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Windows 7: dual boot question

14 May 2009   #1
papaSmurph

Windows 7 HP x64
 
 
dual boot question

I have a Vista Ultimate / Windows 7 dual boot set up and I'm wondering if i can make Vista the default OS on restart? This is my first time doing a dual boot and it was easy enough to do. I just created a separate partition and installed 7 on that. Of course now during reboot you have to choose an OS, and since it was the last installed (i suppose) 7 is the default.

Can I make Vista the default?

Many thanks,
Murph


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14 May 2009   #2
Gemini Man

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I seem to recall there being a way to do this using the bcdedit command, but there is another way as well. The easiest way is to click on your start menu icon, then click on control panel. From there make sure the view is set to small icons. Click on System. From within System, click on the left pane on Advanced System Settings. Go to the advanced tab, and select Settings under the Start Up and Recovery Section. From there you can change both the default OS and the amount of time to show the list of OS's in Boot Manager.

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS

I've attached some pictures to help you out.

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In addition, you could also download a great free program known as EasyBCD. (Find it here.) It's very easy to use, and will help you set the default OS, as well as add new entries to Boot Manager and change their names. I found it very useful when I was using different Linux distros as I would launch through Windows Boot Manager and select the correct OS. Grub was just too ugly for me.


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14 May 2009   #3
papaSmurph

Windows 7 HP x64
 
 

AH, i knew there had to be SOMETHING baked in ... thanks! I needed to make sure that if it rebooted during the day that my wife wouldn't be "stuck" in 7 with no "obvious" way back to Vista for her. I'll check out that EasyBCD as well.
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14 May 2009   #4
Gemini Man

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

You're very welcome. I was in a similar scenario as my main desktop is a "family PC" and nobody else in the house would know how to launch Vista after it started into Windows 7.
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