If you dual boot your PC using
Windows XP's dual boot process, you can reduce the timeout period
your PC uses before booting to the default OS. This tweak is
useful if you boot to the default OS most of the time and only boot
to the other Operating Systems on a limited basis.
- Locate and Open the hidden file "boot.ini" in notepad or
your favorite text editor. This file will likely be in the root
directory on the boot partition of your "master" HD. For
example, mine is located in "C:\boot.ini" even though I have
Win98 loaded on this partition and the boot.ini file
was generated when I loaded WinXP on "D:/"
- Locate the line - timeout=30 (default is 30
seconds). Change this value to any time desired. I
chose 10. Be careful not to choose too low of a
setting or you may not have time to select your other Operating
Systems. Also, be careful not to change other lines as this may
prevent your PC from booting at all.
- Save the file.
- The modifications you made will be in effect after you reboot