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Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by spencecb, May 7, 2009.

  1. spencecb macrumors 6502a

    spencecb

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    Hey all,

    I installed Windows 7 on my iMac, and was wondering if there is a way to stop Windows from being the main OS that the computer defaults to on a restart/shutdown. I'd like OS X to be the default OS.

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    System Preferences -> Startup Disk -> select
    This will allow you to select the default

    Hold down the option key when you restart (keep holding it)
    This will allow you to select your OS as well

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I knew about holding down the option key. Didn't know that selecting the startup disk would default, because the Windows partition does not show up here.
     
  4. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Both should show up on both sides (Mac and Windows).

    What I do, since I spend most time in the Mac OS is set that partition as the default -- which shows up on both sides.

    So when I boot or restart, I default into the Mac OS. Then if I want to boot into Windows, I boot/restart while holding down the ALT key and then select the Windows partition.
     
  5. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, Windows definitely does not show up under System Preferences => Startup disk.

    The HDD image is on my desktop, and shows up in Disk Utility, however.
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    it should look like this:
     

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  7. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to attach an image of my desktop using Grab, but MacRumors claims it to be an invalid format.

    No idea how to solve this. The image of the Windows partition is sitting on my desktop, unnamed, and unable to be edited.

    Windows 7 works fine.

    I just want OS X to be the default.
     
  8. Nermal Moderator

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    Press Cmd-Shift-4 to select an area of the screen and save it as a PNG screenshot on the desktop. You can press Space after Cmd-Shift-4 to select an entire window.

    Try setting the startup disk from inside Windows, from the Boot Camp control panel (if you've installed it).
     
  9. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, here is the image. I converted to jpeg through CS...
     

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  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    You can use Preview to open the image (probably a TIFF file) and then save as a JPEG file.

    Assuming that you formated your Windows partition as NTFS, this is correct. Sometimes it will say Untitled and sometimes it will say Windows. IMHO, it really doesn't matter what it says as long as you can see it in the Startup Disk preferences.

    You can do this by setting the start up disk via the Mac System Preferences or via Windows 7 control panel. Either way works for the default.
     
  11. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a

    spencecb

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    I'll have to check this again when I am home from work. I don't think it will work through OS X since the Windows startup disk is not showing up under the System Preferences -> Startup Disk.
     

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