EasyBCD cannot open BCD store

#1
My machine with OEM-installed Vista formerly had a recovery partition and several BCD entries
related to same. Recovery partition was deleted long ago, along with all related OEM-supplied
software. I recently installed EasyBCD 2.02.117 with the intention of using it to remove the
outdated BCD entries, but immediately on starting EBCD I got an error window, which listed my
Boot Manager and Boot Loader entries and claimed the BCD was invalid because a device could
not be found, or some such words. I was invited to browse for a valid BCD store, but my one and
only BCD store (at c:\boot\bcd) was refused on the grounds that it was in use both when it was
loaded in the registry as HKLM\BCD00000000 and when not. I was able to remove references to
nonexistent partitions and files using bcdedit without difficulty.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Does this still happen? (i.e. after using bcdedit from the command line)
 
#3
After removal of the outdated entries in BCD using bcdedit, EasyBCD was able to open the BCD
normally. The removed entries always seemed a little strange to me, because the main entry,
a Windows Boot Loader object with a "description" value of "HP Recovery Manager", would
always appear in the boot menu display as "Ram Disk Settings".
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
Interesting. Must have been something corrupt in your bcdedit output that drove EasyBCD nuts.

Shame we don't have any way of finding out what it was.