Often after installing a newer Windows version, we end up having a boot menu with multiple boot entries. These boot menu entries could belong to many different versions of the Windows operating system versions. If you no longer need any of these extra entries, other than the latest version of the Windows, then you can safely delete the extra entries. This is completely safe and does not affect the way your Windows system boots or works.
There are two easy methods for removing the boot menu entries. First of these does not require any additional tools while the second method requires a third-party tool to be downloaded from the internet.
Using Microsoft System Configuration Editor
Here is a simple method to delete the boot entries from the Windows boot menu:
- Press Win+R hotkey to open the Run dialog.
- In the Run dialog, type msconfig and press Enter. This will open the Microsoft System Configuration window.
- Select the Boot tab in the System Configuration window.
- Select an entry from the boot menu list that you want to delete and then click on the Delete button.
- Select the checkbox Make all boot settings permanent.
- Click on the OK button to apply the settings and then restart Windows.
This method works on all the versions of Windows starting from Windows 7 to Windows 11. You have to repeat the process for removing all the boot entries that you want to remove. The default entry cannot be removed from the boot menu list of entries.
There is another method that involves using a third-party application called EasyBCD developed by NeoSmart Technologies. Here is how:
- Download EasyBCD from https://www.techspot.com/downloads/3112-easybcd.html and install it on your Windows computer.
- Launch EasyBCD and select the Edit Boot Menu section.
- Choose the entries that you want to delete by selecting the checkboxes next to them.
- Click on the Delete button to delete those selected entries.
- Click on the Save Settings button to save everything and then close EasyBCD.
Both of these methods change or modify the boot configuration of Windows. You must be very very careful when using these methods. Careless editing of the boot entries might cause your Windows PC to become unbootable.