In this post, you will figure out How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC-Hackintosh with 5 steps.
macOS 10.15 Catalina Public beta has just been released, this means you are ready to install and test it on your PC-Hackintosh even on PC-Macintosh. You know the drill of installing macOS is not easy, but installing macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC-Macintosh is a big achievement.
macOS 10.15 Catalina has brought more interesting features which is so much amazing. You can experience the superb experience with music, TV, and podcasts in three new apps and use your favorite apps on the iPad on the Mac. The other feature of macOS 10.15 Catalina is Sidecar.
With Sidecar, your iPad device can be used as one of Mac’s monitors. For Mac users, this is a great feature that can have a display in addition to a high-resolution Mac, and easily work with your iPad and Apple Pencil. A sidecar is also a great tool for editing videos with Final Cut Pro X or drawing with Adobe Illustrator.
Gatekeeper is the new defender of macOS 10.15 Catalina which checks the applications in security problems and when the application requests access. In simple words, the gatekeeper checks all its security issues. Screen Time is another feature on mac, which lets you know how much time you are spending on programs or site. This app can help you manage your time easily for daily uses.
- Download Bootloader or Pre EFI
- Download Post EFI, and
- Download Realtek ALC235 Audio Kext
- Download Realtek RTL8111 Ethernet Kext
- Download Battery Kext
- Download Post install Folder for macOS Catalina
Prepare the Below things:
- Download macOS 10.15 Catalina DMG file
- 16 GB USB Flash Drive
- Create Bootable USB Installer of macOS 10.15 Catalina
- 4 GB USB Flash Drive for Post Installation Files
How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC- Hackintosh?
Step 1. Download the macOS 10.15 Catalina DMG File
There are two methods which can be used to download macOS 10.15 Catalina DMG file.
- Use the Developer account and download it from the Apple store.
- Directly download the macOS 10.15 Catalina DMG file.
Those users who have the developer account can easily download the Public Beta of macOS 10.15 Catalina. But those who do not have the developer account can’t download that, so it’s a big deal. That’s why we have uploaded the public beta and you can directly download the dmg file without Developer account.
However, if you are deciding to download the macOS 10.15 Catalina from Apple store, go ahead and download it. If you downloaded from the apple store, it will directly be added to the App utilities but those who are downloading it directly from here. You have to copy and paste it inside the App utilities or launcher because it will be needed to create bootable USB for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
- Download macOS 10.15 Catalina DMG File
Step 2. Create a Bootable USB for macOS 10.15 Catalina
There are several methods which can be used to create bootable USB for macOS 10.15 Catalina. Not Only for macOS 10.15 Catalina but the other versions of macOS, such as the macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra and more. The other methods are software, which is built for creating bootable USB for macOS. The thing this, with every new version of macOS, their version also changes, they do not have a universal platform. A Good Example is Ubibeast and DiskMakerX.
In the past, I was using the tonymacx86 software called Unibeast to create a bootable USB installer for mac. I was thinking that was the quickest way to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. Similar to Unibeast you can use the DiskMakerX too, it is also an interesting software which can do the job.
For this post I’m not using any of the mentioned software, instead I will go will the Amazing Terminal.
Step 1: In order to Create a bootable USB Flash Drive, you have to prepare a 16 GB Flash Drive to Copy files of macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Step 2: Insert the USB Flash Drive, then Hold on the Command key + Space to launch the Spotlight. In Spotlight, search for Disk Utility, and open it after appearing.
Step 3. Select the USB Flash drive, then erase it with the below settings.
- Name: USB
- Format: Mac OS X Extended (Journaled)
- Scheme: GUID Partition Map
In the Picture you can’t see the Scheme: GUID Partition Map, it may be Apple has removed this option from macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Step 4. Again open spotlight and search for Terminal but before opening the terminal using Spotlight copy the below code. Or you can manually type the command like me to create bootable USB Flash drive for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
|Sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ 10.15\ Beta.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/USB|
At the end of the code, I have mentioned the name of the USB Flash Drive which is formatted. If you have named your USB flash drive, type instead of USB.
Step 5. After the command is copied and terminal is launched, paste the code in it and hit enter. Terminal asks for your password for confirmation, so type it.
Its takes time Depending on your USB Flash Drive, if it is USB 3.0 it saves much of yours and if not wait for until 50 minutes.
Step 2. Install Clover Bootloader to boot the installer
To Install the clover bootloader, mount the EFI Partition of the USB Flash Drive.
Step 1. Open the clover configurator, the select mount EFI on the left panel of the clover configurator.
Step 2. Once that is launched, you will see the EFI on Install macOS 10.15 Catalina Beta. You have to click on the mount partition, then enter the password of your account by which you logged in.
Step 3. Once the EFI Partition on the USB Flash Drive is mounted, you will see an EFI External drive on your desktop. Open it and copy the EFI directory inside the Pre-EFI Directory, then paste that on the USB Flash Drive’s EFI which you mounted earlier in step 2. When you are done, eject the USB Flash Drive.
Step 4. Congratulations, till this step you are completely ready to boot the laptop and install macOS 10.15 Catalina. Before doing that, you need to do another thing, and that is to copy the post EFI and Fixes directory inside the other USB Flash Drive.
If you read the post carefully before I mentioned you need a second USB with at least 4 GB storage. You need to copy the Post EFI and Fixes Directory inside this USB.
Step 3. Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC-Hackintosh
Step 1. To Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC- Hackintosh, attach the bootable USB Flash drive of Catalina. After that enter that, enter the boot key or your computer. You know you have to find out the boot key of your computer, otherwise, you won’t be able to install macOS 10.15 Catalina on Laptop.
Step 2. When you reached the clover bootloader’s welcome window, hit the enter key or return key on the mac. After that wait for a moment till the codes go away.
Step 3. After reaching the macOS utilities, select disk Disk Utility and click continue.
Step 4. Navigate to view menu, then click show all devices.
Step 5. Select the drive where you are about to install macOS 10.15 Catalina on that. Once selected, then click on erase that with the below settings.
- Name: Macintosh HD
- Format: APFS
- Scheme: GUID Partition Map
Step 6. The moment the disk is formatted, you will be back to the main menu of the Disk utilities, there you have to select Install macOS.
Step 7. Click continue on the install macOS 10.15 Beta.
Step 8. Agree to the license and agreement of Apple by selecting agree.
Step 9. Select the Macintosh HD drive and click install, Once the installation is finished, your pc will restart. After the system restarts, hold the boot key of your computer and select the USB Flash Drive.
Step 10. This time select Boot macOS Install from Macintosh HD to complete the installation. Once the process is completed, the system will restart again, there again hold the Boot key of your computer and select USB.
Step 11. After that, again select the Boot macOS from Macintosh HD.
The other steps are so easy which I won’t be providing any screenshot but I will guide through the process.
- On the welcome window, select your country.
- Click continue on the written and spoken language window.
- Select my Computer does not connect to the internet.
- Agree to Data & privacy.
- Pass this step by selecting Do not transfer any information now.
- Agree to Terms and conditions.
- Create a computer account.
- Click continue, Continue and continue.
- Choose dark, light or auto look for your computer.
- Finally, wait until your desktop should be ready for first-time use.
Step 4. Post Installation Guidance
Step 1. Go to finder> preferences, then check the boxes.
- Hard Disks
- External disks
- CD DVDs and iPods
- Connect servers.
Step 2. Attach the second USB Flash Drive, and copy all the three directories which you copied after creating bootable USB Flash Drive. After that eject the USB Flash Drive.
Step 3. Launch the Clover configurator form post install directory, then select mount EFI> then mount the EFI on APFS Container.
Step 4. Now open the EFI Partition of the Hard Disk, delete its EFI and instead paste the EFI directory from Post EFI Directory.
Step 5. Fix Audio, Wifi and Battery Problems
To Fix these problems open the Fix the Directory, unzip the Realtek RTL, and Install it. The installation process is easy, so no need for me to provide you the screenshot.
The Installation starts with Voodoohda. The Moment you unzip the Voodoohda and opened it you will see two files. The Kext Utility and Voodoohda.kext.
Kexts can’t be installed, instead, they have to be replaced in a special directory on the in system files. That process takes too time, that’s why Kext utility does that saves so much time. So, launch the Kext Utility, then drag the Voodoohda.kext there.
Do the same thing for ACPIBatteryManager.kext, I mean extract it> then drag the battery Kext on the Kext utility.
Once all the settings are setup restart your system, so changes should apply.
It was the process on How to Install macOS 10.15 Catalina on PC- Hackintosh within 5 steps. In short, download the required files, create a bootable USB of macOS 10.15 Catalina, then start the installation process. if you think this post is worthy of sharing, please don’t hesitate.