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How to start up in macOS from Windows

Installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp for some work-related projects. I've also installed the Apple Bootcamp drivers from the OS X install disk and updated to the latest version. It mapped all my keys just fine, but I was surprised it does not offer an option to switch the mappings of Alt and Windows keys; ie. You can select which operating system to use during startup by holding down the Option key. This displays icons for all available startup disks and lets you override the default setting for the startup disk that is in Startup Disk preferences (OS X) or the Boot Camp.

  1. One of the best parts of Boot Camp is how easy it is to switch back and forth between operating systems. Click the Show hidden icons button in the Windows 10 taskbar. Click the Boot Camp button. Click Restart in OS X.
  2. Open the Control Panel, click on Startup Disk, and change the setting; this item will only appear if the Boot Camp drivers are installed.
  1. From the notification area on the right side of the Windows taskbar, click to show hidden icons.
  2. Click the Boot Camp icon .
  3. From the menu shown, choose Restart in macOS.
    If you haven't installed the latest Boot Camp updates, you might get the message ”Could not locate the OS X boot volume.'

Or use Startup Manager as your Mac starts up: Opal obsidian.

  1. Restart your Mac from the Start menu in Windows.
  2. Press and hold the Option (or Alt) ⌥ key as your Mac begins to restart.
  3. Select your Mac startup volume (Macintosh HD) in the Startup Manager window, then press Return or click the up arrow:

How to start up in Windows from macOS

  • Use Startup Manager to choose your Windows (Boot Camp) volume during startup.
  • Or select your Boot Camp volume in Startup Disk preferences, then restart.

Learn more

  • If you're having difficulty using VoiceOver or another screen reader to complete these steps, please contact Apple Support.
  • Learn how to install Windows 10 on your Mac.

Guest blog by Dhruba Jyoti Das, Parallels Support Team

One of my co-workers has previously written about the general procedure on how to set up a Windows virtual machine in Parallels Desktop based on your Boot Camp partition. But time flies fast, and Microsoft came up with Windows 10—not to mention, we recently released Parallels Desktop 11. Let me refresh what we’ve written in the past with updated instructions and the latest operating systems.

You can take advantage of two different options in Parallels Desktop to work with a Boot Camp partition. Let me guide you through both options.

Option 1: Using your existing Boot Camp installation.

Fire up Parallels Desktop. With Parallels Desktop active, go to your Mac upper menu and select File New. In the Parallels Wizard, choose Use Windows from Boot Camp and click Continue.

If the option to Use Windows from Boot Camp isn’t present in Parallels Wizard, try the steps below:

  • Choose Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file and then click Continue.
  • On the next page, click Locate manually and Continue without a source box.
  • Choose the type of operating system installed in Boot Camp. (For example: Windows 10.)
  • Make sure the Customize settings before installation box is checked. Click Continue.
  • In the Configuration window, switch to Hardware tab Hard Disk 1.
  • From the Source drop-down list, choose your physical Boot Camp partition.
  • Close Configuration and continue your installation.

Option 2: Importing Boot Camp into a VM.

This process will help you to eventually migrate all of your Boot Camp data into the VM and get rid of the Boot Camp partition (or leave it as a separate install).

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Here’s how to import Boot Camp into your Parallels Desktop VM:

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  • Set Parallels Desktop to use Boot Camp, as described above.
  • Right-click on the Parallels Desktop icon on your Mac dock and open the Control Center.
  • Right-click on the Boot Camp-based Windows and select Import Boot Camp.
  • Locate where you would like to store Windows and your data and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the import.

When you create a Boot Camp-based VM (as described in the first method), all of the changes you do on the Boot Camp side will be reflected in your VM and visa versa.For example, when you install a Windows program in the VM, it will also appear in Boot Camp.

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On the contrary, if you import Boot Camp (using the second method), all the changes you do will be saved only on the side you actually perform them on. For example, if you install a Windows update on the VM side, it won’t appear in Boot Camp.

If you are starting fresh and you do not have Boot Camp, you do not have to set it up. You can simply set up Windows in a standalone VM. That gives Windows its own slice of real hard drive space so you can use it without having to shut down your Mac OS.

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