- To change the boot menu timeout on Windows 11, open Command Prompt (admin) and run the “bcdedit /timeout 15” command.
- You can also set the timer from the boot menu manager settings.
On a dual-boot configuration using Windows 11 or 10, you can change the time the “Windows Boot Manager” will appear on the screen to choose the operating system before the system uses the default to start the computer.
If the default timeout isn’t enough, or you want to speed up the boot process with the default entry, Windows 11 (and 10) allows you to use the bcdedit (Boot Configuration Data Edit) tool to change the menu timeout in many different ways, but using Command Prompt and the boot menus settings offer the easiest ways to complete this task.
This guide will teach you the steps to change the operating system order in the boot manager menu on Windows 11 or 10.
- Change boot menu timeout on Windows 11 from Command Prompt
- Change boot menu timeout on Windows 11 from Boot Manager
Change boot menu timeout on Windows 11 from Command Prompt
To change the boot manager menu timeout on Windows 11, use these steps:
Open Start on Windows 11.
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
(Optional) Type the following command to check the current timeout and press Enter:
Type the following command to change the timeout for the boot manager menu and press Enter:
bcdedit /timeout TIME-SECONDS
In the command, replace “TIME-SECONDS” with the new timeout in seconds. This is an example that changes the boot menu time on Windows 11 to 15 seconds:
bcdedit /timeout 15
Once you complete the steps, the next time you start the computer, the boot manager will appear for the amount of time you specified, and then the system will start the default operating system in the list.
Although it’s possible to invoke the command tool through PowerShell, you are likely to run into issues. As a result, it’s recommended to run the bcdedit commands using an administrator session of Command Prompt.
Change boot menu timeout on Windows 11 from Boot Manager
To change the boot manager menu timeout from the Windows Boot Manager, use these steps:
Click the “Change defaults or choose other options” setting in the boot manager menu.
Click the “Change the timer” option.
Choose one of the available times, including “5” or “30” seconds or “5” minutes.
After you complete the steps, the next time to start the device, the boot menu will appear for the time you specified.