Boot Configuration Data in Windows Vista

Information about the Windows Vista boot environment and the boot configuration data (BCD) store.

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Microsoft has completely reengineered the boot environment for Microsoft Windows Vista to address the increasing complexity and diversity of modern hardware and firmware. One aspect of this reengineering is a new firmware-independent data store that contains configuration data that influences the boot process. This paper provides an overview of this configuration data - called boot configuration data (BCD) - and describes how to use the related tools to manage boot options.

What's New:

  • References to Longhorn removed

Included in this paper:

  • BCD Architecture
  • Tools for Managing BCD
  • How to Manage BCD Programmatically with WMI
  • BCD Cookbook

 

 

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