Bootsect in Easybcd 2.0

SIW2

Member
Is there a reason why bootsect.exe in Easybcd 2.0 bin folder is still version 6000?

Would version 7600 replace the need for mbrfix.exe?
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
Staff member
Its still beta and as a result isn't included yet. The "/nt60" switch should still install the proper boot code since Vista/W7's bootloader are nearly the same thing.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
It'll be upgraded in due time.

No components are swapped out or upgraded until they've been fully tested (and retro-tested for Windows Vista support).
 

SIW2

Member
Thanks for the responses. I have replaced the original bootsec.exe with 7600 version in the bin folder. If anything untoward happens - will post back.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Thanks. Much appreciated :smile:
 

SIW2

Member
Vista boots up fine with the bootsector written by 7600 bootsect.exe, and behaves exactly as it does with the 6000 bootsector code.

The only way I can see any difference is with a Hex Editor :

Using 6000 version:

BSECT6000-2009-09-21_051541.jpg

BOOTSECT-6000-2-2009-09-20_023848.jpg

Using 7600 version:

BSECT-7600-2009-09-21_052405.jpg

BOOTSECT-7600-2-2009-09-20_023555.jpg
 
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mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
The latter portion is the binary code used to locate BOOTMGR on the disk.
The hex viewer won't show you anything useful - the code in the MBR is written in ASM, and a disassembler would show the differences.

Does bootsect from 7 run from within Vista? To the best of my knowledge, it should.
 

SIW2

Member
Yes, 7 bootsect.exe runs from within Vista.

The very useful bcdboot.exe also works perfectly from within Vista.

I had it in Vista system 32 for a while and ran it from there.

Then put a copy of bcdboot.exe in Easybcd bin folder and it runs from there using cmd prompt/Power Console.
 
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SIW2

Member
Hi Mahmoud,

Great job on build 65. Many thanks.

Glad to see 7 bootsect in there and taking over writing mbr.

Build 65 shows the detailed view for me without any problem. Build 64 kinda froze there - blank window.

As soon as I installed 65 - it worked perfectly. Could this be the one? Let's hope so - you have put so much work into it.

I haven't been around the past couple of days - my little tutorial has caused quite a stir and kept me busy - over 100,000 views already:

Make bootable iso from student d/l - Windows 7 Forums

Thanks again
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Wow, nice work! (Y)

There are still a couple more issues I need to work out and features to add for EasyBCD 2.0 unfortunately, so you won't come across "the build" just yet :smile:

Number 1 priority now is to fix the OS X support for once and for all.
 
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