Keep old apps run­ning

Some older prod­ucts won’t work, here’s how to keep them

Mac|Life - - FEATURE -

Add the in­staller

If this is your first vir­tual ma­chine, start­ing VMware Fu­sion dis­plays this win­dow, into which you drop your copy of the In­stall macOS Sierra app. If you al­ready have a vir­tual ma­chine, choose File > New to dis­play this win­dow.

Set the des­ti­na­tion

macOS is in­stalled into the Mac­in­tosh HD vir­tual drive within the ma­chine. Pro­vide your Ap­ple ID if you want to con­nect to the Mac App Store. That’ll re­quire the usual au­then­ti­ca­tion, as if this were a new Mac.

Add a shared folder

Click on the span­ner in the tool­bar, se­lect Shar­ing, turn on this fea­ture and then click the + but­ton to add a shared folder. This pro­vides the best way to share and trans­fer files between the two ver­sions of macOS.

Con­tinue in­stalling

Once the vir­tual ma­chine has been set up, Fu­sion will pro­ceed with the lengthy macOS in­stal­la­tion process. At times it may ap­pear to restart the ma­chine in Re­cov­ery mode. When it does, se­lect In­stall macOS and click Con­tinue.

In­stall VMware Tools

To in­stall VMware Tools so you can move files between Sierra and High Sierra, choose Vir­tual Ma­chine > In­stall VMware Tools. A disk im­age will mount; run the in­staller that’s in it. Sierra will restart with the tools run­ning.

Up­date apps

Down­load Sierra’s 10.12.6 Combo Up­date ( bit.ly/126co) in the VM if it’s us­ing High Sierra’s in­ter­net ac­cess, or in High Sierra and trans­fer via the shared folder. In­stall it, then your apps. You can run Sierra in a win­dow or full screen.

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