Mac OS X El Capitan was released last year. The operating system boasts of great features and a streamlined user experience. Fortunately, this incredible operating system by Apple is available for download. But you are wondering why this information is relevant to you since you have a PC, not a Mac. Well, read on to learn how you can install Mac OS X El Capitan on PC without a Mac, using VirtualBox.

Virtual Box

VirtualBox is a virtualization software that enables an operating system to run as a program or application. VirtualBox allows operating systems to be installed on it, by creating a virtual machine.

Requirements to install Mac OS X El Capitan on PC

The process of installing this operating system on PC requires VirtualBox. VirtualBox is free for download. You will also need the downloaded image file of the OS (Google drive file courtesy tactig.com). You will need an extraction software such as Winrar to extract the OS.

There are system requirements for this process. You need Windows 7 or a newer version of Windows. The BIOS of your PC ought to be virtualization enabled. There needs to be free disk space of at least 3GB.

Step-by-step Guide to install Mac OS X on PC using VirtualBox

Step 1: Install VirtualBox

If you do not have VirtualBox, download and install it from this link. The installation process should be easy. After downloading, click on the setup and follow the prompts as required.

Step 2: Extract Mac OS X El Capitan

The image file you downloaded from Google drive (downloaded image file of the OS) needs to be extracted using WinRAR. You will simply have to right click on the image file and select the option ‘Extract Here’.

Extract File with WinRar

Step 3: Open VirtualBox and create a Virtual Machine

  • This whole process is dependent on VirtualBox. Open the application and select ‘New‘. In this case, we will name the new machine ‘OS X El Capitan’. After naming the machine click ‘Next‘.

How to Install Mac OS X El Capitan on VirtualBox?

  • On the next window choose the amount of RAM you want for your virtual machine. The virtual machine will need at least 2GB RAM. After choosing the desired RAM click ‘Next’.
  • You will now be required to select the hard drive. You should check the option that states ‘Use existing virtual hard drive file’. The file you are referring to in this case is the OS X El Capitan image file, you extracted from the step 2, above.

How to Install Mac OS X El Capitan on VirtualBox?

Step 4: Edit the new virtual machine

  • There are three main properties of your virtual machine that you will need to edit. When you open the virtual machine you created, head to ‘Settings‘.
  • Open the ‘General‘ tab. Here, set everything to default.
  • Open the next tab, which is ‘System’. Here, there are three tabs which are horizontally arranged. The first is ‘Motherboard’ Disable Floppy, Enable EFI and select the Chipset PIIX3 or IHC9.

El Capitan System on VirtualBox

Step 5:Add Code to VirtualBox with Command Prompt

  • Run command prompt on your PC as the administrator.
  • You will have to add code to VirtualBox using Command Prompt. Copy the code given below and paste it in Command Prompt.
  • Note: In the code given below replace the words ‘Your VM Name’ with the name you gave your virtual machine.

For VirtualBox 5.0;

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

For VirtualBox 4.0;

cd "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\"
VBoxManage.exe modifyvm "Your VM Name" --cpuidset 00000001 000306a9 04100800 7fbae3ff bfebfbff
VBoxManage setextradata "Your VM Name" "VBoxInternal/Devices/efi/0/Config/DmiSystemProduct" "MacBookPro11,3"
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

Step 6: Install OS X El Capitan in your virtual machine

  • Your virtual machine is now ready for the new OS. Open VirtualBox and click ‘Start’. A code will run on the screen.
  • After the code, you are ready to install the Mac OS X El Capitan. The installation process is very simple. It involves creating a new user account, selecting region, time and language preferences.
  • After the installation, you can now run the OS X El Capitan on virtualBox on a PC.

Installed OSX El Capitan on VirtualBox

Installing Mac OS X El Capitan on PC using VirtualBox will break some sweat. But considering the usability of the OS, it is worth the time. In case you encounter problems following this guide, feel free to use the comment sections.

  • Elach Jamtay (DISgruntled)

    Where you say “You will also need the downloaded image file of the OS. You will need an extraction software such as Winrar to extract the OS.” the problem is that all I got was the update DMG.
    I even dug up the El Capitan ISO (over 5.6 gigs) and extracting that did nothing more than produce a folders with loads of files and no obvious “hard drive.”
    Sadly, the step 2 bit has some important details missing.
    Could you perhaps expand on it?
    In the meantime I am trying to turn the DMG into an ISO and then use that as an installation disc. But I don’t think that is going to work.
    Still, much appreciate the effort.

  • Rajeshkumar Reddy

    step 2. the file mac os downloaded is .dmg, how to extract it.

  • T gale

    Please explain step two?? what ” dowload from this site” are you referring to?