I read that the hotkey to use for reinstalling osx is
cmd + r but I have a windows keyboard plugged in and I am wondering what I can do to reinstall osx with this keyboard?
The Command key maps to the
ALT key on a standard US English keyboard
Try holding down
ALT + R and see if that works.
Alternitavely, holding down
ALT during EFI (when the screen is grey directly after power on) will present you with a menu of boot options. This should include the recovery partition on the hard drive, as well as any external media (OS X media for example) the system considers bootable
Hold windows key + ALT + R Together
I have a logitech G110 keyboard attached in to one of the two middle USB ports on the back of an iMac from late 2011 and holding down Alt on boot up gave me the option to choose recovery so I'm hoping this helps
Just an update, you have to hold down the CONTROL key (by itself) until the Recovery Menu pops up. I was having the same sort of issue, on a Mac Desktop A1186; using a standard keyboard. After several attempts by trial and error, I finally got the unit to boot to the recovery menu, by holding down CTRL; and CTRL ONLY - Right AFTER pressing the power button AND hearing the apple chime. Just wanted to share this in case anyone else ran into this same issue. Thanks.
Windows key plus the
R key (i.e.,
Re/boot the computer and do not actually press this combination until the instant you hear the obnoxious “startup chime” (AKA “macOS is broken again everyone far and wide hear it!”), and hold this combination until you see the Apple logo, then feel free to release. That is all. Stupid OS.
Cmd should map to the Windows key, on a UK keyboard.
Maybe they're different for different keyboard layouts.
It would only take you 3 reboots to figure out which it was anyway ;-)
Windows key + R worked for me with a PC-keyboard on a Mac Mini for reinstalling macOS. I hold them down when starting up the Mac Mini.