How to Change Boot Manager

by Tammy Clevenger

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.

Step 1

Log on to the Vista computer as an Administrator user.

Step 2

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

Step 3


Open the VistaBootPRO application.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Click "OK" to save the settings.

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


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


Photo Credits

  • Microsoft

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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