How can I make my computer wait for my input before it auto-boots HDD0 on my Windows 7 and Windows 8 dual boot system?

r ragona April 20, 2013

I have set up BIOS, so I can hit F12 at startup and select HDD0 to boot Windows 7 or HDD1 to boot Windows 8.

The problem is when doing updates and restarts sometimes I forget to hit F12 and my T60 2613 auto boots to HDD0 first in the boot list.This causes obvious problems.

Is there a way to start the T60 and have it wait for my input before loading  an OS?

  1. yudics
    April 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    The dualboot system is no need to change your bios settings first, i imagine that you have 2 hardisk and install the difference OS, but your way is to change bios setting first to boot in difference hardisk to install windows?. this is not the dualboot system, and your system is still read your computer as a singgle OS. so my suggestion is you can reinstall your OS to make as the dualboot system without changing the bios settings

  2. darko
    April 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    "Timeout" (in seconds) for {bootmgr} can be set to 0 (no waiting), 30 (default) to a very big number like 86400 (one day).

    Use Visual BCD Editor from or bcdedit to set timeout.

  3. Paul Pruitt
    April 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Go to Control Panel -> System -? Advanced System Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Settings Button in the Startup and Recovery Options -> Change the "Time to display list of operating systems."

    • Justin Pot
      April 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      This should do the trick, but I would add make sure you do this on the drive your system is booting to by default. Good luck!

    • null
      April 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I just installed acronis works great

  4. ha14
    April 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I think It should be in bios settings but perhaps not configurable on all bios

    perhaps EasyBCD can help adding kind of timer...

    How to use bcdedit in windows 7

    open msconfig In the Boot tab, choose your default OS. there is also Timeout


    • richard ragona
      April 24, 2013 at 2:24 am

      I have solved my problem with the help of psykoaussie and acronis. first, I did not realize the problems I was having when booting to win 7 after 8 were being caused by hybrid shutdown nature of win8. thanks to psykoaussie telling about the win 8 hybrid shutdown I solved 80% of my problem. I took care of the rest with acronis.

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