How to Install Hackintosh High Sierra on PC: Step by Step Guide
If you are interested in running macOS, but you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh is just might be for you. Right now (2017), the newest iteration of macOS is 10.13, known as High Sierra. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install macOS High Sierra on your PC with the newly released Hackintosh High Sierra Installer distribution.
1 Why Use Hackintosh High Sierra Installer
- You do not need a real Mac: All other methods of Installing High Sierra require extensive knowledge + a Real mac because those guides are based on macs, but High 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 originally 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 High Sierra Installer automatically patches this so you can bypass this limitation. The patch is called MBR Patch.
- High Sierra Installer Support More Hardware (Including AMD): High Sierra Installer Supports a far range of Hardware, 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. However, High Sierra Installer automatically do this for you by installing most drivers automatically, and High Sierra Installer also installs the Bootloader for you, but you may have to install additional drivers manually in case High Sierra Installer could not install the driver for you.
2 Features of High Sierra Installer
- Supports AMD Processors
- Auto-Install Ethernet Drivers
- Auto-Install WiFi Drivers
- macOS High Sierra USB Fixes
- Can be installed with Unsupported Graphics Cards
3 Hackintosh High Sierra Installer Requirements
- A CPU (AMD / INTEL) with SSE4.1 Support: Without SSE4.1 Instruction set High Sierra will not run
- A Computer / Laptop purchased after the year 2011: High Sierra Installer Supports a vast range of Hardware, but anyhow Apple dropped support for older Hardware so there is a possibility of Kernel Panics, but it does not mean that you cannot run but you have to try yourself.
- An existing computer with Windows, Mac or Linux Operating System: This is the computer where you will download and set up the High Sierra Installer. The computer can run either Windows or macOS; both operating systems will work.
- A Hackintosh compatible computer with an empty hard drive: This is the computer where you will install macOS High Sierra. It can be the same computer as the one mentioned in the previous point. If your computer already has macOS installed, High Sierra Installer will update macOS normally, without deleting any of your apps or files. macOS High Sierra needs its own hard drive partition, a minimum of 10 GB of space is required, but at least 50 GB of space is recommended. It is preferred that you use an empty hard drive for this, but if your computer already has Windows installed on your hard drive, be sure to create an appropriate hard disk partition for macOS High Sierra by following Create a hard drive partition for macOS with Windows by following guide below
- Hackintosh High Sierra Installer: High Sierra Installer is a bootable distribution of macOS High Sierra which has been modified to work with PCs You will need to use a BitTorrent client to download the disk image. (Transmission is recommended)
- Restore High Sierra.pkg: If you are using a Mac to set up High Sierra Installer, you need special “Restore High Sierra” app to write the disk image file onto your USB drive.
- An empty USB drive (8 GB or larger): In this guide, you will write Hackintosh High Sierra Installer onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install macOS High Sierra. The USB drive must be at least 6 GB in size. Since you will need to erase all of the files on the USB drive, make sure to back up its contents first. You can reuse this USB drive for usual works after you finish installing High Sierra.
- TransMac: ($48, 15-day free trial): If you are using a Windows computer to set up High Sierra Installer, you need to use TransMac to write the disk image file onto your USB drive. You can download the free trial.
4 Create your High Sierra Installer USB drive from Windows
To Install macOS you have to port the dmg image into the USB, this is like burning an ISO image but easier than it. Unlike DVD You can erase your USB later and use it for other purposes.
Follow this step if you are setting up macOS High Sierra Installer on 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 High Sierra Installer disk image file, and proceed. Now, TransMac will write High 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 High Sierra installer.
5 Create your High Sierra Installer USB drive from Mac
Follow this step if you are setting up High Sierra Installer on a Mac or existing Hackintosh . Plug your USB drive into macOS, and open Disk Utility (located in Applications -> Utilities in your primary 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 “Hackintosh” in the image below).
Next, make sure that your macOS High Sierra Installer disk image file is in the same folder as “Restore High Sierra.pkg”. If “Restore High Sierra.pkg” is still in a ZIP file, double-click on that file to unzip it.
Double click on “Restore High 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 below). 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 “Hackintosh” 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 High 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 High Sierra.
NOTE: “Restore High 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.