Vista Boot Manager : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary

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Vista Boot Manager

Vista and Windows 7 use a different way of multibooting than XP. Gone is boot.ini and NTLDR.exe. Instead you will find BCD (Boot Configuration Data) and bootmgr. You can edit the configuration with the command line utility bcdedit.exe. It will let you boot two different versions of Windows on two different partitions. One of them does not need to be in a primary partition. Further, the boot manager itself does not take up a partition. BCD is a binary file.


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