Running Mac OS X Mountain Lion in a VM (Virtual Machine)

Installing Mac OS X in a VM is significantly easier than installing it natively on your PC. So if just need to use a particular Mac only program or just simply play with the Mac OS X for curiosity sake, its easier to do it in a VM.

Things you would need:

1) A Computer with a processor capable of hardware virtualization: If you know if your processor has this ability or not, click here to download Intel’s processor identification utility. Download, install and run to see if VT-x is enabled.

2) VMware workstation 8: This will run your VM. You can get the trail version here, or you could get the full version on your own. Download and install this.

3) OS X Mountain Lion VM by Soul Dev Team:

Torrent Download link: click here (4.3GB)

This torrent download could take some time. It has OS X Mountain Lion VM image + some tools. The downloaded file will be compressed in 7zip format. Double click to extract. You should see the following folders:

The Guide:

Step 1) VMware workstation keeps the ability to install and run Mac OS X as a VM locked otherwise Apple lawyers will sue them to hell.

To unlock this open the extracted folder, go to the folder ‘VMware Unlocker – Mac OS X Guest’ –>’VMware 8.x Series’—>’VMware Workstation Unlocker – Windows’

Click on ‘install’. Right click and select run as admin from the menu. A cmd prompt window will appear and run the script to unlock VMware 8. Now your VMware is unlocked.

Step 2) Earlier we checked if your processor is capable of hardware virtualization or not. Even if it is. Hardware virtualization is disabled by default. You need to go to BIOS and enable it.

Restart your system—> Keep tapping ‘del’ (Or F2 in some cases) while its powering on to get into BIOS—> Once in BIOS go to advanced tab and under CPU settings enable virtualization—> Save and exit

Your computer will restart. Now back to windows.

Step 3) Open VMware workstation. Click on ‘Open a Virtual Machine’. Navigate to the folder ‘OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion’ and select ‘OS X Mountain Lion.vmx’.

Edit the properties of your VM.

Step 4) Power on your VM. It could take significant amount of time(2-15min) for your VM to power up depending upon your hardware configuration. Once powered on complete the setup that comes on screen.

That’s it. Enjoy your VM.

You also might be interested in:

Guide to install Mac OS X Lion in a VM

Guide to install Mac OS X Lion natively on your PC (Hackintosh guide)