bcdedit: access denied

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by tcebob, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. tcebob

    tcebob Guest

    I am the only user and my account type is Administrator. So I am puzzled at
    being rejected by bcdedit. Here's the message:

    "The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
    Access denied"

    I installed VB2 on a separate disk from XP Pro SP2 and everything seems to
    work fine. Except I want to change the boot default to the XP drive (C:). Is
    there an ini file that can be edited manually?

    tcebob, Jul 13, 2006
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    AJR Guest

    The configuration store is BCD - BCDEDIT.EXE is provided to edit BCD.
    BCDEDIT is a command line utility - Start>Run>bcdedit /? provides info.
    Check out VistaProBoot or EasyPC GUI utilities
    AJR, Jul 13, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    It would be easier to just use Easy BCD and p

    As to problems with UAC in Vista just do a search on this group. Every way
    to deal with that has been covered, and you can always try turning it off at
    msconfig to accomplish your specific purpose.

    The next build to be released soon promises improvements in UAC's user
    vexation factor and significant CPU and performance enhancements but it's
    become almost impossible to give MSFT credit for much integrity in their

    Chad Harris, Jul 13, 2006
  4. tcebob

    Jimmy Brush Guest


    In Windows Vista, even though you are logged in as an administrator, the
    programs you run are only given "normal user" access to your system. You
    must explicitly authorize a program to run with administrator permission.

    To do this for command-line programs, you need to open an "administrator"
    command prompt, and then any program you run from that command prompt will
    have the administrator permission you need.

    - Click start
    - Type: cmd
    - Right-click cmd when it appears under Programs
    - Click Run As Administrator

    You will then be able to run bcdedit or any other administrative tool from
    within that command prompt :)

    - JB

    Vista FAQ
    Jimmy Brush, Jul 13, 2006
  5. tcebob

    tcebob Guest

    Vista Boot Pro did the job.



    tcebob, Jul 13, 2006
  6. tcebob

    tcebob Guest

    EasyBCD is off the air: "Account has been suspended." So I went with Vista
    Boot Pro.


    tcebob, Jul 13, 2006
  7. tcebob

    tcebob Guest

    Ah, so. It ran but I chickened out and downloaded Vista Boot Pro. Too many
    dangerous switches for me.


    tcebob, Jul 13, 2006
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    Chad Harris Guest

    Sorry it was on when I posted after first getting a bandwidth exceeded. You
    got the job done with 2nd best though. Both of them are very useful apps.
    Easy BCD does more and is in a sense the successor. There was a falling out
    at the original site and this was a result as Colin and others have

    Chad Harris, Jul 13, 2006
  9. tcebob

    Chad Harris Guest

    I'm still looking for a place (having collected BCEDIT posts and sites--and
    read MSFT's information) to find clear explanations for all those switches
    that you'll see if you /? at your cmd prompt.

    Chad Harris, Jul 13, 2006
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    Jimmy Brush Guest

    Jimmy Brush, Jul 13, 2006
  11. tcebob

    Chad Harris Guest

    Thanks for the further help info as the the /help <command>. That kind of
    detail is what I'm looking for. There are a longer list of commands than
    anything that was tied to boot.ini. The FAQ is an example of things I have
    collected when I could find them.

    Chad Harris, Jul 14, 2006
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    Lew Guest

    It's back on the air (again). I d/l & installed EasyBCD V2.0 and it is great
    Lew, Jul 14, 2006
  13. I'm not sure what Vista Boot Pro is but it's in the same place as it was in
    XP. Goto Control Panel>System - Choose Advanced system properties from the
    left pane and click on the settings button under Startup and Recovery.
    choose your default operating system from the dropdown list.

    Hope this helps anyone else looking for the same boot options. Note that
    there is one difference from the XP options, there is no no ability to
    manually edit the boot files other options such as disk info ETC,

    Rex Geissinger
    Rex Geissinger, Jul 15, 2006
  14. It a graphical editor for editing the boot conguration store, or BCD.


    Even when Vista is gone, the boot options screen will remain and the OP can
    remove the "Windows" entry easily with it. That will return the system to
    just booting straight into XP. Since Vista does not use boot.ini, the entry
    cannot be removed from boot.ini.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jul 15, 2006
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