How to install MacOS Sierra on a PC

Posted: October 15, 2018 in win tricks

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MacOS is one of the coolest looking operating systems out there right now, The only problem? the fact that this OS works only with Apple’s hardware on its MacBook and other Mac products.

One cannot install the OS, or buy it for a custom build. However, there is a way, where Windows users or causal PC building enthusiasts could get their hands on the forbidden OS, without paying a high premium for the Apple hardware.

Hackintosh is a custom PC build specifically made specifically for running MacOS and is made using hardware from a normal PC. We’ll be installing Apple’s latest MacOS Sierra, for this Hackintosh. The difficulty level for this guide is Expert.

Before you begin with Hackintosh, there are a few pre-requisites necessary to have a successful build and installation. These requisites include hardware recommendations as well as a few additional things necessary.

We’ll be using software by TonyMacX86 for creating our MacOS USB, and the only way you to get your hands on this software is by signing up at the website. So do that first. Let’s get started.

Hardware recommendation

  • For a smooth running Hackintosh, a few checks in the hardware are necessary. For starters, We’d strongly recommend getting an Intel CPU, as AMD’s are not well supported with a Hackintosh.
  • Also, make sure you have at least 8GB of RAM for a smooth user experience. For the processor, at least an Intel Core i3 3220T or higher along with a compatible motherboard with UEFI BIOS works great. Sadly there is no support for the latest 7th Generation Core processors and the 200 series chipset for now.
  • A fresh SSD would do great for the build, so if you have a spare lying around, that should be your first choice. A clean 7200RPM HDD with at least 500GB of storage space should do the trick too.
  • We’d strongly recommend you to get a secondary/ spare HDD for this build, and not the one you’ve used on your Windows or Linux build as you’ll be using the hard drive in a different format, which won’t be compatible with Windows OS or any other OS after that. Also, make sure you back up your data before proceeding with the Hackintosh.
  • You can pair up an AMD or Nvidia GPU with your machine. AMD is supported by default, for a Nvidia GPU, you’ll need to install a driver later from here to run things smoothly.
  • Once your hardware configuration is set, we’ll start with the actual Hackintosh preparation.

Prepping for Hackintosh

  • Once you’ve got your hardware in place, we’ll proceed to the next step- Creating a Hackintosh Installation drive. For this step, we’ll need a working Mac machine running MacOS Sierra.
  • Once you’ve found a machine with the latest OS version installed, head on to the app store and search for MacOS Sierra. Once you find it, download it onto the system. Just download it, don’t hit install when prompted.

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  • Now as I mentioned earlier, the tools necessary for making the build possible are available on the TonyMacX86 website. Assuming you’ve completed the sign-up procedure, download UniBeast 7.0.1. or higher for creating the bootable drive, and MultiBeast-which is necessary for the post-installation process, from the downloads section onto your Mac.
  • Another thing that you’ll need is a fast USB 3.0 drive with at least 16GB of storage. The faster the drive, the faster the installation process.
  • Once you’ve downloaded MacOS Sierra, it’ll appear in Applications. Now it’s time to create the drive. Insert the USB drive into the Mac and search for ‘Disk Utility’
  • Upon opening Disk Utility, you’ll see the drive connected to the Mac. Look for your USB drive, and highlight it by clicking on it.
  • Now hit the ‘Erase’ button from the top section. It’ll ask you for a name, add whatever you feel like. Next, it’ll prompt you to select a format, Choose OSX Extended (Journaled). For Scheme, choose GUID Partition Map, and click on Erase.

Installing using UniBeast

  • Now open UniBeast. Once you’ve opened it, click on Continue, and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • It’ll automatically detect your formatted USB drive. Once you’ve spotted your drive, click on it, and tap Continue.
  • At the ‘Select OS Installation’ screen, select MacOS Sierra, and click on Continue.
  • Now on Bootloader options, choose UEFI mode.
  • At ‘Graphics Configuration Mode’ select the necessary option according to your hardware and click Continue.
  • Verify the installation options and hit Continue. It’ll ask you to enter the password for the Mac machine. Enter the credentials and hit Install.
  • UniBeast will now install the MacOS onto the USB drive and create a Bootable USB. Once the installation completes, close the box.
  • Now, drag and drop the MultiBeast, that we downloaded along with UniBeast, onto the USB drive.

UEFI Configurations

UEFI is your motherboard’s operating system which helps it interact with the connected hardware and act accordingly. We need to tweak the UEFI a bit for a smooth installation process of the MacOS Sierra. You can enter the UEFI on the motherboard by hitting the ‘Del’ key or any other key as mentioned when you boot your system.

For ASUS UEFI custom settings, click here.

For Gigabyte UEFI custom settings, click here.

For MSI UEFI custom settings, click here.

  • Load Optimised Defaults
  • Disable VT-d, if enabled
  • Disable CFG-Lock, if enabled
  • Disable Secure Boot Mode, if enabled
  • Set OS Type to Other OS
  • If your system has IO SerialPort, disable it
  • Set XHCI Handoff to Enabled
  • Save and exit

Installing MacOS on HDD or SSD

  • Once your system is prepped for installation, turn off your machine, and insert the USB drive, preferably on the USB ports at the back.
  • Now turn on the system, and press the hotkey for booting into a drive. It’s usually F12, F11, F10 or F8. Look for the hotkey when your system boots up. It’ll flash along with the UEFI bios hotkey.
  • Once you’re asked to select the drive to boot, click on the USB drive.
  • Now you’ll be on the boot screen. Here, choose MacOS X from USB.
  • Now you’ll be greeted by the MacOS installer. Choose your language.
  • Now for a fresh installation, you’ll need to format your existing drive in order to make it compatible with the OS.
  • In the top menu bar select Utilities, and open Disk Utility.
  • Highlight your target drive for the Sierra installation in the left column.
  • Click the Erase button.
  • Add a name for the drive.
  • Choose OS X Extended (Journaled) as the format.
  • Choose GUID Partition Map for Scheme and Click Erase.
  • Close Disk Utility
  • When the installer asks you for a location to install, choose the recently created drive. Now the installation begins.
  • Once the installation completes, the system will automatically reboot.

First time setup and MultiBeast

  • Hurray! You’ve almost installed MacOS Sierra. Complete the first-boot process, by adding your Apple ID, setting time and date, keyboard choice etc.
  • Next, we’ll add support for your existing hardware using MultiBeast. Open MultiBeast from the USB.
  • Click on Quick Start. Now it’ll show you a bunch of audio and network hardware options. Select the appropriate hardware depending on your system.
  • Click on Customise, then add GPU drivers. Select the necessary GPU drivers.
  • Once done, hit Save. After saving, click on Build from the options on the top, and click on Install.
  • Upon completion of installation, reboot the system and voila, your Hackintosh is ready to roll!

Building a Hackintosh used to be a painful task, however, with a new MacOS being unveiled every year, the process keeps on getting less tedious and convenient. Also, developers such as TonymacX86 have really simplified the process, by giving us great tools, and making it a really cool weekend project for PC enthusiasts as well as Mac aficionados.

Posted by Shubham ;)

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Google is at the heart of every Android smartphone. An Android device comes bundled with a bunch of Google’s cloud services, to get you started. However, in the past few years as Android has evolved our dependence on its services have also increased.

Today, most people use Gmail for their emails, Google Suite for their docs and spreadsheets, the Play store for their app and among all these services there are two constants — one being that they’re created by Google, and secondly, they are synced with your Gmail account.

Google is also learning your traits using its Google Play Services, and it shows you content you’d be interested in on the Play Store. This surely sounds like a good thing; however, this also means that the brand is looking into all that you do with your phone or browse for, on your phone, which also sounds creepy.

So, if you want to get rid of Google keeping a track of your device, here’s how you can remove Google’s omnipresence from your digital life. However, you’ll have to keep in mind that the moment you remove these services, you won’t be able to use the Play Store to download apps.

That at being said, don’t worry, we’ve got a few third-party app stores to somewhat compensate for it. We’ll get to that later. For now, let’s work on getting rid of Google.

Disabling Apps

Google apps come pre-installed on a smartphone, and unlike other apps, you cannot uninstall them like. The only way you can turn a preloaded app off is by disabling them. Go to Settings> Apps and manually look for all the Google Apps and disable it. All apps might get disabled, except one — Google Search.

Rooting your smartphone is another option which will result in the deletion of all the apps. However, this is not only a tricky process but will also void your warranty. We recommend the easier solution, but if you’re not afraid of taking chances with your phone then root away!

Adding Apps

With all Google Apps disabled, you’ll need a bunch of alternatives to get work done. But the very first app that you’ll need is an app store to get apps from. Since Play Store is already disabled, you’ll have to look towards alternatives. Some of these stores will also provide access to some popular apps.

· 9Apps

9Apps is a third party app store that offers many popular apps to choose from. It has apps like WhatsApp, and Hike and a bunch of other apps which are available on the Play Store. 9Apps is your closest alternative to apps available on the Play Store.

· Amazon App Store

If you want to get new apps but you’re scared of trusting app vendors, and you’re looking for quality apps, you can download Amazon’s App Store on your device. This App store is the same one as on Amazon’s Fire devices. It is home to some of the most popular apps made by some well-renowned developers. It’s also known for some incredible deals. Often paid apps will be heavily discounted or offered for free.

· F-Droid

F-Droid is an open-source app store for Android devices. The app store is home to numerous apps in the market, however very few in the library are popular. This is because the app store brings in apps from new developers across the globe. The app store also has a material design interface which makes it look aesthetically pleasing. If you’re looking to try some new apps and experiment with them, F-Droid is the store you’re looking for.

In the case, these app stores don’t deliver then you can always download the app directly from your browser and install it on your device.

Just search for the name of the app, and end the search with ‘apk download’ and you’re good to go.

If, after downloading an app, the device isn’t allowing you to install the app on your phone, then you just need to change the security settings. Go to Settings> Then Security> and under Security enable ‘Unknown Sources’. This will allow you to install apps from other sources apart from the Play Store.

Alternative Apps

We’ve selected a few alternatives that you could use to replace Google’s stock apps you’ve disabled. If you’re using a smartphone from OEM’s like LG, Samsung and other Chinese smartphone makers, chances are you would already have a bunch of alternatives added to your list. However, if in some case you’re a Nexus or a Moto user with near-stock Android experience, here are a bunch of apps that you can consider for your day-to-day use.

· Outlook for mobile

Outlook is one of the best email clients to go for, today. It is even better than Gmail for Android. Outlook gets a seamless inbox management with a focused inbox that displays your most important messages first, swipe gestures and smart filters. The app also gets easy access to calendar and files right from your inbox. Moreover, the app comes with Word, Excel and PowerPoint integrations. It supports service providers like Gmail, Yahoo and of course, Office 365; but it also has added support for IMAP and POP3. The outlook for Android is available on 9Apps

· PowerAMP music player

PowerAMP is by far, one of the best music players to go for, on Android. The player gets a fluid UI with a bunch of interesting features that makes this player stand out of the crowd. The player gets 10 bands optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets, custom presets along with separate powerful Bass and Treble adjustment. The player also supports gapless playback. Moreover, you can customise the user interface with a bunch of themes from the store to make it look cooler. The app is free for a trial of 15 days, the post which it is priced at $4.99, but it surely is worth every penny.

· Navigation: OsmAnd

This is one of the best navigation apps in the market right now after Google Maps. It’s available on Amazon’s App Store, so it isn’t very difficult to get your hands on. The app isn’t the best looking, but it delivers accurate navigation. Moreover, to get a better user experience, pair the app with AddressToGPS for recognising street addresses more accurately.

· Search Engine and Browser: duckduckgo

This search engine is known to respect the privacy of its users and doesn’t track them. Moreover, the search engine also has a browser for Android, which you can either download before you go off-Google or simply download the apk file from a website later.

Drawbacks for going off-Google

One of the biggest drawbacks of taking Google out of your Android smartphone is security. Yes, it is understandable that with Google keeping an eye on everything you do is affecting your privacy but when you choose to get apps from third-party App developers or are directly loading apk files for apps, the chances of malware entering your phone are higher.

Another drawback is obviously the ecosystem. You’ve used Android for a while now, and it is really convenient to see all your files and data synced on to one Gmail account, and by simply signing in, you can get the same data on any other device that you switch to. With the elimination of Google services, switching devices will be a task. Additionally, you’ll need to manually backup all your files instead of auto-backup on Google Drive, which can be a pain.

At the end of it all, you need to ask yourself, whether you really need that amount of privacy to un-Google your smartphone. And if you really do, these methods would surely come in handy!

Posted by Shubham ;)