Every time you turn on your PC, the boot loader loads the default operating system without giving you an option to choose the other installed operating systems. By default, the Boot loader loads the first operating system from the boot order. However, you can change the boot order and make any OS default in Windows 10.
The boot loader is a type of program that starts when you turn on your computer and loads the operating system from the Hard drive. Boot loader first checks the Boot order and then loads the first OS from the boot sequence.
By reordering the boot sequence, you can manage the default operating system. Suppose you want to Boot your computer from Bootable PenDrive or CD drive, then set the Bootable drive in the first order. If the drive is bootable, the Boot loader will load the operating system; if not, then select the second OS from the sequence.
When you install any operating system along with Windows 10, that maybe Ubuntu, Linux, or Windows 8 or 7, the boot manager sets that operating system as a default operating system. However, you can change the boot order and set the Windows 10 as a default OS.
Change Boot order in Windows 10
This guide will walk you through a couple of ways to change the boot order in Windows 10. At a glance, it might be a little difficult for you, but as you go along the guide, it’ll be easy for you.
1. Change Boot Order using System Configuration
- First of all, press the Windows+R shortcut key to open the Run box, then type “msconfig” and then hit the enter.
- It will open the System Configuration Window.
- In the system configuration, navigate to the Boot section.
- Under the Boot section, you get a list of the installed operating systems, select anyone that you want to set as default.
- Click the “Set as default” button and then apply.
The next time when you will boot your computer, the Boot loader will load the default operating system. However, you will be able to choose the another operating system as well.
2. Change Boot order using Advanced option
When you boot your PC in recovery mode, Windows provides you some troubleshooting and advanced options that you can utilize.
- First of all, open Windows 10’s settings and then navigate to the Update & Security > Recovery.
- In the Recovery, under the Advanced Startup, click the Restart now button.
- When the PC restarts, you get a few options; select the “Use another operating system” option.
- Next, select the “Change default” and then select “Choose a default operating system” option.
There is an option “change the timer” as well; what is this? This is a countdown timer that delays the default operating system booting so that meanwhile, you could have an option to choose the second operating system.
- Now, select the operating system that you want to make default.
- Go back and restart your PC.
3. Change Boot priority using BIOS settings
By using the BIOS settings, you can manage several firmware settings and reorder the boot sequence. You can either open BIOS settings when the PC starts or boot Windows 10 in recovery mode to access the BIOS settings.
- First of all, turn on your PC, and when the first screen displays, press the F9, F11, or F12 or whatever key your PC supports to open the BIOS settings.
- Once you’re in BIOS settings, you get the Boot tab and now navigate the Boot tab.
- Under the Boot tab, select the operating system that you want to make default, and then set the boot priority as first. (Set your operating system in the first boot)
- Save, and exit.
Now your PC will boot the default operating system. However, press the esc key, and you can choose another operating system from the Boot manager.
4. Change Boot sequence using EasyBCD
This is a third-party software that you can use to tweak the Boot configuration in Windows 10.
- First of all, download and install EasyBCD software.
- Once it is installed on your PC, open it.
- In the EasyBCD, go to the “Edit Boot Menu” option.
- Here, you’ll get a list of all the operating systems that are installed on your computer.
- Now, select the operating system that you want to set as default and tick the inline checkbox as Yes.
- Select “Skip the Boot Menu” and then “Save Settings”.
Next time, when you’ll boot your PC, It will boot the default operating system. If you add count downtime, then your PC will wait for your response for 30-sec whether you want to boot the default OS. Once the 30-seconds is over, the PC will boot the default operating system.
Hopefully, you could change the boot order in Windows 10 using these easy steps. In the future, if you want to reorder the Boot order, then you can do this easily using the following steps above.