How can I reorder the OS list when I start my machine?
My Windows 2000 server suffered damage to several files in C:winntsystem32,
causing a blue screen at reboot. I installed a second copy of Windows 2000 server in C:win2k so
that I could restart the machine and repair the original software installation from backup.
Everything works fine now. However, when I restart the server, it automatically loads the OS
installed in C:win2k, as this is the first entry in the list of operating systems displayed at
system start. I have to be able to reboot this machine remotely, so I can't use my finger to select
the second line of the list! How can I change the order of the list of installed operating systems
displayed when I start the machine? I would be very grateful for your help.
You can either make the change through the System applet in the Control Panel -- look for the
Startup and Recovery section -- or you can open the boot.ini file with Notepad (after you disable
its read-only status) and edit the default load line. I recommend using the System applet method,
because it will prevent you from damaging the boot.ini file.
This was first published in February 2003