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Windows 7: Changing the Default boot for 2 different partitions

16 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 - 32 Bit
Changing the Default boot for 2 different partitions

I installed Windows 7 on 2 different partitions and they both work fine, but I use one much more than the other. I was wondering if there was a way to have the computer boot to the preferred partition automatically, because as of now I have to keep choosing which is booted every time I start the computer.

Additional Information : My computer is a HP Compaq 8200 Elite Small Form Factor.

Thank you.

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16 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Hi Solo303 and welcome!

The easy way to do this is by downloading and installing EasyBCD from Download EasyBCD 2.1.1 - NeoSmart Technologies (don't let the "buy it" button distract you, you can download it for free at the bottom of the page).

EasyBCD manages the boot manager entries and allows you to choose an OS as the default boot option, decide whether you want the boot menu shown at all, and if yes, set how long it will wait for a user choice before booting to the selected default.

If you prefer not to download a third-party app and you're comfortable with using the bcdedit command in a DOS window, I'll be happy to help you along with that instead.
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16 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You can also change the boot order in System Properties.

Click the Settings button under Startup & Recovery in System Properties as shown below.

Changing the Default boot for 2 different partitions-bootorder.jpg

If you then want to edit the boot name for each operating system:

1. Boot into the first Windows 7 installation whose boot entry you wish to change.
2. Click Start.
3. Type cmd in the Search field.
4. Look under the Programs list, right-click cmd and choose Run as Administrator.
5. At the command prompt window type bcdedit to produce the boot text.
6. In the Windows Boot Loader section you will see the name for the current Windows 7 boot menu entry.
7. To change this boot menu entry for this installation of Windows 7, enter the following command: bcdedit /set description “boot menu text” where “boot menu text” is a description of your choosing e.g. “Windows 7 Professional”.
8. Press Enter to run the command.
9. Type Exit then press Enter to close the command prompt.
10. Close the Command Prompt Window.
11. Repeat steps 1 to 10 for each boot entry you wish to change.

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20 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Great! Better than other step by steps. But, for those who wonder if the quotation marks (") should be added when typing - No
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