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Windows 7: How to edit/rename boot menu entries/labels?

20 Sep 2010   #1

win7pro 64bit
How to edit/rename boot menu entries/labels?

On my computer I have 3 primary partitions:

1. "System reserve" which contains e.g.the Bootmamanger and MBR
2. First Win 7 installation ("main")
3. Second Win 7 installation ("reserve")

When I boot now at first the Bootmanager on the first primary partition is called/started which in turn starts the boot menu. In the boot menu there are currently two entries:

Windows 7
Windows 7

So I cannot distinguish between the "main" and the "reserve" Win 7 installation.

How exactly can I modify/rename the two "Windows 7" entries in boot menu?

Second question:

After selecting and booting the actual Windows 7 installation the other Windows 7 installation is visible as a separate partition in WinExplorer:

C: running Windows 7
D: DVD drive
E: other (non-booted) Windows 7

How can I automatically hide the other Windows 7 installation?
The drive E: should be available e.g. for USB sticks or network drives.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

For the first question, use Easy BCD (Download EasyBCD 2.0.2 - NeoSmart Technologies). Not sure about the second question.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello pstein.

You can use the info in the tutorial at the link below to rename them to whatever you want to along with other BCDEDIT functions including creating a backup of the boot files so that they can be recovered if needed.

BCDEDIT - How to Use

To hide one Windows installation from another in Windows explorer you just need to remove the drive letter for it in disk management.
information   Information

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.
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How to edit/rename boot menu entries/labels?-drive-letter.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Sep 2010   #4

win7pro 64bit

So I always have to manually remove drive letter?

Is there really no auto-remove for inactive, bootable Win7 partitions?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Peter.

It's fairly simple, in disk management right click the drive you want to remove the letter from and follow the prompts, it's just that easy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Sep 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Peter,

In addition.

Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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