Change Time to display list of operating systems & Recovery Options in Windows 10/8

On a multi-boot computer, during start-up, Windows will display all the operating systems which have been installed on the computer for a particular period of time, before booting into the default OS, once the default 10 second period is over. If you wish you can change this time period. This post will show you how to change the time period to display the list of operating systems & recovery options in Windows 10/8.

Change Time to display list of operating systems

To change the time to display list of operating systems, open Computer in File Explorer. Click on System Properties.

Next click on Advanced System Settings in the left pane. This will open System Properties Advanced tab.

Next under Start and Recovery, click on the Settings button.

Under System startup, you will see the option:

  • Time to display list of operating systems.

Change Time to display list of operating systems & Recovery Options

Set the time to the figure you want. You may reduce it to 5 seconds if you wish.

Change Time to display Recovery Options

If you wish, you can also set the time period for which the Recovery Options are displayed. To do so, check on Time to display recovery options when needed, and change the default of 30 seconds to the time period you want.

Click on OK.

The next time you start your Windows 10/8 computer, you will see that the changes have taken effect.  

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.