Specifies the default menu item on the startup menu and sets a timeout value if desired. You can use this command only within a menu block in your CONFIG.SYS file. If you do not use this command, the operating system sets the default to item 1.
The startup menu is a list of choices that appears when you start your computer. You define a startup menu by using special CONFIG.SYS commands. Each item on the menu corresponds to a set of CONFIG.SYS commands called a "configuration block." A startup menu makes it possible to start your computer with a variety of configurations. For more information about defining multiple configurations, see the chapter "Configuring Your System" in the MS-DOS User's Guide.
The MENUDEFAULT command is one of six special CONFIG.SYS commands for defining startup menus and multiple configurations. The other commands are as follows:
For an overview of the procedure for defining multiple configurations, see the topic "Commands for Defining Multiple Configurations".
Be sure to specify different values for x and y, or the text will not be readable.
Note: On some displays, colors 8 through 15 blink.
This menu block defines three menu items, sets the default item to "full_config," and sets the timeout to 30 seconds:
[menu] MENUITEM=base_config,Base configuration only MENUITEM=full_config,Normal configuration MENUITEM=network,Normal configuration with network MENUDEFAULT=full_config,30
When the operating system starts and reads this menu block, it displays the following menu:
MS-DOS Startup Menu =================== 1. Base configuration only 2. Normal configuration 3. Normal configuration with network Enter a choice: 2 Time remaining: 30
After displaying this menu, the operating system waits 30 seconds; if no other item is selected, the operating system then starts the computer using the commands in the [full_config] configuration block.