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Last month, Apple released their final version of MacOS Sierra. If you have decent hardware with enough CPU, RAM, and storage space, you could create a MacOS Sierra virtual machine using VirtualBox on a Windows host. Thanks to TechReviews, you can download a VMDK image file to create your virtual machine.

To use VMware Workstation 12 Player instead of VirtualBox, see how to Install MacOS Sierra 10.12 on VMware Player on Windows.

Downloads

First, you’ll want to download and install VirtualBox v5.x.

Next, you’ll want to download the VMDK MacOS Sierra image (choose one of the options below):
Google Drive (One Full): https://goo.gl/m1an1R
Google Drive (5 of 5): https://goo.gl/I7DCqA

You’ll probably get a message about the download limit has been reached. If you have enough free space in your Google Drive, you can copy it into your Drive. Right-click on the file and select Make A Copy. Then click on My Drive in the left menu and download the image from your drive.

After you download the image, open the .rar file and extract the VMDK file.

Setup MacOS 10.12 Sierra on VirtualBox on Windows

Create Virtual Machine

In VirtualBox, create a new virtual machine with the settings below:

  • Name: macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Type: Mac OS X
  • Version: Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan (64 bit)
  • Memory size is minimuum 4 GB (4096 MB)
  • Virtual disk file: macOS 10.12 Sierra.vmdk

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Edit Virtual Machine

CPU: Set to 2 CPU and Enable PAE/NX

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System: Enable EFI, Disable Floppy, Chipset is PIIX3 or IHC9
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Graphics: Set 128 vRam
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Add Code to VirtualBox with Command Prompt (cmd)

  • Open Command Prompt (cmd.exe) with Administrative Privileges.
  • Replace “Your VM Name” with your virtual machine name then Copy – Paste to Command Prompt (VM Name is case sensitive!)

cd "C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBox"
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

Start Your MacOS 10.12 Sierra Virtual Machine