How to Modify or Configure Bootloader in Windows Using Easy BCD

Are you facing a problem while creating a multi-boot OS, in your PC or system? If your answer is yes, then this article will help you out in this regard. Sometimes while installing other operating systems or upgrading your system, the bootloader entries get deleted or overwritten. You can modify the bootloader menu as per your requirement. Easy BCD is an excellent tool to properly configure or modify your misconfigured bootloader file.

While installing more than the single operating system, or while updating your existing operating system, the bootloader may have modified automatically and may have suppressed or deleted your previous OS login option. Then it’s a big problem to bring back your previous operating system login menu. By running the “MSConfig” command by pressing the Windows+R button, you will be able to view your bootloader options, but from here there is no option to update the boot menu, you can just adjust the timeout settings.

To help the users, who are facing this kind of issue, NeoSmart Technologies has created an excellent application or software, which will guide you to repair your bootloader as per your requirement. Let’s understand with an instance. There was a system that had only Windows 7 installed in it. Now, while installing Windows 10 along with its previous operating system, i.e., Windows 7, the bootloader option, somehow got modified. One thing you need to keep in mind while installing other operating systems into your system. You have to keep or install the other OS in another drive and not on the same drive or partition as that of the previous one, only if you want to make your system a multi-boot option.

However such a situation mostly occurs, if you have created a partition with any partition manager or from any OS live CD or DVD and then installed an operating system into it. Nevertheless, there may be several other reasons, for the modification of your bootloader, which may result in, your previous install operating system may not getting listed in the newly created or modified bootloader. Thus in such a scenario, if your OS is not scrambled or the system files are not corrupted by any means, then there are options to get back your previously installed operating system.

How to configure bootloader or boot manager using Easy BCD?

Let’s now move on to how to use Easy BCD to configure your bootloader, for that you need to download the software from the official website of NeoSmart, you may also download this software from other free software download sites, which you may get from google search.

However, after a successful download of the software, install it in your system and then launch the application.

Before you do anything with this software, just hit the windows+R buttons together and run the “MSConfig” command, to check the current status of your boot loader, under the boot tab.

Bootloader option of windows
Bootloader option before repair

Here, you may see that only Windows 10 is showing, but the system has Windows 7 in its D: drive, which is not showing in the bootloader menu because Windows 10 has been installed externally and before that, it has been partitioned by an external partition manager.

Now, move on to the interface of Easy BCD, under the “EditBoot Menu” tab, you will be able to view there is only one entry, which is Windows 10. Now, we need to add another entry for Windows 7, which we had in D: drive. For that, we need to click on the “Add New Entry” tab, and there you will get the option to add the other OS, which has been deleted from the bootloader menu. If you want to add this option for Windows/Dos, select the appropriate version, Name the item, and select the drive, where it is installed.

EasyBCD interface
Easy BCD interface

There are other options or tabs for Linux/BSD, Mac, and NeoGrub, or you may create the option for booting from CD/DVD image file, i.e., ISO or RAW image file or WinPE or Floppy or BIOS Extender.

[ You may also view: Choosing the right Password Manager: Things you must remember ]

There are other options too for advanced settings, BCD backup and repair, BCD deployment, and other useful utilities. However, in this context, we don’t require these options, so for now we are keeping aside discussion regarding all other options, which may unnecessarily broaden the article.

Adding new entries to the boot menu using EasyBCD
Adding a new entry to the bootloader using Easy BCD

As we had to enter the option for Windows 7, we just changed the option name to Windows 7 and selected the drive where it is installed (in my case it’s D: drive). Select the drive properly and hit the plus button beside it. Once you hit the plus button, the entry will be added to the bootloader menu. Now under the “Edit Boot Menu” tab, you will be able to view both the option and you will be able to select the default option from there and also change the countdown time and then save settings.

After adding entries in the boot menu using EasyBCD
After adding an entry with Easy BCD

Now it’s all done, you may check whether the correction is done properly or not. To do so, press the Windows+R button and run the “MSConfig” command once again. There you will be able to view that both the options, which we had just now added.

Checking boot menu using msconfig command
Checking entries using the “MSConfig” command

You will be able to able to view its practical effect when you restart your system. The link to boot into your previous OS is present now and your multiboot option is ready for use. So, no need to take the tension anymore, if you lose the boot option to the previous OS installed in your system. Hope you enjoyed the topic and if so, please don’t forget to like or share this article with others, so that may get benefit from this.

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