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Automatic boot instead of choose operating system

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    Windows 8 x64

    Automatic boot instead of choose operating system


    I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14 right now with GRUB2 as the MBR. I changed the MBR to Windows, but didn't like the menu screen so I went back to GRUB2. Now, when I select Windows 8 from GRUB2, it has the choose operating system screen and it boots after 5 seconds or if I select it. I used EasyBCD to add the boot entry for Linux Mint prior to re-installing GRUB2 as the MBR. Then deleting the boot entry after switching back to GRUB2. I know on Windows XP, you would edit the boot.ini file located in the root of the c: driver, but on vista and later, I'm not sure how to edit the bcdedit.exe file in c:\windows\system32\. When I type the command into command prompt, it displays all the information inside the file, but I'm not sure what command to use to fix the issue.

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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I'm not dual booting but I would assume if you run Msconfig - > boot and set the default OS and Timeout: 0

    Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs


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    Last edited by Brink; 16 Feb 2013 at 10:30. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 x64


    Yeah I did that, but that solution is more of a temporary fix. You can still see a flash of the menu screen before it boots up and only hides it from plain view. There's a permanent fix editing the bcdedit file, but I wasn't sure how to do it. I ended up deleted the partition Linux Mint was on and only using Windows 8 since there was no reason for me to really use Linux other than to experiment and venture out of Windows. Thanks for your reply topgun!
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