install macOS Catalina on VMware

Every step for creating the virtual machine in VMware is complete. Only a few steps are remaining to install and use macOS Catalina.

1. Click on “Power on this virtual machine”.

Power On
Power On

Note: Do not do any click wait until the Apple logo bypass unless it will get stuck.

Take Heed
Take Heed

Now macOS Catalina is starting up. And installing on VMware Workstation. So, stay patient and wait for it. Although the speed is dependent on your system’s performance and speed.

Once again you should edit the virtual machine.

2. Click on Edit the virtual machine and click on the options tab, move to the virtual machine name and select “Apple Mac OS X” and click “OK”.

Select MacOS-X
Select Mac OS-X

3. Power the virtual machine.

Power On the Virtual Machine
Power On the Virtual Machine

4. Select the region and click on “continue”.

Select Region
Select Region
  • Select your keyboard and language and click on “continue”.
  • On computer data and click on “continue”.
  • Select don’t transfer any information right now and click on “continue”.
  • Click on “sign-up later” and click on “skip”.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of macOS and click on “continue”.
  • Create an account for your computer and click on “continue”.
Manage you Account
Manage you Account
  • On express set-up again and click on “continue”.
  • On Analytics again and click on “continue”.
  • Onscreen time and click on “continue”.
  • Now, wait for the final setting of macOS Catalina for the very first-time use.
  • Finally, macOS Catalina is successfully installed on Virtual Machine VMware Workstation Pro.

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Conclusion:

This article is all about how to install macOS Catalina on VMware using windows. Moreover, It contains all information and guidance about the macOS Catalina installation. So, Just by following these steps, you can install macOS Catalina on VMware on windows. So, Stay tuned and have a blast.

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