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Encyclopedia > Windows Boot Manager

The Windows Boot Manager is Microsoft's new boot manager for Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn". It reads the Boot Configuration Data, and "displays an operating system selection menu"[1], and is thus functionally equivalent to the boot selection menu functionality of NTLDR in prior versions of Windows NT. Windows Vista is the next major version of Microsoft Windows, the proprietary operating system developed by Microsoft. ... Windows Server Longhorn is the codename for the next server operating system from Microsoft. ... Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is the boot-time loader for Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server. ... An NTLDR boot menu. ...

On Extensible Firmware Interface systems, which also have a boot manager of their own, the Windows Boot Manager, and hence all of the installed Windows operating systems that can be booted using it, appear as a single entry on the EFI boot manager menu. (On EFI systems, the Windows Boot Manager is an EFI application stored on the EFI System Partition.) Microsoft only adds multiple entries to the Windows Boot Manager menu itself, and sets the timeout of the EFI boot manager to 2 seconds "to make it easier".[2] Simple depiction of the workings of Extensible Firmware Interface Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is the name for a system developed by Intel that is designed to replace the aging BIOS system used by personal computers. ...


  1. ^ Microsoft. Boot Configuration Data in Windows Vista.
  2. ^ Microsoft. Boot Configuration Data Editor - Frequently Asked Questions. Microsoft Technet.



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