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How to Enable/Disable Windows Boot Manager in Windows 11/10

If you recently installed a new version of Windows, your computer will now show a dual-boot menu in the Windows Boot Manager screen. What is the Windows Boot Manager? How can I enable or disable it? You will learn everything about BOOTMGR in this post.

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Help! Boot Manager Keeps Popping Up

"Hi, my boot manager keeps popping up every time I start my laptop. Is there any way to make it go back to normal so that it can just start automatically without going into the boot manager screen?"

windows 10 bootmgr keeps popping up

What Is Windows Boot Manager (BOOTMGR Definition)

Windows Boot Manager (BOOTMGR) is a tool for booting the operating system. When our computer has multiple operating systems installed, it calls up the Boot Manager in Windows 10/8/7. When the computer starts, you can choose the system you want to start. 

what is windows boot manager

Inside the boot environment, individual boot applications started by the Boot Manager provide functionality for all customer-facing scenarios before the device boots. The following picture illustrates the process at a high level. (The picture is from Microsoft)

how does boot manager run

As mentioned at the beginning, Windows 10 always enters the Windows Boot Manager interface when booting. What should you do to fix it? You cannot remove the Windows Boot Manager. However, you can reduce the time that it waits for you to answer. Thus, you can use Command-Line to enable or disable Windows Boot Manager or use the System Configuration tool to modify the default behavior.

Solution 1. Enable or Disable Windows Boot Manager with CMD

You must run as administrator to disable or enable Windows Boot Manager with command prompt. Follow the steps below to enable or disable Windows Boot Manager.

Step 1. Next to the Windows Start menu, in the "Search Windows" box, type cmd.

Step 2. On the search result, right-click on the "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator".

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Step 3. Once the command prompt pops up, type in the following command and press "Enter" after you type each command.

  • bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu yes 
  • bcdedit /set {bootmgr} timeout 30. 

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Timeout determines how long the boot manager is displayed. You can specify the timeout value in seconds according to your requirement.

Step 4. If you intend to disable Windows Boot Manager, type bcdedit / set {bootmgr} timeout 0 and hit "Enter".

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Solution 2. Modify Windows Boot Manager with System Configuration

If you are not familiar with CMD, you can also open System Configuration to modify BOOTMGR. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + R key, input msconfig, and hit "Enter" to open the System Configuration utility.

open system configuration

Step 2. Select the "Boot" tab on the System Configuration window that opens.

Step 3. Adjust the Timeout time to the lowest possible time, in seconds, which is probably 3.

adjust the timeout to disable Windows boot manager

Bonus Tip - How to Safeguard Your Data in Windows 10/8/7

To avoid extra data loss problems during the process, you are advised to protect your data first. You can back up files with file backup software. If the data have gone forever, you can run EaseUS hard disk data recovery software to get them back. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard recovers the essential data from any disaster.

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Step 1. Select a location and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition/drive where the deleted files were stored. Click "Scan" to find lost files.

select a location where you deleted files

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover

When the scanning has finished, select the deleted files you want to recover. You can click on the filter to display only the file types you want. If you remember the file name, you can also search in the "Search files or folders" box, which is the fastest way to find the target file. 

Choose recoverable files

Step 3. Preview and recover deleted files

Preview the recoverable files. Then, select files you want to restore and click "Recover" to store the files at a new storage locations instead of the disk where the data was previously lost.

Recover deleted files

Conclusion

If you encounter the Windows Boot Manager interface when booting up, you don't have to worry about it. The most likely reason is that the old system residual files are not deleted. You can refer to the above methods to delete them and the issue will be repaired.

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