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Windows 7: BCDEDIT - How to Use

22 Jan 2009   #99

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
BCDEDIT - How to Use

How to Use the BCDEDIT Command Line Tool

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09 May 2010   #100


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edioilha View Post
Thanx for your reply!!

Is there any method to do that in diferent hard drives insted of diferent Partitions? without installing windows 7 after. I have Windows 7 installed in the first one Hard(500gb) drive and Windows xp in the second one Hard drive(160gb), not just partitions. I tried to setup with easyBCD but it shows me C:, D: and Boot options, not Disc0, Disc1 like when you go to Linux Tab options.

Linux Tab

Windows Tab

EasyBCD View Settings Button

EasyBCD View Settings

Thx a lot

Thx a lot. Solved using EasyBcd2.0Beta, It copies the Netedetect and NTLDR to 200mb Windows 7 Partition(Just for who whants to know).


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12 May 2010   #101

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Hello limneos,

Very good tutorial!

I want to reset the place where the BCD file should be. On your example on point 2, we can read under the Windows Boot Manager title:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier . . . . . . . . . {bootmgr}
device . . . . . . . . . . Partition=G:
. . . . . . . . . . . . \bootmgr
. . . . . . . . Windows Boot Manager
. . . . . . . . . . . .en-US
. . . . . . . . . . . <globalsettings>
. . . . . . . . . . .{default}
. . . . . . {xxxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}
. . . . . . . {default}

I can change settings for the partitions under any Windows Boot Loader title, but not for these ones. I tried with VistaBootPROO, but couldn't change it either.

Can you tell me please, how do I have to do to change the setting that I marked in bold? Can I edit the BCD file directly at C:\Boot\BCD? Is this file editable in the Notepad or the DOS Editor? I cannot risk to do it without being sure, or the PC will not boot.
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20 Sep 2010   #102

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1

Could an incorrect entry in BCDEDIT cause startup to stutter, stop, and then restart again to a point where it asks:

Do you want to startup repair, that finds no wrong then finishes booting into the OS.
Do you want to load windows normally, and when you say yes it also finishes booting to the OS.

In either case win runs fine until the next boot.
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04 Oct 2010   #103

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit

Followed your bcdedit instructions for booting to XP and all looks good except when XP is selected from boot menu it just reboots to the boot menu again and must select Windows 7. I'm thinking your instructions only work if Windows 7 and haveing XP installed on the same hard drive? If this is true how to you point the path to XP on a seperate hard drive? Thanks for your tutorial on bcdedit. Also, how would you do that with DOS?
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22 Oct 2010   #104

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I used easybcd to set linux as the default and set timeout to 0s... now i cant boot into windows 7.. i tried using the "bcdedit.exe /timeout" from command prompt in the recovery menu from the boot disk but that is not working... any ideas?????
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22 Oct 2010   #105

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

bcdedit /timeout 15 - should do.

If not, just 'bcdedit' <enter> and post the output.
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22 Oct 2010   #106

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Windows Boot Manager

identifier {default}
device partition=G:
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-us
inherit {boot loader settings}
osdevice partition=G:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {a495e948-de35-11df-8a10-ee14ee42bdb8}
nx Optln
detecthal Yes

Windows Boot Loader

identifier {a495e94a-de35-11df-8a10-ee14ee42bdb8}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\System32\winload.exe
description Windows7 Ultimate (recovered)
locale en-us
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows

--that's what i got
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23 Oct 2010   #107

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

The output of bcdedit says that there are two installs of win 7 - on G: and on D:
but it seems incomplete - either your bootmanager entry is missing or you didn't post the whole output of bcdedit.

Try "bcdedit >a.txt" and then copy-paste the contents of a.txt.

Also - which partition is active? where is linux installed ?

You could try on the command line: "diskmgmt.msc" (OS disk management) and then post the picture.
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04 Nov 2010   #108

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit


How can I configure it so that it wont offer a recovery option but starts windows normally? Or if offers then at least how can I configure it so that the "Start Windows normally" will be the default one in the list?
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04 Nov 2010   #109

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP


The default choice for the boot menu is in stored in "BCD-bootmgr-DefaultObject".

There is a utility called "Visual BCD Editor" - can be found here -> Free Windows BCD Editor - Windows 7 and Vista

This utility offers the full functionality of 'bcdedit' in an explorer like GUI. Moreover it is the first GUI utility to implement the full functionality of 'bcdedit'.


You can set your default loader choice by selecting the loader in the tree-view to the left, then click on the 'object' tab and in the tab click 'Set as Default Loader' button.

You can delete a loader by selecting the loader in the tree-view, right click, delete, confirm.

You can delete the menu entry for a loader by selecting {bootmgr} in the tree-view, then in Elements-view select 'DisplayOrder' and dbl-click. In the window that pops-up select the loader entry you want to delete, click on 'Delete' and then OK.

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