Solution: Unable to Access Boot Camp Control Panel on Windows 8 OS

By Sidharth | Apple

So you have installed Windows 8 on your Mac machine, downloaded a couple of important drivers, configured the keyboard and trackpad and just when you are about to pat your back for your good work, new errors appear out of nowhere. Here is another error message that becomes apparent when you try to access Boot Camp on Windows 8:

Boot Camp Error on Windows 8 Mac Computer

Boot Camp error on Windows 8 installed on iMac.

An error occurred while trying to access the startup disk settings.

You may not have privileges to change the startup disk. Make sure you have administrative privileges and try again.

Such errors can be quickly fixed by right-clicking the Boot Camp icon, then navigating to Run as Administrator. Did that fix? Quite surprisingly, there’s was no option to run the app as administrator. But don’t worry, the problem has a solution, though it requires a little bit of effort from your end.

There may be other ways to launch or open Boot Camp Control Panel on Windows 8, but below you will find a temporary solution that fixes the above error.

What Should You Do

You will be creating a new user account to change the role of existing account, only then you can access Boot Camp Control Panel. Below you will the complete instructions on what should be done, assuming you already have two admin accounts:

  1. Log off from your primary user account and sign in using the second account.
  2. Now change the role of primary user to standard user.
  3. Sign back in as primary user.
  4. Make changes to the Boot Camp Control Panel.

It’s that simple! Once you are done with the above steps, you can go back to the second account and assign primary user account back to admin once again.

Did this help? Are you facing any other issues related to Boot Camp on your Mac or Windows machine?

Note: MacBook Pro, Air users can tweak trackpad settings using Boot Camp Control Panel.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!