Showing the Windows Boot Menu

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Showing the Windows Boot Menu (Windows 9x)
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By default Windows 9x does not show the boot menu unless you press F8. The boot menu allows you to boot Windows in diffect modes, including Safe Mode and Command Prompt Mode. You can configure the boot menu to be shown automatically on every boot.
1. Change the attributes for MSDOS.SYS so it is not 'Read Only', MSDOS.SYS is found in the root directory of your C:\ drive. Open the file using Notepad or another text editor (not Microsoft Word or any word processor).
2. Change the value of 'BootMenu=' to 'BootMenu=1' for enabled or 'BootMenu=0' for disabled.
3. If the boot menu is enabled you can control how long it waits before continuing to boot with the 'BootMenuDelay=' option. Set 'BootMenuDelay=' to the amount of time to wait in seconds. i.e. 'BootMenuDelay=5' would wait 5 seconds before continuing to load Windows.
4. Changes will take place on the next reboot.
Note: BootKeys must also be enabled for this option to function i.e. 'BootKeys=1'

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