Do you like the look and the features that come with the macOS? OK, you do, but you cannot buy a MacBook? Do not worry because we have got you covered.
Although you can install Apple software on your PC, it isn’t that easy, however there is another option. You can still install macOS with the help of some specialized tools.
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However, before moving on, a word of warning — Apple’s license only allows you to install the macOS on a Mac.
How to do it
Essentially, there are two ways of doing this, but let’s first see how to do it with a virtual machine.
Firstly, you will need a pirated version of the macOS — do not expect our help with that, though. If you prefer this option, then you will have to explore torrents on your own.
After that, you will need some software, such as VirtualBox or VMWare Fusion so that you can install it as a virtual machine.
However, the biggest problem is finding a version of the OS that would work without any hiccups.
Bootable USB drive
Here you will find out how to install macOS on a PC with the help of a USB drive.
- Check whether your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit, which refers to the bit count. For macOS, you will need a 64-bit PC and an i5 or i7 Intel processor.
- Next, you will need a hard drive on which you have never installed a Windows OS. Also, make sure that you have at least 50gb of free space.
- Finally, you will need a USB drive (8gb of storage at least) and a Mac that you will use for downloading the operating system.
How to download the OS
First of all, you need to download the latest OS from your Mac computer, which you will find in Apple’s App Store.
Then, just simply type in ‘Sierra’ in the search box and download it. However, be careful since it will automatically start the installation process on your MacBook. Just press Command-q to abort the operation and check if it is in the Applications folder.
The installation tool
Moreover, the installation is worthless if you do not get it on your USB drive. For this, you will need software that will create the installation, for example, “Unibeast.”
It is a free app that you can get at tonymacx86.com. However, before downloading it, you will need to register first. It is quite easy to use, so do not worry about that.
Formatting the USB drive
Afterward, you need to take the USB drive and look for ‘Disk Utility.’ Open the ‘Partition’ tab and make sure that one partition takes up the entire capacity of the drive.
After these steps, you need to complete the following:
Format: OS X Extended (Journaled)
Scheme: GUID Partition Map
Then you just need to format the drive and continue to the next steps.
Back to Unibeast
Open “Unibeast” that you have previously downloaded and select the appropriate USB drive. Keep clicking on ‘Continue’ until you reach ‘Select OS Installation,’ where you will choose ‘Sierra.’
When you reach ‘Bootloader Options,’ you will be able to choose between ‘UEFI’ and ‘Legacy’ boot mode. This particularly depends on the type of the motherboard that you have. If your motherboard is BIOS-based, then you should choose the ‘Legacy’ option.
Then, you will move on to the ‘Graphics configuration,’ where you will choose the option that best suits your graphics card. However, if the GPU supports ‘Sierra,’ you can skip this step.
Now all you have to do is wait. Still, you should bear in mind that the installation will last for an hour, so try to be patient. On the other hand, you can spend this time wisely. Here is how:
- Disconnect all USB drives.
- Remove internal hard drives.
- Take out the dedicated graphics card (if you have one).
- If available, connect the monitor to the DVI port.
- Prepare the motherboard’s BIOS or UEFI.
You are almost there…
All you have to do now is to actually install the macOS on your PC.
First, you need to restart the computer with the bootable USB plugged in, and as it starts up again, press ‘Del’ on the keyboard several times. Then, choose the USB drive as a booting device; the installation will begin shortly.
- Select the appropriate language and click on the arrow pointing right.
- Choose ‘Disk Utility’ from the ‘macOS Utility’ window.
- Click on ‘Continue.’
- Go to the small arrow in the top left corner and select ‘Show All Devices.’
- Choose the drive where you want to install the OS.
- Click on ‘Erase’ and enter the following:
Name: feel free to brainstorm
Format: OS X Extended (Journaled)
Scheme: GUID Partition Map.
- When the process is finished, click ‘Done’ and close the window.
After these steps, you will return to the ‘macOS Utility’ window. However, this time, you will choose the ‘Install macOS’ option.
After a few clicks on ‘Continue,’ you will be asked to choose the disk — choose the one that you formatted and press ‘Install.’ The installation will last for a few minutes.
Please, do not be surprised when your computer restarts. Open the ‘Boot’ menu again and select the drive from which you will install the operating system.
Then, opt for the clean installation of the macOS and choose your ‘Country.’
Afterward, choose the keyboard layout and press ‘Continue.’ Also, be careful not to transfer any information to this Mac. Next, you will be asked to enable the location services.
It is best if you do not sign in, but do not forget to agree to the ‘Terms and Conditions.’
Fill in the appropriate information:
- Full name
- Account name
- Choose the time zone
When you reach the ‘Express Set Up,’ do not change anything and just press ‘Continue.’ It will take just a few moments to complete the installation.
Sadly, this is not where your work ends. Although your computer now looks ready-to-use, you still do not have sound or Wi-Fi enabled. For further configuration, you will need “Multibeast.”
Once again, you will find the necessary software at tonymacx86.com.
When you run it, you will need to choose between the ‘BIOS’ and ‘UEFI’ boot mode. However, before doing any of this, you will need to know a bit more about your hardware, so feel free to consult a program such as CPU-Z.
Then, you will be asked to choose the appropriate drivers based on the components that you have. Upon completing these operations, select the ‘Build’ tab and click on the ‘Install’ button.
Afterward, choose ‘Agree’ and type in your username and password and click on the ‘Install Helper.’ You will have to wait for a few minutes until the installation is completed, which is followed by an automatic restart of your computer.
In addition, you need to know that this program does not have an uninstall option. If you would like to remove something, you will have to do it on your own. Just go to Library/Extension and uninstall the driver.