Boot in Windows 7 by Default After Installing Windows 8 in Dual Boot

Though I am already dual booting Windows 8 consumer preview with Windows 7 on my computer, Windows 8 to me right now is like some exotic dish of a restaurant that you have once in a while. Windows 7 on the other hand is like homemade food that you can’t live without and need for good health.

Now the problem is, when you install Windows 8 over Windows 7 as a dual booting operating system, Windows 8 boot loader is given the first preference, meaning it’ll boot into Windows 8 by default unless you choose to use Windows 7 each time manually. Restaurant’s exotic dish by default each time? I don’t think so.

So let’s see how we can make Windows 7 boot loader as the default boot loader to save some time.

Step 1: Right-click on Computer and click on Properties to open your Windows 7 System page.

Computer Properties

Step 2: Click on Advance System Settings on the left sidebar to open the System Properties window.

Advace System Settings

Step 3: In the System Properties window navigate to the Advanced tab and click on the Settings button under the heading Startup and Recovery.

Advanced Settings

Step 4: A new window will open in front of you where you can control the Startup and Recovery of your computer. Now, under the System Startup section select Windows 7 as the default operating system from the dropdown menu for your computer and click on OK to change your default boot loader.

Startup And Recovery

You can also change the default waiting time from 30 seconds to like 10 seconds or so if you would like your Windows 7 to boot by default in lesser time.

That’s all, next time you switch on your computer, Windows 7 will be your default boot loader.

I am not sure if you can change the settings using Windows 8 as I was little reluctant to try such things on the public beta release but no one’s stopping you. If you wish, you can try it out on Windows 8 on your own and tell us whether it works or not. 🙂

Last updated on 02 February, 2022

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