By now, you’ve either upgraded your Windows 7 installation to Windows 8/8.1 or you have installed Windows 8/8.1 in dual-boot with Windows 7. If you have upgraded your Windows 7 installation to Windows 8/8.1, you might not find this guide helpful!
If you have installed Windows 8/8.1 in dual-boot with Windows 7 and have set Windows 8/8.1 as your default OS, you have probably discovered that when you turn on or reboot your PC and select Windows 7 in the graphical boot menu, your PC reboots once again before booting into Windows 7. In simple words, when you try to boot into Windows 7, your PC takes longer than the required time.
Users who rarely boot into Windows 7 from Windows 8/8.1 might not find it annoying, but users who often need to boot into Windows 7 might find this behaviour very annoying.
There are two workarounds to fix this annoyance and quickly boot into Windows 7 when the later version of Windows is your default OS. The first workaround is to disable the newly introduced graphical boot menu and enable the legacy boot menu.
As you know, the new graphical boot manager offers more features and there is no point in disabling this feature to gain a few seconds. Users who have installed Windows 8/8.1 as the default OS in dual boot with Windows 7 and want to quickly boot into to Windows 7 should check out a free tool called Reboot To.
System Functions Reboot To is a free program designed to help you easily reboot from one version of Windows to another without having to select the OS version in the boot menu.
Once installed, Reboot To sits in the system tray, and when you need to reboot into another version of Windows that you have installed in dual-boot, all you need to do is right-click on Reboot To icon in the system tray, click Operating systems, select the version of Windows you would like to reboot into, and then click Reboot Now button.
For instance, if you’ve installed Windows 8.1 in dual-boot with Windows 7 and want to quickly reboot from Windows 8.1 into Windows 7, you just need to right-click on Reboot To icon in the system tray, click Operating systems, select Windows 7, and then click Reboot Now option to restart your PC and boot into Windows 7. The advantage is that you won’t see the boot menu and you don’t need to select a version of Windows in the boot selection menu.
In addition to that, it also lets you quickly reset the boot manager, and quickly access Windows Memory Diagnostic tool to check your PC’s memory for errors.
As some of you might have discovered by now, this program is pretty much similar to the popular iReboot software from the developer of powerful EasyBCD program.