Are you dual booting Windows 8 with another version of
Windows as I showed you in the following articles?
Windows 8.1 Preview in a dual-boot configuration using a VHD
- Create a Windows 8.1 Preview
dual-boot setup on your Windows XP system
- Dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
using a VHD
- Dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
If so, then you know that the Windows 8 boot menu appears on
the screen for 30 seconds before it launches the default operating system. Chances
are that there have been times when you wanted to be able to change that
default amount of time. Fortunately, there is an option right on the boot menu
itself that will allow you to change the amount of time that the menu displays
from the default of 30 seconds down to 5 seconds or even up to 5 minutes. But
what if you really want to reduce the amount of time to 15 seconds? What about 0
seconds? Well, you can’t do that from the boot menu configuration options, as
they aren’t adjustable, but you can do so from within Windows 8 itself.
In this article, I’ll show you how to reduce the amount of
time that Windows 8’s dual boot menu displays on the screen. As I do, I’ll
explore the options on the boot menu and then show you how to change the amount
of time that Windows 8’s boot menu displays by using a setting buried deep in
the operating system.
Using the menu option
Changing the amount time that Windows 8’s boot menu displays
from the menu itself is easy. When you see Windows 8’s boot menu, select the Change
defaults or choose other options command at the bottom of the screen, as shown
in Figure A.
You can change the boot menu configuration by selecting the Change
defaults or choose other options command.
Once you select the command, you’ll see the Options menu. To
change the amount of time, select the Change the timer option, as shown in Figure B.
From the Options menu, you can select the Change the timer
You’ll then see the Change the timer menu, shown in Figure C. As you can see, if you want
to reduce the amount of time down from the default of 30 seconds, then you only
have one option – 5 seconds. Of course, if you want to increase the amount of
time that the menu displays on the screen, you can select the 5 minutes option.
If you want to reduce the amount of time that the menu
displays on the screen, there is only one option.
Using the Startup and Recovery option
If you want to choose a custom amount of time to display the
Windows 8’s boot menu, you’ll have to delve into Windows and locate the Startup
and Recovery dialog box. To begin, press [Windows] + [Break] to bring up the
System window. Then, select Advanced system settings on the left of the screen,
as shown in Figure D.
You’ll start in the System window.
You’ll then see the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog
box. Then, in the Startup and Recovery panel, select the Settings button, as
shown in Figure E.
You’ll then see the System Properties dialog box.
When you see the Startup and Recovery dialog box, as shown
in Figure F, you’ll see that inside
the Default operating system panel, you can use the spin button to change the
Time to display list of operating systems setting to any value that you want.
You can also just type numbers in the text box. For example, you could change
the amount of time to 15 seconds.
You can use the spin button to choose any value that you
If you just want to boot into your default operating system
right away, you can clear the check box. When you do the value will
automatically change to 0 seconds, as shown in Figure G, and you won’t see the
boot menu. This can come in handy if you are troubleshooting a problem that
requires rebooting your system several times. (Keep in mind that this only
disables the boot menu, your other operating system will remain intact.)
If you clear the check box, you won’t see the boot menu.
When you want to use the boot menu again, just reselect the
check box and adjust time accordingly.
What’s your take?
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