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Install MacOS on a Windows PC

Birgit Götz, Anyron Copeman

Would you like to run MacOS on a computer that is actually only designed for Windows? It actually works - albeit not that easy.

There is a way to install MacOS on a Windows computer - however, it is recommended that you first try the process on a computer other than your primary computer.

The method that our colleagues at techadvisor have tried works - but of course there is no guarantee of it that it does this on all Windows machines. And it might be difficult to go back to Windows if you want to change your decision.

After this disclaimer notice, we will explain how to proceed:


Make sure you have a compatible PC

You need a PC with a 64-bit Intel processor, otherwise it may not work.

It is important to have a second hard drive on the target device, preferably one with more than 500 GB of free capacity. Although you can technically run macOS from an external hard drive, the end result will be much better with an integrated hard drive. This is especially true if you're trying to install macOS on a laptop.

You need a USB flash drive to transfer the data. A similar capacity as above is recommended.

Also, make sure the Mac you are using is running macOS Sierra (2017) or later. Older versions are not supported.


Create a macOS installer and install it on a flash drive

  1. Go to the download page on tonymac86.com and search for Unibeast for the software version running on your device. If you're not sure, click the Apple logo in the top left of the screen and select 'About This Mac'.

  2. After downloading, make sure Unibeast is installed.

  3. Insert the USB flash drive and open Disk Utility. The easiest way is to click the magnifying glass in the corner and look for it.

  4. If the device has more than one partition, click the Partition option at the top of the screen, then click the minus (-) below the pie chart that appears. Before you click Apply, make sure the Format is set to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and Schema is set to GUID Partition Mapping.

  5. Launch the Unibeast application you installed earlier and choose the USB drive as the destination for the installer.

  6. Proceed to the next few screens until you are asked which operating system you want to install. Select the same version that is installed on this device.

  7. In the next picture select UEFI. In the unlikely event that you are using a device with a BIOS (usually before 2007), choose Legacy instead

  8. If you have built-in Intel graphics, you should be able to skip the next screen. You only need to specify your graphics card if it is not compatible with MacOS.

  9. Download the Multibeast app from the same website as before. Again, make sure you have selected the correct version of the macOS you are moving.

  10. After the installation, drag it to the USB stick as you will need it for the installation process.

Install MacOS on the Windows device

  1. Connect the USB stick to the PC or laptop and restart your device.

  2. It should now boot into Unibeast by default. Use the arrow keys to navigate to "External" and press Enter.

  3. Select the destination drive when it appears. If not, go to Disk Utility, right-click where you want to install it and click "Erase". Before clicking Apply, make sure again that MacOS Extended (Journaled) is selected and the scheme is set to GUID Partition Map.

  4. After deleting, you should now see this option as the destination drive. Click it and wait for MacOS to start installing. The process should take about 30 minutes.

  5. When done, restart your device and make sure the USB drive is still connected.

  6. Select the Uniboot menu and your PC will now boot into MacOS!

As you can see, this is a long and complicated process that requires a lot of small adjustments. Therefore, it won't be worth it for most users.

If you just want to simulate Windows on a Mac instead of reinstalling the entire operating system, you can install it in a virtual environment on Windows 10. You can read how to do this in this post:

Try Mac OS - with a virtual PC

Why would you want macOS on a Windows device in the first place?

Apple's Macbook range has been the gold standard when it comes to premium design, but there are some hardware limitations that could be frustrating. The lack of facial recognition, the limited port selection and the controversial butterfly keyboard (until 2020) are reasons why someone might prefer hardware from another manufacturer.

In addition, Macbooks are not cheap, even the entry-level models cost four-digit. Inexpensive laptops are actually always Windows devices.

However, despite its popularity, Microsoft's operating system is not for everyone. Many people will not appreciate the extensive customization options, despite the recent stability problems.

This post was first published by our English colleagues on techadvisor.co.uk