EasyBCD error: on Vista 64b .NET Framework - file name not provided error?

Anything I try to do with EasyBCD pops up an error.
Ive tried running it in w2003 compatability mode, xp compatability mode, as administrator.
Ive tried reinstalling as administrator, and as user.
Ive tried some reboot combinations. Ive attached two screenshots, and the error text...

My box is an asus G50 with two 320g hds. drive 1 has vista. drive 2 has win7.
It only loads drive 1, only vista 64b...
any suggestions?

************** Exception Text **************
System.Configuration.ConfigurationErrorsException: The configuration section 'connectionStrings' has an unexpected declaration.
at System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.get_ConnectionStrings()
at System.Configuration.PrivilegedConfigurationManager.get_ConnectionStrings()
at System.Configuration.LocalFileSettingsProvider.GetPropertyValues(SettingsContext context, SettingsPropertyCollection properties)
at System.Configuration.SettingsBase.GetPropertiesFromProvider(SettingsProvider provider)
at System.Configuration.SettingsBase.GetPropertyValueByName(String propertyName)
at System.Configuration.SettingsBase.get_Item(String propertyName)
at System.Configuration.ApplicationSettingsBase.GetPropertyValue(String propertyName)
at System.Configuration.ApplicationSettingsBase.get_Item(String propertyName)
at EasyBCD.My.MySettings.get_WindowHeight()
at ..()
at ..(Object , EventArgs )
at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Form.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl(Boolean fIgnoreVisible)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.CreateControl()
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmShowWindow(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

************** Loaded Assemblies **************
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/Framework64/v2.0.50727/mscorlib.dll
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version:
CodeBase: file:///C:/Program%20Files%20(x86)/NeoSmart%20Technologies/EasyBCD/EasyBCD.exe
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 8.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/Microsoft.VisualBasic/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Windows.Forms/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Drawing/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Runtime.Remoting/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Configuration/
Assembly Version:
Win32 Version: 2.0.50727.4016 (NetFxQFE.050727-4000)
CodeBase: file:///C:/Windows/assembly/GAC_MSIL/System.Xml/

************** JIT Debugging **************
To enable just-in-time (JIT) debugging, the .config file for this
application or computer (machine.config) must have the
jitDebugging value set in the system.windows.forms section.
The application must also be compiled with debugging

For example:

<system.windows.forms jitDebugging="true" />

When JIT debugging is enabled, any unhandled exception
will be sent to the JIT debugger registered on the computer
rather than be handled by this dialog box.



Super Moderator
Staff member
Hello Jakerson, welcome to NST

Unhide hidden files/folders on view tab in folder options (my computer -> Tools -> Folder Options). Navigate to your NST settings folder, something like: c:\documents and settings\jakerson\application data\local\neosmart_technologies. Delete all folders/files here.

Go into disk management. If the disk containing XP does not have an active partition, set XP's partition as active by right clicking on it.

Some other things you can try if its still not working:
Get the .net framework as an installer from Microsoft's website and re-install
Get a newer version of .net (3.5)
Re-install EasyBCD
Thank you kairozamorro -
I appreciate the time you took to write a response.
so -
unfortunately, I dont have that folder or anything like it.
not under c:\documents and settings\** not under c:\users\name\appdata\*** not under program files, nowhere...

I dont have XP. One disk has vista 64b and one has Windows 7. Both are active.

The newer version of .net wont install - I believe everything is updated. It says current version already installed. I tried to get the 4.0x beta, but i'm a bit nervous about going beta. There's a limit to how much work I want to do as a work-around.

I've reinstalled EasyBCD several times now. It generates an error with everything I try to do, and doesn't do anything I select.
Any suggestions what I should try next?

Thank you again.


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Have you tried downloading it again, in case the download rather than the install was faulty ?


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Have you tried EasyBCD 2.0 beta?

Thanks. I tried the v2.0 beta, build 63. Same results. Think Im shutting the book on this utility. Life goes on. Thank you all, again. Take care.


Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
There are over a million copies of EasyBCD out there working on multiple varieties of Windows.
If you can't run it, you should be investigating your .NET environment.
That's a pre-requisite.
Do other .NET applications run without problems ?