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Install Snow Leopard on PC - Configuring Virtual Machines

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 2/21/2010

This article explains the process of loading Snow Leopard or Leopard, copying to virtual machine, and making some final adjustments to drivers and display to make OS X run great on PC.

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    Load the Mac OS X Snow Leopard Install DVD

    Make sure to refer to the first part of this series to find out how to get started and what you need to install the Mac OS on a PC.

    Click the edit virtual machine settings icon, located under the server tab in VMware Workstation. If you want, you can make adjustments to the hard drive size, RAM memory, etc...

    Select the option CD/DVD (IDE). Under connection settings, select "Use ISO Image File." Click the Browse button. Go to the Snowy_VM folder and find the Darwin_Snow.ISO file. Click to select it and click the Open button.

    Click the button labeled "Power on this virtual machine." As soon as you start to see the virtual machine starting up, hold down the F8 key on your keyboard. This will bring you to the boot menu.

    Get your Mac OS X Snow Leopard Retail install disc and load it into your PC's CD/DVD drive. Right-click the icon that looks like a CD in the lower right side of the VMware Workstation screen. Select settings from the quick menu.

    Locate the Connections section and select Use Physical Drive. Click the Save and Exit button.

    Now, locate the boot screen that you used before (where you pushed F8). Select option C, boot from DVD. Press F8 on your keyboard to get to the advanced options screen. Type -v and hit the enter key. You screen should now be loading. It may take a couple of minutes to start up.

    You should now have the OS X Snow Leopard installer window on your screen. Click continue when you receive the first screen. On the second screen, select utilities from the top navigation bar, and select disk utility from the quick menu. Format the virtual hard drive to OS X Journaled. After you are finished, exit disk utility and continue through the steps to install OS X.

    After Snow Leopard gets done installing, your virtual machine will restart. To get back into Snow Leopard for this first time, select CD/DVD options. Click the option to use ISO image file, instead of boot from CD/DVD. Find Darwin_Snow.iso and select it. Power on your virtual machine and adjust any settings that you would like from within Snow Leopard.

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    Final Adjustments

    That's how to install Mac OS on PC. However, you may notice that some things aren't working right. Maybe the sound, video, drivers, etc... VMware products use a utility called VMware Tools to automatically recognize your PC's settings and drivers on the virtual machine. Copy the Snowy VM folder into Snow Leopard. From there, open up the folder and find the file darwin_snow.iso. Double click the file to mount darwin_snow.iso using Snow Leopard. You will be prompted to install VMware Tools. Follow the prompts to install VMware Tools and restart your Snow Leopard virtual machine. Upon restart, OS X should boot up using your PCs drivers, fixing any sound or display issues. That's all there is to it. You should now have an official install of Snow Leopard using VMware Workstation Player.

How to Install Mac OS X Leopard/Snow Leopard on a PC Computer Using Virtualization

This two part series demonstrates how to install Mac OS on a PC using virtual machines. Using virtual machines has many benefits over the traditional Hackintosh method of installing Mac on PC. By the end of this series, you should have Mac OS up and running on any PC that supports virtualization.
  1. Installing Mac OS on a PC - What You Need
  2. Install Snow Leopard on PC - Configuring Virtual Machines