Apple recently released the newest iteration of its Mac OS X operating system, the OS X 10.9 Mavericks. If you want to install this latest version of OS X, but don’t have a Mac for it, then this is the guide for you. With the latest UniBeast release which adds support for Mavericks, you can now install and run OS X Mavericks on your Intel-based PC.
This guide will walk you through all the steps to install OS X Mavericks on your PC. But before you move on to attempt this guide, make sure you meet the following requirements.
- An Intel-based PC capable of running Mavericks. Read this Hackintosh Compatibility Guide to check whether or not your computer qualifies.
- An 8GB (or larger) USB flash drive
- A UniBeast drive (don’t worry, procedure is described below)
- OS X Mavericks for free from Mac App Store
- Latest versions of UniBeast and MultiBeast tools from tonymacx86 (registration required)
Install OS X Mavericks on PC
Download OS X 10.9 Mavericks on a Mac from the above link, and make sure the download proceeds in your main Applications folder.
After the Mavericks installation file is downloaded, insert the USB flash drive to your Mac and format it. Here’s how to do this:
- Open Disc Utility on Mac and select your flash drive from the left hand column.
- Go to the right side and select the Partition tab from the top bar.
- Under the Partition Layout, click on Current dropdown menu and choose 1 Partition.
- Click on Options… button and select Master Boot Record on the pop-up window.
- Under Partition Information, type “USB” as the Name for the drive and select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” as Format type.
- Once done, click on Apply then Partition.
Download UniBeast (from the above Download section) and run the application.
Go on clicking Continue and then Agree, until reach the Destination Select screen.
Choose your USB drive and then click Continue to proceed.
On Installation Type screen, “Mac App Store Mavericks – 10.9″ will already be selected, and if not, select that option. Additionally, select “Legacy USB Support” if you’re using an old system with Socket 1156. Otherwise choose “Laptop Support” if you are trying to install Mavericks on a Windows laptop.
Click Continue, then enter your Mac admin password if prompted, and finally click Install.
UniBeast will now create a bootable Mavericks USB flash drive for your PC. The process may take more or less than 15 minutes, depending on your system and flash drive speed.
Now, download MultiBeast and move the file to this USB flash drive.
Insert the bootable Mavericks drive to your PC, and make sure the BIOS is set to boot the system from USB devices.
Turn on the computer and press the hotkey to boot from USB drive. (The hotkey is, “F12″ for a Gigabyte motherboard and “F8″ if you have an Asus motherboard.) Once you’re on a Chimera boot screen, select “USB” and hit Enter to continue.
Once you arrive at the OS X installer, you MUST format the HDD according to the following steps:
- Go to the menu bar, choose Utilities and click to open Disc Utility.
- Choose your target HDD for the Mavericks installation from left column.
- Go to the right side and click on Partition tab.
- Click on Current dropdown menu and choose 1 Partition.
- click on Options… button, choose GUID Partition Method.
- Type “Mavericks” as the Name for HDD and select “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” as Format type.
- Click on Apply then Partition.
- Once done, close Disc Utility.
Go back to the installer, select “Mavericks” as the drive where you want to install OS X and click on Install for the process to begin.
The OS X installation is complete but you still need to make this HDD bootable. And MultiBeast utility is used to serve this purpose. MultiBeast is an all-in-one post-installation tool that not only enables boot from hard drive, but also installs the required drivers for Audio, Network, and Graphics.
Reboot your PC again from the USB drive. Once you’re on the Chimera boot screen, select “Mavericks” to install.
After the OS X Mavericks setup is complete, open and run MultiBeast. Click on Drivers and choose those required for your PC. Click on Build then Install for the installation to complete.
Congrats! You now have a fully updated version of OS X Mavericks installed on your PC. Have fun!
If you face any problems while trying to install Mavericks on PC, then simply leave us a comment below and we’ll try our best to help you out.