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I've just install Windows 8 on my iMac using bootcamp and now when I restart my machine Windows 8 starts but there doesn't seem to be an obvious way of starting OSX again.

Is there a keyboard key I need to hold down during start up that will allow me to boot back into OSX?

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Part of the problem is that Windows 8 is not officially supported by Boot Camp at this time: support.apple.com/kb/HT1899 of course how to install and use Windows 8 through Boot Camp is well documented: arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/11/… –  Ramhound Jan 30 '13 at 12:05

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All one has to do is tell Windows 8 to restart and then hold down the Option key. On restarting, this will bring up a boot OS menu which allows one to select the OSX boot drive.

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Note that it still possible that Windows installation broke your OSX boot partition. In that case you simply need to boot on a restoration partition or on an OSX DVD and do a dick verification/reparation. It will update your boot partition and restore OSX boot. –  Dimillian77 Jan 30 '13 at 13:11
@Dimillian77: Hmm, I wonder how exactly "dick verification" works? ;) –  Karan Jan 30 '13 at 18:46

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