To specify the default operating system for startup


Open System in Control Panel.


On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.


Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system you want to start when you turn on or restart your computer.


Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.


To open System, click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.

To manually edit the boot options file, click Edit. Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not modify the boot options file (boot.ini). Doing so may render your computer unusable.

Related Topics

System Properties overview

Choosing recovery actions if Windows stops unexpectedly

Installing more than one operating system on your computer

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