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Question: macOS disappear after upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creator

After I updated to Windows 10 Fall Creator edition, the macOS (High Sierra 10.13.1) has disappeared from the start menu and in the Boot camp control panel.


So far I have found out:

  1. If I'm starting the Internet Recovery Mode (Cmd-Option-R), exit, and holding Option down while booting, I again have the option to start macOS and Windows 10.
  2. If I start Windows 10, open the Boot camp control panel the macOS is gone so I can't select macOS as the default startup option. When opening the Boot camp control panel I'm asked if I will allow Boot camp control panel to make changes to the computer. If I answer no, the Boot camp control panel is not opened.
  3. If I start Windows 10 and not open the Boot camp control panel, I can close Windows and boot in macOS by holding Option down while booting.
  4. If I start Windows 10 and open the Boot camp control panel, I can only start again in either Windows 10 or Internet Recovery Mode.

Looks like the update to Windows 10 Fall Creators version doesn't work well with High Sierra and Boot camp control panel.


My Mac is a MacBook 12" early 2015 version.


Do you have any ideas about how to being able to get macOS as default OS again and keep High Sierra and the Fall Creators version?

MacBook, macOS High Sierra (10.13.1)

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Nov 12, 2017 5:09 AM in response to kupe_mac In response to kupe_mac

If you have High Sierra and APFS on your Mac, Bootcamp control can no longer see the macOS partition to restart.


See How to switch between Windows and macOS in macOS High Sierra - Apple Support .


From macOS Terminal, post the output of


diskutil list

Nov 12, 2017 5:09 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 5:16 AM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

Thanks for the quick reply.


The output of diskutil list is:


/dev/disk0 (internal):

#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER

0: GUID_partition_scheme 500.3 GB
disk0

1: EFI EFI 314.6 MB
disk0s1

2: Apple_APFS Container disk1 370.4 GB
disk0s2

3: Microsoft Basic Data BOOTCAMP 128.5 GB
disk0s3

4: Windows Recovery 471.9 MB
disk0s4


/dev/disk1 (synthesized):

#: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER

0: APFS Container Scheme - +370.4 GB
disk1

Physical Store disk0s2

1: APFS Volume Macintosh HD 237.9 GB
disk1s1

2: APFS Volume Preboot 20.6 MB disk1s2

3: APFS Volume Recovery 520.8 MB
disk1s3

4: APFS Volume VM 2.1 GB disk1s4


Nov 12, 2017 5:16 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 5:31 AM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

Thanks Loner - looks like you know what you're talking about, so I'll just have to wait for an update of the boot camp control panel.


Just strange that I only got the issue yesterday after updating Windows 10, but it may be that I haven't opened the boot camp control panel since I updated to High Sierra and therefore it didn't mess with my default boot OS until yesterday.


Thanks again for your replies.

Nov 12, 2017 5:31 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 6:01 AM in response to kupe_mac In response to kupe_mac

Did the the Bootcamp control work at all after HS upgrade, but prior to the Fall CU update?


Given the current layout, the HS upgrade breaks the current Bootcamp.exe, not the W10 FCU.

Nov 12, 2017 6:01 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 6:00 AM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

I'm uncertain about whether I have used the boot camp control panel since the HS upgrade (until after the W10 FCU upgrade yesterday).

So that may be why I haven't got the problem before yesterday and that I linked it to the W10 FCU.


For now I'm just happy that the Internet Recovery Mode made it possible to at all select the macOS when booting. Before opening and exiting the IRM I couldn't select macOS when holding Option down while booting.


I'll have to be patient and wait for an update of boot camp.

Nov 12, 2017 6:00 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 8:48 AM in response to Loner T In response to Loner T

The NVRAM reset start-up partly solves the problem.


Using that the mac starts up using the macOS and after that I don't have to hold the Option-key down when I want to boot to macOS again.

However if I use the Option key to start up to Windows 10, next time I reboot, the Option key doesn't work and the computer starts up directly in Windows 10.


Then I of course can do another NVRAM reset to start up using macOS.


I couldn't see any effect of doing a SMC reset.


Thanks for the NVRAM tip.

Nov 12, 2017 8:48 AM

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Nov 12, 2017 8:59 AM in response to kupe_mac In response to kupe_mac

There are two settings - next boot and default boot. They can be different, but the current Alt/Option method makes no distinction between the two. The NVRAM reset cleans up both.


In versions prior to HS with a broken Bootcamp.exe Start up your Mac in Windows or macOS - Apple Support .

Nov 12, 2017 8:59 AM

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