How can I make Windows XP auto-boot in dual boot with Windows 7?

Drsunil V February 13, 2014

How to make win XP to auto-boot in dual boot with 7 with xp pre-installed?

  1. Bruce E
    February 20, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Provided that you can boot into both Windows 7 and Windows XP from the boot selection screen, you can open an elevated command prompt (Start - type 'cmd' - right-click cmd.exe from the list and click on 'Run as administrator' from the context menu). At the command prompt type 'bcdedit /default {ntldr]' and press enter. This will set the system to boot Windows XP by default.

    • Dr.sunil V
      February 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Thanks. I understand. Please tell how would you use same process for setting win 7 as default boot

    • Bruce E
      February 21, 2014 at 3:39 am

      With the same set of circumstances, boot into Windows 7 and open an elevated command prompt. Type 'bcdedit /enum' to display a list of all available boot configurations in the database. Find the entry with Windows 7 in the description line. There is a long identifer at the beginning of the entry between curly braces {}. Type 'bcdedit /default {identifer}' replacing the word 'identifier' with the string found in the appropriate entry.

  2. Drsunil V
    February 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Thanks. Marked your answer as Best / Resoloved. I would get back to you if further assistance is required in this topic

  3. Bruce E
    February 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

    In Windows 7, click on the Start orb, type 'msconfig' and hit enter. Select the Boot tab, select the Windows XP entry and click on the 'Set as Default' button. Click on OK to close the tool. Now when you reboot the computer, it will default to loading up Windows XP.

    • Drsunil V
      February 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      hi. I checked the boot tab ( msconfig ). It showed only one OS though dual boot is installed on pc partition

    • Drsunil V
      February 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      The boot tab under msconfig showed only one OS inspite of dual boot installed on pc partition. Please tell how to enable auto boot win xp , having win 7 post-installed?

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