In 2019, Apple was blessed with the newest version of macOS by the name of macOS Catalina 10.15. The developer of Apple company works hard in order to make it a better operating system. However, in 2019 WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference) they proudly announced their operating system (macOS Catalina 10.15) with tons of better features that can blow the mind of a user. As you might know that WWDC is the most and brilliant event of Apple company. Whenever they want to announce their new product then you will have to watch it in WWDC. They have brought a huge difference in macOS Catalina more than the previous operating systems. Till now it is known as one of the best and better-operating systems on Apple company. We hope that in the future the new amazing operating system of Mac will be introduced.
In most cases, macOS Catalina 10.15 is specially introduced for the Mac. Therefore, you can use it perfectly and without any problem on a Mac. The Mac user can find macOS Catalina 10.15 from the App Store of a Mac. Further, it has many splendid features including SideCar. SideCar is a feature of macOS 10.15 Catalina which enable the user in order to use the iPad as a second monitor of Mac. Most of the Mac users liked it because with the help of this feature you can have two monitors at a time with full functionalities. The macOS 10.15 Catalina operating system doesn’t have much different usage than the previous ones. Therefore, if you are willing to install and test macOS 10.15 Catalina on your Mac then go ahead and download its software from the App Store of your Mac.
Fortunately, there is interesting news that a Windows user also can install and use macOS 10.15 Catalina on their operating system. You might think that installing macOS 10.15 Catalina might be a little bit risky because it is not easy to directly install on a physical system. Therefore, you have the best option to go for which is a virtual machine. Because the virtual machines can pretty solve all the questions regarding installing macOS 10.15 Catalina on a Windows PC. And it will prevent the riskiness faraway. In simple words, the virtual machine is a great way to install and test a different kind of operating system. Because it pretty works the same as you work on a physical computer. Once you install it then you can do whatever you want with macOS 10.15 Catalina.
For the purpose of this guide, we are going to use VirtualBox in order to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC. If you want to install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox then you must specific image file for that otherwise you won’t be able to use. We have to thanks to Mac that you can easily use macOS Catalina through virtualization. VirtualBox is an open-source virtual machine that allows the user to install and use several of the operating systems at the same time. Once you get installed, you will be shocked because it works the same which you use macOS Catalina 10.15 on a Mac. However, if you are interested and willing to know the procedure on How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC then this article must be for you.
Before getting started the step by step guide. You need to download and install some important and required files which you will need while installing macOS Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC. You will have each and everything which is required. But keep in mind that the macOS 10.15 Catalina VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk) is a large size. Therefore, the downloading process will take some time.
How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC
For the new user, the installation process might be somehow difficult to understand. Keep in mind that the procedure is very lengthy. Therefore, you need to effort so that you should install it. We will try to explain each and everything in the easiest for you. First of all, you should have a somewhat powerful computer in order to install and use operating systems without restriction. Secondly, create a macOS 10.15 Catalina iSO file for VirtualBox. Third, you need to download and install the latest version of VirtualBox on your Windows PC. Fourth, edit the virtual machine. And at last, you can install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC.
Step 1. Create macOS 10.15 Catalina ISO File
I think it is better to create a macOS 10.15 Catalina ISO File by yourself. Because if you download it from internet then it might contain viruses or malware which is bad for the operating system. If you create a fresh macOS 10.15 Catalina then you would not face any problem while installing.
Open the App Store on your Mac. Download macOS 10.15 Catalina from there. I think it is somewhat difficult to have Mac with yourself. So, if you are macOS High Sierra or Mojave on the virtual machine then you can do that from there. If your family member or friends have a Mac system then take it from them and complete your task. However, if you have downloaded macOS 10.15 Catalina from the App Store, then move it to the application folder. In order to convert macOS Catalina.app to VMDk (Virtual Machine Disk) or ISO then you can use the following command below. Therefore, go ahead and open the Terminal on your Window.
Create a macOS Catalina Disk Image
hdiutil create -o /tmp/Catalina -size 8500m -volname Catalina -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J
hdiutil attach /tmp/Catalina.dmg -noverify -mountpoint /Volumes/Catalina
hdiutil detach /volumes/Install\ macOS\ Catalina
hdiutil convert /tmp/Catalina.dmg -format UDTO -o ~/Desktop/Catalina.cdr
mv ~/Desktop/Catalina.cdr ~/Desktop/Catalina.iso
Step 2. Download & Install VirtualBox on Windows 10
Once you have successfully created a macOS 10.15 Catalina ISO file. It means that you are ready to install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox with the help of this ISO file. However, it is time to download and install VirtualBox on your Windows 10 PC. For downloading the latest version of VirtualBox, you have to click on the link below in order to download its latest version.
In order to download it on Windows then make sure to click on Windows hosts. If you are a Linux user then you can download from there. Once the downloading process is finished, go ahead and install it on your Windows 10 PC. Therefore, the installation process of VirtualBox is the same which you do in other installers. By clicking Next several times, the VirtualBox will be installed on your Windows 10 PC.
Step 3. Create a Virtual Machine on VirtualBox
Each and everything is ready and done to go for. You have created macOS Catalina ISO File and downloaded, installed VirtualBox on your PC. Now, it is time to create a new virtual machine for macOS 10.15 Catalina. In VirtualBox, if you want to install any operating system on it then you have to create a specific virtual machine. So, creating a virtual machine on VirtualBox is pretty easy and straightforward. Therefore, you have to follow the below guidelines in order to create a successful virtual machine on VirtualBox.
Step 1. Open the VirtualBox on your Windows 10 PC, once you get the welcome screen. You have to click on New on VirtualBox.
Step 2. Once another window opened, it will ask you to provide some information and select some options according to your need. Fill the boxes from below and click on Next.
- Name: macOS Catalina.
- Select a folder for the virtual machine.
- Type: Mac OS X.
- Version: Mac OS X (64-Bit).
Step 3. In the next window, you have to increase the size of memory for the virtual machines. The recommended size is 2GB but it can also increase more than that. Keep in mind that if you select more memory size then you will get better performance while using any operating system.
Step 4. It will ask you to insert the hard disk. So, for adding macOS 10.15 Catalina to the virtual machine. You have to click on the third option which is to use an existing virtual hard disk file. Then click on the Folder icon and select the ISO file to insert. Once it is inserted, make sure to click on Create.
Step 4. Edit the Virtual Machine Settings
Once you have to create a virtual machine. So, now you need to configure some of its settings. For that follow the below guide.
Step 1. Select the virtual machine which you have created recently. Then, you have to click on Settings (gear icon).
Step 2. In the virtual machine settings window, you have to select the System tab from the left-side and untick the Floppy Disk.
Step 3. Go to the Processor option and increase it up to 2 or 4.
Step 4. Head over towards the Display tab under the system. On the display tab, you have to increase the number of video memory up to 128 MB.
Step 5. Select the USB tab and you have to enable the USB 3.0 (xCHI) Controller. Once you have done each and everything clearly then click on OK.
Step 5. Add the following commands to VirtualBox using Command Prompt
To have better performance while using a virtual machine. So, we are going to give some commands which you need to paste that in Command prompt. In simple words, these commands will allow you to install any operating system on VirtualBox. Keep in mind that if you don’t use the command then you might face error while installing operating systems.
However, you have to go ahead and open the command prompt. For that, you have to type CMD on the start menu then right-click on that and click Run as administrator.
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Note: You have to replace Your VM name in this commands line with your virtual machine name. then type the command on your CMD.
Step 6. Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC
Finally, each and everything is ready to go. I hope that you have done and cleared all the steps without facing any problem. Now it is time to have a clean installation of macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC. The installing method is very easy, if you have used Mac then you can easily set up the macOS Catalina. Anyhow, you have to follow the below guidance to complete the steps.
Go ahead and open the VirtualBox from your desktop. Once you open the VirtualBox then select the created virtual machine and click on the Start button.
- The black window will appear, you have to wait until the macOS 10.15 Catalina boot.
- Once it boots, the Apple logo will be opened on the new window. So, the installation of macOS 10.15 Catalina will take some time to install it on VirtualBox. Once the installation has finished then it will be restarted.
- Now, select your country.
- Read about Data & Privacy of macOS 10.15 Catalina and click Continue.
- Select the third option which is Don’t transfer any information right now.
- If you have an Apple ID then sign in. And if you don’t have then make sure to click on Skip and Continue.
- Agree to the terms & conditions of macOS Catalina.
- After that, create a computer account for yourself for macOS Catalina.
- On the express set up window, leave them as default and click Continue.
- The analytics window will be opened, again click on Continue.
- On the screen time window, you can customize the settings of it and click Continue.
- It is time to choose to look for your macOS 10.15 Catalina. You can choose light mode or dark mode depends on your choice.
- Now, you have to wait until it should setup macOS 10.15 Catalina.
- You are done now, Finally, you have successfully installed macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox with some easy steps.
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You might be noticed that how easy was the steps to install macOS 10.15 Catalina. Only it needs some time to tolerate and get done with macOS Catalina. However, you can now enjoy its full features and functionalities on VirtualBox the same which you use in physical computers. You can easily install any operating system with the same steps but it should its specific ISO file to install. Personally, I have experienced and used many operating systems on VirtualBox and I am totally satisfied with it.
However, if you find any sort of problem while Installing macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox on Windows PC then feel free to drop comments with the help of the comment section below. I will be happy if you comment on your nice feedback and experience about using macOS 10.15 Catalina on VirtualBox.