What’s up guys, in this tutorial I’m going to show you How to Create Bootable USB Installer for macOS High Sierra Windows 10 Operating System. There are few applications that you need to download in-order to successfully create a bootable USB Flash Drive to install macOS High Sierra Windows 10 PC.
Now copy this InstallESD.DMG as you need it in TransMac to Create macOS High Sierra Bootable USB Installer on Windows 10. Ok, so lets continue with TransMac Restore Disk Image to Drive. On this screen, select the InstallESD.DMG file and click OK. Download: macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave or macOS High Sierra These will be downloaded to your Applications folder as an app named Install macOS version name. If the installer opens after downloading, quit it without continuing installation.
Firstly, you need to download TransMac application as we will use this to write files onto flash drive. Once you have downloaded and installed TransMac, run the application.
TransMac is a Paid Application. But the trial period will last for 15 days, this is more than enough for us to Create Bootable USB Installer for macOS High Sierra Windows 10.
Before you click Run, just make sure you have plugged-in your 16 GB USB Flash Drive.
Now, Click Run and proceed with the trial of 15 Days. You should see the following screen once you click Run.
Currently, you can only create a bootable installer for macOS Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, or El Capitan. If you want to go back to your previous macOS, here's how to downgrade macOS. After successfully creating the bootable USB thumb drive with macOS High Sierra using windows 7, then booting the macbook air mid 2011 with the created bootable USB thumb drive plugged in and then choosing the boot and install macOS High Sierra (the default highlighted option.
Now, just wait for few moments, as the formatting process is going on.
In Applications folder: Right-click on Install MacOS High Sierra app, then choose Show Packages Contents to reveal Contents folder.
The MacOS High Sierra InstallESD.DMG is found under: Contents/SharedSupport/
Now copy this InstallESD.DMG as you need it in TransMac to Create macOS High Sierra Bootable USB Installer on Windows 10.
Ok, so lets continue with TransMac Restore Disk Image to Drive. On this screen, select the InstallESD.DMG file and click OK.
Click Yes, when TransMac Gives you the Overwrite warning.
Now the TransMac will start the process of Restoring High Sierra Image on the Flash Drive. this will take 15-25 minutes, depending on the speed of your flash drive.
Now in 2018 as macOS Mojave is released I would highly recommend you to install macOS Mojave on your mac because it contains many bug fixes, new features and also apfs file system is more stable as compared to macOS high sierra. But if your mac is not supported by macOS mojave then you can download macOS high sierra from these download links.
This article contains links which can be installed on a real mac as well as can be used to build a Hackintosh.
macOS high sierra can still be downloaded from the official app store, whenever Apple releases a new version of macOS they make the older version of macOS hidden but still they can be accessed and installed on a mac.
To download macOS high sierra from apple app store go to this link, it will automatically open the app store if you are opening the link on a mac.
Many have reported that the file downloaded from the official Apple app store is of only 20MB but the actual size of the setup of macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 is 4.9GB. The issue is not fixed till now and is still present. Those who have faced this issue you can use this method to download the full setup of macOS High Sierra from apple servers.
The patch tool is developed by Collin to install macOS high sierra on unsupported Macs. The primary job of the tool is to patch the installer so it can be installed on unsupported Macs but through this tool, you can also download the installer.
To download the full macOS high sierra installer simply download the tool from the developer’s Google drive then run the tool.
Now, from the toolbar click on “Tools” and then click the download option, then wait for the download to complete and the installer will appear in the Apps folder.
If you prefer using torrents or have limited bandwidth per day then you can also download the installer using torrent. This is the official App present in the app store and not modified for Hackintosh, So you can use it to upgrade your mac.
The download links present in this section are from Apple’s server directly. You can download every version of macOS from the apple server directly. However you will not get a single .app format from it, they are in dmg format and are multiple files and cannot be used directly to upgrade your system to macOS high sierra. But you can use these images to make a bootable USB from these images use can restore the images from disk utility into a USB drive and try to boot with it. A more detailed guide can be found in insanlymac.com but it is Hackintosh focused but it will also work on a real mac.
The direct download links for macOS high sierra 10.13.6 from Apple’s servers are:-
This dmg image is converted from the macOS high sierra 10.13.6 app. It is only for building Hackintosh. The dmg already includes clover bootloader, so you can restore the image and install the OS on your pc. Here in HackintoshPro, we have a much detailed guide on how to install macOS high sierra on pc.
While macOS Mojave is released macOS high sierra still can be download and installed from the app store. If you are looking for installing or upgrading to high sierra on a mac I highly recommend you to download the app from the Apple app store because it is the easiest method, but if in some case you are not able to download the app from app store then try downloading the dmg files from the Apple’s servers directly and create a bootable USB from it and then install it on your mac.
In order to make bootable USB of macOS high Sierra, you will need an 8gb or higher USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 drive. Note: By using USB 3.0 you might face some issues while booting into the installer, in that case, please try using USB 2.0 drive.
If you’re using both Windows and macOS, you’ve to deal with when mac refuses to boot. The reason behind can be from a number of things that could go wrong. This includes system failure, bad updates, power failure, hardware failure. Unless there is a hardware problem that only can be diagnosed at the apple center you can fix your Apple computer.
It is an excellent practice always to have a bootable macOS USB, which you can easily create using macOS operating system. But since we’re here, you probably can want to make bootable USB using Windows 10. Let’s be real, and there are more Windows computers compared to MAC. Fortunately, you can use a Windows computer to create a bootable USB flash drive.
In this article, we’ll help you with the instructions to create a bootable MacOS USB installation media from a Windows 10 computer. So that you can use that USB to install or reinstall (upgrade) Apple’s MacOS. You can create a macos Catalina/sierra bootable USB using this guide to fix your operating system.
You will need a few things before you get started. The first essential thing in it is a USB drive would be awesome if you use a USB 3.0, but you can get the work done using slow USB as well. So, in contrast, you need these following things.
The guide is simple and straightforward if you follow thiese step.
Download and install TransMac on your Windows PC. It’s paid software with 15-day trial, so you can use it within the time to create a bootable MacOS USB flash drive. If you like the software and to support the developer you can buy the full version.
Plug the USB drive to your Windows computer that you’ll be using to fix your MacOS. And we are going to tell you something straightforward – backup if things stored in USB Drive.
Step 1. Open the TransMac, and select Run as administrator. If you’re using the trial version, wait 15 seconds, and click Run.
Step 2. Use your USB drive right-click on it and select format disk format this will format the USB drive so that it can be used to store the Mac OS operating system. One thing you need took care of that the USB drive needs in GPT partition in order to work on a Mac computer otherwise it won’t boot.
When it prompts select a name for your USB it doesn’t matter but just do it and click ok. If the formatting completed successfully, click OK to continue.
Step 3. Again from the left sidebar right-click on the USB drive and select restore with disk image.
Step 4. Now browse to the location where the Mac OS system image file is located and click ok to load it.
Step 5. Click Yes to create the macOS USB bootable media.
It will take a few minutes to complete the process because the Mac Operating System is larger than any other operating systems like Windows and LINUX in size. Now plug the USB drive to Mac computer in order to install, install or upgrade the operating system to the latest version of Mac OS, which can be Sierra or later.
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If the USB flash drive is not working using TransMac, it could be still a partition problem. In this case, you want to redo the entire process again, but this time use the following steps to use the Diskpart command-line utility on Windows to create the appropriate GPT partition.
Now make bootable USB using the TransMac software (follow instructions that are given above). Now connect the USB and power on your Mac computer while holding the option key and then select the USB Flash media to run the installation.
Learn using USB on MAC (Apple support page)
Learn more about making bootable USB.
In addition to macOS, Apple has released macOS high sierra. macOS High Sierra is the successor of macOS sierra. With it’s every release apple updates macOS with new features, new design, better security, more stability and better performance. As you know any of the macOS cannot be officially installed on any non-apple hardware, because of this reason installing macOS on PC was never an easy job. In this article, I will show how to create a bootable USB of macOS high sierra on windows 10.
Download the macOS high sierra DMG file from this link.
Download Transmac from their official website or you can download it directly from here.
In this tutorial, I am going to use the Transmac software to create the bootable USB drive from windows. Transmac is a paid software, however, it offers 15 days of trial which is enough for you to create the bootable USB.
After downloading the setup.exe double-click it to open and follow the procedure displayed in the setup to install.
See also: Beginner’s guide to patching DSDT in Hackintosh.
In order to make bootable USB of macOS high Sierra, you will need an 8gb or higher USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 drive.
Note: By using USB 3.0 you might face some issues while booting into the installer, in that case, please try using USB 2.0 drive.
1. Insert the USB drive into your computer and then right click on the transmac app and select “run as administrator”. Running as administrator is required as we will format the USB drive through the transmac app.
2. Now right click on the USB drive you inserted and click “Format for mac”.
Note: This action will format the drive and the data inside the drive will be lost, so before formatting the USB drive, please make sure that the drive you selected is your removable USB drive, not any other drive and also make sure that you backup all the data to a separate drive.
3. After the formatting is done again right click the USB drive and click “Restore with Disk Image”. Click “yes” on the warning about erasing data, then click on the select file button and select the macOS high sierra dmg file that you have downloaded earlier and click OK.
4. Now it’s time to sit back and relax as the process will take time to complete. After the progress bar is finished, your bootable USB of macOS high sierra is ready.
Note: After the USB drive is formatted as mac or the dmg is restored successfully windows will give you an alert to format the drive due to incompatible file-system, but don’t click format otherwise you have to start over again.
See also: How to dual boot MacOS sierra and windows 10 in Hackintosh.
Clover Bootloader is the key to install macOS on PC. It fakes the macOS installer to think that it is going to install on a real Macintosh. Clover is already included in the above high sierra DMG file and is restored into the USB. However, we need to configure it according to our system’s configuration or importantly graphics configuration.
Note: The EFI drive is present in the USB drive. So it must be plugged in.
Now the configuration is done and you can proceed towards installation steps.
Before we try to boot the macOS installer we need to make some changes to our BIOS settings. Just to spoof the macOS installer so it thinks that we are booting the installer from a real mac, else we will face a disabled boot screen or a message saying “macOS cannot be installed on this device”.
1. Reboot your PC and just after you see the manufacturer logo quickly press the “F2” button or press it several times until you see the BIOS menu. To boot into the BIOS settings menu.
2. Change the following settings:-
DVMT Pre-allocated option is to set the internal GPU memory. Most laptops come with 32mb fixed allocated memory, it causes an error while booting into macOS sierra or Higher versions on Intel skylake or higher architecture CPUs. It is not a common option and might not be available in your BIOS settings. Setting it to 64mb or higher eliminates the need of applying miniStolen patch.
3. Now after changing the BIOS options, plug in the bootable USB drive and power on the machine.
4. Now again boot into BIOS by tapping “F2”, and open the “boot menu” and select your bootable USB drive from the “Boot drive” menu.
5. If you selected the correct drive in the above step, you should see the clover boot menu. In the clover boot menu select the “Install macOS high sierra” drive and tap “Spacebar” and check “verbose” option and click “Boot with selected option”. Booting verbose will allow you to see if any error occurs while booting.
6. After successfully booting into the installer, select your preferred language and click next and then from the macOS utilities screen select “Disk Utility” and click continue.
7. Here, select the partition in which you want to install macOS. As the partition will be formatted, make sure it is empty. And also make sure the size of the partition is at least 15GB, I prefer to make the partition of size 40Gb or higher so I don’t have to resize it later. Now click on erase and then name the partition as you like, then from the “Format” drop-down menu select “APFS” and click erase.
8. After formatting the partition, close the disk utility app and select “Install macOS” and click continue. Here you will be asked in which partition you want to install macOS High Sierra, select the partition you formatted in the above step and finally click on install.
Happy Hackintoshing 😉 if you get any trouble please feel free to post them in comments.