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install macos big sur on vmware workstation player 17 step by step on a computer with amd processor

Note: Before starting, make sure that you have the following requirements:

  • A computer with an AMD processor that supports AMD-V and SSE 4.2 technologies
  • At least 8 GB of RAM
  • At least 60 GB of free storage
  • VMware Workstation Player 17 or higher
  • macOS Big Sur installation image (ISO or DMG format)


Step 1:

Enable Virtualization in BIOS First, you need to enable virtualization in your computer’s BIOS settings.

The steps to do this may vary depending on your computer’s manufacturer, but typically, you need to do the following:

Restart your computer and press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS setup (usually F2 or Delete).

Look for a setting related to virtualization or AMD-V and enable it.

Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup.


Step 2:

Install VMware Workstation Player 17 Download and install VMware Workstation Player 17 or higher from the VMware website.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.


Step 3:

Create a New Virtual Machine

Open VMware Workstation Player 17 and click on “Create a New Virtual Machine.”

Select “Typical” and click “Next.”

Choose “I will install the operating system later” and click “Next.”

Select “Apple Mac OS X” and choose the version as “macOS 10.16” or later.

Click “Next.”

Name the virtual machine and choose a location to save it.

Click “Next.”

Set the disk capacity to at least 60 GB and select “Store virtual disk as a single file.”

Click “Next.”

Click “Finish” to create the virtual machine.


Step 4:

Edit Virtual Machine Settings

Select the newly created virtual machine and click on “Edit virtual machine settings.”

Under the “Hardware” tab, click on “Memory” and increase the RAM to at least 8 GB.

Under the “Processor” tab, select “Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI” and enable “Virtualize CPU performance counters.”

Set the number of processor cores to at least 2.

Under the “CD/DVD (SATA)” tab, select “Use ISO image file” and browse to the macOS Big Sur installation image (ISO or DMG format).

Click “OK” to save the changes.


Step 5:

Edit Virtual Machine Configuration File

Close VMware Workstation Player 17.

Navigate to the location where you saved the virtual machine files and find the virtual machine configuration file (ending with .vmx extension).

Open the configuration file with a text editor and add the following lines at the end:
cpuid.0.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:1011”

cpuid.0.ebx = “0111:0101:0110:1110:0110:0101:0100:0111”

cpuid.0.ecx = “0110:1100:0110:0101:0111:0100:0110:1110”

cpuid.0.edx = “0100:1001:0110:0101:0110:1110:0110:1001”

cpuid.1.eax = “0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:1111:0001”

cpuid.1.ebx = “0000:0010:0000:0001:0000”