How to install macOS on Windows PC – Build Hackintosh without Mac

Hackintosh without Mac

When you think about macOS, you would associate it with a MacBook or an iMac. Apple wants to keep its computer OS exclusive to its own products. What if I told you that you could use the macOS without any need to buy a MacBook or iMac? Presenting before you The Hackintosh without mac. It lets you to install macOS on Windows PC. 

Why to use a Hackintosh?

There are lots of benefits when you compare a PC with a Mac. The first difference is in the terms of the price. A PC with better configuration than a Mac would cost only a fraction of the former. Secondly, you could update your PC completely whenever you want. On the other hand, when it comes to upgradability, Mac only offers memory and hard drive updates natively which isn’t the case with a PC.

Another brilliant reason to use a Hackintosh is that you could not only run macOS but also Windows and Linux on the same system.

After seeing the benefits of using a Hackintosh over the mac, you might be tempted to run macOS on your PC. The problem you might face is that you have no idea how to do it. No need to worry as this is a guide on how to turn your PC into a Hackintosh.

Things Needed to Turn A PC into Hackintosh without Mac

Unlike installing Linux or Windows on a PC, installing macOS has a few additional steps which are performed to make the PC compatible with the macOS. So here is a list of things that you would require before you install macOS onto your PC and turn it into a Hackintosh.

  • Your PC should have an Intel 64-bit CPU. (Most of the AMD CPUs aren’t supported due to the kernel issues).
  • A new hard disk or a completely formatted one to install the macOS.
  • A USB drive with at least 8 GB of free space.
  • macOS and configuration files with the appropriate tools.

Once you get all these things you are ready to turn your PC into a Hackintosh.

Creating a Bootable Pen Drive for the Hackintosh

First of all, you need to download macOS onto your system. Usually, the simplest way is to go to the App Store on a Mac and download it from there. This tutorial is a little bit different and doesn’t require you to own a Mac in order to get the OS.

Just head to this link to download a copy of macOS onto your PC. (This tutorial will use macOS Sierra)

Now, that you have downloaded a copy of macOS let us create a bootable pen drive to install the OS. In order to create a bootable, you need to download Transmac to your PC.

Once, you have installed Transmac insert the pen drive and open Transmac. You will see that the pen drive is listed in the left pane of the Transmac window. Right click on it and select the “Format Disk for Mac option”.

Transmac UI

Once you have finished formatting the pen drive to the mac compatible format you need to right-click on the USB drive in the left pane again and select the “Restore with Disk Image.” It will open a window and you need to select the macOS image that you have downloaded onto your PC.

Transmac disk restore
Transmac disk restore

Now, Transmac will start copying the “macOS.dmg” onto the pen drive. This process will take approximately half an hour. When it gets finished you would have a macOS bootable drive.

MacOS partition on the hard drive

The next step involves creating a partition for your Hackintosh. To create a partition click on the start button and type “disk” and choose  “Create and Format hard drive partitions”. You will see the available partitions on your system.

Select the empty partition on which you want to install the macOS and right click on it. Select the “New Simple Volume” option. You will be asked whether you want an NTFS or exFAT partition. Choose anyone as installing macOS will format it to the compatible format.

Installing the macOS

Now you are ready to install the macOS and turn your PC into a Hackintosh. Make a backup of everything that is important. Before you begin the installation of hackintosh without mac, remove all the external hardware except the mouse and the keyboard.

Configuring the motherboard BIOS

The BIOS/UEFI needs to be changed in order to install and run macOS onto your Hackintosh. Simply put, BIOS acts as an intermediary between the OS and the hardware. The macOS requires a different BIOS setting when compared to the Windows and Linux operating systems.

To change the BIOS settings restart your system. You will see “Press F2 to enter setup” (This might vary from system to system). Press the key to enter the BIOS/UEFI settings.

Note: Motherboards prior to 2012 use BIOS which doesn’t support mouse and usually features a blue background. The modern motherboards come with UEFI which look slightly fancier and support mouse.

Once you have entered the BIOS/UEFI make sure you change the default settings for the following options.

  • First of all Load Optimized Defaults.
  • Disable VT-D if your CPU supports it.
  • Next disable the CFG-Lock if is enabled.
  • Disable the secure boot mode if it is enabled.
  • Choose “Other OS” from the OS types.
  • If your system has IO SerialPort, disable it
  • Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled
  • If you have a 6 series or x58 system with AWARD BIOS, disable USB 3.0

Once you have made the following changes save the settings and exit the BIOS.

How to install macOS on your PC [ installing macOS Sierra ]

Now, you are all set up to convert your PC into a Hackintosh.

Insert the bootable pendrive into your USB port and restart your PC. Choose “Select boot device” by pressing the appropriate key. You will see the following screen.

Hackintosh Boot screen
Hackintosh Boot screen

The screen is Clover Bootloader screen which comes with the macOS version you have downloaded from the link. If you use any other source you might need to download and configure Clover manually.

Now select the “Hackintosh Sierra Zone” from the menu and press Enter. You will see the installation screen. Be patient as it might take some time to load.

macOS installation screen
macOS installation screen

Now, you are all set to install the macOS Sierra to your PC. Er! I meant to say Hackintosh.

You would need to use the in-built Disk Utility to format the partition that you created earlier into macOS format. Select the appropriate partition in the left pane of the Disk Utility and select the “Erase” option.

Note: Select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled).” while erasing the disk. That’s all you need to do to install macOS high sierra on your windows pc.

Disk Utility formatting the partition.

Now you are ready to install the macOS onto your system. You will see the “erased” partition on the installation page.

Select the partition and click on the “customize” option. This option along with the distro you have downloaded from the given link is very useful. The distro provides you with the kexts and drivers that you would need to run the macOS.

List of Kexts and drivers for the distro.

If you are not familiar with the kexts and drivers or if you are installing macOS for the first time then don’t change any settings. The default settings are there to run macOS on your system without any trouble.

Note: You might need to change the graphics driver settings depending on the graphics card you have on your system.

Now, select the continue button to begin installing macOS high Sierra onto your computer. The process will take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.

Running macOS High Sierra

After the installation process is over, remove the pen drive and reboot your Hackintosh. You will see the name of the drive where you have installed the OS. Select it and press Enter.

Note: You might not boot into the OS due to the kernel issues. In order to fix the issue, you need to enter boot flags for the system after you restart your system.

In case, you don’t run across any problem you would be greeted with the Sierra desktop. Connect to the internet and the distro you have used will automatically install the necessary kexts and drivers to make the system functional.

Hackintosh is ready to use

You are certainly going to run into some problems. But you could find the solutions on many forums dedicated to Hackintosh.

Congratulations you have completed the macOS installation and can now run it on your PC without any need to buy a Mac. Enjoy hackintosh without mac using macOS high sierra.

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