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A command-line tool in Windows Vista and later for editing the Boot Configuration Data (BCD).

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bcdedit - how to tell which drive the identifier belongs to?

When using bcdedit /enum firmware, it lists all the boot entries, but I have 2 drives and identical entries for both of them and I can't tell which drive is which. How to know? There is the device ...
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What is the difference between bcedit and diskpart for deleting partitions

I successfully removed grub in two different ways: First one was to use rmdir inside the EFI volume after assigning it a letter using diskpart, and the second one was using bcdedit and deleting the ...
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dual boot windows/ubuntu only loads windows loader, will not load grub, will not boot ubuntu

I have a successful dual boot installation of ubuntu 20 with windows 11. However, upon reset, the system always goes to the windows loader rather than to grub, so I cannot boot ubuntu. However, in ...
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How to add windows boot manager to bcdedit

I accidently deleted windows boot entry using bcdedit and I added windows 10 from there itself. After I restarted my device, I couldn't boot into windows. It just shows up a screen where it says "...
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Can I set Windows 10 startup mode to normal from a recovery command prompt

I have a Dell XPS 17 running Windows 10 which was suffering unrelated Windows Update issues, and I was attempting a 'clean' boot to resolve it. I chose 'selective startup' with only system services ...
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What is the bcd path if there is no C:\BOOT\BCD folder in system in Windows 10?

i just cloned my system from HDD to an SSD. When i tried to boot up with the SSD it cannot boot up and just stuck in black screen. I want to check and edit the bcd file of the SSD using the "...
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How to disable driver signature enforcement mode if bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON fails?

I have been trying to set up some experimental driver, but I have typed quite several times: bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON Now I have an error saying: ...
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Load password recovery from SD card

The problem I have an old Lenovo tablet (Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 10) that is running Windows 8.1. The tablet comes with a detachable keyboard, that seems to be broken - there is absolutely no reaction to ...
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Migrate C Drive

I am looking to migrate the C Partition from a Windows 7 PC from about 2008. I would like to copy the C Partition to a new PC. I am experienced in troubleshooting boot issues, copy/restoring ...
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No xelzd - Cannot find xeldz in all drives. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

Today my windows 7, after download a not-so-secure file (a good prank from an University friend to show me that the SO is really outdated), the windows license was deleted. (I have a buyed license, ...
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Cant boot - new drive and incorrect DeviceID

Working on Dad's computer. Hard drive had 0KB available. Bought new SSD. Used Clonezilla to create image and then attempted to restore. Windows then failed to load. I ended up running: bcdedit /set {...
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Boot vhd that is located on external drive

I followed this article https://www.hanselman.com/blog/less-virtual-more-machine-windows-7-and-the-magic-of-boot-to-vhd, but got error 0xc000000e. External drive is connected through usb 3.0.
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Need to Reset Windows 10 Dual Boot (no recovery environement found)

I had a dual boot configuration on my old X58 platform. The setup was an up to date Windows 10 partition and a Windows 1809 partion. Both OS's were on the same SSD which had the same system reserved ...
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Win10 Unable to boot - Srttrail.txt Bluescreen / 0xc0000001 Error

Srttrail.txt Bluescreen Error on Winows 10 x64 Desktop(with GTP Drive) I recently purchased a software(VST plugin) which required registration with PACE iLOK Licence Manager. The installation of iLOK ...
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In BCD, what do the elements "displaymessage" and "displaymessageoverride" do?

As the question says. I can't find documentation covering the purpose of displaymessage and displaymessageoverride. It looks like BCD entries can have up to 3 names - the description which is what ...
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What is the best way to move MBR and bootmgr to new drive (Windows 10)?

I have several hard drives in my desktop but only 1 has the OS (Win 10). Here is an image of my Disk Manager: Disk 2 (D:) is an old slow dying backup HDD. Disk 1 (G:) is a much newer faster (...
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EasyBCD Boot Device different to Windows Boot Manager device

Can someone explain why EasyBCD has a different Boot Device to the Windows Boot Manager device? My drives use MBR (not GPT). BCDedit shows this at the beginning: Windows Boot Manager ----------------...
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BCDEdit /delete {ID} Unexpected token in the ID

I'm trying to remove an old linux-debian partition that I don't use anymore to increase the size of my linux-Manjaro partition. I'm doing that on my Windows 10 by following this tutorial (in french) ...
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how to Dual Boot Windows 10 and Windows Server WITHOUT INSTALLATION

Several internet sites describe how to install Windows Server as a second OS. This is not my case. On the same PC I have a working drive with Windows 10 Pro and another drive with Windows Server 2012 ...
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bcdedit cannot be found by rust executable

I am trying to call bcdedit from within a rust executable using std::process::Command. When executing the resulting program on Windows 10 in an administrator command prompt I get: 'bcdedit' is not ...
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How to Clone OEM Recovery Partitions

I have a PC running Windows 10 May 2019 Build 18362. I'm trying to migrate from a small M2 NVME SSD to a larger and faster one. I tried different disk cloning/imaging apps with no luck (True Image, ...
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Login stuck on black screen with cursor after enabling Hyper-V hypervisor

strange one. I enabled the Hyper-V feature on my works Win10 1803 Lenovo T450 (8GB RAM) laptop. Tried to create the first Windows Server VM but got the error: "...hyperpvisor is not running" ...
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Windows 10 - Ubuntu: Windows bootmgr set to wrong partition

I am using Dell Inspiron 7560, dual booted with Windows 10 and Ubuntu. Windows is installed on a 128 GB SSD and Ubuntu is installed on a partition of a 1TB HDD. Each of the drives also have an EFI ...
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BCDedit on Windows 2012 R2

The first boot entry that comes up on this machine is hosed. The second is good. However, I can't figure out how to delete the bad one- they all seem to share the same identifier. Anybody have any ...
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bcdedit - Dynamically dual-boot Windows and Linux

For the last couple of days I am searching for an answer, but I constantly run into brick walls. I want to create a bootable USB with a custom Linux-based OS (for the sake of this conversation, let's ...
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What exactly does bcdedit do?

In windows, to start in safe mode we can execute in the terminal, with privileges, the command: %windir%\system32\bcdedit.exe /set {default} safeboot minimal And to return to normal mode, we execute:...
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Remove 'BCDEdit set {bootmgr}' entry

While dual booting Ubuntu with windows, I had encountered 'Ubuntu grub not showing' problem. At the stage, I typed on the following command on windows command prompt. bcdedit /set {bootmgr} \EFI\...
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Applying an image file using ImageX script gives boot configuration data store could not be opened error with new PC

I am applying windows image files, wim files, using Microsoft ImageX. This used to work fine but on a new version of what should be the same PC it now fails. The script is like this: DISKPART /s ...
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Installing Windows 10 with bootloader on a different disk?

I'm trying to install Windows 10 on a brand new NVMe disk, but I just found out my motherboard can't boot from these (but windows sees it natively in the installer and installs just file), however, I ...
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bcdedit issue? M.2 SATA to NVME clone: Windows 10 won't boot

Problem: Windows partition won't boot after cloning M.2 SATA drive to M.2 NVME. Background: Cloning process was simple raw dd copy. Drive had EFI, Windows 10, and Linux partitions. Cloning preserved ...
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How to create a custom safe mode option

I want to create a custom safe mode option (like Minimal and Network). I began by going to the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot and made a new key called ...
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Windows 8 boot issue after installing Ubuntu

After multi-boot installing Ubuntu, my Windows 8 will not boot anymore. I can enter the System Repair interface and open a command line. But when I execute the bcdedit command, it says : X:\windows\...
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Remove boot option in Windows Boot Manager that is not listed in bcdedit

I've accidentally installed grub2win in order to configure a multiboot setup witch a Linux distro. I've figured out that the correct way is to create an EFI partition and install the 'real' GRUB. This ...
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Effect of enabled kernel debug mode on Windows Server

I have a problem which shows up sporadically on Windows Server (Cannot bind TCP Port but netstat does not show any usage). I think I would be able to look at the kernel structures. For this I would ...
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How do I change the UEFI Boot Order from within Windows 10?

I have multiple Operating systems installed, each with their respective EFI file in the ESP (EFI System Partition). For example: I have Windows 10 at \EFI\Boot\Microsoft\bootmgr.efi, and I have ...
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black screen with mouse cursor - windows 7

After installing a game from Blizzard(Diablo 2) and playing it for a while, I shut down my laptop and opened it again the next morning. That's when my laptop(Lenovo T520) was booted to a black screen ...
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wubi bcdeditor real-mode boot sector default boot

I have installed Xubuntu using wubi on windows 7 starter. I use Xubuntu often, hence setting default boot to Xubuntu makes sense :-) This is current listing: PS C:\Windows\system32> .\bcdedit.exe /...
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Programmatically restart computer and boot into flash drive

I originally posted this on Stack Overflow but was told that this may be a better place to post this question, so here goes; I've created a small script which will automatically reboot a computer ...
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Bluestacks does not run even though I disabled Hyper-V

I tried disabling Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), Windows Defender Application Guard, and Hyper-V, but even THAT didn't work. I always disable virtualization to run Bluestacks, but now I need to ...
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"Inaccessible boot device" error, but BCD, partition and drivers seem correct. What else could cause it?

My Win8.1 x64 EFI laptop refused to reboot after a recent update, the error is INACCESSIBLE BIOT DEVICE but I can't figure how to debug this. So far this is what I've done: -Used DISKPART to assign ...
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Windows 7 not booting

My computer was updating and was then mistakenly turned off. It is showing me the following error   File: clfs.sys   Status:0xc000000f Windows Boot Manager Windows failed to ...
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Direct boot from Windows to Linux with UEFI

I'm trying to create scripts on both Linux and Windows allowing direct booting to each other with UEFI. On linux it looks like: efibootmgr -n 0001 && sync && reboot Where "0001" is ...
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How to use windows bootloader to dual boot windows and ubuntu on uefi?

What I exactly tried is... Installed windows 10 with uefi. Installed Ubuntu 17.04 with uefi on the 20GB drive. The ubuntu bootloader is installed on the efi system partition created while installing ...
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bcdedit.exe refuses to open system store

Looks like my BCD is somehow broken but I can't figure out what is wrong. The system boots just fine but it prevents windows from installing updates: MoSetupPlatform: Opening BCD store... ...
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Where is the BCD store physically located?

There are several tools to edit the BCD store, like bcdedit and Visual BCD Editor. They are editing the so-called "BCD Store". Where is it located physically? In filesystem (where)? On physical ...
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Cannot import bcd.temp when trying to rebuild corrupt BCD on Windows 2012 server 64bit

I have a Windows 2012 server which died on me a week ago. There is a full description of what's gone wrong here. It seemed I'd finally found a solution here. I have moved to USB2.0 to eliminate that ...
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Automatic switching between different installed Windows systems

I have currently 3 Windows systems installed on my machine (2x Win7, 1x Win8). To switch between them I have to restart my PC, choose right system in Windows Boot Manager and hit enter. Can I write ...
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Boot options in Windows boot manager not showing after Creators Update

Most of the times I need to boot with Hyper-V disabled, to use VirtualBox; but sometimes I need to use Hyper-V, so I set the boot options as follows with BCDEDIT: bcdedit /copy {current} /d "HYPER-V ...
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Booting 2 Windows partitions on Single HDD; One via UEFI vs One via CSM BIOS - Possible?

Booting 2 Windows partitions on Single HDD; One via UEFI vs One via CSM BIOS - Possible? I'd like to be able to copy/ clone a Win 8.1 BIOS-MBR booting partition from a Hard drive 1 to the HDD 2 of a ...
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Creators Update and bcdedit change?

Does anyone know if creators update introduced changes to bcdedit? My searching hasn't turned up much yet. However, a standard script that I used to get machines setup for a safe mode reboot no ...
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