A guide to using the BCDedit.exe in Windows Vista 5308

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  1. knightcrawler

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    Edit the Windows Vista Boot Menu Options - BCDEDIT



    Click start>All Programs>Accessories>Right Click on Command Prompt and select Run As Administrator



    Then type BCDedit.exe



    Introduction



    In Windows Vista, the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store contains boot



    configuration parameters which control how the operating system is started in



    the Windows Vista and Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" operating systems.



    These were found in the boot.ini file in previous versions of Microsoft



    Windows. To edit the Windows Vista Boot Menu Options, the Boot Configuration



    Data Editor - BCDEDIT is used.



    The Bcdedit.exe command-line tool can be used to add, delete and edit entries



    in the BCD store which contains objects. Each object is identified by a GUID



    (Globally Unique Identifier). Every drive or partition on the system will have



    its own GUID and could be {legacy} (to describe a drive or partition on which a



    pre-Windows Vista operating system), {default} (to describe the drive or



    partition containing the current default operating system), or {current} (to



    describe the current drive or partition one is booted to), or for example



    {c34b751a-ff09-11d9-9e6e-0030482375e7} (to describe another drive or partition



    on which an operating system has been installed).



    Bcdedit.exe is located in the \Windows\System32 directory of the Windows Vista



    partition and can be accessed only from the Commad Prompt which is found on



    the Windows Vista start menu at Start>All Programs>Accessories





    Command-line Help



    bcdedit /? Shows all commands one is able to use



    bcdedit.exe /? CREATESTORE Shows detailed information for the command



    CREATESTORE or any other command available in bcdedit as shown when running



    bcdedit /? followed by the particular command more information is required for.



    bcdedit or bcdedit /enum all Shows the current structure of your boot



    configuration data.

    The GUID tags {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} of all Windows



    installations present on your computer will be displayed.





    Create a Backup



    It is strongly recommended that one creates a backup of the BCD store before



    making any changes to it.



    bcdedit /export "D:\BCD Backup\Bcd Backup" Creates a backup to a pre-created



    folder, in this case “BCD Backup” on drive D:



    bcdedit /import "D:\BCD Backup\Bcd Backup" Restores the backup previously



    created





    Making Changes to the Boot Configuration Data



    bcdedit /set {legacy} Description "Windows XP Professional SP2" Changes the



    text description of the “Legacy” OS line in the boot menu. The quotation marks



    must be included in the command



    bcdedit /set {current} description "Windows Vista Build 5308 x86" Changes the



    text of the boot menu line for the Vista or non-Vista installation one is



    currently booted to, from the default "Microsoft Windows" or other description



    to that shown in the quotation marks



    bcdedit /set {5189b25c-5558-4bf2-bca4-289b11bd29e2} description “Windows Vista



    Build 5270 x64” Changes the text of the boot menu line for any other Vista



    installation. One must use the GUID for that particular installation as shown



    when one runs the bcdedit or bcdedit /enum all command



    bcdedit /default {current} Sets the current Windows installation one is booted



    to as the default Windows boot OS



    bcdedit /default {5189b25c-5558-4bf2-bca4-289b11bd29e2} Sets the referenced



    Windows OS as the {default} Windows boot OS



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  2. Jason

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    Nice, I'll make this pinned.
     
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  3. acme64

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    small problem, maybe you guys can help, i had to move my vista install to another drive, so i cloned it but it messed up the bcd. SO, i go into the editor, change the drive letter and it didn't work, now i want to specify the disk instead of drive letter. how would i do that in bcdedit? and how do i know which one is which?
     
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