VistaBootPRO 3.2.0 for Windows

by PROnetworks

Avg. Rating 4.4 (47 votes)

File Details

File Size 1.5 MB
License Subscription, $5.00
Operating System Windows 2000/Server 2003/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 17,918
Publisher PROnetworks
Homepage VistaBootPRO

Publisher's Description

VistaBootPRO makes it easy for both the novice and advanced user to make changes to the Boot Configuration Data store (BCD) without having to use the complex command line application bcdedit.exe. Advanced settings include backing up and exporting your boot loader configuration, making advanced "functional" changes like adding an Operating System to the boot menu, repairing the Windows Vista boot configuration data and modifying other settings which will affect the way that Vista boots.

Latest Reviews

TheUSMale2

TheUSMale2 reviewed v3.2.0 on Dec 10, 2011

I used it and it worked perfectly. Easy as pie. Easy to understand.Stoved my duel bootup problem quickly. tried using the orig win CD/repair could not seem to get the job done. I also use cmd commands of bootrec.exe/fixmbr, fixboot, & rebuildbcd but until i used this program I could not solve my problem.

JabbaPapa

JabbaPapa reviewed v3.2.0 on Jan 13, 2008

The opposite of what Computer Guru says is true --- in fact EasyBCD is a rip-off of VistaBootPRO

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.1 Beta on Nov 18, 2006

"How can VistaBootPRO be at version 3.1 when Vista itself isn't even at 1.0??!"

Computer Guru, you're a a retard.

Computer Guru

Computer Guru reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 16, 2006

This program barely works, and looks terrible.
For every new build they have to release a new version just to make it work. Not surprising seeing as they never wrote it in the first place.

VistaBootPRO is all stolen code, taken from NeoSmart Technologies' EasyBCD.

How can VistaBootPRO be at version 3.1 when Vista itself isn't even at 1.0??!

How come the changelog for every version of VistaBootPRO is an exact duplicate of the changelog for NeoSmart's EasyBCD - that is always released a month or more before.

VistaBootPRO is a gimmick and a scam, it's a cheap company trying to make money off someone else's very hard work. It's a get-rich-quick way of making a name "for themselves" and it probably won't work.

ComputerGuru

ComputerGuru reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 13, 2006

great application. works well in all builds of vista.

nasserd

nasserd reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 3, 2006

You know the developers of this software are clueless when they have cranked out pre-1.0 to 3.x product releases based on borrowed source code and against a software product that has not been released in 5 years!

Oh, and the fact that the CLI (command-line interface) for BCD is still 25X more flexible and reliable than this GUI tool.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 3, 2006

Sweet, they fixed my font bug in less than 24 hours. :)

sirhardi

sirhardi reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 2, 2006

I am very curious on this one, I will give this a shot, I find it avsolutly frustrating that Xp overtakes existing OS Boot choice,
Does this work on XP as well ?
I still have a 64bit OS installed on a partition which i cannot boot into it was overwritten, installing a Bootmanager afterwards will probably not help .
I give it a 4 just because of the effort to ease of mind for some of us.
And GREAT post right below me man !

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

I expect a lot of people to be dual-booting Vista RC1 and the official release of Vista with XP on a scale previously unheard of in terms of dual-booting.

I'm looking at this software in part just to get the info to explain where BCD is etc.

With the previoius Boot.ini, one could simply delete or format the partition that the second OS was installed in and then delete its line in Boot.ini and you were back to just one OS.

People really need to understand the difference. I made the unfortunate mistake of deleting my D-drive where Vista Beta 2 was stored. Guess what? XP would not start.

This software SHOULD BE A SUPPLEMENT TO, and not a replacement for, the ability to edit the code directly.

Expect to see existing multi-boot software apps incorporating the specific BCD configuration. With hard drive space relatively cheap and the possibility of running multiple OS's simultaneously with future motherboards, I see many people using all or a combo of:
-Vista
-OS X
-XP
-Linux
*I expect to see security systems, computer phone, and other dedicated Home and Professional networking configurations using a simple OS (perhaps Linux-based)running alongside the main OS.

vistaman

vistaman reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

Great update on a very helpful program. I really like the new graphics and the glass effects are awesome. For most users who don't want to mess with the command line, this is a great program.

Good job using C# for the program and making it backwards compatible to run on XP!

Avg. Rating 4.4 (47 votes)
Your Rating
TheUSMale2

TheUSMale2 reviewed v3.2.0 on Dec 10, 2011

I used it and it worked perfectly. Easy as pie. Easy to understand.Stoved my duel bootup problem quickly. tried using the orig win CD/repair could not seem to get the job done. I also use cmd commands of bootrec.exe/fixmbr, fixboot, & rebuildbcd but until i used this program I could not solve my problem.

JabbaPapa

JabbaPapa reviewed v3.2.0 on Jan 13, 2008

The opposite of what Computer Guru says is true --- in fact EasyBCD is a rip-off of VistaBootPRO

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.1 Beta on Nov 18, 2006

"How can VistaBootPRO be at version 3.1 when Vista itself isn't even at 1.0??!"

Computer Guru, you're a a retard.

Computer Guru

Computer Guru reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 16, 2006

This program barely works, and looks terrible.
For every new build they have to release a new version just to make it work. Not surprising seeing as they never wrote it in the first place.

VistaBootPRO is all stolen code, taken from NeoSmart Technologies' EasyBCD.

How can VistaBootPRO be at version 3.1 when Vista itself isn't even at 1.0??!

How come the changelog for every version of VistaBootPRO is an exact duplicate of the changelog for NeoSmart's EasyBCD - that is always released a month or more before.

VistaBootPRO is a gimmick and a scam, it's a cheap company trying to make money off someone else's very hard work. It's a get-rich-quick way of making a name "for themselves" and it probably won't work.

ComputerGuru

ComputerGuru reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 13, 2006

great application. works well in all builds of vista.

nasserd

nasserd reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 3, 2006

You know the developers of this software are clueless when they have cranked out pre-1.0 to 3.x product releases based on borrowed source code and against a software product that has not been released in 5 years!

Oh, and the fact that the CLI (command-line interface) for BCD is still 25X more flexible and reliable than this GUI tool.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 3, 2006

Sweet, they fixed my font bug in less than 24 hours. :)

sirhardi

sirhardi reviewed v3.1 Beta on Oct 2, 2006

I am very curious on this one, I will give this a shot, I find it avsolutly frustrating that Xp overtakes existing OS Boot choice,
Does this work on XP as well ?
I still have a 64bit OS installed on a partition which i cannot boot into it was overwritten, installing a Bootmanager afterwards will probably not help .
I give it a 4 just because of the effort to ease of mind for some of us.
And GREAT post right below me man !

photonboy

photonboy reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

I expect a lot of people to be dual-booting Vista RC1 and the official release of Vista with XP on a scale previously unheard of in terms of dual-booting.

I'm looking at this software in part just to get the info to explain where BCD is etc.

With the previoius Boot.ini, one could simply delete or format the partition that the second OS was installed in and then delete its line in Boot.ini and you were back to just one OS.

People really need to understand the difference. I made the unfortunate mistake of deleting my D-drive where Vista Beta 2 was stored. Guess what? XP would not start.

This software SHOULD BE A SUPPLEMENT TO, and not a replacement for, the ability to edit the code directly.

Expect to see existing multi-boot software apps incorporating the specific BCD configuration. With hard drive space relatively cheap and the possibility of running multiple OS's simultaneously with future motherboards, I see many people using all or a combo of:
-Vista
-OS X
-XP
-Linux
*I expect to see security systems, computer phone, and other dedicated Home and Professional networking configurations using a simple OS (perhaps Linux-based)running alongside the main OS.

vistaman

vistaman reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

Great update on a very helpful program. I really like the new graphics and the glass effects are awesome. For most users who don't want to mess with the command line, this is a great program.

Good job using C# for the program and making it backwards compatible to run on XP!

BklynKid

BklynKid reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

Because some developers don't know how to properly increment their version numbers. Before they know it they are at version 10.0 and they end up starting over. Silly if you ask me.

Great program however, performs as advertised and it's free. Can't knock it.

garrido209

garrido209 reviewed v3.0 Beta on Sep 29, 2006

How is this program a version 3.0 if Vista isn't even RTM yet?

The MAZZTer

The MAZZTer reviewed v2.1 Beta on Aug 2, 2006

Their self-titled "Advanced Installer" doesn't allow you to change the install path or whether or not to use a desktop icon. Less a point for that.

It would be nice if "Legacy Startup" actually launched the Windows "Startup and Recovery" GUI instead of boot.ini

It does not have all the options bcdedit.exe does (which, by the way, runs under XP), including the option to change the binary that control is passed to when the OS is chosen. Control is limited to the drive letter, and whether or not to use Vista or XP boot methods.

The GUI is pretty but sloppy. The Configure Tab is used to edit settings, but you need to go to a completely different tab, Manage Entries, to reorder, add, or remove entries. And then there's an Advanced tab to edit some more settings for boot entries.

Here's a simpler approach as an example: The Manage Entries tab could do away with the "Add" group and instead include "Add" and "Edit" buttons for the listbox. The "Configure" Default OS and timeout items could be moved to this tab. Clicking "Edit" or "Add" would pop up a dialog identical to "Configure"'s Entry Based Settings, with an "Advanced" button for Vista OS' to bring up options from the "Advanced" dialog.

And then they should move "Online Support" into "Help" and replace it with one "Apply" button, and remove all the other apply buttons.

Also "View Settings" retrieves the settings every time it is clicked. It shouldn't need to do this, as the file option is sufficient if a refresh is needed (F5 should also trigger that option).

Another option is to keep the default/timeout stuff where it is as well as the "Add" group, and instead use the "Add" group for both adding and editing entries, and stick an "Advanced" button in there.

View Settings should probably be tucked away under tools, if all the options in there (minus the obscure GUIDs of course) are editable and viewable in the GUI anyways.

Also it would be really neat if, while running under Vista, the glass extends over the statusbar, menubar, and all the area currently having a bitmap background (I haven't tried it under Vista).

But with all my nitpicking, it runs under XP as well as Vista, and it's significantly easier to figure out than bcdedit.exe is.

phill666

phill666 reviewed v2.1 Beta on Aug 2, 2006

Has peoples ability to use the command-line really died and a program like this is actually needed? An average user won't/shouldn't use this program, and the users that would change boot options should be able to use the command line....

JCDerrick

JCDerrick reviewed v2.0 Beta on Jul 20, 2006

This is an excellent program for folks dual booting everywhere. Microsoft should have thought this up themselves. And despite what controversy may exist between this application and another, vistabootPRO has the name PRO(networks) in it for a reason. Stick with the source. The program works great!

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