Install OS X Yosemite on your PC with Yosemite Zone!
OS X Yosemite; Every bit as powerful as it looks.
An elegant design that feels entirely fresh, yet inherently familiar. The apps you use every day, enhanced with new features. And a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices. OS X Yosemite changes how you see your Mac. And what you can do with it.
If you’re interested in running Mac OS X, but you don’t want to pay ridiculous prices for a normal Mac, then a Hackintosh just might be for you. In this guide, I’ll show you how to install Yosemite on your PC with the “Yosemite Zone” distro.
- An existing Windows computer/Mac/Hackintosh: This is the computer where you will download and set up Yosemite Zone. The computer can run either Windows or Mac OS X; both operating systems will work.
- A Hackintosh compatible computer with an empty hard drive: This is the computer where you will install OS X Yosemite. It can be the same computer as the one mentioned in the previous point. If your computer already has Mac OS X installed, Yosemite Zone will just update OS X normally, without deleting any of your apps or files.
- Yosemite Zone: It is the most popular distro for OS X Yosemite right now. Go to the page from the link below and wait 15 sec. then refresh the page. Unzip the file then use a torrent client to download the 5 GB .iso file.
- An empty USB drive (6 GB or larger): In this guide, you will write Yosemite Zone onto a USB drive, and boot your computer from that drive to install OS X Yosemite. The USB drive must be at least 6-8 GB in size. Since you will need to erase all of the files on the USB drive, make sure to back up its contents first.
- TransMac: If you’re using a Windows computer to set up Yosemite Zone, you need to use TransMac to write the disk image file onto your USB drive. You can download it from the link blow.
- Restore Yosemite.pkg: If you’re using a Mac to set up Yosemite Zone, you need to Hackintosh Zone’s special “Restore Yosemite” app to write the disk image file onto your USB drive. Can be downloaded from the link below.
- MultiBeast for Yosemite: Multibeast is a collection of kext files that your Hackintosh will need to run properly, after the initial installation. Be sure to download the newest version of Multibeast, not the older versions (which are for Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks).
Preparations for Mac users.
- Plug your USB drive into Mac OS X, and open “Disk Utility”, located in “Applications->Utilities” in your main hard drive. Select your USB drive in the sidebar of Disk Utility and erase the drive, with the “Format” set to “MS-DOS (FAT)”. You can rename the drive anything you want.
Download and unzip “Restore Yosemite.pkg”. Make sure that your Yosemite Zone disk image file is in the same folder as “Restore Yosemite.pkg”.
- Double click on “Restore Yosemite.pkg” to start the app.
- Read Note 1 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
- Click through the installer until you reach the page with the “Change Install Location” button.
Change the install location of the app to your USB drive.
Press the enter key and the app will ask for your system password. After you enter your password, it will begin writing the Yosemite Zone disk image onto the USB drive. This will take somewhere between 20-40 minutes, it may take longer depending on the speed of your USB drive. Once it finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully bootable version of the OS X Yosemite installer.
- Go down to How to install OS X Yosemite in Virtualbox with Yosemite Zone?
Preparations for Windows users!
- Download TransMac from the link below.
- Plug your USB drive into your computer, and open TransMac.
- Find your USB drive on the left-hand column of the TransMac window, then right-click on the USB drive, and click “Format Disk for Mac”. This will delete all of the files on your drive and prepare it for Mac OS X.
- Once your USB drive is done formatting, right-click on it again and click “Restore with Disk Image”.
- A file selection window will pop up. Choose your Yosemite Zone disk image file (it will probably be called “Yosemite-Zone.dmg”), and proceed.
- Now, TransMac will write Yosemite Zone onto your USB drive.
- This will take between 20-40 minutes, though it may take longer, depending on the speed of your USB drive. Once TransMac finishes, your USB drive will contain a fully bootable version of the OS X Yosemite installer.
- Follow the instructions below.
How to install OS X Yosemite in Virtualbox with Yosemite Zone?
- Unplug all USB-connected devices from your computer before you begin the setup (except your keyboard and mouse). A faulty external USB hard drive can cause your Hackintosh bootloader to give you “EBIOS” errors on startup.
- Open up your computer and unplug any extra internal hard drives that your computer has, besides the hard drive that you’re installing OS X on. (Just unplug the hard drive SATA cables from your motherboard.)
- If possible, connect your monitor to the “DVI” port of your computer’s graphics. The Mac OS X installer sometimes has problems with HDMI and VGA.
- Read Note 2 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
- Depending on the brand and standard used by your computer’s motherboard, adjust your settings accordingly:
a. If you own a Gigabyte motherboard with BIOS: Guide
b. If you own a Gigabyte motherboard with UEFI: Guide
c. If you own a non-Gigabyte motherboard with UEF: Guide
- Restart your Hackintosh, and plug in your Yosemite Zone USB drive. If things go well, your computer will boot from the USB drive instead of booting from your normal hard disk. You will then be able to view the Yosemite Zone menu.
- Read Note 3 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
- At the Yosemite Zone menu, press the enter key (or return key) to start the OS X Yosemite installer. The installer screen will take several minutes to load.
- If you are trying to install OS X Yosemite on a computer using an AMD processor, you’ll have to type the boot flag “/amd“, “/amd32“, “/amd64“, or “/amdfx” (without quotation marks). Which flag you need depends on your specific processor, so test one flag a time.
- Read Note 4 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
Once you’ve entered the OS X Yosemite installer, you will come up to a hard disk selection page. This is where you choose where you want to install Yosemite.
- If you’re installing Yosemite on a computer that has never been turned into a Hackintosh before (i.e. doesn’t already have Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, or Mavericks installed), there won’t be any hard disk options to select. To fix this, start up “Disk Utility“, which is located under the “Utilities” menu in the top bar.
- In the sidebar of “Disk Utility“, choose the hard drive partition where you want Yosemite installed. Click on the “Erase” tab, select a name for your drive and make sure “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” is selected.
- Read Note 5 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
- On the installation page for Mac OSX, the hard disk/disk partition should now be showing up. Select it, and then click the “Customize” button on the bottom left. If your computer already has Mac OS X installed and you are simply updating it to Yosemite, you can just uncheck all of these options. Mac OS X treats Yosemite as just another update; there’s no need to reinstall all of your kexts and drivers. Otherwise just click on “Accept” and install OS X Yosemite.
- Once the installation finishes, remove your Yosemite Zone USB drive, and restart your computer.
- At the boot screen, you’ll see an Apple icon for the hard drive where you installed Yosemite. Select it (use the arrow keys on your computer) and press “Enter“.
- Now Yosemite will boot. (If not? Read Note 6 under Notes at the bottom of the page.
- Once Yosemite has booted successfully, click through the Mac OS X setup screens until you reach the desktop. From here, Yosemite Zone will do its work, and automatically install the rest of the Hackintosh-specific kexts and drivers from Step 15.
- Wait several minutes and once you receive a notification saying that the installation has been completed, restart your computer.
- Download MultiBeast for Yosemite then check this site to see what you should install and what you shouldn’t, according to your computers specs.
- Reboot your computer.
- You’re done! Enjoy your Hackintosh!! 🙂
1. “Restore Yosemite.pkg” is very glitchy. If you can’t find the “Change Install Location” button at the first time that you run the app, restart your computer and re-run the app.
2. If you’re installing Mac OS X on a computer that already has Windows installed, you may have to enable AHCI for Windows beforehand. Otherwise, Windows won’t boot afterwards. Also, after installing Mac OS X, you should also sync your clock on Windows with Mac OS X.
3. If you do not manage to reach the Yosemite Zone menu, check your motherboard’s BIOS settings to make sure that the changes you made in Step 3 were properly applied. If they were, but you still cannot boot from the Yosemite Zone USB drive, unplug your USB drive, and go back to Step 1. Reformat your USB drive with Disk Utility and try again. If all else fails, try using a different USB drive for Yosemite Zone.
4. In the worst case scenarios, instead of loading the Mac OS X installer, you may end up at a dark gray screen that tells you to restart your computer (a kernel panic), or you may end up with a small crossed-out sign (a loading error). If you get a kernel panic/loading error (or if the Mac OS X installer simply won’t start within 10 minutes), you’ll need to enter some boot flags. To enter boot flags, manually restart your computer by pressing your computer’s power button. Then, once you’ve booted back into the Yosemite Zone menu, try typing any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. Also check out the list of common boot flags for reference.
5. Mac OS X cannot boot from a partition that’s larger than 1 TB in size, so if you have a 2 TB hard drive, you will have to partition it.
6. If you get a kernel panic/loading error (or if the Mac OS X installer simply won’t start within 10 minutes), you’ll need to enter some boot flags. To enter boot flags, manually restart your computer by pressing your computer’s power button. Then, once you’ve booted back into the Yosemite Zone menu, try typing any necessary boot flags before pressing the enter/return key. Also check out the list of common boot flags for reference.