Boot Menu in Windows® XP
Want to know why a custom boot menu is so effective and how you can customize it?
Boot menu allows you to start Windows® in advanced troubleshooting modes. It is one of the very first files that come into action when a Window® XP-based system starts up. Basically, it is a plain text file that is usually kept in the system root. The boot file contains the location of the Windows® XP operating system on the computer. If it is a multi-booting system, then the location of other operating systems will also be noticed.
In Windows® XP, you can quickly and effortlessly locate the ‘Boot.ini’ file to verify or edit it. Get to know how you can do that:
- Edit with the text editor
- Using the ‘Start’ menu
- Using the ‘Edit’ option
Edit with the text editor
As ‘Boot.ini’ is a text file, it can be edited with the help of a text editor such as Notepad. The attributes must be changed and care must be taken to preserve the correct extension. Since any mistakes in editing this boot file might very well render your system unbootable, it is better to use one of the other available methods that are safer than editing the file. You need to click the ‘Boot.ini’ tab and the figure next to it will open. You will find a box where the settings for timeout can be changed.
Using the ‘Start’ menu
Another way to configure the commonly edited settings of the boot file is to open the ‘Start’ menu, right-click ‘My Computer’ and choose properties from the ‘Context’ menu. Automatically, a ‘System Properties’ dialog box opens, leading to the change of the default operating system and the timeout settings.
To add or delete an operating system or a program from the boot display menu, use the ‘Edit’ button on the right of the entry. In order to edit the startup option file manually, just go to the ‘Edit’ option. This way, you can remove the unwanted operating system from the boot display menu.
It is recommended that you back up the ‘Boot.ini’ file before editing it. So, just modify the folder option as that will help you view the hidden files and then back up the ‘Boot.ini’ file.