The 16th major release of Apple Inc.’s Macintosh operating system is unveiled by the name of “Catalina”. So, it was announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 3, 2019. Hence, the initial release on MacOS Catalina was held on October 7, 2019. Moreover, MacOS Catalina successes MacOS Mojave which was released before MacOS Catalina. So, in this article, we are gonna show you How to install MacOS Catalina on Virtualbox on Windows.
Bear in mind, that you dual boot MacOS Catalina with windows. But, we recommend you to use a virtual machine to install macOS on windows. Because Virtual machines are easy to use and offer tons of handy features, that can help you manage the new operating system on your machine. And, there are many virtual machine platforms such as Hyper-v (Windows), VMware, Sandbox, and Bootcamp. And, remember, we can install any operating system on Virtualbox on any platform. However, today we are going to install macOS on Virtualbox on windows.
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Features of MacOS Catalina 10.15
A glance, MacOS Catalina brought tons of new eye-catching features. However, iTunes no more exist in new Apple devices. Moreover, new Apple Music, Podcasts. and TV has replaced iTunes. And, Apple Music is much better than iTunes and it has a library that in-shapes more than 50 million songs, playlists, and videos. Apple Podcasts is a catalog of shows that contains 70,000 shows episode by episode. If you are in love with HP and 4K movies then MacOS Catalina will wonder you, because Apple TV is a feature of MacOS Catalina 10.15 that offers you over 100,000 movies and TV shows. Moreover, Mac users can access the iTunes store as well.
Another feature of the new Macintosh operating system is SideCar. So, if you have ever thought about using your iPad as assistance to your MacBook or Mac computer. So, Apple has an answer to your thoughts by introducing SideCar. Because SideCar allows you to use your iPad alongside your computer. And, if you are an artist you can use your iPad as a drawing pad. Another amazing feature in the new MacOS is “Time Screen”. So, with the help of Time Screen, you limit the usage of your apps. Hence, this feature can save you time. So, there are many features in MacOS Catalina you can try them out.
Note: We will install macOS Catalina on Virtualbox on windows in 7 easy steps. So, let get on it.
Step 1: Important Files to install MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows.
We need four files to install MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox on windows.
- Winrar: This app is used to compress and decompress files. And, we are gonna use Winrar to decompress and extract the MacOS Catalina 10.15 image file.
- VirtualBox: Our targeted virtual machine for the MacOS installation is Virtualbox. So, if you installed on your PC it is alright. And you don’t have Virtualbox you visit the official website and download it easily.
- VirtualBox Extention Pack: For your information, After facing mouse and keyboard errors while installing MacOS Sierra, Virtualbox brought VirtualBox Extension Pack to overcome this issue. So, it is very important to install VirtualBox Extention Pack before installing MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox, otherwise, you will face mouse and keyboard errors.
- MacOS Catalina 10.15 VMDK File (Image File): For installing any operating system on any virtual machine, we need an ISO or image file of the installation steep up. Take heed, make sure to download the HFS image for Virtualbox because it does not support the APFS image file. Secondly, be sure to have fast and reliable internet because the Catalina VMDK file is very large.
Extract MacOS Catalina file before installation
When the MacOS Catalina installer is completely downloaded, you have to extract it using any file compression software. As we referred you Winrar, So use Winrar to extract the file. And, if you are using 7zip, Winzip, Peazip, PowerArchiver, or any other, also you can extract the file.
Step 2: Install VirtualBox your PC
Note: If you have already installed VirtualBox on your PC, you can skip this step.
We know we are gonna install MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows, So we install it at the beginning of our work. Just follow these easy steps to install VirtualBox on your PC.
Step 1: After downloading, find the setup file and double-click on the setup wizard, After installation wizard page appears click on “Next”.
Step 2: Click on “Next”
Step 3: Tick all the checkboxes and click on “Next”.
Step 4: Click on “Yes” to set up the network interface.
Now Virtualbox is ready to install.
Step 5: Click on “install” to start the installation
Click on install to allow partial softwares
Step 6: Click on “Finish” and that installation is complete.
Step 3: Install VirtualBox Extension Pack
To fix the keyboard and mouse errors while working on MacOS Catalin we have to install VirtualBox Extension Pack. Download this extension pack and install it. If you do not have the file goto Virtualbox website and download it for free. So, follow these few steps to install VirtualBox Extension Pack.
Step 1: After installing virtual box completely. Open VirtualBox host and click on preferences.
Step 2: Navigate to “Extensions” and click on the plus icon on the up left side of the page.
Step 3: Select the downloaded Extension Pack from the folder and click on “Open”.
Step 4: Click on install to begin Extension Pack installation.
Step 5: Click on “I agree” to agree with the terms and conditions of the Application.
Step 6: After installation “click” on the extension pack file and click on “Ok” to end up installation.
Step 4: Create A VirtualBox Machine for MacOS Catalina 10.15
After download the MacOS Catalina ISO/image file. Open the file with Winrar and extract it. So, extracting will take several minutes, be patient because the image file is over 8 GBs.
Step 1: After the 2 steps done. Open VirtualBox to create a new and fresh Virtual Machine for MacOS Catalina. Therefore, click on “New”.
Step 2: Name your new operating system properly, As I named “MacOS Catalina 10.15” and then click “Next”.
Step 3: Select the memory size for the new operating system. Remember the recommended size is 2048 MB
Increase MemoryStep 4: Now Select “Use an existing Virtual Hark Drive file”. And click on browse option and find the downloaded MacOS Catalina 10.15 VDMK file and insert the file to the virtual machine.
Step 5: Edit MacOS Catalina 10.15 Setting.
For better performance of the Virtual Machine, you need to bring some changes to the setting. Such as Virtual machine processor core numbers, VRAM, boot order, and enable USB 3.
Step 1: Go to the system menu > motherboard > uncheck the floppy disk.
Step 2: Click on the Processor tab > increase the CPU cores.
Step 3: Click on Display > increase the Video Memory to 128 MB.
Step 4: Click on USB > enable USB 3 (xHCI) controller.
Step 6: Enter Some important code to Windows CMD
Bear in mind. The CMD codes are very important. Because they fix MacOS Catalina error on VirtualBox. For example a simple code like -Cpuidset. This is a code that enables MacOS to operate on VirtualBox.
Step 1: Before entering code to CMD close the VirtualBox. And, run windows command prompt as Administrator.
Step 2: Now copy the below-given code and replace your “You VM Name” with your newly MacOS Catalina Virtual Machine name. As we name our machine “MacOS Catalina 10.15” above. Remember the name must be the same otherwise you will face the error.
cd "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\" VBoxManage.exe modifyvm "Your VM Name" --cpuidset 00000001 000106e5 00100800 0098e3fd bfebfbff VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" "iMac11,3" VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemVersion" "1.0" VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiBoardProduct" "Iloveapple" VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/DeviceKey" "ourhardworkbythesewordsguardedpleasedontsteal(c)AppleComputerInc" VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/smc/0/Config/GetKeyFromRealSMC" 1
Replace “Your VM Name”.
Paste Code and Replace VM nameStep 3: Copy and paste the code in CMD and run.
Remember. If you are using AMD or AMD Ryzen, Run these 2 lines of code below the codes.
*AMD ONLY* VBoxManage modifyvm "OSX" --cpu-profile "Intel Core i7-6700K" VBoxManage setextradata "OSX" VBoxInternal2/EfiGraphicsResolution 1920x1080
Step 7: Install and Run MacOS Catalina 10.15 on VirtualBox
Now it is the final and last step to install MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows.
Step 1: Open VirtualBox and Run the MacOS Catalina 10.15 Virtual Machine.
Step 2: Now run the Virtual Machine once and then press the ESC button and type install.nsh/boot.nsh and press Enter.
If your Virtual Machine stuck here? So, follow the following steps.
- When you press the ESC button and then the shell will appear.
- Now type fs1 to load the f1s drive. This command will mount the drive.
- Then type ls to list the folders. Make sure that “MacOS Catalina Data” should be on the list.
- type cd MacOS Catalina Data to move to the folder.
- cd Locked files to move to the Folder.
- cd Boot Files to move to the Folder.
- Now, Type boot.efi to launch the boot sequence.
After the Welcome window appears you are done with installation. Just Select your Language and continue, and select the keyboard layout. And continue. So, after that select don’t transfer any information to this Mac and click on continue. Then, here Apple will ask you to login with your Apple ID, but I recommend you click on the Set up Later. So, like other software here agree to the terms and conditions of Apple MacOS. And click on continue. So, Now name your computer and give a password and a hit. And Continue with Express setup. Now, a screen will appear at the title of Screen-Time and click on Set up Later. And choose the dark and light mode for your operating system and the installation is complete.
In this article, we show you how to install MacOS Catalina on VirtualBox on windows. So, If you want to give a try any MacOS. So, if prefer MacOS Catalina, because it is the latest Macintosh operating system. And, you are not using VirtualBox don’t worry because we have a complete article on this topic for VMware users. So, check that out and learn How to install MacOS Catalina on VMware on Windows. So stay tuned.