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Get Boot Runner for complete startup control for dual-boot Macs. Use network policies and remote management tools for easy maintenance and customization of dual boot labs, kiosks and classrooms.

Customize the start up experience with custom background images and popover text. A menu bar disk selector gives one-click startup control from the desktop.

Ensuring that dual-boot systems are always in a ready state for automated or remote software deployments is easy with Boot Runner. Utilize existing network policy control to manage start up with the Boot Runner's maintenance scheduling feature.

What's New

Version 1.6:
  • Supports EFI mode with Windows 8/8.1.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Boot Camp partition with Windows installed, or other bootable partition
  • (Optional) Client management suite to manage settings via network policy

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Harristype
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So this basically does the same thing as QuickBoot, but is $9.99 more?

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25414/quickboot

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Macambulance
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That's $9.99 worth of pretty icons ;)

tperfitt
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Hi Harristype.

I am the developer of Boot Runner. Thanks for the feedback.

I wanted to add that Boot Runner is not just geared towards individuals but also labs and kiosks. With Boot Runner, when you start up your Mac, you get a full screen option to select the startup volume before logging in. You can also manage it over the network using network policy to select any of the available startup disks. The menu is a great add on that uses the same settings as the main boot runner screen, but it is only a small part of the entire app.

tim

Macambulance
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How many kiosks will need to be rebooted by members of the public? What sort of management network policy do you mean? Can it boot from a network volume?

tperfitt
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If you set up a firmware password and secure both the Mac and Windows side with management controls (GPO in Windows, MCX/profiles on the Mac side), you can use Boot Runner in a public lab/kiosk. The user boots up to the main Boot Runner screen, which covers the login window. If they select Windows, it reboots into Windows the next time only. After the Windows session is done, the user would log out (or be forced to log out by policy after idle time), and then Windows would reboot (based on a logout script). It would then go back into Boot Runner.

If they select the Mac startup disk, it goes into OS X. When they log out, it returns to the Boot Runner screen.

Imagine this running in a computer lab, a test lab, or even a business room at a hotel. The user could select which OS they wanted, but it would always return to the same starting point after they are done.

Having it at the Boot Runner screen means that you can use network policy (either profiles introduced in Lion or MCX prior to that) to change the settings, as well as select the volume for the user. That would allow someone to remotely set the startup disk.

tim

Macambulance
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Yup that's worth the extra i think!

tokapaho
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Did someone mention rEFIt?
..and its free...
refit.sourceforge.net/

Fahlman
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rEFIt was a pretty good piece of software, but it hasn't been updated in three and a half years. That's okay for personal use, but I would recommend it to any type of organization. The university I work for used it to manage dual booting hundreds of Macs.

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Downloads 1,995
Version Downloads 405
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 24 Feb 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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