This guide will show you the steps to install Sierra on a AMD Ryzen PC using a VMWare Virtual Machine. I’m making this guide for those who don’t have access to a Mac and need macOS to either try out for a bit or create a macOS boot loader installer for a AMD hackintosh build. There is another VMWare Sierra guide on this site, but with AMD system a modified VMWare image is required to even be able to boot macOS so this AMD VMWare guide has to be used instead.
Why not a High Sierra VM?
So getting High Sierra running as a virtual machine in Windows or Linux is actually pretty difficult with a Ryzen PC. Some will manage to get it working, butt not for others with there being all sorts of errors that can potentially popup on the screen. I actually spent half a day trying to get High Sierra working on VMWare player and wasn’t able to do it, so I had to resort to using Sierra, which I posted the steps for here. You can still use a Sierra VM to download High Sierra and create a High Sierra boot loader if you are trying to create a hackintosh.
AMD Ryzen Sierra VMWare Guide
Understand that even after you get macOS running, virtual performance with macOS is going to bad. There wont be able acceleration and on AMD machines it runs pretty pretty laggy, which is why it’s best to make a hackintosh if you want a smooth experience
Step 1: Torrent Sierra AMD VMWare Image
Credit goes to Shamme for providing the hackintosh community with this modified VMWare image. Any torrenting program is needed in order to download the VMWare image. My favorite torrent program is QBitTorrent.
- Download QBitTorrent
- Install QBitTorrent
- Download SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent.zip
- Unzip SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent
- Double-click or Open SierraAMD_VM.zip.torrent and initiate the torrent download
Step 2: Install VMWare Player
- Download VMWare Player
- Install VMWare Player
Step 3: Modify VMware VMX file for Sierra
- Open VMWare Player
- Click Create a New Virtual Machine
- Click I will install the operating system later and click Next
- Select Other under Guest Operating System
- Select Other 64-bit under version and click Next
- Change the default name if you want and click Next
- Select Store virtual disk as a single file
- Click Finish
- Highlight Memory column and change memory to atleast 2GB+ or 2048
- Highlight CD/DVD (IDE) and uncheck Connect at power on
- Click on Hard Disk (IDE)
- Click Remove at the bottom
- Click Add…
- Select Hard Disk and click Next
- Select SCSI and click Next
- Select Use an existing virtual disk and click Next
- Find whever you unzipped SierraAMD_VM from the download in Step 1
- Open SierraAMD_VM and double click macOS HD or click Open
- Click Finish
- Click Keep Existing Format
- Click OK
- Click Play virtual machine
- Press Enter
- Press Enter
- Virtual machine with macOS will now slowly boot..
Now that you have your virtual machine setup you are ready for the real deal if your goal is to make a working hackintosh. With an actual hackintosh you wont have any the of the performance drawbacks as a Virtual machine such as the lag or lack of video acceleration.