How to Change Boot Manager

by Tammy Clevenger
Change Boot Manager

Change Boot Manager

Versions of Windows prior to Vista (Windows 7) utilized a text-based boot.ini file to define the boot-up order for systems with more than one operating system installed. In Windows Vista, the Boot Manager program has replaced the boot.ini file. The Boot Manager (bcdedit.exe) is difficult to edit; however, a utility named VistaBootPRO is available to edit the operating system boot order and make other changes to the Boot Manager utility.

Log on to the Vista computer as an Administrator user.

Download and install the VistaBootPRO utility (see References section below for link).

VistaBootPRO

Open the VistaBootPRO application.

Click the "Manage OS Entries" tab from the top tab menu.

Edit the boot order of the operating systems installed on the computer.

Click "OK" to save the settings.

Reboot the computer. The machine will boot up with the operating system specified in the VistaBootPRO utility.

Tip

  • check VistaBootPRO will also edit the boot order for Windows 2000 and 2003. Operating system labels may also be edited with the VistaBootPRO utility.

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About the Author

Tammy Clevenger works in the I.T. industry while maintaining creative outlets through film making, writing and audio production. She is a published academic author and is an accomplished and certified Project Management Professional.

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