I have an Intel iMac running macOS 12.6 Monterey. I have set up a separate partition with a clean install because I think there are a few problems with my current installation.

Ideally, I would like to have both running (on the same machine) so that I can one by one add the applications and settings to the new setup.

Is it possible to run either the original or the new macOS as a guest in a virtual machine?

  • Currently it‘s hard to say whether you don‘t know any virtualization solutions and haven‘t been able to google them, whether you have one installed but can‘t get it to work, or something else. Please show the research you did on this already and the specific topic you need help with.
    – nohillside
    Sep 23 at 4:57
  • @nohillside OK, I’ll add what I searched for.
    – Manngo
    Sep 23 at 4:58
  • Manngo: You first created a new, clean installation of Monterey on a physical drive. Now you want to run this installation in a virtual machine. Why did you not just install Monterey in a virtual machine on a virtual drive instead? This is the preferred method of testing, because you can easily create clones and snapshots. Sep 23 at 12:54
  • @DavidAnderson Good point. Which VM do you suggest?
    – Manngo
    Sep 24 at 0:04
  • I am running Monterey in VMware Fusion Player virtual machine on a 2013 iMac. The iMac is running macOS Catalina version 10.15.7 with 16 GB of memory. VMware Fusion Player can be installed for free after getting a free Personal Use License. Sep 24 at 3:34


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