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How to install macOS Sierra on VirtualBox

Do you want to check the latest Apple system on a Windows computer? Nothing easier. You don’t need to get Hackintosh out of your PC. All you need is a free virtualization program – VirtualBox – and it will be for a while. See how to install macOS Sierra on Windows.

macOS Sierra is a new version of the Apple system. It introduces several new products for the Mac, including features for collaboration with mobile devices (Continuity), unlocking the system from the iPhone or Apple Watch level. A clipboard has also been installed, which allows you to instantly copy and transfer text or links between different devices in real-time.

Although the macOS Sierra system update is officially available for Mac computers, there are no barriers to testing it on Windows. For this purpose, however, we will have to make some changes and follow a few steps. Our method allows you to run macOS Sierra as a virtual machine, that is, from the Windows level. We do not install the Apple software as a separate system on a different partition but inside Windows. This is possible thanks to the free program VirtualBox.

Preparing to install macOS Sierra

Let’s start with the components we need to build before installing macOS Sierra on Windows. However, first, you must ensure that our computer can “lift” the Apple system. So let’s check if we are using a 64-bit computer running 64-bit Windows (since Windows 7). And also that we have 4 GB of RAM and a dual-core processor. If we do not fulfill these conditions, there is nothing to install.

Now let’s move on to the components that need to be downloaded to your computer. So we have to download:

In the end, we prepare for installation. Packed in RAR format, the macOS Sierra image file is unpacked using an appropriate program on our computer. Please note that the file may take up a lot of space. Then we install the latest version of VirtualBox. The installation process itself is straightforward; follow the installer’s instructions.

Installing a new machine

The next step is to install the virtual machine. We launch VirtualBox, then click “Create,” and create a new virtual machine. The following data must be specified in the device settings:

  • Name – macOS Sierra
  • Type: Mac OS X
  • Version: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (64 bit) or 10.12 Sierra

Then set “Memory Size” to 4 GB and Disk Size to at least 20 GB. We mark the created virtual machine and go to its settings (“Settings”). Here, in the System tab, set in the Processor(s) box to 2, we also enable the Enable PAE/NX option.

In the Motherboard tab available under the System tab, we set the following values: Enable EFI, Disable Floppy, and Chipset to PIIX3 or IHC9.

Now go to the Display tab in Settings and the Display tab. Set “Video Memory” here to 128 MB.

Finally, go to the Storage tab and add our macOS Sierra image to the controller. Thanks to this, the system will automatically boot after starting the machine. It’s all about the virtual machine settings.

Now start the command prompt. If we are using version 5.0 or newer of VirtualBox, enter the following code, which we confirm by pressing Enter:

cd “C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\”

Then, after opening the said folder, enter the following command of commands, each confirmed by Enter. It should be noted that in the “Machine Name” field, enter the name that we provided to our virtual machine (for example, “macOS Sierra”).

You can download the VBox Codes here

It is essential to do this part very carefully. After executing all the commands, we will close the Command Prompt and start the virtual machine with our virtual machine from macOS Sierra.

Here we go, according to the recommendations of the installer. We install the language version of our system, add the installation site and go. You do not need to make any other changes or additional settings. If all goes well, we should have macOS Sierra installed on our computer in a dozen minutes.

Finally, it is worth loading additional drivers from the VirtualBox program – for example, to scale the system window.


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