Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Bill, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    Does anybody know how to open bcdedit.exe to view/change its contents. I try
    to run it and it appears to "fly by" in a - you-can't-see-it manner

    Bill, Jun 21, 2006
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    Walkndude Guest

    Run 'cmd' and then 'bcdedit.exe' and you can view the contents. You will not
    be able to edit the settings as it is an exe file.
    Walkndude, Jun 21, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    I did that - "The boot configuration store could not be opened. Access is
    denied" - I got this message.
    Thanks, Bill

    Run 'cmd' and then 'bcdedit.exe' and you can view the contents. You will not
    be able to edit the settings as it is an exe file.
    Bill, Jun 21, 2006
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    HDRDTD Guest

    HDRDTD, Jun 21, 2006
  5. I agree, unless you are specifically trying to learn how to use bcdedit.
    For general management I prefer VistaBootPro also.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 21, 2006
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    Bill Guest

    I have VBPro - it doesn't work - I have been on their forum with no results

    these are the two entries I have in VBPro

    Entry #1

    Name: Windows Vista Beta 2
    BCD ID: {current}
    Boot Drive: C:
    Windows Drive: C:
    System Bootloader: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \Windows

    Entry #2

    Name: Windows XP Home
    BCD ID: {f7464cbe-0082-11db-814e-00123f6b8acd}
    Boot Drive: F:
    Windows Drive:
    System Bootloader: \ntldr
    Windows Directory:

    If I select the second entry on boot up - I get a blank screen.
    It was suggested the problem might be the lack of drive letter (F) after
    ''Windows Drive" in entry 2.
    It was suggested I not use F, but another letter, I tried H - same results.

    I was hoping I could get into the bcdedit file and add an F - to see if it

    I have been trying to get this machine to dual boot for two days - (I think
    I drove Chad Harris nuts yesterday) - and have not been able to do so.

    C an F are two separate WD Raptor HDs

    My stubbornness is starting to take over here - I am looking for a bullet
    for my 45 - I hate it when I can't find my bullet.

    You people are the best - I really appreciate all your help in this matter.


    An easier way is to download a copy of VistaBoot Pro. It's a fantastic
    utility for managing Vista's multi boot menu.
    Bill, Jun 21, 2006
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    Mark Dietz Guest

    I've been following your topic there thinking of a way to possibly fix the
    issue, sorry you're having so much trouble. The topic and some background info
    is here for those that haven't: http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about78231.html

    Now, what I think the problem is in this, is the edits that you attempted to
    make in it previously, changing the first entry to XP and not leaving it as the
    default. I don't know if that is what is causing it, but it's my guess. I also
    think that the fact that XP is cloned on to the "F:" drive could also be a cause
    for the problem, as the cloning to that drive would have taken XP's bootloader
    and everything with it. And, now that I'm thinking about it, could be the issue
    here. Unfortunately, I don't really know how you can get past that. Possibly,
    opening up the boot.ini file and redirecting it to the F: drive properly is what
    is needed. The current boot.ini file, which is read when you try to add a legacy
    OS, if I understand the bootloader properly, has XP as residing on what is now
    Vista. Since it can't find XP, it just reboots. BTW, I'm posting this at
    PROnetworks so that the folks there see and can think about this too. Somewhere,
    we'll get this fixed for you.
    Mark Dietz, Jun 21, 2006
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    Mark Dietz Guest

    Mark Dietz, Jun 21, 2006
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