Methods to edit Windows® 7 Boot Menu
Learn about the methods to edit the boot menu of Windows 7
Windows 7 is newest Operating System from Microsoft which is designed with advanced security features. This Operating System is fashioned with Internet security, firewall protection and the antivirus softwares. Due to these security features, it is considered as the best Operating System for the home and business desktops, laptops, tablet PCs, Netbooks and media center PCs. It is provided with new networking API, diminished UAC prompts, improved installation packages, features to reduce the application installation time and a new Extended Linguistic Services API for superior globalization support. If you have installed Windows 7 Operating System to a computer that is working with another OS then you would see that OS in the boot menu during start up. To speed up the boot time and to avoid certain issues you have to edit Windows 7 boot menu.
The following are the tips to edit boot menu and bootable device order in Windows 7 Operating System:
- By command prompt
- Using the MSCONFIG
- Tips to modify the bootable device order
By command prompt
For editing Windows 7 boot menu, you should use the built-in application called bcdedit. To view the current boot menu of Windows 7 system, type bcdedit and press enter. Then you have to select the identifier that you want to delete. Copy the identifier from the command prompt. Then use the “bcdedit /delete
Using the MSCONFIG
To open the System Configuration Utility, type msconfig in the start menu and click enter key. Then select the tab 'Boot'. Here you could delete the unwanted option. Make sure that you have marked the ‘all changes permanent’ option and to save the changes to the boot menu, press the apply button and restart the system. You could also use the third party applications like EasyBCD application from NeoSmart Technologies, for editing Windows 7 boot menu.
To enter the BIOS of Windows 7 system, press the delete key when the computer performs the Power On Self Test (POST). The main BIOS screen would appear when you enter the administrative BIOS password. Navigate to the 'BOOT' menu option at the top of the screen using the right-arrow key and then press the enter key. Using the down arrow key, you could navigate to the Boot Device Priority label and hit enter key. Navigate to the '1st Boot Device' option and use the '+' or '-' keys to modify bootable device order.