EasyBCD doesn't start

#1
Hello everyone,

I am trying to dual boot Windows 8 and Windows XP 64-bit right now, with Windows 8 being my currently installed system.

After installing Windows XP, I followed instructions here: https://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=11639 to try to enable the Windows 8 graphical boot menu because I want it.

After executing the command bcdboot c:\windows, EasyBCD no longer starts. I knew I did a few other things, but I have no reasons why something else would have caused it.

I tried using cmd on admin privileges and navigated to the EasyBCD\bin directory and tried to execute BootGrabber.exe /tlist but UAC comes out to request permission, click yes, new cmd window appears and disappears promptly. Nothing happens.

I am happy to provide as many details as needed. Thanks in advance.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
The CMD window itself must be launched with admin privileges. That will prevent the UAC popup which forces bootgrabber to be run in a new window.
 
#3
The CMD window itself must be launched with admin privileges. That will prevent the UAC popup which forces bootgrabber to be run in a new window.
Hi Computer Guru, thanks for your tip. It worked. Here is the output from Bootgrabber.exe:

Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>cd C:\

C:\>cd program files (x86)\neosmart technologies\easybcd\bin

C:\Program Files (x86)\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>bootgrabber.exe /tlist

BootGrabber utility.
Copyright NeoSmart Technologies 2009-2011 <http://neosmart.net/>

WARN: Unable to get volume information for \\?\Volume{bd7ec18b-4c4a-11e2-bf6f-80
6e6f6e6963}\
WARN: No active partition detected on disk 1.
D0,2,2,0,240063086592,0
P1,,7,104857600,66945024,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1),Yes,
P2,C:\,7,239956131840,4690264064,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2),No,NTFS

D1,2,2,1,2000398934016,1
P1,E:\,7,1649267441664,483829608448,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1),No,N
TFS
P0,,15,351112527360,0,Yes,,No,
P2,F:\,7,351112495104,340576514048,No,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2),No,NTF
S

C:\Program Files (x86)\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>

Here is the output from Bcdedit.exe:
Code:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
(c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Windows\system32>bcdedit

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {bootmgr}
device                  partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1
path                    \bootmgr
description             Windows Boot Manager
integrityservices       Enable
default                 {current}
displayorder            {current}
timeout                 10

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {current}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Windows 8 Pro
locale                  en-US
recoverysequence        {6cc6726e-da3a-11e2-bfd0-e58ddaa6a455}
integrityservices       Enable
recoveryenabled         Yes
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {6f0cf194-d9b4-11e2-80c0-806e6f6e6963}
bootmenupolicy          Standard

C:\Windows\system32>
I have already tried using attempt three at https://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Recovering+the+Windows+Bootloader+from+the+DVD to manually repair the bootloader. Windows 8 boots fine, but I still can't use EasyBCD.
 
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