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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How to Change the Default Operating System to Start in Windows 7

If you dual boot with one or more operating systems installed other than Windows 7, then this will show you how to change the default operating system to start in the Windows Boot Manager.

EXAMPLE: Windows Boot Manager

This is the boot screen where you select what operating system that you would like to start. By default, you have 30 seconds to choose another operating system before the default operating system will start automatically.

Option One
Through Startup and Recovery

1. Open the Start Menu.

A) Right click on the Computer button on the dark right side and click on Properties.

B) Go to step 3.


2. Open the Control Panel (All Items view) and click on the System icon.

3. In the left blue pane, click on the Advanced system settings link. (See screenshot below)

4. Close the System window. (See screenshot above)

5. Under the Advanced tab, click on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery. (See screenshot below)

6. Under System Startup, select a operating system from the drop down menu to be the new default operating system, then click on OK. (See screenshots below)

7. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5)

Option Two
Through System Configuration

1. Open the Start Menu.

A) In the search line, type msconfig.exe and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

B) Go to step 3.


2. Open the Control Panel (All Items view) and click on the Administrative Tools icon and System Configuration.

A) Close the Administrative Tools window.

3. Click on the Boot tab. (See screenshot below)

4. Select another operating system that is not set as the Default OS to be the new default operating system instead. (See screenshot above)

5. Check the Make all boot settings permanent box, and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 3)

6. Click on Yes to confirm. (See screenshot below)

7. Click on the Restart button. (See screenshot below)

This will restart the computer immediately. Make sure you save and close anything open that you do not want to lose first.

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