Posted July 26, 2012 – 9:55 pm in: Freeware
While it’s possible to edit the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) with the help of BCD editor (bcdedit.exe), only a small percent of Windows users are familiar with this command line tool. While there are hundreds of fantastic utilities available to tweak and customize Windows, very limited number of tools are available to edit the Boot Configuration Data.
Anyone who is following IntoWindows for a long time probably know our love for the power-packed EasyBCD tool. The tool ships with tens of useful features and options, and is the best available software to edit and repair BCD. The only catch is that EasyBCD is free for personal use only and one needs to purchase license for commercial use.
If you are looking for a free utility to use in commercial environment, we have a lesser-known utility to share with you.
Visual BCD Editor is a free tool to edit the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Visual BCD Editor lets you backup BCD store, import store, and create a new BCD store. In simple words, you can use this tool to easily add a new operating system entries to the boot options menu, rename boot menu entries, set default boot menu entry, change default boot menu timeout, create new Windows/Mac/Linux loader, and create & add VHD loader.
Besides, Visual BCD Editor includes a nifty utility named Dual-boot Repair to quickly fix multi-boot issues. The Dual-boot Repair is capable of repairing partition boot records, master boot record, Windows BCD, and disk structure. An automatic one-click repair option is also present in the tool. This Dual-boot repair tool comes in handy if you are experiencing issues with dual-boot setup.
Even though Visual BCD Editor is not as feature-rich as EasyBCD and sports a simple user interface, it’s a powerful tool with decent set of options. Do note both EasyBCD and Visual BCD Editor are for power users. We recommend you create a system restore point or system image backup before playing with these tools.
Tags: EasyBCD, Freeware for Windows
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