Unable to install OS X as a Guest: The Virtual Machine cannot be started.

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Cannot install OS X virtual machine:


     "The Virtual Machine cannot be started. Mac OS X virtual machines can run only on computers having Mac OS X Leopard or Mac OS X Tiger installed. Problem ID 397."

The error is the same regardless of whether you try to install OS X from the host Mac's Recovery Partition, or by using a .dmg file extracted from the 'Install Mac OS X Lion' installer.

Also, cannot start up an OS X guest VM that was created on a different MacBook Pro 15in and copied to the 13in.


  1. Reset NVRAM, PRAM on Mac as described here: OS X Mavericks: Reset your computer’s PRAM

    Try to install OS X virtual machine. If the issue still persists:

  2. Open the Terminal (Finder/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
  3. Execute the following commands:

    nvram 8BE4DF61-93CA-11d2-AA0D-00E098032B8C:BootCurrent
  4. If you get this output, than everything is OK with your NVRAM:

    8BE4DF61-93CA-11d2-AA0D-00E098032B8C:BootCurrent    %80%00 (or %00%00)
  5. If you get the following error message, then you need to apply the solution below:

    00E098032B8C:BootCurrentnvram: Error getting variable - '8BE4DF61-93CA-11d2-AA0D-00E098032B8C:BootCurrent': (iokit/common) data was not found

    The solution is to execute the following command in Terminal:

    sudo nvram 8BE4DF61-93CA-11d2-AA0D-00E098032B8C:BootCurrent=%80%00 

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