Running Mavericks in VMware Player

I have previously posted about my hackintosh and how to install Mavericks on its own hard drive. I can then load Windows or OSX via the motherboard’s boot-menu (hint: F12 on Gigabyte).

This forces me to reboot my PC, which I don’t do very often. I rarely need to use OSX the way I use my computer. Also, the back button on my mouse doesn’t work in OSX. It’s annoying! So, I tend to use Windows 8.x which I just put to sleep when not in use. Works great for me!

But I do like to tinker now and then, so I searched for a way to install Mavericks in VMware Player. I already use VMware Player to test-install Windows. And sometimes test-drive software also.

You need a hackintosh or Mac, or a friend with one.

You need to download the installer app from Mac App Store.

I found a great guide over at InsanelyMac. I followed every step, but didn’t manage to make a setup-DMG via the script. So I had to do it another way, and finally got a Mavericks.iso which I used to install OSX.

You need to unlock the possibility to make a virtual machine that supports installing OSX. Since this is available if you run VMware on a Mac, some clever heads has ported this over to Windows. You got to love the Internet!

After running the unlocker, I made a new virtual OSX machine, which I pointed to the ISO. After Mavericks was installed, I did the tips from the guide (changed a couple of settings and installed VMware Tools and some extra drivers).

Update: After I updated VMware Player (to version 6.0.2), I had to reinstall Unlocker to get Mavericks to boot.

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