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Windows 7: Renaming "Earlier version of windows" in dual boot

10 Aug 2009   #1
fusion1

Windows: 7100 RC1 & Vista SP2
 
 
Renaming "Earlier version of windows" in dual boot

How do you rename "Earlier version of Windows" in Boot.ini in Windows 7 with a dual boot setup? In msconfig>boot it only shows Windows 7 even though I have Win XP Pro on the C;partition. I just want to rename "Earlier Version of Windows" to Windows XP Pro.


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10 Aug 2009   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Use Easy BCD.
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10 Aug 2009   #3
fusion1

Windows: 7100 RC1 & Vista SP2
 
 

Is there a way to do just a simple rename within Windows? I'd rather not have to install an extra program I will never use other than to rename an entry in the boot manager.
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10 Aug 2009   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It's a small program, you could just uninstall after you were done. But here you go..

BCDEDIT - How to Use
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10 Aug 2009   #5
LarryLaser

Windows 7 7600 x86 &x64, Windows XPP sp3 (x86) & sp2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fusion1 View Post
Is there a way to do just a simple rename within Windows? I'd rather not have to install an extra program I will never use other than to rename an entry in the boot manager.
Yes Fusion
There Is'

Go to "Start" menu and click in the search box (at the bottom of the list) and type "cmd", it will show up on the top of the menu, right click it and "Run As administrator", then the command box opens just type "bcdedit" (no quotes " ).
This will show you the existing settings.
First, I would suggest you save a copy (in case you goof).

Type "bcdedit /export C:\SAVEDBCD", this will save you the initial copy on the C: drive at the root.

Now I am going to give you a copy of the changes I make.

Code:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} description "LastXP & WinXP x64"

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} timeout "10"

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displayorder {ntldr} {current}

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} default {ntldr}

bcdedit /set {current} description "Win 7 x64"
A couple of Quick answers.
{ntldr} is your "Earlier version of windows"
{ntldr} description "LastXP & WinXP x64" is the name, "LastXP & WinXP x64" is the names of My Earlier version of windows ( 2 of them), also, the quotes are only used in the naming settings, including the timeout settings.
{bootmgr} is the BOOT.ini replacement from Vista on up, (Win 7 & Server2008)
timeout "10", is the time delay you get to select other than the main Highlited.
{current} description "Win 7 x64", is the Win 7 version (or Vista or Server 2008, if you are using them during changes).

you can copy these to a Notepad page and save it as your "bcdedit mod.txt", then you can make the name changes you like("LastXP & WinXP x64" to "My Old XP"). Note* dont forget to use the " " quotes only in the naming.

For more info you can go here and read a lot more.

Question?? Do you know how to use the "copy & paste" in the command window??
Answer. "copy" the line you want from your notepad and then "Right click" on the title bar of your "Command Window", move down the menu to "Edit >" and you will see "Paste", click, then just hit enter key and you get the action and a response.
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10 Aug 2009   #6
chuckr

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fusion1 View Post
Is there a way to do just a simple rename within Windows? I'd rather not have to install an extra program I will never use other than to rename an entry in the boot manager.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LarryLaser View Post
{bootmgr} is the BOOT.ini replacement from Vista on up, (Win 7 & Server2008)
For more info you can go here and read a lot more.
Larry,
Good post, but I think the specific line shown above should read something like:
Quote:
"bootmgr" is the "ntldr" replacement from Vista on up. (These files are the 'executable' loaders.)
"bcd" is the "boot.ini" replacement from Vista on up. (These files direct the selection of which OS to actually boot.)
fusion1,
For my Boot Manager menu "simple rename", I used:

Code:
bcdedit /set {ntldr} description "XP Professional in Boot.ini"
Of course, it's always wise to back up the 'bcd-store' prior to any changes, using:
"bcdedit /export " etc.
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10 Aug 2009   #7
ian1983

XP Windows7
 
 

Im not to sure as i can no longer test as i am no longer dual booting but if you go to control panel....system & security....system, then click on advanced system settings (on the left), then startup and recovery, i think you can change the name there. let me know if you can
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11 Aug 2009   #8
fusion1

Windows: 7100 RC1 & Vista SP2
 
 

ian1983, your method doesn't allow a user to change the name it will display the current names of all partition OSes though.
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11 Aug 2009   #9
fusion1

Windows: 7100 RC1 & Vista SP2
 
 

The earlier methods:

bcdedit /set {yadda yadda yadda} description "Microsoft Windows 7 Build 7201 RC1"

worked, so thanks a million guys!
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11 Aug 2009   #10
ADS

Windows 7 64-bits RTM
 
 

just use the easy bcd, it's more effective or vistabootpro
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