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Run macOS BigSur VMWare on AMD Laptop

Blog August 6, 2021 14

As the previous post Install MacOS Catalina On VMware AMD Laptop, I have upgrade my macOS Catalina VMWare to the BigSur. During upgrading, I have backed-up a copy of VMDK macOS BigSur. Below is my new laptop specìication:

  • ASUS Zenbook UM425IA-NH74
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.1 GHz)
  • 1 TB PCIe NVMe Intel SSD
  • 16 GB LPDDR4X RAM Dual chanel
  • Windows 10 Professional included


Configure the VMWare

  • Install the VMWare as your way, either Player or Workstation will be fine.
  • Run the Unlocker by running the win-install.cmd with Administrator right.
  • Open VMWare, create a new VM, Select Apple Mac OS X under Guest operating system and choose "macOS 10.15" under Version. Leave all the option to the default. We will update the Hard Disk later.
  • Click on Finish once finished.
  • Update the Hard Disk by Click on Edit virtual machine settings.

  • Add a new Hard Disk by click on Add.. -> Hard Disk

  • Select SATA -> Use an existing virtual disk

  • Choose the VMDk that I provided in the #Prerequisites. Click on Ok when Finished.
  • The VM will start normally.

Nam Le,

Last modified on May 26th, 2022 at 3:13 pm

Nam Le

14 responds

  1. Lannie Schafroth says:

    Says CPU has been shut off by guest OS. Doesnt boot.

  2. Nam Le says:

    Thank Lannie for visiting my blog.
    Apple doesn’t support installing macOS on non-Apple hardware and AMD systems are different from Intel so we have to do some trick. For the error CPU has been shut off by guest OS, you can follow here to fix:

  3. Entretoize says:

    Stuck on apple logo for me…

  4. Võ Viết Nam says:

    Bác quăng lên mega hoặc gg drive được không bác? MediaFire tải chậm ì.

  5. Marcos says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

    I have a ryzen 3600x and using vmware worksatation 16 player (16.2.2). If i dont add your snippet from the link p=1255, I get the error CPU Disabled.

    If I add the snippet:

    smc.version = “0”
    cpuid.0.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:1011”
    cpuid.0.ebx = “0111:0101:0110:1110:0110:0101:0100:0111”
    cpuid.0.ecx = “0110:1100:0110:0101:0111:0100:0110:1110”
    cpuid.0.edx = “0100:1001:0110:0101:0110:1110:0110:1001”
    cpuid.1.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:0111:0001”
    cpuid.1.ebx = “0000:0010:0000:0001:0000:1000:0000:0000”
    cpuid.1.ecx = “1000:0010:1001:1000:0010:0010:0000:0011”
    cpuid.1.edx = “0000:1111:1010:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111”
    featureCompat.enable = “FALSE”
    smbios.reflectHost = “TRUE”
    hw.model = “MacBookPro14,3”
    board-id = “Mac-551B86E5744E2388”

    (i checked the quotes)

    If fails with the error:
    Error while powering on: Failed to start the virtual machine

    Any ideas?

  6. Marcos says:

    Found the solution here (its booting now):

    change cpuid.1.edx
    from “0000:1111:1010:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111”

    to “0000:0111:1000:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111”

  7. Nam Le says:

    Hallo Marcos.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I have double-checked with my working vmx, cpuid.1.edx need to change as your comment. I have updated on

  8. UserT says:

    This works well for me by updating the vmx with the tip you give :

    smc.version = “0”
    cpuid.0.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:1011”
    cpuid.0.ebx = “0111:0101:0110:1110:0110:0101:0100:0111”
    cpuid.0.ecx = “0110:1100:0110:0101:0111:0100:0110:1110”
    cpuid.0.edx = “0100:1001:0110:0101:0110:1110:0110:1001”
    cpuid.1.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:0111:0001”
    cpuid.1.ebx = “0000:0010:0000:0001:0000:1000:0000:0000”
    cpuid.1.ecx = “1000:0010:1001:1000:0010:0010:0000:0011”
    cpuid.1.edx = “0000:0111:1000:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111”
    smbios.reflectHost = “TRUE”
    hw.model = “MacBookPro14,3”
    board-id = “Mac-551B86E5744E2388”

    When starting the username is NamLe. You didn’t provide the password, what is it ?


  9. Ticked Off says:

    **Really** annoying to spend nearly 6 hours downloading the disk only to find it password-protected. Any hints?

  10. Ticked Off says:

    Alright, I amend my previous post, the password hint is the actual password.
    It would be nice though if you mentioned that in the post.

    Thanks for the good tutorials.

  11. Nam Le says:

    Hi Ticked Off,
    Thanks for your recommendation. I’ve updated the pwd on the blog post.

  12. Harsh says:

    it worked thank you!
    but can you please help with increasing Vram from128mb to 256mb

  13. GP says:

    Hmm, when I add the downloaded and uncompressed .vmdk it just gives me “internal error” and fails to do anything else. Also, VMware created a hard drive when I followed your steps. Do I just delete this or copy the uncompressed contents over? Thanks for this awesome guide, by the way!

  14. GP says:

    OK, I fixed it. It needs to be set as macOS 10.13 not 10.15. If I do this, then everything works as expected. Thanks!

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