Many of the Windows enthusiasts have already installed Windows 7 in dual-boot with XP or Vista and some of them have even installed Windows 7, Vista, and the good old XP in triple boot.
After installing Windows 7 with Vista or XP, many users might want to change the boot settings. Although one can find basic boot configuration settings in Windows 7’s System Configuration utility (type msconfig in start menu & hit enter to launch it), many users might want to edit the OS name in boot menu, or add/remove an OS entry and more.
As playing with Windows 7 bootloader is not an easy task and also not recommended, we have a cool tool to share with you that enables you edit Windows 7 boot settings easily.
EasyBCD is a free utility using which one can edit and play with Windows 7 boot settings in a few seconds. This easy-to-use tool lets you view bootloader settings, change boot settings, add/remove OS entries in bootloader, reinstall or uninstall bootloader, backup/restore boot settings and more.
Key features of EasyBCD
- Add, edit and rename boot menu entries
- Skip boot menu
- Boot from virtual hard disk (VHD)
- Boot from ISO file
- Boot from USB even if your motherboard doesn’t support it
- Backup and repair BCD
Diagnostics section of EasyBCD helps you find your Windows 7 boot problems either by recreating missing/deleted boot files or by resetting BCD storage. It can also check your boot drive for corruption, and copy debug info to clipboard. As this is an advanced tool, we recommend you create a system restore point before tweaking boot options.
Another cool feature is that you can even use this tool to create bootable Windows 7 or Windows 8 USB drive and add startup repair options to Windows boot menu. Overall, it’s a fantastic piece of software to tweak, repair and backup boot settings. It’s one our all time favorite software. Please note that EasyBCD is free for personal use only.
Visual BCD Editor is another free software out there to tweak boot settings.