Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10

    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10

    How to Choose a Default Operating System to Run at Startup in Windows 10
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    How to Choose a Default Operating System to Run at Startup in Windows 10

    information   Information
    If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, then you will have 30 seconds by default to choose an operating system to run before the default operating system runs automatically.

    This tutorial will show you how to choose a default operating system to automatically run at startup after the timeout period in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to choose a default operating system.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Choose Default OS in Advanced Startup Options
    • Option Two: To Choose Default OS in Startup and Recovery
    • Option Three: To Choose Default OS in System Configuration (msconfig)
    • Option Four: To Choose Default OS in Command Prompt



    EXAMPLE: "Choose an operating system" at startup
    NOTE: The default OS is listed first.
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    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10
    To Choose Default OS in Advanced Startup Options

    1. While at startup, or after booting to advanced startup options, click/tap on the Change defaults or choose other options link at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on Choose a default operating system. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the OS you want to set as the default. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on back button. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on the OS you want to run. (see screenshot below)

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    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10
    To Choose Default OS in Startup and Recovery

    1. Open the Win+X Power User Tasks menu, and click/tap on System.

    2. Click/tap on the Advanced system settings link on the left, and close the System window. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select the OS (ex: Windows 10) you want as the default in the Default operating system drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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    5. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)






    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10
    To Choose Default OS in System Configuration (msconfig)

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type msconfig, and click/tap on OK to open System Configuration.

    2. Click/tap on the Boot tab, select the OS (ex: Windows 10) you want as the "default OS", click/tap on Set as default, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    3. When ready, click on the Restart button to apply. (see screenshot below)
    warning   Warning
    This will restart the computer immediately. Be sure to save and close anything open that you do not want to lose first.


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    Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Operating System to Run at Startup - Choose Default in Windows 10
    To Choose Default OS in Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt or command prompt at boot.

    2. Type bcdedit in the command prompt, and press Enter.

    3. Under each Windows Boot Loader section, look for the OS description (ex: Windows 10) you want to set as the default OS, and make note of its identifier (ex: {current}). (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    Under the top Windows Boot Manager section, the identifier (ex: {default}) for the current default OS will be shown to the right of default.


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    4. Type the command below in the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    bcdedit /default {identifier}

    Note   Note
    Substitute identifier in the command above with the actual identifier (ex: {current}) from step 3 of the OS (ex: Windows 10) you want to set as the default.

    For example: bcdedit /default {current}


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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2016
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    Windows 10 Home
       2016-11-16 #1

    If you have more than one operating system installed on your PC, then you will have 30 seconds by default to choose an operating system to run before the default operating system runs automatically.
    Would this also apply if a Linux OS was installed after Windows 10, or, does this apply only to Windows OSs dual boot?
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-16 #2

    I don't use Linux to say for sure, but you might take a look at this below to see if it may help.

    Set Windows as Default OS when Dual Booting Ubuntu
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  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 384
    Windows 10 Home
       2016-11-16 #3

    Thanks Brink!!

    Actually, the OPs PC boots to Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu.
    It does not appear that Ubuntu is set as the default operating system.

    Just wondering if the Tutorial would apply, by any chance. However, the OP would probably need to deal with GRUB.
    Last edited by cottonball; 2016-11-16 at 10:09.
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,517
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-11-16 #4

    The OP will most likely need to deal with GRUB, but it won't hurt to try to set what the OP wants in the Windows boot manager to see.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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