Editing Boot Options
This section is a practical guide to editing the boot options on a computer running Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista, and computers running Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP. It suggests a step-by-step procedure for customizing the basic elements of boot options.
For Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, this section describes a method of using Bootcfg, a tool included in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
For Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista this section describes a method of using BCDEdit, a tool included with the operating system. For information about BCDEdit command syntax, type bcdedit /? or bcdedit /? TOPICS in a Command Prompt window. See BCD Boot Options Reference for more information.
For help on editing boot entry parameters to enable and disable Windows features, see Using Boot Parameters.
To configure operating system features in boot options:
Add a new boot entry for the operating system by copying an existing boot entry from the same operating system.
Change the friendly name of the newly created boot entry so that you can identify it in the boot menu.
Add parameters to the boot entry that enable and configure Windows features.
Then, to make testing quicker and easier:
Change the boot menu time-out. You can shorten the boot menu time-out so that Windows boots quickly. Or, lengthen the boot menu time-out so that you have ample time to select the preferred boot entry.