Dual Boot - Change OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

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How to Change the OS Name in Windows Boot Manager
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When you dual boot, this will show you how to change a listed operating system name in the Windows Boot Manager to what you want from within the operating system that you want to change the name of. For example, in Vista.
How to Change the OS Name in Windows Boot Manager

information   Information
When you dual boot, this will show you how to change a listed operating system name in the Windows Boot Manager to what you want from within the operating system that you want to change the name of. For example, in Vista.
Tip   Tip
It can be real useful to rename a operating system if you have more than one OS listed with the same name, or you would like to have a better description (ex: 32-bit, 64-bit, build number), etc..)

EXAMPLE: Windows Boot ManagerNOTE: This is an example of the default Microsoft Windows Vista name (left) renamed to Vista Ultimate (right) instead. You can rename the OS to any name you like though.
Boot_Manager_Vista.jpg
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METHOD ONE
With bcdedit Command

1. Start the Operating System (ex: Vista) that you want to change the name of in the Windows Boot Manager screen.​
3. In the elevated command prompt, type bcdedit and press enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will let you see what the name of the {current} operating system name is. This will be the operating system that you are currently in (ex: Microsoft Windows Vista).​
Step1-Vista.jpg

4. In the elevated command prompt, type:​
bcdedit /set {current} Description "name you want"
and press enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: For example, if I wanted to change the name to Vista Ultimate, I would type bcdedit /set {current} Description "Vista Ultimate" and press enter.​
Step2_Vista.jpg

5. In the elevated command prompt, type bcdedit and press enter. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This will let you see and verify the new name of the {current} operating system.
Step3-Vista.jpg

6. Close the elevated command prompt.​
7. When you restart the computer next, you will see the new name listed for the operating system. (See example screenshots at the top of the tutorial)​





METHOD TWO
With EasyBCD Program

NOTE: Special thanks to SIW2 for providing this.
FIRST: Download and install the EasyBCD program, then run it.​
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1. Click on the Change Settings button.​
2. Select the OS whose name you want to change in the drop down arrow menu.​
3. To the left of the Name line, click in the line to put the cursor there and type any name you want for the OS.​
4. Click on the Save Settings button.​
That's is,
Shawn



 
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Shawn Brink

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Thanks a lot for the tutorial Brink. I have been working on this for a few days. This is exactly what I needed.

On some systems, the boot manager will say "Earlier versions of windows" and we need to rename the OS.
 
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You're welcome Nate. This is the easiest method that I could come up with using the bcdedit command.
 
Brink, I am running XP, Vista, and Windows 7. To use this method, one needs to be running the OS they intend to change right? Will this method work in XP?
 
Yes, you need to be running the OS you want to change the name of. I have not tried it in XP, but I believe it should work without any problems. :)
 
Yes, you need to be running the OS you want to change the name of. I have not tried it in XP, but I believe it should work without any problems. :)
Not with method 2. EasyBCD does it all from any OS and it's FREE and very easy to use!

sl2222
 
Hello!

This is very usefull.
With GImageX I`ve made it a WIM file with 3 images of MSDaRT 6.0 x86, MSDaRT 6.5 x86 and MSDaRT 6.5 x64.
Can you please, give some routes to make BCD for booting one of 3 images from one boot.wim file?

Thanx in advice.
gnikolic.
 
I made bcd with 2 new entries. 3 versions of MSDaRT injectect to one WIM.
packed to the iso and computer restarts.
Where I am making errors?
How to send You my bcd to see it?
 
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