EasyBCD

Great utility for simultaneously running multiple operating systems on one machine

7.0

90 Votes

  • Category Operating Systems
  • Program license Paid
  • Version 2.4.0.237
  • Size 1.62 MB
  • Works under: Windows 8
  • Program available in English
  • Program by Neosmart

A free computer software, EasyBCD manages and repairs the multiboot computer system. For example, if you use this system, it runs XP in one part, Linux with the second part, and it runs Windows 7 for the third. A well-designed and easy-to-use front end for the more obscure Windows command line tools, even if you think that an expert in computer is all who will ever want one, you might want to think again. EasyBCD lets you add powerful recovery tools to the system so that even if you have a corrupted computer, you can still boot it with a third-party recovery tool.

All in all, you have a marvelous tool that helps to restore your system, and you do not have to waste time in search of a recovery CD. What makes EasyBCD even better is the fact that it is a free tool. Never seen multiboot in action? When you first start the multiboot PC, it will display a large menu with the various operating systems that you can boot over to. That includes Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. The software highlights the default operating system, and you can select the arrow keys to scroll through the list of various operating systems. Hit enter once you have found a system that you want to boot up.

Using the Windows Control Panel, you can change your default operating system, and you can select the number of seconds that you want before the menu will appear. Nevertheless, doing more complicated command lines will require more than Windows Control Panel, and you will need an expert command-line tools like EasyBCD. Windows uses BCD to track the operating system that your disk installed.

EasyBCD can be installed on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows XP. The boot menu will have two separate entries. First, you will have what is called Windows 7 entry, but if you want the Windows XP entry, it has confusingly been titled, "Older Version of Windows." Luckily, you can rename it to whatever you might prefer for better identification. What EasyBCD does is makes restoration much easier. Without this software, you will have to search the internet to find obscure commands to recreate your lost menu. With EasyBCD, you easily restore this with a single click.

EasyBCD does not feature detailed menus, but they have a help forum that can clarify issues around it. How does EasyBCD stack up to the competition? The biggest rival of EasyBCD is DualBootPro. This software has been well-written, but the limitations on the features are more than what you had with EasyBCD. For example, DualBootPro does not have WinPE and CD images. Also, EasyBCD costs nothing, while DualBootPro costs $9.95. Overall, you have a lot of value with EasyBCD, and it does not cost you anything.

Pros

  • Totally free
  • You can install multiple operating systems
  • The Wizards help you with the setup
  • Brilliant interface
  • Outperforms its rivals

Cons

  • Requires a specialist's knowledge to use
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