Hackintosh | install a Mac OS on your regular PC
What’s a Hackintosh, for PC lovers out there, a Hackintosh is simply a process of installing a Mac OS on a regular PC. Sounds crazy right? Well, it’s actually doable and easy just consumes a lot of time and resources.
Well, you can’t just install a Mac OS on any PC and expect it to work, there are a lot of do’s and don’t when it comes to Hackintosh.
Hackintosh | Why Install A Mac OS on your PC.
Let’s just say that while your regular at PC might be superior to an Apple Macintosh, the Mac OS is actually considered superior to Microsoft’s or Linux OS.
So getting a superior OS on a superior gadget sure makes a convincing argument.
The major downsides include
- Data loss on your mac
- Damage to your PC
- The final downside is that apple, Mac OS producers don’t support this procedure, they have even in recent times spoken against the violation of their product.
If you are unlucky, you might not get tech support for Mac OS on your PC.
Apple might even block certain services like Facetime and iMessage on your custom Hackintosh as well. Well, these are the risk but if successful, you will be saving money plus having greater control over your hardware.
These and more advantages come with a Hackintosh than getting a new Mac.
Build a Hackintosh
Building a Hackintosh is very difficult, it just requires lots of time, and the process has to be very precise.
You don’t need any specific knowledge or experience while building your Hackintosh, a little knowledge in PC building and basic Mac OS experience might go a long way.
Tools required while building a Hackintosh are all quite easy, they include
- Mac OS compatible system: first you need a system that is Mac compatible.
If you are knowledgeable in PC building, you can simply assemble one using hardware that is Mac OS compatible.
However if you have no idea what hardware will work, simply check sources such as Tonymacx86.com, the OSx86 Project, Hacktintosh.com, and the Hackintosh subreddit.
- A working Mac OS computer system: you will need to download a fresh copy of Mac OS from the app store.
- A storage device: a USB drive with the memory of at least 16GB of free storage space is required.
- Installation tools: you will require installation tools to install your Hackintosh.
These tools are Unibeast and MultiBeast. They are available for free download on Tonymacx86.
Create your Hackintosh.
Once you got the above-mentioned tools, you are halfway to creating your own Hackintosh.
So next we are going through the ways to create your Hackintosh.
- Create a bootable USB with the Mac OS on it.
This requires that you have a working Mac PC that has access to the Mac store, your USB drive, and time.
It is very important that you get the steps right.
- Open the Mac App Store on your Mac.
- Log in using your Apple ID if required.
- Search and download the latest version of the Mac OS
- Restart your Mac OS, hold down the keys command+Ras it starts backing up.
This loads your PC into recovery mood.
- Release your hold on command+Ronce the Apple icon and the progress bar appear.
- Wait for the Mac OS recovery to load
- Click on utilities then terminals
- Once the terminal opens, type csrutil disable and click on the enter button
- Wait on that page till it displays that the SIP has been disabled.
- Click on the Apple menu button and click on restart
- Once the Mac PC boots up, connect your USB drive and open the disk utility
- Click on USB drive by selecting your USB drive on the left column and select erase
- A pop-up menu will appear, enter a name for your USB drive, click on “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and click erase.
- Click done
- Run the UniBeast program, make sure you download the latest version of the UniBeast program.
- Click on continue on the various prompts
- Now click on agree on the terms and conditions.
- Now select the USB drive that you’ve set up earlier and click on continue.
- Select Catalina and the continue
- Select UEFI Boot Mode or Legacy Boot Mode, now click on continue
Note that UEFI boot mood is only recommended for newer hardware that is capable of using UEFI.
While you select Legacy Boot Mode if you have older software that only uses BIOS
- On the UniBeast interface, select the Graphics card of your intending hardware device. Either NVIDIA or ATI graphics then click on continue.
- Read through your selections, possibly double read through to avoid any errors, remember that the process is very precise, and would not work if any detail is wrong.
- If a password is required, enter one and click on OK
- Unibeast will now create your installation media, the process takes a while so you might as well take a pee break.
- Install Mac OS on your PC: once you have successfully created your Mac OS installation on your USB drive