If you’re interested in running macOS Sierra, but you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. Right now (2016), the newest iteration of OS X is 10.11, known as macOS Sierra. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install macOS Sierra on your PC with the newly released Hackintosh Sierra Installer.
Read this article completely once before beginning any procedures. Most of the troubleshooting information is included in this article. There are few ways of installing a Hackintosh, but Hackintosh Sierra Installer is the most convenient way to set up your Hackintosh
1 Why Use Hackintosh Sierra Installer
- You do not need a real Mac: All other methods of Installing Sierra require extensive knowledge + a Real mac because those guides are based on macs, but Sierra Installer never require a mac, you can setup a Hackintosh without the need of a real mac. You can set up everything from a Windows / Linux computer.
- You can install it on a hard drive that already has Windows installed: By default, the macOS installer will not work with hard drives that were initially formatted in Windows. Therefore, if your computer’s hard drive already has Windows installed on it, you will not be able to install macOS on there, but Sierra Installer automatically patches this so you can bypass this limitation. The patch is called MBR Patch.
- macOS Sierra Installer Support More Hardware (Including AMD): Sierra Installer Supports a far range of Hardware including limited AMD Support, most audio, wireless and ethernet drivers will be installed automatically.
- Post Installation is Easier: Just like windows you have to install drivers to make macOS perfect, which is pretty hard for beginners but Sierra Installer automatically do this for you by installing most drivers automatically, and Sierra Installer also installs the Bootloader for you, but you may have to install additional drivers manually in case Sierra Installer couldn’t install the driver for you.
2 Features of Sierra Installer
- Supports AMD Processors
- Auto Installs Ethernet Drivers
- Auto Installs WiFi Drivers
- Auto Installs Audio Drivers
- macOS Sierra USB Fixes
- NVME Patch for non-Apple NVMe SSDs
3 Ready to Hackintosh Sierra? Here are the requirements
- A CPU (AMD / INTEL) with SSE4.1 Support: Without SSE4.1 Instruction set Sierra will not run.
4 Create your Sierra Installer USB drive from Windows
Plug your USB drive into your computer, and open TransMac. Find your USB drive in the left-hand column of the TransMac window. Right-click on the USB drive, and click “Format Disk for Mac.” This will delete all of the files on your drive and prepare it for macOS.
Once your USB drive is done formatting, right-click it again and click “Restore with Disk Image.” A file selection window will pop up; choose your Sierra Installer disk image file, and proceed. Now, TransMac will write Sierra Installer onto your USB drive.
This will probably take 20-40 minutes, though it may take longer, depending on the speed of your USB drive. Once TransMac finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully bootable version of the macOS Sierra installer.
5 Create your Sierra Installer USB drive from Mac
Follow this step if you are setting up Sierra Installer on a Mac or existing Hackintosh (How to Create your Sierra Installer USB drive from Windows). Plug your USB drive into macOS, and open Disk Utility (located in Applications -> Utilities in your main hard drive). Select your USB drive in the sidebar of Disk Utility and erase the drive, with the “Format” set to “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Scheme” set to “GUID Partition Map.” You can rename the drive any way you want (Mine is named “KingMaker” in the image below).
Next, make sure that your Hackintosh Sierra Installer disk image file is in the same folder as “Restore Sierra.pkg.” If “Restore Sierra.pkg” is still in a ZIP file, double-click that file to unzip it.
Double click on “Restore Sierra.pkg” to start the app. By default, the app will be aimed at your computer’s main hard drive (mine is named “Mac” in the image above). You do not want this– instead, click through the installer until you reach the page with the “Change Install Location” button. Select the drive that you format (It is named “KingMaker” in the example below)
Press the enter / return key. The app will ask for your system password. After you enter your password, it will begin writing the macOS Sierra Installer disk image onto the USB drive. This will probably take 20-40 minutes, though it may take longer, depending on the speed of your USB drive. Once it finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully bootable version of the macOS Sierra.
NOTE: “Restore Sierra.pkg” is very glitchy. If you cannot find the “Change Install Location” button on the first time that you run the package, restart your computer and re-run the package.