Will easy BCD work with Windows 8.1? (help!)

#1
I'd like to use Easy BCD and associated products (such as the Windows rescue CD) to solve a boot sector problem on my Windows 8.1 machine -- viz., I have boot managers on two different internal drives and the operational one is NOT on the SSD which serves as my C: (windows) drive. This makes backing up a nightmare and restoration ineffective.

Your products have been recommended to me and it looks like they work on Windows 8, but I see no mention that they support Windows 8.1. So my questions are: (1) do they support 8.1 and (2) if not now, when? Thanks so much! Arthur:wtf:
 

Terry60

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#2
I used EasyBCD on 8.1 this afternoon.
 

Terry60

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#5
It uses the non-GUI interface, which seems to upset some people, but since it's only visible for 5 seconds/day (if I happen to stay nearby after hitting the tit), I can't see what the fuss is about. (especially since it takes a default into W7 anyway, so it looks perfectly normal in context)
 

mqudsi

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#6
Yes, I'm going to have to add an explicit option for that. Probably on the same page as the timeout settings. (and probably something I should've done a bit sooner.)
 
#7
Relevant question. I've been using EasyBCD for awhile, and remember well the author promised ages ago this popular package will always be free. Then it was changed to "always have a free version", and now I wanted to update and see "Commercial version works with enterprise and professional editions of Windows". Does that mean, Community version doesn't support enterprise and professional editions of Windows? I don't need to remind, many people install Enterprise, and most Pro 8 versions on their home PCs, since the ISOs are broadly available on the web and have varying activation aspects.

Also, does EasyBCD now support booting from a Win8.1 VHD? If I add such VHD to an empty spare disk or partition on a disk where primary PC boot system is Win7, what version of Windows Bootmgr should I add to the empty volume - from Win7 or 8?
 
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mqudsi

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#8
EasyBCD is free for home use. The home and commercial edition are the same (so I don't know what your phrasing of "always have a free version" is supposed to mean).

EasyBCD may not be used in commercial environments or for commercial purposes without paying for a license (why do you think it should be fair for everyone but the authors of EasyBCD to make money?) and as such, EasyBCD "Community Edition" cannot be used on Pro/Enterprise/Business editions of Windows. Windows 8 Home/Pro are not "enterprise" (EasyBCD runs on 8 Pro just fine).

As for "many people install Enterprise [...] since the ISOs are broadly available on the web and have varying activation aspects," this is illegal and against the terms of use/service of both Microsoft and NeoSmart Technologies. If you're using enterprise Windows to bypass activation, that's your problem, not ours.
 
#9
I used easyBCD cos I wanted to dual boot Windows 8.1 with a linux based OS but.... using secure boot and UEFI (that's how my computer comes configured out of the box). I went ahead with it after reading the recommendations here, but now I can no longer boot windows or linux .. it looks like I will have to do a factory reset and recover the original state. Not a big problem as its a new laptop and there's no personal data on it. But I won't use easyBCD again, because in my opinion, the app does not yet support UEFI setups properly.
I am a home user BTW. I do some video and audio recording cos I'm retired and live on the edge of a tropical rainforest, hence the wish to boot 2 OS's (MSWindows is poor when it comes to real AV media use). I thought EasyBCD might have offered a generous solution. The computer just gives the message the BCD is not a valid bootloader and won't boot.
 

Ex_Brit

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I used easyBCD cos I wanted to dual boot Windows 8.1 with a linux based OS but.... using secure boot and UEFI (that's how my computer comes configured out of the box). I went ahead with it after reading the recommendations here, but now I can no longer boot windows or linux .. it looks like I will have to do a factory reset and recover the original state. Not a big problem as its a new laptop and there's no personal data on it. But I won't use easyBCD again, because in my opinion, the app does not yet support UEFI setups properly.
I am a home user BTW. I do some video and audio recording cos I'm retired and live on the edge of a tropical rainforest, hence the wish to boot 2 OS's (MSWindows is poor when it comes to real AV media use). I thought EasyBCD might have offered a generous solution. The computer just gives the message the BCD is not a valid bootloader and won't boot.
If you had researched it using Google you would have found out that you need EasyBCD 2.3 Beta for UEFI.
This post may help: Problem Change Boot Drive
Although I agree the product page does state UEFI ready. I will ask questions internally about that.
 

Ex_Brit

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