Specific shortcut to startup in Windows BootCamp?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by anonymous4a, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    hey guys, is there any key shortcut to jump right into windows on restart from mac os instead of holding down the option key ? I know I can set windows to start up automatically.. but I like to have it start up in mac os.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Not a short cut per say but you can select the start up volume in the System preferences within OSX so it boots right into windows without having to go through the option key selection.
  3. marikavs macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2006

    Have you tried BootChamp? I've had it since 2007, and it was updated in 2012. Of course, I'm using SL, so I have no idea if it works with anything later. On SL (10.6.8) it works just fine.
  4. saturnotaku, Jul 15, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013

    saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    BootChamp is about as close as you'd find to a "shortcut" however there is a pretty big issue with it: If you use it to boot Windows, you lose your screen brightness control when Windows loads. This is actually the result of a bug in OS X that the developer has acknowledged and submitted to Apple. Whether or not a fix is forthcoming is anyone's guess.
  5. solderguy1 macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Another nitpick about Bootchamp is that it's mutually exclusive with a windows VM (unless I'm missing something).

    In the file /etc/rc.local, there's two lines:

    sudo chmod 777 /dev/disk0s4
    diskutil umount /Volumes/BOOTCAMP

    If commented out: VMs like virtual box won't work
    If commented in: BootChamp won't work, can't see drive

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