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Is it possible to start into Recovery/Internet recovery mode in a virtualized Mac OS X in Parallels?

It would come in handy to take screenshots of those UIs or running apps to exemplify some steps especially here at askdifferent.

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I've found a way:

  1. Enable Select boot device at startup in the virtual machine

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  1. After the startup of the VM press any key to enter the boot device menu

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  1. Select Boot Maintenance Manager

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  1. Select Boot from file

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  1. Search your recovery volume (usually it's the 2nd one listed)

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  1. Select com.apple.recovery.boot

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  1. Select boot efi

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  1. Recovery mode:

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In Yosemite the mouse acts flaky though and i can't hoover the mouse over the menubar (e.g. to start /Utilities/Terminal) - it immediately jumps to the framing window. Menu navigation with CtrlF2 to circumvent this malfunction doesn't work.

In Mavericks everything seems to work bug-free.

**Addendum: You may access the menubar with your pointer after enabling FileVault 2 on the VM's system drive. **

  • Works the same way with VirtualBox, you just have to press F2 when booting the UEFI to get into the setup (instead of going into settings). – david8 Dec 29 '18 at 16:29

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