How to Change Boot Manager

By Tammy Clevenger

Change Boot Manager
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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).


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.