Editing BCD entries from XP in a dual-boot XP/Win7 environment

I looked through a lot of material on this site but could not figure out how to do this.

I have a PC that can boot into either XP or Win7, the latter being the dfault. When I'm booted into Win7, I can use EasyBCD (or the command shell) to change the default OS to XP at the next restart. When booted into XP, is there a way to change the BCD entries so that it will reboot into Win7 at the next restart?

The reason I need to do this is that the target machine is remote and I can get a remote desktop session going when its booted into either OS but I'm not able to choose the OS to boot into at the lower level (pre-boot?) prompt.



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Those settings can only be changed in any system above XP: Vista, 7, 8/8.1 etc. So EasyBCD should be installed in the more recent system, in this case 7 for controls to be fully changeable.

But you could install iReboot on both OS's - a very handy tool to allow direct booting between OS's. Works after a reboot and don't forget to check 'Reboot on selection'.

Download iReboot - NeoSmart Technologies

Here's what it looks like on my taskbar:


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