HELP! Boots straight into XP - where has Mac OS gone?

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  1. Tryo macrumors newbie

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    I got my iMac 24 inch this morning, and after a while admiring Mac Os, I decided to install XP via Boot Camp since there I programs I need in Windows. I partitioned the drive, and put in the XP disk and clicked Start Installation. And then everything went grey and hung.

    I decided to leave it for 5 minutes in case something was happening behind blank screen but nothing changed so I restarted the computer. Since I had the XP disk in, it went straight into XP setup, and asked me where I would like to install windows - perhaps on the newly partioned drive - so I did.

    However, now everytime I start the computer it goes straight into windows - where did my Mac go? I figure that Boot Camp crashed, and that perhaps I shouldn't have installed Windows when I did, but the fact that the drive had been partitioned by boot camp led me to believe this was how I was meant to do it.

    How do I fix this. I must confess I'm not overly computer litterate and haven't the faintest clue where to start! HELP!
     
  2. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    Even though you partitioned the drive, did you choose the correct partition to install Windows onto? To be sure, check the size of your Windows C drive. if it's the size you thought was for OS X, that means you accidentally installed Windows over OS X and left the other partition empty.
     
  3. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Reboot and hold down the option key?
     
  4. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    That should work, though my experience has shown me that the Mac always boots into Mac OS unless option is held down. Even if I restart Windows, the machine restarts OS X.
     
  5. Tryo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I chose the correct partition. I'm going to try the option trick now (is that what I was supposed to do all along?)

    By the way is the option key the apple key?
     
  6. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    The option key is the key that says option on it. It also says alt. It is next to the command (Apple) key.
     
  7. Tryo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mine just says alt. Thanks very much for your patience :)
     
  8. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    RTFM (politely meant) :)

    The option key is the option key.... it's sometimes the alt key. The "Apple" key is the Command key.
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    No, The option key is to the left of the Apple Key, it says Alt and Option on it.
     
  10. Tryo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    well thanks for the help - I'm now typing this in the beautiful Mac Os!

    ...and my option key does not say option on it! :)
     
  11. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    Glad to help. I'm not a real expert on partitioning the hard drive for multiple OS's, but one of the first things that I notcied when doing so was how easy it was to make a fatal mistake (meaning, installing Windows over Mac).
     
  12. madmaxmedia macrumors 68030

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    If it's still booting into Windows by default-

    IIRC, in System Preferences you can choose the startup disk, so that it either boots into OSX or Windows by default.
     
  13. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    RTFM?? :confused:

    Read the F***ing Manual ? All these shorthands are getting beyond me..
     

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