How to Configure Windows Boot Manager

By Jason Spidle

The Windows Boot Manager gives you control over which operating system is loaded when you start your computer. Whether you are booting different versions of Windows or different operating systems altogether, the Windows Boot Manager will provide you with the option of selecting which operating system is loaded at boot-up. By default, the Windows Boot Manager will load the newest version of Windows installed. If you would like Windows Boot Manager to behave differently, you can edit the configuration using the BCDEdit application included with Windows.

Step 1

Start Windows and log in to an administrator account.

Step 2

Open the "Run" dialog. Click "Start," "Accessories," then "Run."

Step 3

Type "BCDEdit.exe" and click enter to launch the Windows Boot Manager editor.

Step 4

Change the Windows Boot Manager order and default operating system as you prefer. You can also configure the time-out settings and other basic operations.

Step 5

Click "Save." Windows Boot Manager should now be configured according to your preferences.

Tips & Warnings

  • If Windows Boot Manager is damaged or stops working, repairing the problem is a relatively easy process. Simply insert the Windows installation CD and set your computer to boot to CD by pressing F11 immediately at start up and changing the system BIOS boot device to CD-ROM. Once the Windows installation disc loads, select "Recovery Console" and input the following "fdisk /mbr" without quotations to recover the Windows Boot Manager.