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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.
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  • 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 “macOS 12.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.

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/'macOS 12.dmg' -o /path/to/'macOS 12 Uncompressed.dmg'
sudo dd if=/path/to/'macOS 12 Uncompressed.dmg' of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

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.

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

Once open to view all the Hard disks are Partitions select “Show All Devices” from the view button.

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 DeleteX-0 SSD Media”.

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

Once you have erased the SSD, Exit Disk Utility and Go back to main menu. From the main Menu, Open Install macOS Application.

Once the Installer loaded, Agree the Licence and On the disk Selection Menu, Select the volume that you recently erased, Mine is shown as macOS in the Screenshot below.

Once you start Installing, The Installer will take several minutes to Install which includes multiple restarts.

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