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    Default How to set XP or Vista or Windows 7 as the default OS

    Many user require multiple operating system especially after launch of win vista & win 7 . If multiple operating system are install on your pc then you have to select one from menu each time when pc boots . If you’re frequency using an os , for example win vista then you can do that by selecting vista as default os

    # Go to system properties

    # click ‘advanced system settings ‘ link from left panel .
    # The system properties box will appear . Click on advanced tab

    # click setting button under start up & recovery section
    # select os to be set as default

    # once done click ok
    Source: My blog

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    Interesting thank you

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    tnx chukali

    I take note

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    my pleasure

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    good post and well explained thanks

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    You can also use System Configuration utility for the same purpose (type msconfig in start menu search box and then hit enter).

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    thanks for alternative @tweakWindows...
    Its available on Windows Vista and Windows 7. I aint checked for Windows XP or earlier my own.


    Lets do more...

    For Windows XP/2000/2003 (based on boot.ini)
    You can find the boot configuration file (boot.ini) at root of C drive, its system, hidden, read only files and can be unhide using Folder Options (Select radio - Show hidden files and folders)
    Edit it using Notepad... here is the sample of boot.ini and how you can manipulate default Windows entries.

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windo ws XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Windows="Windo ws 2003 Server " /fastdetect
    Just edit the line:
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
    You can find available operating system under section [operating systems]

    Using BootCfg.exe
    Execute the following comamnd...
    BootCfg /Default /ID <Line-Number>
    For above sample of boot.ini, to set Windows Server 2003 as default OS, it would be:
    BootCfg /Default /ID 2

    For Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2
    Using BCDEdit.exe
    Run Elevated Command Prompt and execute the following comamnd.
    BCDEdit /Default <Identifier>
    For Windows XP/2000/2003 - {ntldr} and command would be: bcdedit /default {ntldr}

    For Windows Vista/7/2008/2008 R2 - Execute the bcdedit.exe and see the identifier for particular Windows enrtry...
    For eg.
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {d90b9215-d104-11de-bb8f-b8118ef3b033}
    device vhd=[C:]\Windows7_VHD.VHD
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7 VHD
    locale en-us
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    recoverysequence {87f32ded-a166-11de-b586-c9788105fb33}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice vhd=[C:]\Windows7_VHD.VHD
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {d90b9213-d104-11de-bb8f-b8118ef3b033}
    nx OptIn
    detecthal Yes
    and identifier is {d90b9215-d104-11de-bb8f-b8118ef3b033} and command would be:
    Bcdedit /default {d90b9215-d104-11de-bb8f-b8118ef3b033}

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    @ Ramesh Kumar MVP: Kudos

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    @Ramesh : thanks for advance details.....I don't know this much before..

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    Thank You ALL

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