kexts are like a driver for all the components of your PC and you must keep them updated to ensure your Mac Hackintosh is running smoothly.
However, per sake, it’s a bit tiresome to keep checking for kext updates manually from different sources and then updating your Hackintosh accordingly. Notwithstanding, we will be working with you on the whole process of updating all the kexts in your Hackintosh.
Another thing you need to know about kexts (Kernel Extensions) is that they vary from Hackintosh to Hackintosh. So depending on the configuration of your Hackintosh, it will require a different set of kexts compared to a machine with a completely different set of specs.
One of the basic requirements from most Hackintosh PCs is the same, however, there are still a lot of other kexts that will just be specific to your machine depending on your PC hardware.
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Since there is no centralized roster to download all kexts, you will have to manually keep a tab of their new releases. Updating this is important as it can help fix any system instability issues.
Below, we will be using a handy App call Kext Updater that takes the pain away from updating kexts. Below is how to do that.
For a starter, you’ll have to manually update all the kexts on your Mac even if you use Kext Updater. Kext Updater will only download the latest version of the kexts used in your Hackintosh inside a folder on your desktop.
Now you will have to manually copy the kext files to /EFI/Other/Kexts. It’s recommendable that you don’t update to a new release of a kext immediately as it might have some issues. You should wait for a few days before updating, that way, reported bugs will be fixed.
How to Update Kexts in your Hackintosh Using Kext Updater
Step 1: First of all, download the Kext Updater app from here and install it on your Hackintosh
Step 2: Now open the app and click the Check button at the bottom. The app will then scan for the kexts being used in your system. You should download the latest version of the Kext-Updates” folder on the desktop of your Hackintosh.
Step 3: To download more kexts, use the Kextmanager option to select the additional kexts. If your Hackintosh has an Nvidia GPU, you can use the WebDriver to download the latest driver for the GPU.
Step 4: Click on the EFI button in the Kext Updater app and proceed to enter the password of your Hackintosh. It will mount the EFI folder.
Step 5: Finally, go to the ‘Kext-Updates’ folder on your desktop and copy all the downloaded kexts inside /EFI/Clover/Kexts/Other. All the kexts will be downloaded in their folder so you will have to copy-paste them one by one.
Don’t forget to update Clover. Kext Updater will download the latest version of Clover as well if it detects that the installed version on your Hackintosh is outdated.
It’s essential to keep updating your Hackintosh from time to time if you want it to run on the latest version of macOS available. If everything goes well after updating your Hackintosh, make sure you update your bootable macOS installation drive with the latest kexts as well.