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I have a 2012 Retina Macbook pro I use for work, with software that is windows only.

I'm getting a bit tired of having to remember to hold down the option key every time I reboot.

I know I can tell bootcamp to "reboot into windows", but that only sticks for one reboot.

I want to always boot into windows, unless I hold the the option key. How can I do this?

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From: Boot Camp: Set the default operating system

After installing Windows, you can set the default operating system.

Set the default operating system in OS X

  1. In OS X, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Startup Disk.
  2. Select the startup disk with the default operating system you want to use.
  3. If you want to start up using the default operating system now, click Restart.

Set the default operating system in Windows

You can’t change your startup volume to an external FireWire or USB drive while you're using Windows.

  1. In Windows 7, click the Boot Camp icon in the system tray, then choose Boot Camp Control Panel. In Windows 8, move the cursor to the upper-right or lower-right corner of the screen, then click Search. Search for “Boot Camp,” click Settings, then click Boot Camp.

  2. If a User Account Control dialog appears, click Yes.

  3. Select the startup disk with the default operating system you want to use.
  4. If you want to start up using the default operating system now, click Restart. Otherwise, click OK.

Restart in OS X using the Boot Camp icon in the system tray

In Windows, click the Boot Camp icon in the system tray, then choose Restart in OS X. This also sets the default operating system to OS X.

If you don’t see the Boot Camp icon in the system tray, click the triangle to show hidden icons.

  • I could have sworn I did that and it didn't stick, but I just checked and it seems to work. Apparently I'm just dumb. – Fake Name Aug 3 '16 at 17:08
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    Another option is, when the computer is starting up, hold down the Alt/Option key to choose the startup OS. When you're ready to select the startup OS, hold down the Ctrl key. When the Ctrl key is held down, you should see a mostly closed circle with an arrow over the drive/OS to show that it will restart with that one selected next time if nothing else changes. – Hugo Aug 4 '16 at 17:45
  • that's what the OP is trying to avoid... notice the "unless option is held down" on the title. – Kof Sep 7 '18 at 4:49

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