I installed windows 8.1 on my Mac mini, how do I get back to osx??

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by felixen, May 8, 2014.

  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

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    Please help, I can't get back to osx.

    I tried restarting and holding down the ALT key on my wireless apple keyboard, no luck. It boots up in windows. I also can't find the Bootcamp Control Panel in windows. Where is that located?

    I really hope someone can help. This sucks :(
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Try holding down the CMD key on reboot, that will bring a menu to select which partition you want to boot into.

    Its possible that you installed Windows over OSX, but you'll not know that until you see (or don't see) what volumes are present to boot into.
     
  3. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I went nuts and cleared my closet looking for an old windows keyboard and found it. Connecting that I could hold the ALT key to bring up the screen that let me choose OS.

    So it's all good now. Was scared for a minute, that was really not a pleasant experience now I've gotten so used to osx lol. I'm still wondering where the bootcamp control panel is supposed to be on windows?


    Edit: I didn't click the " get the latest software for windows support from Apple" button in the bootcamp assistant on osx. I just sent straight ahead and made a partition for windows. So maybe I'm missing some drivers?
     
  4. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You hold option/alt to get to the boot menu.

    That's not possible if you used Boot Camp Assistant.
     
  5. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Did you install the Apple Windows Bootcamp drivers for Windows?
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    You're right my bad. I had my wires crossed - sorry for the misinformation.
     
  7. felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. pedromcm.pm macrumors 6502

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    Why the hell would you try an install without using the recommended process? How was the bootcamp panel supposed to appear that way?

    Seriously... Anyway, after installing all the drivers, it should appear on control panel, maybe the last one. You can chose the default OS, tracked behavior, etc.
     
  9. felixen, May 12, 2014
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    felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How the hell should I know the recommended process? And bootcamp could still have been there without me installing the bootcamp file manually, so nevermind.

    Thanks everyone else who had something useful to say, I installed the file and now have boot camp on windows.
     

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