How To Modify Timeout, Change Default or Delete Boot Menu Item From Windows 7 or Later Using MSConfig To Modify Boot Configuration Data

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Change Default Selection and Timeout Using MSConfig

1)      Start | type msconfig | Press <ENTER>

2)      Click on the Boot tab

3)      Click to select the option you want to set as default

4)      Click the Set as Default Button

5)      Turn on the checkbox “Make all boot settings permanent”

6)      Click OK – on the popup Select Yes

The next time you boot the machine, the entry you selected will be the default!   Notice you can also change the “wait” duration by adjusting the Timeout Secondsclip_image001[7]


Delete Menu Item

If you have created extra menu items in your windows boot environment that you no longer need, you can delete them. Deleting can be impossible if you do not know the tools and tricks.  But if you do, it is super simple.   There are two ways to achieve the same result one is with BCDEdit and the other is MSConfig.   For this article, I am going to just focus on MSConfig.

Delete Using MSConfig:

1)      Start | type msconfig | Press <ENTER>

2)      Click on the Boot tab

3)      Caution: The following is a destructive and there is no UNDO so make sure you double check everything.

4)      Select the menu option you want to remove then click the Delete button

Note: you cannot delete the current running option.  If the Delete button is greyed out, you will have to boot into a different boot configuration data option or use BCDEdit to delete

5)      Then turn on “Make all boot settings permanent” then click OK

6)      You will get a restart prompt, you can restart now or later.        



This Just deletes the menu option, it does not delete the files associated with that menu option.  Therefor you will have to do that manually. 

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