VitoBotta

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Dec 2, 2020
275
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Espoo, Finland
Hi!

I upgraded Big Sur to Monterey dev beta on both the M1 mini and the Intel based MacBook Pro 16", but I decided to go back to Big Sur due to some issues (expected with a dev beta of course).

I didn't have any problems downgrading the mini, but I had a hard time trying to restore Big Sur on the MBP using the Apple Configurator from the mini.

I can boot the MBP in DFU mode and the Configurator sees it. But when I do a Restore, it restores soome BridgeOS or something like that, which I am not familiar with. This takes just a few minutes, definitely not as long as needed to reinstall Big Sur, so I am pretty sure the OS doesn't get installed.

That works without errors but when I boot the MBP I can only boot into the Internet Recovery, which I am trying now but looks like it's gonna take *ages* to reinstall macOS.

Even if I press CMD+R at boot it boots into Internet Recovery as if the recovery partition is gone. I can't use a USB installer because I don't have a USB-C pendrive for that.

Is there any way I could reinstall Big Sur on the MBP using Apple Configurator from the mini? When I did it he opposite direction it was very quick, definitely quicker than with the Internet Recovery so I would prefer going the Configurator route.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
 

chrfr

macrumors G4
Jul 11, 2009
11,189
4,740
Hi!

I upgraded Big Sur to Monterey dev beta on both the M1 mini and the Intel based MacBook Pro 16", but I decided to go back to Big Sur due to some issues (expected with a dev beta of course).

I didn't have any problems downgrading the mini, but I had a hard time trying to restore Big Sur on the MBP using the Apple Configurator from the mini.

I can boot the MBP in DFU mode and the Configurator sees it. But when I do a Restore, it restores soome BridgeOS or something like that, which I am not familiar with. This takes just a few minutes, definitely not as long as needed to reinstall Big Sur, so I am pretty sure the OS doesn't get installed.

That works without errors but when I boot the MBP I can only boot into the Internet Recovery, which I am trying now but looks like it's gonna take *ages* to reinstall macOS.

Even if I press CMD+R at boot it boots into Internet Recovery as if the recovery partition is gone. I can't use a USB installer because I don't have a USB-C pendrive for that.

Is there any way I could reinstall Big Sur on the MBP using Apple Configurator from the mini? When I did it he opposite direction it was very quick, definitely quicker than with the Internet Recovery so I would prefer going the Configurator route.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
You can’t restore the OS on an Intel Mac with Configurator. Use internet recovery.
 
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