16 December 2015 For Management
Many people decide to install more than one operating system on their machine for various reasons like compatibility, performance, etc.
Windows, by default, shows the dual boot menu for a fixed amount of time before choosing the default option and continuing to boot.
Ideally, on most versions of Windows, this timeout is set to 30 seconds, with no easy way to find an option to change it. Unlike Windows 10.
In Windows 10, the menu is only 10 seconds long, and the option to change the timeout is much easier to find.
Today this procedure will show you how to change the dual boot timeout in Windows 10, using default and BCDEdit.
Method 1: change the dual boot timeout, the default
When dual-booting in Windows 10, before logging in, the boot menu will become visible, allowing you to choose the operating system of your choice.
This boot menu only lasts "10 seconds".
You can choose the operating system you prefer or let Windows select the default one.
On the same screen, under the listed operating systems, you will find the option “Change default settings or choose other options”.
1- Click on the option at the bottom of the screen that says-Change the default settings or choose other options
2- Now you will see the following options.
a) Change the timer
b) Choose a default operating system
3- Select -change the timer. This will allow you to increase the dual boot time.
4- Three options will now occupy your screen, among which you can select the one that is most useful to you based on your preferences. 5 seconds, 30 seconds and 5 minutes.
5- Once you have increased the time according to your preferences, exit.
6- Select Choose other options and click Continue.
It will now boot to your default operating system.
The boot menu timeout has now been increased. On the next reboot, the changes will take effect.
Method 2: Change the timeout setting using BCDEdit
If, for some reason or any rare problem, you can't see the default values of the change or choose other options on the screen, you can still increase the boot menu timeout via BCDEdit.
This is the main tool, used by Windows to modify and change the startup settings of the operating system for a long time. It is included by default with Windows Vista and other Windows successors.
To change the dual boot timeout in Windows 10
1- Open the start menu.
2- Click on the search bar.
3- Search bcdedit.
4- Open the tool, once Windows finishes the search.
5- To modify the duration of the timeout we use the command '/ timeout'.
bcdedit / time out
6- The parameter inserted in place of the timeout specifies the amount of time in seconds.
bcdedit / waiting time 15
The following command will now cause Windows to give you a 15 second timeout in the boot menu.
This way you can use BCDEdit to change the dual boot timeout.
The following 2 methods should help you increase dual boot timeout for Windows 10 without any problem 🙂