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BCDEdit.exe: What Is It & How to Edit Its Registry File

Comprehensive guide about the bcdedit.exe file


Most of our readers have inquired about the various command line tools available on the Windows operating system. Many command-line tools are available to Windows users, and in this article, we will discuss one of these tools, bcdedit.exe.

What is a BCDEdit EXE file?

The bcdedit.exe file is a Windows command-line tool enabling you to edit your device’s Boot Configuration Data (BCD) Store. The boot parameters required by your system to run successfully are contained in this file.

What does BCDEdit.EXE do?

  • This file helps you create new boot entries.
  • It allows you to make changes to boot entries.
  • It provides a way to delete boot entries.
  • It helps troubleshoot boot errors.
  • You can also set boot options using this tool.

How do I edit a BCDEdit file?

Use the command prompt

  1. Hold the Windows + R keys together to open the Run dialogue, type cmd in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open the command prompt in administrator mode.
  2. Once you are in the command prompt, type the code below. This process will give you command line assistance which you can use to get commands to modify the BCD.
    bcdedit /?
  3. When the commands are displayed, select the required command based on what you want to do with the BCD.

What BCDEdit.EXE commands can I run?

You can run various bcdedit.exe commands on your device. Some of these commands include:

  • BCDEdit /createstore – This command enables you to create a new and empty configuration data storage.
  • BCDEdit /delete – This allows you to delete a boot entry.
  • BCDEdit /export – This command allows you to export contents that the system stores into a file that could be used to restore the store.
  • BCDEdit /import – This command helps to restore the system store using the backup file created by the export command.
  • BCDEdit /copy – This command enables you to create various copies of entries in the store.
  • BCDEdit /create – It enables you to create a new entry in the store.
  • BCDEdit /set – The command enables you to set an entry option value.
  • BCDEdit /displayorder – This command allows you to specify the order in which the display options are arranged.
  • BCDEdit /default – This allows you to set the default entry the boot manager chooses once the timeout expires.
  • BCDEdit /timeout – This command specifies how long the boot manager will take to display.

In conclusion, this article has outlined what the bcdedit.exe means, its role on your device, and how to effectively edit the BCD.

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