How To Dual Boot Hackintosh With macOS High Sierra & Windows 10
In the following tutorial we will show you how to dualboot both operating systems macOS Sierra and Windows 10 on Hackintosh.
There is certainly more than one way to get a dualboot system running. The way we are showing you is only one of many different ways. If you prefer another way, you are welcome to use another way. However this method seems to be the easiest out of all the different ways we examined.
Before changing anything on your system make sure to Back-up!
Back up your personal and important data before you change anything on your system! Otherwise you will lose them during this tutorial. All changes you make to your system are at your own risk! We do not take any liability.
Wether you want to use Microsoft’s Windows 10, Windows 8 or Widnows 8.1 does not matter. This tutorial also works for Windows 8 and 8.1. However you might encounter some problems with this guide if you want to apply it with the Windows 7 operating system.
Requirements that need to be fulfilled to dual boot
The following tools are necessary in order to be able to make dual booting on your hackintosh reality:
- You need a bootable stick with macOS Sierra
- You also need one bootable usb stick with Windows 10
- two hard disks (one for macOS and one for Windows)
To enable hackintosh dual boot these things should be prepared
The macOS stick:
If you need a quick Tutorial for creating a bootable macOS stick scroll to the bottom of this article. You can find a sufficient tutorial covering the most important points there.
The Windows stick:
For the bootable windows USB stick, there is also a little bit to consider here. First you need to find out if your motherboard uses BIOS or UEFI and depending on your motherboard you have to create the stick as well.
If your motherboeard uses BIOS, then you can create the stick with the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool or Rufus and you don’t have to care about anything.
However, if you have a motherboard with UEFI, you will first need to create such a USB stick.
The reason for this is because:
Windows is usually installed almost ALWAYS in legacy mode. This is actually only suitable for BIOS boards and not for UEFI boards. The Windows bootloader doesn’t care about this, but in connection with it you would get problems in such a case.
If this is the case for you, you have to load Rufus first (the portable version is the best best, it’s just a lot faster).
Configure Rufus as shown in the screenshot:
- For device select the stick on which Windows should be installed.
- Then select your ISO file under Formatting settings (otherwise you’ll have to repeat the changes from below).
- As partitioning scheme you choose GPT partitioning scheme for UEFI.
- The filesystem will be FAT32.
- You leave the mapping unit at default (16KB or 4096KB)
- You can choose the drive name freely (or leave it as it is).
- Under Formatting Settings, select “Quick formatting” and “Create extended labels and icon files”.
- When you’re done, your Rufus configuration should look like the screenshot above.
If you got the right settings up you can then click on “Start” and let the process run through.
How to proceed the installation
macOS installs on your hard disk just as you would if you wanted to install it as the only system. Before doing this, however, it is best to think about how you want to split your system. We for our part put macOS on the SSD and Windows on a 500GB HDD partition. How you want to do it is up to you, but you should think about it beforehand.
After that you just run the macOS installation and set up Clover directly, so you won’t have so much work afterwards.
Steps after installation:
After macOS is installed, disconnect the hard disk where the system is located from the computer completely (disconnect power and SATA cable). Ground yourself before or you might damage your PC! This is just to make sure that Windows doesn’t damage anything. This can happen and it actually did for many people already. We can’t imagine how, but we just did it once to be on the safe side.
How to install Windows:
Now start the Windows Installer. There you decide if you want to install Windows on the complete second disk or if you want to split it. After that you let the installation run. After your PC has rebooted you can set up and configure your Windows installation.
What to do Post-Installation:
When you are done with the Windows installation, switch off your PC and reconnect your macOS hard disk.
Afterwards you boot into your BIOS and set the highest boot priority on it.
After that your Clover should detect your Windows installation without further problems and show it in the bootloader. It is possible, however, that you get the same rsult as us and you get several options to boot. We currently have 4 Windows boot options in Clover. At this point just try out which one is the right one.
After that you can test again if both systems really start. If they do, you are done.
Congratulations, you now have a working Hackintosh dual boot system!
Post-Post-Installation Optional further steps
Afterwards you can enable writing NTFS formatted disks on your macOS system via Paragon NTFS.
On Windows there is also the possibility to read HFS+. For this purpose the Bootcamp drivers are used, which you can find on google.
Simply download the zip file and double-click the “Add_AppleHFS.reg” file. This file adds the boot camp drivers to your registry.
Then copy the files from the 32- or 64-bit folder (depending on your system) into “C:\Windows\System32\drivers”. This should add the correct drivers to your system. After a reboot, the macOS hard disk will be mounted automatically.
How To Set Up The Best Bootable USB Stick For Dual Booting Hackintosh
We have thought intensivley about how you can create the best bootable USB stick and what you need for that to be prepared for all eventualities.For this we took a 16GB USB stick and tried to get everything cleaned from it. The result is a USB medium with which you can react to every situation and which we do not want to withhold from you.
- USB stick: 16GB
- Portions: 4
Partition 1: Boot
- Size: 1GB
- Content: Chameleon Bootloader – Here you should only have the latest version of Chameleon Bootloader installed
Partition 2: Install
- Size: 5GB
- Content: Lion 10.7 Installation Media – From this partition you can reinstall at any time
Partition 3: Lion
- Size: 7GB
- Contents: Installed and bootable Lion 10.7.1 – This partition serves as a bootable backup in case you get KernelPanics on your main computer, e.g. by installing wrong texts.
Partition 4: Software
- Size: 3GB
- Content: Software – Texts, tools, updates and other software – Here you should always have access to the most important tools/texts such as Kextwizard, Chameleon Wizard and texts etc.
Installation – Recommended procedure
Important: The stick must be formatted / partitioned with a Master Boot Record, otherwise Gigabyte boards (and possibly others) will not boot with the stick inserted. For Format select Mac Os Extended (Journaled) and click on apply.
Partition your 16GB USB stick into 4 partitions with the following sizes:
- Partition 1: 1GB Boot
- Partition 2: 5GB Install
- Partition 3: 7GB Lion
- Partition 4: 3GB Software
Partition 1 – Boot
Run the “Extra Lion DP4” installer and install it on the first partition. Then start the Chameleon Wizard and install the bootloader on the first partition.
Partition 2 – Install
After downloading the Lion installation file Mac OS X Lion Installation from the Mac Appstore, it will be placed in the Applications folder. This is not all we are looking for, but rather the complete package. Fortunately, the image we are looking for can be found in this package. You can open it by right-clicking on the package and going to the menu pointing to Package Contents.
The required file is called InstallESD.dmg and is located in the folder Contents->SharedSupport. Double-click on the file to mount the Mac OS X Lion image and it will appear mounted in your Finder. The last necessary step is to drag the mounted image onto the already prepared USB stick. To do this, open the Disk Utility again, select your USB stick and go to the Restore tab. Now you can add the source and the target media by drag and drop. The source is of course the mounted Lion Image, the target of your USB stick. Before the image is copied to your USB stick, you just have to confirm that everything on the stick can be deleted.
If manual creation of a USB stick is too complicated or too long, you should use the latest version of another bootable program. The tool creates a bootable USB stick in a few clicks. Start in the latest version and follow the instructions. The stick is created in a few minutes.
Partition 3 – Lion
After you have installed a working Lion, which contains all the required texts, make a backup of this partition using Carbon Copy Cloner. The best thing to do is to clone a freshly installed Lion which contains all the text to make sure the hardware is working properly, but where no other software is installed yet to avoid making it unnecessarily large.
Partition 4 – Software
On this partition you should put everything you think is useful. Personally we have all texts that could be important, tools like KextWizard and ChameleonWizard, updates (e.g. 10.7.3) and also some other small graphic and sound programs, as well as other useful software.
Conclusion: Dual Bootable Hackintosh
With this stick you can react to every situation. You have a bootable backup of your system, can perform a new installation at any time, always have the most important tools/texts at hand and always the latest bootloader. This only meant as a small suggestion. This stick has helped us a lot in a short time, maybe it will help some of you.