Installing just the start up disk control panel in Bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by haravikk, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. haravikk macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Okay, so I've installed Windows 7 (Professional 64-bit) under Bootcamp, and after fiddling with it to get AHCI drivers to work it's all running extremely well.

    However, I had some trouble with the Bootcamp drivers, in particular, if I just followed the normal Bootcamp driver installation then I was getting blue-screens after a few minutes, so I had to use a restore point to remove them.

    In the end, I was able to install the drivers that I needed individually, skipping any I didn't think were important, so I've now got my bluetooth, sound and other necessary hardware working correctly under Windows.

    Anyway, the one thing I am missing however is the start-up disk control panel for Windows. I'm assuming it's part of the larger Bootcamp package, so I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way that I could install just the control panel on its own, as something else within the package is causing my blue-screen issues.

    It's not a huge issue, since I can usually hold down alt and start up that way (if my keyboard connects quickly enough), but it's kind of annoying to not be able to just set the startup disk from Windows, as it sometimes takes several attempts to get the startup disk selector to come up before Windows starts.
  2. Sincci macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    The AHCI hack disables the Bootcamp control panel (and afaik the brightness control too), so you won't get those working no matter what you try.
  3. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Hmm, why would that affect the control panels, does Bootcamp stuff stop recognising the master boot record if it's been changed slightly?

    I don't know anything about how the start up disk control works, but I currently can't even install it to try, since as I said, something in that package gives me blue screens after a short while, and that happened before I switched from IDE to AHCI. I'm surprised really that the Bootcamp setup or drivers don't include a way to enable AHCI anyway, as the default IDE mode can't see two of my drives (one of which I need to give Windows extra space to work with) and it really limits the speed of my SSD drive (which is what I'm dual booting Mac and Windows from), so I can't really turn it back off as Windows just wouldn't be very usable.

    Anyway, even if it might not work, if someone knows how I can install just the control panel I need for choosing the start up disk, then I can at least give it a try and see.
  4. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Sorry I do not know how to do just that.

    You can however in windows bootcamp do a "shutdown" ... then reboot your machine and hold down the option key to select mac os x.
  5. Sincci macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    And you can change the startup disk from the OSX side if you want.
  6. haravikk thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2005
    Sorry but I know that, the problem case is when the startup disk was last set to Windows, since I use a Bluetooth keyboard so there's not always a lot of time between it reconnecting and the Windows boot beginning, so hitting alt/option can be a bit too clumsy. Result is that I have to either keep a USB keyboard handy or do several restarts until I get the drives to appear for selection.

    This why I was hoping to give the Windows control panel a go :)
  7. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    With Bootcamp 3.x you used to be able to access the Boot Camp control panel by inserting a bootable DVD but with 4.0 from Lion this method no longer works once you've enabled AHCI. Thankfully I made sure I did all the tweaks I needed to in the control panel before I converted from IDE.

    Like the OP I wouldn't mind finding out if it can be re-enabled or the boot DVD method restored.
  8. Hennesie2000 macrumors 68000

    Sep 29, 2007
    More than likely what is causing your BSOD is the Apple HFS drivers for windows. I have never had any luck with them and would always get a BSOD with them installed. There are two AppleHFS drivers that you can either rename or delete. You will no longer be able to access your Mac driver/partition but you won't have any more crashes.
  9. asheenlevrai macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2014

    I realize this tread is almost 10 years old but I am currently also trying to install only the bootcamp control panel (without any bundled drivers) so that I can then manually install the few drivers I need but also benefit from the options the panel provides (boot disk, keyboard settings, trackpad settings, etc...)

    Did anyone found a way to install just the bootcamp panel?

    Sorry for reviving this dead tread.


    PS: The bundle of drivers that are installed with bootcamp messes up my installation. Maybe I could manually uninstall (or roll back) all of them after installing bootcamp but I guess this is an inconvenient path.
    Any help will be greatly appreciated...

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