Making Bootcamp Usable ?

Robert4

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Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
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Hi again,

Playing around with Bootcamp, and am really disappointed. Running High Sierra.
Have a relatively new iMac and also have that solid state drive option for better start-up speeds.

Don't want this to sound like a rant, but Bootcamp is just about totally unusable for me.
It "works," but-

When it starts in the new Windows mode, it asks for not only a Password each time,
but also you have to pick your internet connection as a second option.
This really slows everything to a crawl.

Any way of avoiding all of this ?
I'm a sole user, and would love to eliminate any and all passwords, etc.

Then, when going back to the OS, it is also very slow.

Not only that, but once back, I have all of those bouncing icons in the Dock
that I have to wait to quiet down. MS WORD and EXCEL are the worst, sometimes
taking, honest, no exaggeration, a full 5 to 10 minutes.

Any tricks to making Bootcamp actually usable ?
Relatively fast switching both ways, without all the nonsense requests each time ?

Would sure like to use.

BTW: Mojave (likely) any better ? Running High Sierra now.

Thanks,
Bob
 

DeltaMac

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If you want to boot more quickly to macOS, after using Windows - don't change your boot drive selection.
Leave it set for your macOS boot drive.
Boot to macOS. Open your System Preferences, then Startup Disk. Click on your Mac boot drive. You should also see your Boot Camp drive, named (not surprisingly!) BOOTCAMP, which is the default when creating a windows install through your Boot Camp Assistant. Anyway, make sure your Mac boot drive is the one that is selected.
When restarting to boot to Windows, quit ALL your Mac apps first... If you simply choose to restart while you still have various apps open, and maybe even using them - and you want to simply restart to go to bootcamp --- After using Windows, and you go to reboot, every app that you left open and running will attempt to restart those apps. That's part of your long restart when you go back to the Mac system.
Quit open apps before you restart to go "bootcamp". Between that, and making sure that the Mac boot drive is selected, you should boot more quickly then.

What size hard drive do you have in your Mac? How much space is free on that hard drive?
If you don't want to log in with a password in Windows, then turn THAT off. I have my Win 10 login turned off, but I don't remember how I did it. You can search for "turn user login off", or something like that in the Windows search bar, down in the taskbar. Should pop right up to show you what to do.
If there is a problem with initial connection to your network, you can troubleshoot that connection by right-clicking on the network icon (near the right end of the taskbar) and choose Open Network & Internet Settings, then click on Network & Sharing Center. Click on your network Connection (should be in the right side, somewhere near the top. Wifi would show the name of your wifi network.) On your network window, click the Diagnose button, and then wait to see if that finds any problems. Search for any reported results. (There's probably a quicker way to do all this, but I'm not exactly a Windows-wizard. I just know something about how to search for things)
 

Robert4

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Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
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Hi,

Have about 600 GB out of the 1 TB left.

Thanks so much for suggestions.
Really appreciate it very much.

Will certainly try them.

Appreciate your time to have helped me out.

*I will do the search to try and find how to eliminate ALL password requirements on my Mac.
Really surprised when besides the password, it also asked for my internet password.
First time, I think, that I've ever had this request.

Any more thoughts on how to eliminate any/all of these requests would be appreciated.

*BTW: is there a Global command somewhere to close out All running Apps, or must it be done individually ?

Best regards,
Bob
 

DeltaMac

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Jul 30, 2003
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You can do a Force Quit (Option-Command-Escape), and quit each item from the list in that window, except for "Finder".
(A better method is to Quit normally from each app that is showing as open in your Dock, so you don't experience problems with lost work when you force-quit apps.)
I DON'T know why your Windows does not store the internet connection... Did you try the diagnostics for that?
Maybe you have a friend who you might consider experienced with Windows. They might help a "newbie" such as yourself :D