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BootPicker ... With the advent of Boot Camp comes the possibility of deploying multi-boot Macs and permitting your end users to choose whichever platform will work best for whatever they'd like to do at the moment. But how do you manage the presentation of this choice? There are a couple concerns to keep in mind:

  • Setting the boot device is an activity restricted to administrative users.
  • Allowing non-administrative users access to this functionality potentially allows them to set the boot device to some external media that they provide (then they can really tamper with the system).
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What's New

Version 2.2:
  • Resolved inconsistent accessibility behavior.
  • Updated the helper tool that records BootPicker preferences in the BootPicker Preference Pane. This tool is no longer a setuid binary.
  • Updated for Snow Leopard compatibility.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Bug Member IconReview+4

This does what it says: let's you very conveniently pick your OS at startup (especially when like me you always forget to keep the option key pressed)

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Version 2.2
Fishscale Member IconComment+868

Why does this software list apple as the developer? I believe this is a 3rd party app by Mike Bombich, creator of carbon copy cloner (great software). Is there something I am missing or should this be updated MU admins? Thanks.

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Version 2.2

Thanks for pointing that out Fishscale, I've updated the listing.


Apple hosted the software for awhile on their educational institution IT pages, but I guess they decided not to anymore.

Lance_baker Member IconReview+2

Option, option, option... STOP telling us about holding the option key. We Mac users expect a more elegant way to choose the startup. Sitting attached to the keyboard holding the option for 20 seconds at every restart (yes, sometimes we forget what the boot is set for, so we better sit at the keyboard and hold... and hold) is not the best solution.

Unfortunately, BootPicker is no better. This is the most useless piece of software I have ever seen. It does not change the actual ROM setting for startup. It always boots to OS X first, and presents a picker screen just before user login should appear. Even when I am in Windows, and use BootCamp control panel to choose to boot to OS X, this thing STILL halts the startup of OS X and presents its cotton picking picker screen. That is no better than holding the option key.

For those of us needing OS X to have write support for a Windows 7 partition, NTFS-3G needs to add a System Preferences pane like that of "NTFS For Mac" that allows you to choose the writable NTFS partition with Windows 7 as the startup. Until that happens, NTFS For Mac is the best method of having NTFS write support AND a fairly elegant way to set the startup disk.

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Version 2.1.2
Mattman85 Member IconComment+0

I was doing some remote sessioning with my windows, and since I would need to restart a few times, I set BootPicker to default to WinXP. now, I can't boot into OSX! Is there a way to be able to get in and uninstall it?!

I've already tried:
a) holding in Option key and choosing Mac - BootPicker loads after Mac login window appears..

b) logging into Windows, and choosing "Boot into Mac" from BootCamp..

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Version 2.1.2
LMP Member IconComment+19

If the links don't work, you can download Bootpicker from this URL: http://www.apple.com/education/it-professionals/bootpicker/

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Version 2.1.2
Likos Member IconComment+26

Links are dead.

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Version 2.1.2

links worked for me


Yep, links are quite dead at this date.

convergencesite Member IconComment+3

This is also known as the "Option Key" and is built into the OS.


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Version 2.1.2

You clearly did not read what the developer has in mind, he says:

Leaving the machine at the EFI boot picker (hold down the option key at startup), while possible, leaves the previous options open and also leaves the machine in a state in which it cannot be managed or accessed via the network.

This clearly shows he knows about the option key, but wants more functionality than that. Whether a single user needs that is open for debate, but clearly he is talking about managing the boot-up of several Macs in a lab environment.

Oscar74 Member IconComment+5

Unless you are using more than Windows and OS X on an Intel Mac, I don't really see the value of this software. AFAIK, you cannot set a firmware password on an Intel Mac since it uses EFI as opposed to the Open Firmware of previous G-series Macs. Just press the Option key on startup and you will be presented with icons for booting into either OS X or Windows XP, even multiple versions on different partitions/disks if available, using no additional boot-picker software (such as this).

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Version 1.2

Quote from Apple:

"Intel-based Macintosh computers can be protected by firmware passwords as well. The firmware in an Intel-based computer uses Extended Firmware Interface (EFI) technology-Open Firmware is used in computers that use PowerPC processors.

All Intel-based Macintosh computers support firmware password protection."

Read entire article here:



Although not installed by the Install Disks, Open Firmware Password.app is present on the disks that came with my MacBook. I used Pacifist to install it into my Utilities folder where it works like a charm.

A J Benamu Member IconReview+24
A J Benamu

I configured this and it doesn´t work. My iMac boots by pressing Option key or using the Apple Remote, the screen never appears.

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Version 1.1
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Version 2.1.2
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 28,791
Version Downloads 22,930
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 29 Aug 2012
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free