Boot Camp menu bar icon - restart in Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by hollerz, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2006
    Durham, UK
    On Windows I noticed there was an icon in the bottom right (next to the clock) that I could right click and then restart in Mac OS X. Is there a similar thing for OS X that I can just click in the menu bar and restart in Windows?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2007
    I have the same question, any answers?
  3. macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2007
    yeah i started using this option in windows, it would be handy if there was something we could add on to do that in OSX.
  4. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    The following information is no longer relevant. See the next post for why. Original Post:

    I have made a small application which can be placed into the dock. All it does is open the startup disk preference pane, from which you can choose windows and press restart, but it does save you a few clicks and saves you from having to hold alt at startup. If anyone wants it just email me at:

    <address removed>

    and I will send it to you.
  5. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Tutorial for Restart In Windows menu bar item

    I have made a tutorial for adding a "Restart In Windows" item to the menu bar. Once it's done, restarting in Windows should be just 2 clicks away. You can find it here
  6. macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2007

    I asked this a long time ago. I found "QuickBoot". Works well
  7. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    I had a look at QuickBoot a few months ago. It was good, but I didn't like having a space taken up in the dock just for booting into Windows. I prefer having it up in the menu bar so it mirrors the functionality of the Boot Camp task bar icon in Windows. It is easier to set up than my solution though.
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Thanks a lot!. This works great on my iMac.
  10. macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2005
    Québec, Canada
    BootChamp is the way to go. When you want to switch to Windows, it asks you you password and voilà.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    F*cking awesome appp, but dun f*cking work for UMBPs :(
  12. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
  13. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Tell me about it. I wrote the app originally for myself and it doesn't even work anymore on my unibody MBP.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2003
    Hey Kainjow, is there any way around this you think? I remember reading that you were talking with an apple engineer to see if it's possible to get bootchamp to work on the new unibody macbooks and macbook pros. Any luck?
  15. Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Haven't had any luck with it, although I haven't looked into it much since then. I just kind of gave up on it. If there's a new OS update or a firmware update, I'll definitely look into it again. The only possible workaround I know of would be to just change the app and make it set the startup disk to Windows permanently (instead of just for the next restart).
  16. macrumors newbie


    May 23, 2009
    Since this thread came up as the #2 hit on Google when I was searching for this, I figured it was worth an update. I've got a unibody MB (purchased new 2 months ago) and running 10.5.7 BootChamp works just fine. I don't know if it was working previously with 10.5.6 because I only just now found the app, but if you haven't been able to get BootChamp to work, I suggest installing 10.5.7 and trying it again.
  17. macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    G1mpster, I confirm your findings on my 2.66GHz uMBP running 10.5.7. BootChamp works perfectly.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    On my late 2008 unibody MBP Bootchamp tells me that it cannot find the Windows partition. Maybe it's because I'm using Paragon NTFS or maybe because I'm using more than 2 partitions!? No idea.
  19. macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2008
  20. macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    rEFIt and BootChamp are entirely different programs. :rolleyes:
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2009
    10.5.7 -- no luck

    I have a UMBP running 10.5.7 and no luck. Would really like to get this program running... rebooting every time I switch is a pain in the :apple:!!
  22. macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2009
    ... this is Fantastic! Seriously I am so glad I found it. Thank you for the post!
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    Native as of 10.6.7

    In Snow Leopard at the very least you can choose your startup disk from within the System menu.

    Go to System Preferences > Startup Disk. Highlight Windows on BOOTCAMP (or something close to that naming) and click restart. That will make Windows your default boot volume.

    For a less permanent way to do it, click the button that says 'Target Disk Mode..." and restart. You can then choose to boot into Windows.

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