How to install macOS Monterey on Windows [VMware Emulator]

At Apple’s latest WWDC event that was held in June, we got to see a lot of new stuff from Apple. From the latest iOS 15 to macOS Monterey to other Privacy feature upgrades we got to see it all. Of course, Mac users get the freedom of being able to install the beta version of macOS Monterey. If you enjoy trying out and exploring new operating systems, here is a guide on how to install macOS Monterey on Windows using VMware and other emulators.

For starters, macOS Monterey has a lot of cool new features brought out to the table. From being able to stream share content from Apple Music and Netflix via SharePlay right over a Facetime call. You can now AirPlay items from your iPad or iPhone to your Mac system. With so many cool features baked right into the new OS, everyone wants to have a taste of the new macOS Monterey. So, read along to know how to install macOS Monterey on VMware on a Windows PC.

How to install macOS 12 Monterey on Windows

Many of us only have a Windows PC but we can’t deny the fact that macOS is an amazing OS. And the great thing is we can get macOS on Windows PC. There are macOS Monterey ISO files available which means it is possible to install macOS like Windows. But it is a bit complex method to install macOS Monterey on Windows. We are going to use the VMware workstation for this guide. Let’s start with the requirements.


  • VMware Workstation 16 Pro (latest versions)
  • VMware Unlocker
  • macOS 12 Monterey ISO file

Download and Install VMware Workstation

To run macOS 12 Monterey on Windows, you will have to download virtual machine software. VMware is one such great software that you can use to try out macOS Monterey. You can almost emulate any operating system easily.

  1. Head over to the downloads page of VMWare to download the latest version available.
  2. Run the installer, Windows will ask if you want all the programs to make changes, click on Yes.
  3. During the setup, you will have to agree to the terms of the license agreement.
  4. Once you have agreed to it, the installation will then begin soon.
  5. At the end of the installation, you will get a dialogue that says the installation has been completed. Click on the Finish button.

Download and run the VMware Unlocker

The Unlocker replaces a few files of VMware and patches it up so that you will be able to boot macOS easily. To download this unlocker you can visit the Unlocker GitHub page. With the unlocker downloaded, simply extract the zip file. Now look for the win-install.cmd, right-click it, and run as administrator. A command window will now open. It will look if the VMware tools for macOS is available or not. If not, it will begin downloading the file that will weigh around 620 MB. Based on your internet speeds, the download speeds will vary. Once it has downloaded and installed the file, the command window will close itself automatically.

Download macOS Monterey ISO file

The most important step here is getting the macOS 12 Monterey ISO. For Mac systems, people can enroll their supported Mac systems for the beta update and then download a DMG file. Since VMware won’t read DMG files, you will need an ISO file of the OS. You will be able to find download links of the OS by a simple Google search, or even a quick scroll through Twitter might fetch you a download link. Download the macOS Monterey ISO file from links that have been used by people and the file is legitimate enough. The ISO file for macOS Monterey will weigh in at 15GB or so.

Install macOS Monterey on VMware

Now that you’ve got all the required things to be able to run the macOS in VMware, let’s get started with the installation process.

  1. Open up VMware and click on the Create a new Virtual Machine.
  2. It will now ask you to pick the type of installation. Click on Typical Installation and hit the Next button.
  3. At the next screen select ‘I will install operating system option’.
    How to Install macOS Monterey on Windows
  4. Select the Apple macOS X and pick the latest available version as well.
    How to Install macOS Monterey on Windows
  5. Give a name to your Virtual machine. As for the default location path, let it be as it is.
  6. Allocate the maximum disk size for the virtual machine and select the store virtual disk as a single file option.
  7. On this screen, you will be able to customize the hardware of the virtual machine. You change the amount of RAM, CPU Processor, etc.
  8. Click on the NEW CD/DVD STATA option, select Use ISO image file, and add the ISO file that you downloaded.
    How to Install macOS Monterey on Windows
  9. With all the customization done, click on the close button and click on Finish.

Make changes to the macOS Monterey VMX File

How to Install macOS Monterey on vmware

You will have to make changes to the VMX folder so that VMware will be able to run macOS Monterey. Head over to the Documents folder of your system. Open Virtual Machine > macOS Monterey and right-click on the macOS Monterey.vmx file. Open the file in Notepad. And, at the end of the code add the following line

smc.version = “0”

And, once you have added the line. Simply hit the Control Key and S key to save the file and close the Notepad as well.

Power the virtual machine to run macOS Monterey

  • Open up VMWare, select the macOS virtual machine and click on Power this virtual machine.
  • The system boots up with the Apple Logo.
  • Select the language of your choice.
  • Click on Disk Utility and give a name to your macOS and quit Disk utility.
  • Now, select install macOS 12 beta and click on continue.
  • After that, select the disk that is to be installed and click on Continue.
  • The installation process will now begin. It will, of course, take some time and will be completed on its own.

Set up macOS Monterey

Now on your first boot up to macOS Monterey, you will be able to select the country and language at the welcome screen, followed by settings to customize input and diction. It will also ask to connect your system to the internet. You can skip the migration assistant and on the next screen sign in with your Apple ID. Now it will ask you to create a system account with a username and password. After that, you can agree to the terms and conditions. From here you will be able to disable Siri and choose the preferred system theme. And finally, you will have booted into macOS Monterey on VMware or Virtualbox on Windows.

In this manner, you will be able to install macOS Monterey on Windows using VMware or Virtualbox. Of course, there will be some features that might not work perfectly as it’s running on a virtual machine and also the fact that it is the beta version which could no doubt have some bugs here and there. And once the stable build is available, the experience will be better.

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