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Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide on How You Can Run a Virtual Mac OS on Top of an Existing Mac OS

April 13th, 2017 by

The best thing about technology is that you can now do things that you could only imagine before. Take working on virtual machines, for instance. You can run any operating system on a virtual machine, and for advanced computer users, it’s a blessing. The process is called virtualisation and involves creating an application layer over which you can run any OS on top of any other OS. Here today, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a virtual Mac, and then run the Mac OS Sierra on top of an existing Mac.

Mac OS on a virtual machine

Note that though we’re installing Mac OS Sierra in this guide, you can also use this method to install other versions of the Mac OS like El Capitan, Mavericks, and beta releases.

Getting started with a virtual Mac and Mac OS

A step-by-step guide

  1. Download the Parallels Lite app.
  2. Download Mac OS Sierra from the App Store.
  3. Open the Parallels Desktop Lite app and select the option, “Linux Only.” It’s a free option.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Select “Install Windows or another OS from a DVD or image file.”Click Continue.
  6. The app will now scan your system for Mac OS installers and the operating system ISO files and once it locates them, choose the “Install macOS” option. If the app doesn’t locate the files automatically, select “Locate Manually” and install the OS.
  7. Click Continue. This will create a new disk image file for your virtual machine.
  8. Name your virtual machine and select a location to save the image.
  9. Click Continue.
  10. You’ll now see the Virtual Machine Configuration screen. Click on Continue to proceed with the default 2 CPUs, 2GB RAM configuration. If you want to change the default settings, click on Configure and adjust CPU settings, memory, and space for your virtual machine.
  11. Now that your virtual machine is set up, it will boot and load the macOS installer file you chose earlier. Select “Install Mac OS” to install the OS in your virtual machine.

That’s all there is to it. Once installed, you’ll be running a virtual Mac OS on top of your existing Mac OS. You can boot up or shut down your virtual Mac through the Parallels Desktop Lite app.


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