Tuesday, November 20, 2012

VMware Workstation 9 and 8.0/8.0.1 Unlocker to Run Mac OS X Guests in Windows 7

If you are a Hackintosh user on desktop virtualization software VMware, then the “VMware unlocker” is a compulsory utility to run Mac OS X lion guests. This unlocker utility replaces few VMware program files to be able to install and run latest 10.8 and 10.7 Lion OS X guests. Here is the download links of working unlocker for VMware Workstation 9, 8 and 7 series versions (tested by me) on Windows 7 32 bit host.
UPDATE This post has been updated after testing latest unlocker (version 1.1.0) with VMware workstation 9 on 08/11/2012
Earlier Mac OS X versions like Snow leopard 10.6 and leopard 10.5 can run on VMware desktop virtualization products without this patch. But the latest Lion OS X needs this patching.
Sysprobs already published a working method  to install and run Lion OS X on VMware workstation based on this unlocker. I have demonstrated and tested on Workstation 7 series in previous post, but once I upgraded to VMware workstation 9 or 8, it stopped working. Obviously, the upgrade process replaced patched files, so no longer I able to run Lion OS X on VMware. Later, I found a similar patch for 9 and 8 series. Using older ulockers to patch recent VMware workstation did not work and I could not start any virtual machines. 

Unlocker for VMware workstation 9, 8 and 7

I have not updated the screenshots for latest 1.1.0 unlocker or latest VMware workstation 9. The above all screenshots remain same with earlier versions (almost one year ago). But, I can confirm that latest 1.1.0 unlocker works well with VMware workstation 9 on Windows 7 Host.
before unlocker
After applying patch with VMware unlocker – One more Guest OS type and versions.

after unlocker

Unlocker for 9 , 8.0 and 8.0.1 Download Links

This unlocker works well with 9,  8.0 and 8.0.1. All credits go to developer of this patch. You can download and check for the updates and comments here. Make sure you are download the latest version from developer. As on today 1.1.0 is the latest one.
For VMware workstation 7.0 series.
You can download our earlier Sysprobs_lion files set which is having unlocker for 7.0 series.
  
How to Use Unlocker
Its very simple. Close all VMware programs (if opened)
Extract the downloaded file. The latest Unlocker is having patch for Windows, Linux, Fusion 4.0 on Snow Leopard and Lion and VMware ESXi 5.
Before run the patch, its recommended to take a backup of VMware program folder, because this patch will replace the original files. Even though the utility takes backup which can be replaced later if required, but its good to have a backup copy taken by you.
Right click on install.cmd file and select run as administrator option as shown below. ( or you can start the command prompt as administrator in Windows 7 computer and execute install.cmd from command prompt)
right click and patch
The successful patch will return the following screen (and disappears automatically)

running patch
That’s it. You patched the VMware workstation 9, 8.0 or 8.0.1 in Windows 7 host to run Mac OS X Lion guest. Restarting the host computer is not required here.
Here is the working Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 in VMware workstation 9 with Windows 7 32 bit host after running unlocker.

working guest
I will be publishing several articles in coming days about running a Lion OS X with pre installed VMware image based on this VMware workstation 9 unlocker.

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