EasyBCD Review

EasyBCD

EasyBCD is a free software program that gives you full control of the bootloader on your PC. It supports numerous operating systems – both modern and legacy – as well as USB devices, disk images and virtual disks for booting purposes.

This article will demonstrate how to dual-boot Windows Vista and Linux using EasyBCD.

BCD Deployment

When you need to quickly deploy an operating system or run diagnostics on an unbootable PC, having a bootable USB stick is invaluable. These sticks allow you to boot into various scripts or utilities needed for the task at hand – though sometimes recreating one every time can be both time consuming and inconvenient.

EasyBCD makes this process straightforward with the bcd livingapp deploy command on the command line, allowing you to create custom BCD entries for images and deploy them across partitions or external drives, including master boot records (MBRs).

The MBR is the very first piece of code launched at boot-time by BIOS and its job is to launch bootsector on partitions that have been set up using BCD to boot directly into specific operating systems. BCD is an extremely powerful bootloader-modification utility and can make or break your experience with an OS installation on PCs.

To be more specific, the BCD is a configuration file that stores information for operating systems you have installed or configured to boot from removable drives on your PC. Additionally, it stores the location of Bootmgr file which displays boot selection menu.

Modifying this file allows for further bootloader options in MBR or EFI configuration, or to create an entry for specific disk or USB stick entries. Dual or multiboot systems for any operating system including Windows, Linux and BSD can also be setup easily.

The BCD can also help you chainload Mac OS X’s Darwin bootloader, making it possible to boot directly into OS X without it needing to be installed on the main bootsector of your system. It offers an easier and quicker way of accessing OS X from any partition or physical disk – and can also be used with any major operating system or bootable USB device.

Backup and Restore

EasyBCD makes it simple and reliable to update the boot menu when making changes, taking automatic backups of its BCD store whenever changes are made so they can be restored if anything goes wrong. Furthermore, EasyBCD allows you to create bootable USB flash drives containing repair utilities for use anywhere on your PC.

Restoring your normal bootloader setup with EasyBCD is as simple as clicking the Restore Backup button from the menu. Select where the backup file you wish to restore can be found, or search your computer, before the program shows you its path and name.

Once you’ve restored the original BCD, you can edit it again to add or remove entries, rearrange their order within the boot menu and create entries for new installations of Windows or simply reorder existing ones with just a few clicks.

BCD Editor of this program can also be very effective at troubleshooting boot configuration issues, with options such as hiding partitions and changing active flags as well as performing advanced tricks to provide solutions to various problems with bootloaders. While powerful tool, be mindful when making any changes as changing bootloader configuration could create unintended results that cause serious issues with system functionality.

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Tweaking the Current Boot Entries

EasyBCD is an impressive software program that makes creating multiboot environments and managing bootloaders simpler on Windows systems. Additionally, this tool features backup/restore features as well as troubleshooting tools to assist with troubleshooting problems on your own system.

EasyBCD can be configured with multiple entries, which opens a menu at boot-up for users to choose their entry from. However, you have the option of bypassing this menu altogether and automatically booting into its default entry; simply use the Count down from… feature and specify how long before selecting this option.

Edit Boot Menu is another key tool of this application, offering various options to personalize your boot menu. These include adding or altering languages in your preferred list; altering text displayed for specific entries; or even altering their order in which to boot up into each entry in turn.

EasyBCD makes adding entries to the boot menu quick and simple; simply go to the Add Entry tab, select your OS type (e.g. Windows, Linux or Mac) and enter your drive and partition numbers corresponding with where your operating system was installed on hard disk – EasyBCD will convert these numbers into formats understandable by Windows bootloader!

Once you’ve created an entry, the Edit Boot Options tab offers an easy way to configure its boot options. Here you can set your preferred OS selection as well as a timeout limit – this determines when and how your system selects which boot entry when turning on or restarting. Furthermore, this page can also help create an entry that boots directly into system repair utilities – useful if things go awry with your PC!

Installation

EasyBCD is a Windows application designed to modify Boot Configuration Data (BCD) entries in order to create and maintain multiple dual-boot configurations. It supports various operating systems – Windows, Mac OS X and Linux as well as legacy ones like MS-DOS 95 ME NT 4 etc – as well as ISO images virtual disks or USB drives for booting purposes.

This program is very user-friendly, featuring an intuitive user interface with all its tools located conveniently on the left side of your screen and easily accessible options arranged into sections such as View your configuration, Edit Boot Menu, Add an Entry, Advanced configurations and Copy or Fix BCD – each having their own icon to easily distinguish them.

For instance, if you want to install Windows Vista or 7 alongside Linux, all it takes to add them is clicking the “Add an Entry” button and it will convert the drive and partition numbers used by Windows to those recognized by BCD; adding Vista/7 in one step! Furthermore, bootable tools and utilities can be added directly into the boot menu for even greater convenience.

Chainloading the Mac OS X Darwin bootloader without it needing to be installed on a partition’s bootsector is another unique feature, enabling dual-booting with Mac OS X even on PCs without an OS X installation in their bootector, working both for MBR and EFI setups.

EasyBCD is an invaluable freeware utility for managing multiboot configurations on Windows machines with multiple versions of operating systems installed, especially those running multiple OSes simultaneously. This tool makes a lot of things simpler or even impossible without it, including creating backup copies of your bootloader to protect against system malfunction or disaster.

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