How to Install macOS Monterey on PC: Step by Step Guide

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macOS 12 also known as macOS Monterey has been announced in Apple WWDC 2021, macOS Monterey supports two architecture Intel & Apple Silicon as it yet Supports Intel, Monterey macOS can be Installed on PC with newly Released Hackintosh Monterey Installer. Installing macOS on PC is known as a Hackintosh. In this Guide we will show you How to Install macOS Monterey on a regular PC or Laptop.

1 Advantage of Other Methods VS Hackintosh Monterey Installer.

  • You do not need a real Mac: All other Hackintoshing methods need to have an existing macOS installation for it to work. This usually means that you either have to find a real Mac, or set up a macOS on a Virtual Machine. However, with Hackintosh Monterey Installer, you can just set up everything even from a Windows / Linux computer.
  • Hackintosh Monterey Installer supports more hardware: Normally other Hackintosh methods are specific for a Computer Build, but Hackintosh Monterey Installer can be installed on most computers by replacing the suitable EFI Folder.

2 Interested in Installing? Here are the Hackintosh Monterey requirements.

  • An existing computer with Windows, Linux, or Mac Operating System: This is the computer where you will download and set up Hackintosh Monterey. The computer can run either Windows, Linux, or macOS; any operating system will work.
  • A Hackintosh-compatible computer with an empty SSD: This is the computer where you will install macOS Monterey. It can be the same computer as the one mentioned in the previous point. If your computer already has macOS installed, Monterey Installer will just update macOS normally, without deleting any of your apps or files, but always a fresh installation is recommended. macOS needs its own hard drive partition – a minimum of 45 GB of space is required, but at least 60 GB of space is recommended. It is preferred that you use an empty SSD for Installing macOS Monterey.
  • Download Hackintosh Monterey Installer: Monterey Installer is a distribution of macOS Monterey that has been made to work with PCs. You will need to use a BitTorrent client to download the disk image file containing Hackintosh Monterey, which is a little less than 14 GB in size. You must register on the website to be able to download anything.
  • An empty Pen drive (16 GB or larger):In this guide, you will write (port) Hackintosh Monterey onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install Hackintosh Monterey. The USB drive must be at least 16 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 re-use this USB drive for normal stuff after you finish installing macOS Monterey.
  • Download TransMac: ($48, 15-day free trial): If you are using a Windows computer to set up Hackintosh Monterey, you need to use TransMac to write the disk image file onto your USB drive. You can just download the free trial.
  • Download Restore Monterey: (Free): If you’re using a Mac to set up Hackintosh Monterey, you need a special “Restore Monterey” app to write the disk image file onto your USB drive. Again, you must register on the website to be able to download anything.
  • Metal Supported Graphics Card: Metal is the foundation for accelerated graphics and computes on Apple platforms, enabling your apps and games to tap into the incredible power of the GPU. macOS Monterey requires metal compatible Graphics Card to have full graphics acceleration on macOS. But Metal is not necessary to install macOS.

3 Creating Hackintosh Monterey Bootable USB Installer from Windows.

Creating Hackintosh Monterey Bootable USB Installer from Windows.
Find your Plugged Pen Drive in Left Sidebar of TransMac Application

Follow this step if you are setting up Hackintosh Monterey on Windows. Plug your USB drive into your computer, and open TransMac. Find your USB drive on 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 Hackintosh Monterey.

Format Disk for Mac
Find your Pen drive and Right Click Select “Format Disk for Mac”
Format Drive for Mac with TransMac Application

After your USB drive is done formatting, exit, and re-open the TransMac application.

Right Click and Select "Restore with Disk Image"
Right Click on your pen drive and select “Restore with Disk Image”

Again right-click on the pen drive and click “Restore with Disk Image”. A file selection window will pop up, Choose your Hackintosh Monterey disk image file (it will probably be called “Hackintosh Shop Monterey.dmg”), and proceed. Now, TransMac will write Hackintosh Monterey onto your USB drive.

Wait for Hackintosh Restore to Complete
Wait for Restore to Complete

This will probably take 20 to 40 minutes, though it may take longer, depending on the speed of your Pen drive. Once TransMac finishes, your Pen drive will contain a fully bootable version of the Monterey Hackintosh installer.

4 Creating Bootable Hackintosh Monterey USB Installer from Linux.

Creating Bootable Hackintosh Monterey USB Installer from Linux.
Select Pen drive from External section of Disk Utility Sidebar – Restore Monterey

Preparing Monterey bootable USB from Linux is tricky, First, you have to uncompress the downloaded dmg, then write it to Pen drive.

Install dmg2img with yum or apt from Terminal

sudo apt-get install dmg2img
sudo yum install dmg2img

First, uncompress Monterey DMG with DMG2IMG, Then restore the uncompressed image to Pen drive.
Change the variables below as you need.
Warning: The following is just an example do not copy and paste.

sudo dmg2img -v -i /path/to/'Hackintosh Shop Monterey.dmg' -o /path/to/'Hackintosh Shop Monterey Uncompressed.dmg'
sudo dd if=/path/to/'Hackintosh Shop Monterey Uncompressed.dmg' of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

Creating Hackintosh Monterey Bootable USB Installer from Mac.

Follow this step if you are setting up Hackintosh Installer on a Mac or existing Hackintosh. Plug your USB drive into Mac, 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)” format. You can rename the drive any way you want.

Select the main USB Device, “SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 Media” as in the example above.

Erase pen drive – Restore Monterey

Erase USB as “Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format” & as “Master Boot Record” Scheme.

Next, make sure that your Hackintosh Shop Monterey.dmg disk image file is in the same folder as Restore Monterey.pkg. If “Restore Monterey.pkg” is still in a ZIP file, double-click that file to unzip it.

Make Sure Hackintosh Shop Monterey.dmg and Restore Monterey.pkg in Same folder.

Double click on “Restore Monterey.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 picture below). You do not want this instead, click through the installer until you reach the page with the “Change Install Location” button.

Change Install Location – Restore Monterey
Select “Install on a specific disk” – Restore Monterey

From here, change the install location of the app to your USB drive (mine is named “Monterey” in the picture below).

Select Pen drive volume from list of Volumes – Restore Monterey

Press the enter/return key. The app will ask for your system password. After you enter your password, it will begin writing the Hackintosh Monterey 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 & Computer. Once it finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully customizable bootable version of the Monterey Hackintosh installer.

NOTE: “Restore Monterey.pkg” is very glitchy. If you can not find the “Change Install Location” button on the first time that you run the app, restart your computer, and re-run the app.

5 Making Monterey Installer Bootable

Hackintosh Monterey Installer has customizable EFI Partition, Where you can Install OpenCore, Clover or any UEFI Bootloader that could boot Mac.

You can find pre-build EFI Folders from Hackintosh Monterey Bootloaders Downloads section.

All you have to do is find a suitable Hackintosh EFI Folder to Boot Monterey, Extract it and Copy it to EFI Partition, It makes the USB Bootable.

Avoid including Network, Audio and Unnecessary kexts into UEFI Bootloader, You can Install them later.

Here are some common EFI Bootloaders that you can use to Install.

Intel 100 Series & Intel 200 Series Clover

  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Intel Q170 Chipset
  • Intel H170 Chipset
  • Intel Q150 Chipset
  • Intel B150 Chipset
  • Intel H110 Chipset
  • Intel X299 Chipset
  • Intel Z270 Chipset
  • Intel H270 Chipset
  • Intel Q270 Chipset
  • Intel Q250 Chipset
  • Intel B250 Chipset

Intel 300 Series & Intel 400 Series Clover

  • Intel Z390 Chipset
  • Intel Z370 Chipset
  • Intel Q370 Chipset
  • Intel H370 Chipset
  • Intel B365 Chipset
  • Intel B360 Chipset
  • Intel H310 Chipset
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • Intel W480E Chipset
  • Intel W480 Chipset
  • Intel H470 Chipset
  • Intel Q470E Chipset
  • Intel Q470 Chipset
  • Intel B460 Chipset
  • Intel H420E Chipset
  • Intel H410 Chipset

If you have already have a bootloader in your EFI Partition, Copy that EFI folder into BOOTLOADER Partition.

6 Set up your motherboard’s UEFI BIOS for Hackintosh Monterey.

Essentially, the BIOS (or UEFI) is the settings page for your computer’s motherboard. From here, you can fiddle with how your computer hardware works.
It is often necessary to change a few basic settings in the BIOS or UEFI to get macOS up and running. The BIOS standard is generally used by motherboards from before 2012, while the UEFI standard is used by motherboards made after that.

Monterey Hackintosh Installer only supports UEFI Based BIOS.

  • To access BIOS/UEFI Setup, press and hold the Delete button on a USB Keyboard while the system is booting up.
  • Load Optimized Defaults.
  • Set USB drive to the highest boot priority.
  • If your CPU supports VT-d, disable it.
  • Disable CFG-Lock.
  • Set SATA to AHCI
  • Disable Secure Boot Mode
  • If your system has OS Type, set it to Other OS.
  • Set OS Type to Other OS.
  • Save and exit.

For detailed Hackintosh UEFI Settings view Configuring UEFI BIOS for a Hackintosh.
Read more about UEFI Boot Process.

7 Boot into Hackintosh Monterey

Boot into Hackintosh Monterey

Restart your Computer, and plug in your Hackintosh Shop Monterey USB drive. If things go well, your computer will boot from the USB drive instead of booting from your normal hard disk. You will then be able to view the Hackintosh Monterey Bootloader menu.

If you do not manage to reach the Hackintosh Monterey Bootloader menu, check your motherboard’s BIOS settings to make sure that the changes you made in Step 6 were properly applied. If they were, but you still cannot boot from the Hackintosh Monterey USB drive, unplug your USB drive, and go back to previous steps. Reformat your USB drive with Disk Utility and try again. If all else fails, try using a different USB drive for Hackintosh Monterey.

At the Hackintosh Monterey Boot menu, press the enter key (or return key) to start the macOS Monterey installer. The installer screen will take several minutes to load.

Monterey Installer Booting

In the worst-case scenarios, instead of loading the Mac OS installer, you may end up at a dark gray screen that tells you to restart your computer (a kernel panic), or you may end up with a small crossed-out sign (a loading error).

If you get a kernel panic/loading error (or if the Mac OS installer simply won’t start within 10 minutes), you’ll need to enter some boot flags or make changes to EFI Bootloader. To enter boot flags, manually restart your computer by pressing your computer’s power button. Then, once you’ve booted back into the Hackintosh Monterey Options menu, try typing any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. Check out our list of common boot flags and our guide to fixing boot problems with verbose mode for reference.

8 Hackintosh Monterey Help & Support

When you have issues while installing Hackintosh Monterey, Please post in the forum for Support. Your question must Include the following details.

Example For Desktops:

  • Processor model: Intel 6th Gen 6700K
  • Motherboard model: Maximus Ranger VIII
  • Graphics Card Model: Asus ROG STRIX 580 8GB
  • If required Ethernet/Wifi model: T9E Archer

Example For Laptops:

  • Laptop Brand Name & Product Name: Dell XPS 15 9500
  • Processor: Intel Core 17-10750H
  • Graphics Model: Intel Iris Xe Graphics

9 Install Hackintosh Monterey

Install Hackintosh Monterey

Once you’ve entered the Hackintosh Monterey installer, you will come up to a hard disk selection page. This is where you choose where you want to install Monterey.

If you’re installing Monterey on a computer that has never been turned into a Hackintosh before (i.e. doesn’t already have Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan installed), there won’t be any hard disk options to select. We’ll have to fix that. To do this, start-up Disk Utility, which is located in the Home menu.

After opening the Disk utility, From the view options Click Show All Devices, Now all the hard disks with Its volumes will be visible in the Sidebar

You need to use Disk Utility to erase a hard drive partition so that macOS Monterey can install itself on it. In the sidebar of Disk Utility, choose the hard drive partition where you want Monterey installed, and erase it by using the “Erase” tab. You can also just erase the entire hard drive. In the screenshot below, my two hard drive partition is called “Macintosh HD”, while my entire hard drive is called “Apple SSD macOS-0 SSD Media”.

When erasing, the format should be set to “Mac OS Extended” & Scheme to “GUID Partition Scheme”. You can also partition the hard disk by using Disk Utility’s Partition tab. After erasing close Disk Utility.

Open Monterey Installer by double-clicking the Install macOS Monterey from the menu, You will be guided through the typical steps continue with Installer until you reach Customize Section.

On the installation page for macOS, the hard disk/disk partition should now be showing up. Select it, and then click the “Customize” button on the bottom left. From this menu you will be able to Install Bootloader straight from the macOS Monterey installer.

Finally you must change the Install location to the recently erased Volume, Which is Hackintosh Shop in the screenshot above, from the Installer Click Change Install location.

From the list of the Destination Volumes, Select the Volume that you recently erased which is Hackintosh Shop in the screenshot below

If your computer already has macOS installed and you are simply updating it to Monterey, macOS treats Monterey as an update, as Kexts Schemes changed you might need to Install Kexts manually into EFI Partition

Once you’re done with the “Customize” page, install Monterey. This will take at least 30 minutes. Your Computer might restart several times during the Installation.

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