Delete Boot Menu Entry in Windows 10

How to Delete a Boot Menu Entry in Windows 10

With Windows 8, Microsoft made changes to the boot experience. The simple text-based boot loader is now disabled by default and in its place, there is a touch-friendly graphical user interface with icons and text. Windows 10 has this as well. Users can manage the modern boot loader using the built-in console bcedit tool. Today, we'll see how to use it to delete an entry from the boot menu.


In a dual boot configuration, the modern boot loader shows a list of all installed operating systems. After the specified timeout, if the user has not touched the keyboard, the default operating system will be started.  You might want to change the boot entry order for your convenience.

Boot Menu List Of OSes

Windows re-arranges the boot entries, placing the last OS installed at the first place in the boot menu. You can change the boot loader entry order according to your preferences.

In order to delete a boot entry in Windows 10, you must be signed in as administrator. Here's how it can be done.

Warning: Do not delete the entry which is your default boot entry! Change the default OS for the boot menu before deleting it.

To Delete Boot Menu Entry in Windows 10,

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type or copy-paste the following command, and hit the Enter key: bcdedit.
  3. In the output, find the identifier line for the entry you want to delete. The currently loaded Windows has the {current} identifier.WIndows 10 Find Boot Entry To Delete
  4. Issue the following command to delete it: bcdedit /delete {identifier}. For example, bcdedit /delete {5cb10d44-20ee-11ea-85c6-e6e1f64324aa}.WIndows 10 Delete Boot Entry

You are done.

Alternatively, you can use System Configuration (msconfig.exe) to delete a boot entry in Windows 10 boot menu.

Delete Windows 10 Boot Menu Entry with msconfig.exe

  1. Press Win+R on the keyboard and type msconfig into the Run box.
  2. In System Configuration, switch to the Boot tab.Msconfig Boot Tab Windows 10
  3. Select an entry you want to delete in the list.
  4. Click on the Delete button.WIndows 10 Delete Boot Entry Msconfig
  5. Click Apply and OK.
  6. Now you can close the System Configuration app.
  7. If prompted to Restart, you can restart the OS to check out the boot menu changes you made. Otherwise, click Exit without restart.Windows 10 Msconfig Restart Prompt

You are done.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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