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Can't get any macOS to boot. macOS Ventura


As the title says, I can not for the life of me get any macOS distribution to boot in VMware. The furthest I got was with macOS Ventura, where I was able to almost finish the install, but when the progress bar is almost at the end, the VM restarts, and I am stuck on a screen where it says, "Your computer restarted because of a problem. Press a key or wait a few seconds to continue start-up.". From there on, the VM is in a boot loop.

I've tried different VMware versions, from v15 to v17, but that didn't change anything. I also configured the .vmx file so that I was able to boot in the first place, as I am running on an AMD processor. I tried different amounts of cores and different sizes of RAM, but nothing worked. I also checked if virtualization is enabled, Task manager says it is.

Any help is much appreciated. 


MSI B550 Gaming Plus
AMD Ryzen 7 3700x
16GB Crucial RAM oc to 3500MHz
RTX 3070 8GB Vram

.vmx changes:

smc.version = “0”
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 = “0000:0000:0000:0001:0000:0110:0111:0001”
cpuid.1.ebx = “0000:0010:0000:0001:0000:1000:0000:0000”
cpuid.1.ecx = “1000:0010:1001:1000:0010:0010:0000:0011”
cpuid.1.edx = “0000:0111:1000:1011:1111:1011:1111:1111”

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It's a violation of Apple's licensing to run their OS on non-Apple hardware.  We cannot help you here, as VMware could get into legal trouble with Apple.

Also, the only way to even attempt to run macOS on Workstation is to hack the software... so you've come to a vendor's site admitting you hacked their software, asking for help. Sounds kind of silly... 😉

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Oh, my bad I thought it was still a grey area if I get my os from my own MacBook but thanks for the heads up 🙂 

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Apple's EULA makes it clear that MacOS must be run ON Apple hardware only.


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