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Installing System 7.0.1 in Mini vMac

Composed by: MacBookGuy
On: 2020-10-21 17:56:07
Updated by: MacBookGuy
On: 2020-11-08 17:14:40

(NOTE: This article can work with other system versions, you just need to learn how the installer is different, and change around some of the steps for that version. You can also use a real mac, but the installation will be different, and it might be frustrating.)

To install System 7.0.1 in Mini vMac, first you'll need Mini vMac, found here:

You can pick any variation, as long as you do not pick a 128k version. I'll use the Macintosh II variation.

Then you need System 7. It can be found here:

Then you need an Old Mac ROM. You can extract one from an old mac, or download one illegally. I will not provide download links as it violates Apple's copyright.

Then you need a hard disk image. Mini vMac provides some blank images, download them here:

Now we can begin!

Open Mini vMac. Make sure the ROM image is in the same folder as the program, or it will not start! If it sill gives an error, make sure the ROM image is named right. What to name it is shown on the error message.

You should get a disk with a blinking question mark. Unstuff and drag the "Install 1" image and your chosen hard drive file onto the window. It should boot from the Install disk. You should get a welcome screen. Click OK. Select your hard disk with the button. You are then prompted if you would like to install the default configuration. Click Install to do this or Customize to install individual software. If you need, for instance, Ethrnet software, then you would customize. For now, click Install. You will be prompted several times to swap disks. Just drag the disk images onto the window, and eventually you will have full software. Reboot the Emulator and drag your hard disk file onto the window. It will boot from it and you will then have a fully functional emulated Mac, ready for software to be installed.

If you transfer files from FAT-formatted drives (for example, Windows and DOS disks), then consider copying the "Apple File Exchange" folder onto your hard drive, from the "Tidbits" disk.

A very usefule extra for transferring files is ImportFl, availabe here:

Mini vMac thinks everything dropped onto it is a disk image, and ImportFl interprets the disk Mini vMac attempts to mount and saves it as a file. Useful for transffering Stuffit archives.

An extremely useful utility is Stuffit Expander, which is used to expand stuffit archives. It can be downloaded here:


Windows: (This version is only useful for expanding the disk images and that's it. You should do the rest on the emulated mac.)

Modern Mac users should use the Unarchiver from MacPaw. I don't know any good replacements for Stuffit on Linux, so just run Stuffit for Windows under WINE.

When working with disk images on Windows, use HFVExplorer:

For Mac, use HFSUtilsGUI: (This is ONLY for making blank images.)

And HFS Disk Maker: (Making HFS images of folders on OSX and macOS)

If you want games and software, look for 68k-compatible software on the rest of Macintosh Repository.

Enjoy your new system!


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