MacOS is an entirely distinct operating system from Windows. It has a distinct appearance and operates in a distinct manner. It even has its own set of programs and apps. Perhaps you are in the market for a new computer and want to test out macOS before purchasing a new Mac. Perhaps there are some Mac-only apps that you’d like to try. MacOS can be installed on a Windows (or Linux) computer as a dual boot or as a virtual machine. This wikiHow teaches you how to use VirtualBox to install macOS on a virtual machine.
STEP 1: Downloading the Software and extensions You’ll Need
1. Install VirtualBox. Oracle created VirtualBox, a virtual machine. Virtual machines are programs that simulate the operation of a computer system. Installing an operating system on a virtual machine and running it inside another computer is possible. To download and install VirtualBox, follow the steps below:
- In a web browser such as Google Chrome, navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads.
- Below “VirtualBox 7.0.1 platform packages,” select Windows hosts. If you’re using Linux, go to Linux Distributions and download the installation file for your specific version of Linux.
- In your web browser or Downloads folder, locate the VirtualBox installation executable (.exe) file.
- To proceed, click Next on the title screen.
- Select any custom installation items by checking the box next to them and then clicking Next.
- Next, select an installation location by clicking Browse. It is advised that you install the virtual machine in the default location. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t change the install location.
- Click Yes to accept that it may temporarily disconnect your internet connection.
- Install should be selected.
2. Get the VirtualBox expansion pack. This expansion pack adds USB 3.0 support for keyboard and mouse. To download the VirtualBox expansion pack, follow these steps:
- In a web browser, navigate to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads.
- Scroll down and select “VirtualBox 6.1.18 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack” from the list of supported platforms.
- To install the expansion pack, double-click the file in your web browser’s Downloads folder.
- Install should be selected.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and select I agree.
3. Get a macOS disk image. For macOS, you’ll need an image file. Below are two separate download links for macOS 11.0 (Big Sur), the most recent version of macOS. To download the zip file containing an image file for macOS Big Sur, go to one of the following links and click Download:
- http://www.mediafire.com/file/k36q2yare1sc4bb/macOS Big Sur Beta 11.0 %
- http://www.mediafire.com/file/dbfod9u5q9ii9nd/macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 %
4. Remove the macOS image file. After downloading macOS, you must extract the image file. You can use an archive program such as WinRAR, 7-Zip, or Windows File Manager to do so. In your web browser or Downloads folder, open the zip file. Then, select Extract all or any other option that will extract the entire contents of the zip file. Make a note of the location where you saved the contents.
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