Make Windows to Boot by default on Macbook with Bootcamp rather than Mac OS X

There is no doubt that Mac OS X is easier to use and adapt for a user then to learn windows, but some of the users who can’t afford a make are equally happy with windows as well, so there are many users who would buy a macbook because of its great design and hardware and then later installer windows on it with bootcamp.

One of my friend asked me the other day on how he can make windows boot in default, as every time he wants to boot in windows installed on his macbook with bootcamp software, he need to press the alt or option key at the time of boot of macbook so that mac os startup manager  shows up the default start up os you can boot into, there it shows windows and mac os x partition and here you he need to select windows to boot with windows on his macbook which is installed with bootcamp.

Mac OS X Startup Manager

Now unless you press Option key at the time of boot or before you hear the boot sound, it will by default will be booted in mac os even if you have windows installed and you may want to boot in windows. This is really annoying for most of the users, as they have to press a button at the right time just to boot in windows installed on their macbook or any other mac os x pc.

Boot In Windows 7 or 8 Without Pressing Option Key On Macbook or Any Other Macintosh PC

Please Note: In order to do this, make sure you have installed the bootcamp drivers as well in windows after installing it with using bootcamp software in mac os x.

Once you have installed the boot camp drivers for the version of windows you are running, you will see the Bootcamp Control Panel icon in the system tray in taskbar in windows.

Boot camp

Right click on this icon and select Bootcamp Control Panel

Boot camp control panel windows

Under bootcamp control panel, Under Startup disk tab click Bootcamp partition where you have windows installed and then select apply to set the bootcamp partition as target disk to boot by default.

Set widnows to boot by default on macbook

Next time you restart your macbook, it will boot in windows by default without you to press any key at the time of boot.

How To Boot In Mac OS X After Setting Windows For Default Boot

In order to boot with Mac OS X, you will need to now press the Alt or Option key to open up the Mac OS X startup manager which again allows you to choose the mac os x disk to boot into Mac OS X.

Conclusion:

This is fairly simple tip, but could be really useful for many users out there, if you have a related tip to share or some how the above procedure does not work for you let us know by leaving a comment at the end of this page trough the comment section, let us know if this tip is helpful for you.

Mac OS App Store Will Be Launched In Jan 2011

I am really excited about he Mac app store, Finally there will a place where I will be able to get apps just like how I get it for the iphone at a single location. Apple is really looking forward to this store and hopes to provide a distribution platform for all the Mac OSX applications developed by the apple inc for the Mac operating system. this store was announced in October 2010 and was due to be released in December but due to some issues it has been postponed to January 2011. Apple began accepting application submission from registered developers in November and is set to release the store but I am happy that Apple is taking some time to resolve all the issues instead of releasing a half baked product.

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This platform is based on the iphones app store and allows users to download, purchase, install, re download and update their Mac book applications. I am very keen to see such kind of thing by apple and I was waiting for something like this to happen from the day I bought a Mac book.

So lets hope for the best and prey that this release doesn’t get delayed anymore so that all the Mac owners can have what they have been waiting for eagerly.

Reset, Flash Macbook PRAM & NVRAM

Parameter random access memory (PRAM) is the volatile memory where temporary data gets stored while running programs and nonvolatile RAM (NVRAM) is the main on board memory on which the data remains even after restart macintosh computers.

Please Note: If your computer does not retain parameter RAM (PRAM) settings when it is turned off, this generally indicates that the battery needs to be changed.

Today we will tell you how to reset PRAM & NVRAM on powerbook, macbook or ibook computers.

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Macbook Battery Health Check Up & Calibration

The latest line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros by Apple boast of some great battery life, ranging from 7 to 10 hours, which is a sort of standard in the industry. Even though Macs have the best batteries, to ensure their longevity, steps must be taken to ensure that their health is maintained and the output provided by the battery is optimal.

To calibrate your battery, Apple provides some basic instructions for the procedure you should follow. which are listed on this support page on the official website. Calibrating your battery once every few months or so keeps your battery healthy and gives you maximum performance.

Watts is a complete battery and power management app for Mac OS X. Watts helps you out with –

  • Calibration of the battery – The steps for calibrating are simple and straightforward, as mentioned in the above link. The problem is that you have to remember when to calibrate the battery, and look up the instructions every time you want to calibrate it. Watts has a built-in reminder feature, which alerts you that its time to calibrate, and guides you through the process.
  • Battery Monitor – Watts is a great replacement for the default power monitor in the status bar. You can configure it to display an icon, time left/percentage left, both, either, or none. Choose whichever way is preferable to you. The Watts status bar icon takes up lesser space compared to the default Apple battery monitor.
  • Growl Notifications – Watts also has the ability to display Growl notifications when the power adapter is plugged or unplugged so that you can accordingly remove external media that may be wasting power or close applications that are straining the CPU and draining the battery. It also reminds you to frequently unplug the power, as using a laptop on AC power constantly is bad for its battery.
  • Advanced Battery Info – In the Preferences dialog, the Information tab displays information about the battery, such as charge cycles, health, output power so that you can easily judge the current status and health of your battery.
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100+ New Touch Gestures In Magic Mouse Or MacBook Trackpad

If you own a Magic Mouse, or a MacBook with a multi-touch trackpad, then you would truly know the joy of using multi-touch gestures involving more than one or two fingers. Once you get used to them, these are incredibly convenient and useful shortcuts, and can make life much easier for you.

Mac OS X (Leopard and Snow Leopard) has in-built support for mouse gestures, though this support is very limited. Only a handful of gestures are provided by the system, and the extent to which you can customize these gestures is also very limited.

BetterTouchTool is a free app for Mac OS X that allows you to add custom multi-touch gestures for your Magic Mouse or MacBook trackpad, specific to applications, or global gestures in general. Having the ability to define your own gestures can be pretty powerful, and the latest release of BetterTouchTool has an improved UI, which makes this easier than ever.

You can define actions separately for your Magic Mouse and Trackpad, or you can define them in a combined ‘Gestures’ pane (shown in above screenshot). Here is a screenshot that demonstrates the the sheer number of gestures available in BetterTouchTool for customization.

To add a new custom gesture, all you have to do is select the application from the application pane on the left hand side, click on the ‘Add new gesture’ button under the appropriate tab (Magic Mouse, Trackpad or Keyboard). Once a new gesture row is added, you can select the required gesture from the drop down list of gestures (screenshot above), and then select a custom keyboard shortcut to complement it, OR select a predefined action, a sample screen of which is included below –

That’s it. As soon as you enter the actions related to a gesture, it is in effect.

Some other features of BetterTouchTool which make it a great tool:

  • Import/Export Gestures – The ability to import and export gestures makes it easy to share gestures with your friends or family. You can also download predefined sets of gestures made by other people and import them into your own library of gestures.
  • Presets – These are a set of gestures under one common name, you can also call them Profiles. Switching to another Preset is as simple as selecting one from a drop down menu
  • Windows 7 Style Window Snapping – Can be enabled via a single checkmark setting in the Preferences.
  • BetterTouchTool has no presence in your system. You can schedule it to launch at boot, and it just places an icon in the status bar, no icon is placed in the dock. All settings and controls can be managed via the status bar icon

Overall, if you are a fan of the amazing multi-touch gestures in Mac OS X, BetterTouchTool is a must have utility for you.

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