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Dual boot - boot order change?


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#1 Magic Sam

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 05:28 PM

I have a Packard Bell desktop with XP and W7 installed.  When I switch on the (BIOS?) menu appears with both drives selectable in this order.  If I do nothing XP fires up by default.  I would like now to switch the default to W7.  My PC shop tells me that a special program is required to do this whereas I had thought that I could do this somehow via the BIOS settings (just how is not clear).  Is this indeed a complex task or can I DIY?



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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:15 PM

Hi,

It is a DIY project. You can change the order in MSCONFIG or you can get two great little programs from Neosmart Technologies.

One is EasyBCD and the other is iReboot.

http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

EasyBCD lets you edit your configurations while iReboot lets you switch between operating systems with a single click. Got them, use them, recommend them. And, they are free for personal use.

Keep us posted


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 04:17 AM

Thanks - I had omitted to say that what happens at present is determined by the "Windows Boot Manager" (may not change anything to my query)

 

I am interested in following your 3 suggestions.  In your view are they all equally idiot proof?



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 07:25 AM

Hi,

The MSCONFIG method is the easiest

The EasyBCD method is the most flexible

iReboot is optional

Hope that helps


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:10 AM

Great, I will approach in that order.  From what you say the MSCONFIG route must be reasonably intuitive (contrary to what I had assumed)?



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 08:21 AM

Hi

Start -> Run -> MSCONFIG -> click on Boot -> click on the OS you want to be the default -> click on Apply -> continue to use as is or reboot and that OS will boot

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:43 AM

It didn't quite work like that for some obscure reason but I seem to have been able to achieve the desired result via Control Panel - System & Security - System - Advance System Settings - Startup & Recovery.  No doubt there's an advantage in making things complicated ...



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 07:31 AM

Hi,

At least you have accomplished your goal.

Glad all is well

We'll be here when you need us. Til then

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:14 AM

Tks again.  The problem is that Bleeping Computer is ... addictive!!  Always more questions to discuss.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:47 PM

I don't find it addictive - I just don't leave so I never miss it

 

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