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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows Apps
I wrote a small OS X utility (free, source available) called BootChamp (16KB download) that simplifies booting into Windows on your Intel Mac.

Instead of using System Preferences to change your startup disk, or holding down Option to select another volume on startup, launch BootChamp while booted in OS X. BootChamp only asks for your password, and does the rest without user input. More info at kainjow.com.

[robg adds: I tried this, and it worked -- and it's definitely easier than restarting and waiting for the list of bootable systems to come up.]
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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: jaguarcy on Jul 18, '07 09:31:30AM

When I try to run it, it says that it was unable to find a Windows volume. Dunno if any of this matters, but I run my boot camp installation via parallels as well, and I've made the windows partition not mount on boot time so I don't have to see it on the desktop. I tried running the app after mounting the partition as well, but same problem occurred.

As a question, after using this app (assuming it works), what happens when you restart from windows, does OS X still boot as the primary OS? (which would be ideal...)



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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: jaguarcy on Jul 18, '07 09:44:48AM
I should really do a bit more homework before posting comments...

I found the answer to my last question, which is BootChamp does NOT change the startup volume... good.

I also think I've found the reason my Windows partition isn't being detected... MacFuse and NTFS-3G?

$ /Applications/BootChamp.app/Contents/MacOS/BootChamp --verbose
2007-07-18 19:42:26.871 BootChamp[3439] Unsupported? hfs
2007-07-18 19:42:26.871 BootChamp[3439] Unsupported? devfs
2007-07-18 19:42:26.871 BootChamp[3439] Unsupported? hfs

The second hfs (or maybe the first, no way of knowing), I assume is my FileVault dir. Which leaves only my Windows partition... devfs??

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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: kainjow on Jul 18, '07 09:48:29AM

BootChamp's only been tested on NTFS volumes, and they have to be mounted when the app runs in order for the app to see them.



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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: jaguarcy on Jul 19, '07 12:40:27PM

Well, the drive IS formatted NTFS, and I did try running it while the drive was formatted... I'm not sure as to why the report says 'devfs', maybe it's because of ntfs-3g and macfuse?



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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: jaguarcy on Jul 19, '07 12:53:36PM

For some reason my windows boot partition does not respond to statfs()... any ideas?



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Booting from external HD
Authored by: bobhibson on Jul 18, '07 10:14:26AM

can the utility boot a Windows partition from an external drive?



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Or use quicksilver
Authored by: supamonke on Jul 18, '07 06:03:00PM
http://www.macinstruct.com/node/129

I use this all the time. Works great.

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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: jaguarcy on Jul 19, '07 01:46:37PM
Ok, I finally got it to work using the applescript from the above link (thanks supamonke!)

However the provided applescript did not work for me as-is. I believe there must be something wrong with the handling of ntfs drives on my computer, so trying to bless a mounted ntfs volume would always fail. Plus, my drive is never mounted. I therefore modified the applescript into something more portable and, in my opinion, more accurate. Simply change the first line to match the volume label of your own Windows XP installation, and the second to match the disk partition:

set WinDisk to "Windows XP"
set WinDevice to "disk0s3"
tell application "Finder"
	if disk WinDisk exists then
		eject disk WinDisk
	end if
end tell
do shell script "bless -device /dev/" & WinDevice & " -legacy -setBoot -nextonly" with administrator privileges
do shell script "shutdown -r now" with administrator privileges



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10.4: Use a free utility to easily boot into Windows
Authored by: whentlaw on Jan 14, '08 09:45:17AM

I loved until I upgraded to Leopard. Now I can't get past the Windows administrator password screen because my (Bluetooth) keyboard and mouse are not recognized and I can't hit "Enter".



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