Boot Camp Control Panel... Help?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Mlrollin91, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    I am unable to find this anywhere else. I've googled, searched through dozens of forums and just can't find an answer. Whenever I try to boot the boot camp control panel I receive an error stating:

    "An error occurred while trying to access the startup disk settings.

    You may not have privileges to change the startup disk. Make sure you have administrative privileges and try again."

    I've tried everything.. I've made sure everything is running as administrator and nothing seems to be working. I really want to get into the control panel so I can edit my F keys!! :(

    Thanks in advance for any help that you may have..

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you mean the Boot Camp Control Panel in the Task Bar in Windows?

    Which Windows and which Boot Camp version do you run?
  3. Mlrollin91 thread starter macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Yes and I am running 32bit Vista Home Prem.
    Boot Camp is 3.1

    Edit: I was running BC 2.0 it didn't work so I upgraded to 3.1 hoping it would fix the problem.
  4. Mlrollin91 thread starter macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    Is there a way around the boot camp control panel to edit the function keys? Thats all I care about..
  5. etiger13 macrumors member

    May 13, 2009
    Any solutions to this? I am having this issue with Windows 8 on 2012 MBA. Is it somehow related to using FileVault on my Mac volume?
  6. dmacintyre macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2011
    It doesn't work on Win 8. I had the same problem and rolled back to Win 7 and it works fine.
  7. 31rhcp, Jul 18, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2012

    31rhcp macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    I have the exact same problem with that exact setup (no FileVault though). Can anyone provide some insight?

    I really hope that this is not an issue when Windows 8 actually comes out.

    EDIT: I started a thread on Apple's Support Community a while ago and there are some useful replies there that may help you out.

    Also, I just noticed that I have used about 30 GB of space on ML. Seeing as how I have not installed anything but Chrome, that seems obscenely large. How much space are any of you using with W8?
  8. RedCool macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2012
    ---using windows 8 with bootcamp on MacBook Air mid 2012---

    I found a fix for the problem!

    1) Go to the control Panel and Create a new user account in windows 8. Important: don't make the new account an administrator, make it a standard account.

    2) After that log out, and log into the newly created account. You should now be able to access the boot camp control panel from the account you created. Now you can make any changes. :)

    3)Optional --You can delete the account you created once the changes you want are made. The changes will apply to all your other accounts.
  9. markmacrum macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2012
    Can use 'RunAs"

    Folks, looks like you can use the 'RunAs' command to run AppleControlPanel.exe as a basic user to solve this problem too.

    I got the clue from RedCool's post about creating an account that isn't an administrator... so how could I run the apple control panel from my admin account, as a 'standard user'.

    The bootcamp control panel app is in the System32 folder, it's called 'applecontorolpanel.exe'. So, from a command prompt, ironically run as an administrator:

    c:\Windows\System32> runas /trustlevel:0x20000 applecontrolpanel.exe

    If you're wondering where I got 0x20000 from, you can enumerate the trust levels on your system using:

    runas /showtrustlevels

    Of course, you could create a .cmd file with the command in it to run anytime you want - though make sure you run it with administrative privilege.
  10. D1G1T4L, Oct 30, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012

    D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA
    Tried this and the Local account can access the control panel. I make the changes but when I log back into my main account the settings don't apply to it. Any other ideas on how to fix this? :confused:

    Edit I got it. What I did was make the second account and make it an admin account. Log into it and make my standard a standard user. Log into my main and make the changes. Log back into the second account and make my main an admin again. Log into main and delete the temp account. Hope that makes sense :D
  11. uognarf macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    multiple solutions/work arounds

    you've probably already figured this out but there are a few options to work around:

    1- add a new user (non-administrator) and use that account for the bootcamp control panel

    2- run from the command prompt (as administrator) C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /trustlevel:0x20000 AppleControlPanel.exe

    3- make a desktop shortcut so you don't have to use these more tedious work-arounds. I outlined how on my blog:

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