How to run or Insta;ll macOS virtually on your Windows PC

For any Windows user, wanting to have a Safari browsing experience on their PCs, or understand the software working in the Mac, access to the latest macOS in a virtual environment, is helpful. However, getting macOS running in your Windows via VirtualBox is very tricky.

The pirated versions of Mac OS X modified for Windows PC is known as distros. Although these distros work as the most convenient way in setting up a Hackintosh (a non-Apple machine with a macOS installed), there may be some legal issues around it.

Getting started: The pre-requisites

To get started with installing macOS in your Windows PC, the below requirements are very important.

  • A Windows or Hackintosh computer: With this computer, you will be able to download, and set up iAtkos. However, a DVD or Blu-ray burner is a must-have.
  • A Hackintosh-compatible computer: Using this computer, you will be able to install OS X Mountain Lion. It can also be done via the above-mentioned computer, however, a free space of 10GB or more is important. However, if you wish to use Mac OS X frequently, you’ll need a free space of at least 50 GBs.
  • iAtkos ML2: The most popular distro for OS X Mountain Lon, iAtkos, can be downloaded from any of the bit-torrent websites. The basic installation procedure requires writing iAtkos onto a USB drive, and boot into your system, using iAtkos to install Mac OS X.
  • A dual-layer DVD or empty USB drive: If you are preparing iAtkos from Windows, write iAtkos over a double-layered DVD or Bluray. However, if it is being set up from Mac OS X, an 8GB USB drive will be required. Although writing iAtkos on a USB drive using a Windows computer is not possible, you may do so post installing the Mountain Lion on a virtual machine. Also, make sure you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack to view all USB drives for your virtual machine.
  • TransMac: If a Windows computer s being used to set up iAtkos, TransMac will be required to burn iAtkos’ disk image file onto the dual-layer DVD, or Bluray disc. However, purchasing TransMac s not necessary, you can work with the trial version.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner: For setting up iAtkos on a Mac, use Carbon Copy Cloner and write the iAtkos disk image file on the USB drive. However, purchasing its not necessary, you can work with the trial version for Carbon Copy Cloner.
  • Multibeast: This is a group of kext files to help your Hackintosh run smoothly, post-installation. For Mac, setting up iAtkos requires Multibeast, before the first installation.

Start with creating the iAtkos USB Drive for Mac

  • Once you are done with the pre-requisites, plug in the USB into Mac OS X, and go to Disk Utility. Select the USB drive in the Disk Utility, and go to the Partition tab. Here, create a partition layout with only 1 partition. Set Mac OS Extended as the format. Put this partition under a name of your choice, and click on the Options button, before putting the new partition’s layout. The layout should be set as Master Boot Record, by default. Now, click on Apply.
  • Now, open the iAtkos disk image. Once opened, start Carbon Copy Cloner, set iAtkos disk image as the Source and USB drive as the Destination. Now, the selected name for your USB drive will be written over all the contents of your iAtkos disk image, onto your USB drive. This may take about an hour, depending on your USB drive’s quality.
  • Once this is done, it is time to install the fully-functional OS X Mountain Lion file on your USB drive. Now, to boot this on PC, open Multibeast, and click on the USB drive as the installation location. Select Drivers & Bootloaders in Bootloaders under Chimera tab, and run the Multibeast installer.

Creating iAtkos DVD (Windows)

  • For setting up the iAtkos on Windows, insert the dual-layer DVD into Windows. Now, open TransMac, Click on File and open Disk Image. On the Explorer window, select the downloaded iAtkos disk image.
  • The downloaded iAtkos disk image will now pop-up on the left side of the TransMac window. Right-click on it and select Burn to CD/DVD, and burn the disk image.
  • This process may take up to an hour, or more, as per the speed of the DVD burner. Once TransMac is done, a fully bootable DVD version of the iAtkos Mountain Lion installer is available for use.

Setting up the PC

  • Before starting the setup procedure, unplug all USB-connected devices, excluding the keyboard and mouse.
  • Start the computer and unplug additional internal hard drives.
  • As per the feasibility, connect the monitor screen to your system’s DVI port. This way any possible problems with the HDMI, VGA and the Mac OS X installer can be avoided.

Setting up the Motherboard’s BIOS

Since the BIOS on most motherboards does not support a mouse, the only way to navigate through it is by using the keyboard. Press Enter to select another option in the BIOS. After this, press F10 to save the changes.

How to Boot into IAtkos

  • Plug the iAtkos USB drive into a USB 2.0 port on the system or insert the iAtkos DVD into the DVD drive. Now, restart the system. You will now be able to see the iAtkos menu.
  • From the iAtkos menu, select your iAtkos USB drive or DVD, with the left or right arrow keys, and press Enter to start your OS X Mountain Lion installer.

Installing the Mountain Lion

After you have entered the OS X Mountain Lion installer, a pop-up page will ask for a “destination” for the Mountain Lion installation.

Using Multibeast

For a Hackintosh that only requires updates using Mac OS X Lion, reinstalling UserDSDT, Easybeast, or Chimera s not required. However, miscellaneous kexts such as TRIM Enabler may have to be reinstalled.

To run Multibeast in OS X Mountain Lion, simply go the Security section in System Preferences in Mac OS X. Now, go to the General tab, check Anywhere under the Allow applications tab. Once Multibeast is running on your system, do change the BIOS settings to normal.

The End-note

Once you are past all this, the copy of OS X Mountain Lion on your PC is now fully functional and ready use.