Modify the Windows Boot Menu-Vista or 7

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This page is part of the Quick Start for Balsa.

It tells you how to change the boot menu on a Windows 7 or Vista system that has been set up to run Balsa. You can change how long the menu displays and which system — Balsa or Windows, runs by default.


  1. Log into Windows in an administrator's account.
  2. Start Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click on Computer and choose Properties in the menu.
  4. Windows will display a System Properties page. This page is also available under the System item in the Control Panel.
  5. Click on the link labeled Advanced Systems settings on the left side of the screen.
  6. The System Properties dialog box will open (Shown on the left below):
    BalsaDefault Setup-7-Vista.png
  7. Select the Advanced tab (See blue circle above).
  8. Select the Settings button under Startup and Recover (See arrows above).
  9. The Startup and Recovery dialog box will open (Shown on the right above).
  10. In the Default operating system menu, choose which system — Balsa or Windows, you want to run when the user doesn't make a choice (See red circle above).
  11. Check the box labeled Time to display the list of operating systems. It's just below the Default operating system menu. (It is covered in the picture above).
  12. Set the amount of time. Don't set it to zero!.
  13. Click OK on both dialog boxes to close them.

The next time you boot the computer, your default will be shown for the amount of time you chose.