Just how easy it is to use Windows on your Mac depends on what you do and how much expense and complexity you’re willing to endure. If you’re forced by circumstance, personal desire, or the heel of your corporate overlords to use Windows, here’s a tip to try.
The number of ways to use your Mac to boot into Windows are simple enough. If you’re using Windows in Boot Camp, simply open Preferences, select Startup Disk, then select your Windows install.
What could be easier? There is a flaw in that simple process, though, not to mention the number of steps.
By using Startup Disk your Mac will always startup in that mode until you change Startup Disk again.
Wouldn’t it be easier to have a way to start up and boot into Windows without having to change anything in System Preferences?
Yes, of course it would. That’s why there’s BootChamp, a free Mac utility which makes it on-click easy to go from your Mac to Windows in Boot Camp without digging into and changing System Preferences.
BootChamp is easier to use. Select the Windows icon in the Menubar. Select Restart into Windows… and you’re done.
You’ll still need to add your admin password with BootChamp, but the restart into Windows is quick and easy and does not change the Startup Disk option in System Preferences.