Boot up Windows partition or Mac OSX

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  1. WRXiceman macrumors 6502

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    I've recently installed Windows on my iMac using the Bootcamp application.

    I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do, so that every time I boot up the machine, I get a choice of whether to boot into Windows or Mac?

    Is this possible at all?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Hold the Option key at startup until the boot manager arrives, you can choose from there.
     
  3. WRXiceman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it really that simple?

    Thanks mate :)
     
  4. justperry macrumors 604

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    Yes.:D

    No worries.
     
  5. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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    If you just wanted to know how to choose between boot drives/OS's using the Option key, then you have your answer. However, I understood your question differently, in that you wanted to know how to *always* go to the Startup Manager, so that every time you reboot it asks whether you want to boot Windows or Mac.

    If that's how you meant it, then take a look at rEFIt. This little program lets you make your Mac *always* boot directly to a boot manager screen, without having to hold down the Option key, and you can also set a default so that if you don't make a choice it will start an OS of your choosing after a preset time period.
     
  6. justperry macrumors 604

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    I know that one and rEFInd, they don't add much, is it so hard to actually hold the Option key with your index finger for a few seconds.:p
     
  7. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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    Usually it's no problem, but say you restart it and leave it for a bit, when it chimes you can come back to the computer and select your OS. Especially when shutting down can randomly take anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes.
     
  8. justperry macrumors 604

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    Bold, if that is how long it takes you have serious OS problems.

    As I said, it takes only one finger for a few seconds, I had both and they add little if you only have BootCamp and OS X.
     
  9. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

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    Tell me about it...
     
  10. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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    Just for the times when you want to reboot and go get some coffee while your computer automatically reboots into the default chosen OS. :)
     
  11. WRXiceman thread starter macrumors 6502

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