How to Select Your Mac\'s Default Startup System

Posted January 21, 2009 at 11:28pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 82015 views
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These are instructions on how to select the system you want to use to start up your computer. You may have to follow this tutorial if you installed Boot Camp and your Mac keeps starting into Windows instead of Mac OS X.

Step One
Click System Preferences from the Apple Menu at the top left corner of your screen.


Step Two
Click to select Startup Disk from the System Preferences window.


Step Three
Click to select the system you want to use to start up your computer. If you have just installed Boot Camp you will likely want to choose Mac OS X on Macintosh HD or similar.


NOTE*: You can also use this menu to start up from a network drive or restart the computer in Target Disk Mode.

Step Four
Once you have select the system you would like to start up with click the Restart... button.


Step Five
When asked to confirm the restart click the Restart button.


Step Six
Your computer will then reboot using the system you selected!

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geeksays - October 2, 2013 at 11:45pm
This is one of the major issue, I have encountered after installing Windows on my MBA with bootcamp. I have also used the same way to get rid of automatic boot into Windows. Make sure to check out my work too - here.
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a-dag - January 22, 2009 at 1:01am
20 Seconds of my life wasted.
kelvin_swe@yahoo.com - January 22, 2009 at 12:28am
Please dont waste internet bandwidth by adding such documents. Instead add documents like how to install Leopard snow on Parallels or how to install ubuntu on bootcamp and so on..
iClarified - January 22, 2009 at 1:33am
@Kelvin, this site was created to help beginners and advanced users alike. I would venture to say that 95+% of users have no clue to how to change the default system their Mac boots with. To them this is not a waste of internet bandwidth.
irwan - January 22, 2009 at 5:21am
anyone know how to active right click on windows xp pro sp2 on MAcbook aluminium? thanks
yonotengosi - January 22, 2009 at 6:17am
Thanks iClarified!
t11chb - January 22, 2009 at 8:20am
Yeah, search google, there is a program which gives you the ability to right click. I used to have it, you need to make it run on startup, but it does work.
Jack - October 11, 2012 at 1:33pm
As someone this just helped, I find your comment stupid. How about you not waste internet bandwidth looking for articles to complain about. It isnt like you took the time to write it.
John Mcain - January 21, 2009 at 11:47pm
Next time Plz teach me how to turn off my mac! I\'m one of those dumbasses!!
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