directions for getting windows 10 to work with virtualbox 5.2 based on this page
- macOS Mojave 10.14
- Windows 10 x64 Enterprise
- VirtualBox 5.2.18
- VirtualBox 5.2.18 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack
- Boot Camp Support Software
Install Windows 10 via Boot Camp Assistant
- Requires you to remove any external hard drives before continuing
- Probably should download the Boot Camp Support Software prior to installing Windows 10 to a USB key for installation
- Boot back into macOS when you are done and confirmed all drivers are installed
Install VirtualBox on macOS
- Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox
- Download and install the matching VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack for your version of Virtualbox
Unmount the BOOTCAMP partition
In order to use your bootcamp partition with VirtualBox it will need to be unmounted first. This can be done manually from the Terminal using the following commands:
diskutil list diskutil unmount /Volumes/BOOTCAMP <--- this is the name of the BOOTCAMP volume sudo chmod 777 /dev/disk0s1 <--- This is the drive number of the EFI disk sudo chmod 777 /dev/disk0s3 <--- This is the drive number of the BOOTCAMP disk
If your bootcamp volume doesn't have a name for some reason, use
Create a VirtualBox raw disk image for the BOOTCAMP partition
To create an image that represents an entire physical hard disk (which will not contain any actual data, as this will all be stored on the physical BOOTCAMP partition). You will need the following information from
/dev/disk0 (internal, physical):
/dev/disk0s1- the drive number of the EFI disk
/dev/disk0s3- the drive number of the BOOTCAMP disk
mkdir ~/virtualbox cd ~/virtualbox sudo vboxmanage internalcommands createrawvmdk -rawdisk /dev/disk0 -filename win10raw.vmdk -partitions 1,3 sudo chown your_username_here *.vmdk
Please note that
vboxmanage internalcommands is an internal tool and is completely unsupported and will change in compatible ways without warning.
This command will create an image that will reference the EFI and BOOTCAMP partitions on our internal hard drive. If this command fails, then you may need to disable System Integrity Protection. This requires you to boot into Recovery Mode and execute the following command
-bash-3.2# csrutil status System Integrity Protection status: enabled. -bash-3.2# csrutil disable Successfully disabled System Integrity Protection. Please restart the machine for the changes to take effect.
Create a new VM
- In the Finder menu, go to Machine --> New.
- Click Expert Mode to continue.
In the Name and operating system window:
Windows 10 (64-bit)
- Memory Size:
- Use an existing virtual hard disk file:
~/virtualbox/win10raw.vmdkClick Create. In the main application window, select the
Boot CampVM and click Settings.
In the System --> Motherboard settings:
- Boot Order: Only check
- Enable EFI (special OSes only): Checked
In the System --> Processor settings:
- Execution Cap:
- Enable PAE/NX:
In the System --> Storage settings:
- Controller: SATA: Check the
Use Host I/O Cacheoption
Click OK to save these settings.
You should now be able to run Windows 10 from your BOOTCAMP partition!
Remember that you have to complete the steps under Unmount the BOOTCAMP partition upon every restart.
Automatically unmount the BOOTCAMP partition upon boot into macOS
There may be a way to prevent the partition from mounting upon boot using the
as detailed on this page