How to Go Back to Your Favorite Boot Menu from Windows 7

Akshata Shanbhag 03-11-2015

The new Modern-style boot loader, introduced back in Windows 8, just isn’t for everyone. If you’re on Windows 10 but prefer the classic boot loader from Windows 7, here’s how you can bring it back.


The simplest way is to use a program called EasyBCD, which is free for personal and non-commercial use.

Install the latest version (which is 2.3 at the time of writing this), launch the program, and navigate to Edit Boot Menu in the sidebar. Uncheck the box for Use Metro bootloader and hit the Save Settings button. No further tweaks needed!


If you don’t want to use an external program, then you’ll have to use the command line 7 Common Tasks The Windows Command Prompt Makes Quick & Easy Don't let the command prompt intimidate you. It's simpler and more useful than you expect. You might be surprised by what you can accomplish with just a few keystrokes. Read More instead. Run the Command Prompt as Administrator and type in the following code to switch to the text-based boot menu:

bcdedit /set “{current}” bootmenupolicy legacy


If you decide against it and want to get back the graphical boot menu:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard


Regardless of which method you use, you’ll need to reboot your PC for the changes to take effect.

Now tell us what you think of the graphical boot loader from Windows 10. Do you consider it an improvement over its text-based predecessor or not?

Image Credit: Derivative of Film countdown at No 7 by Lukas Gojda via Shutterstock

Related topics: Boot Screen, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Tricks.

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