10/15/2013

A small tutorial for BOOTICE Users...

Update: Hi Friends,
Because, Bootice can be used to do so many things,
This is Why, This question is really important.
How to use Bootice, to do what? Like,
* How to fix `missing BOOTMGR` problem while booting Windows OS
* Which MBR (Master Boot Record), should i be using, to boot windows OS
* Which PBR (Partition Boot Record), should i be using, to boot windows OS
* Do We can use Bootice in Window PE Environment
* How to Format Disk/USB
* How to Format Given Partition of Given Disk/USB
* How to Mount other Partition of Multi-Partition USB Drive
* How to create Multi-Boot USB using Bootice
* How to edit `menu.list` File for GRUB4DOS
* How to Mark Given Partition of Given Drive as Active (apply Boot Flag)
* How to mount/dismount, Given Partition of Given Disk/USB
* How to Hide/UnHide, Given Partition of Given Disk/USB
* How to Change Drive Letter of pre-mounted Partition
* How to remove unwanted Boot Menu Entries from BCD
* How to remove unwanted Boot Menu Entries from UEFI
* How to Boot some OS from VHD/VHDX
* How to add recovery mode Boot Entry into BCD/UEFI
* How to add GRUB4DOS/GRUB2 Boot Entries into BCD/UEFI (Used by most Linux OS)
* Using Bootice with Command Line to Automate some Things

Please, Do comment so i can focus on what my friends are looking for?
Thanks ..




BOOTICE is a very popular and very small utility (377 KB) comes with most important features, and here is a list of some important features which can we perform using Bootice..




#01. we can make a boot-able USB using BOOTICE without any extra application.

#02. we can fix the booting problem of any PC, as i most cases booting problem are related to wrong boot-manager or wrong boot-sector code or wrong active/boot-flag partition of your Hard Drive.

#03. we can change the Master Boot record codes as well as the Partition Boot record codes using the Bootice.
-->> select any one of the listed physical disk and you will be able to perform
these operations.
Process MBR; install any one of the listed MBR, boot manager also it provides an
important feature so that you can backup and restore MBR data to your physical disk in a file.

Process PBR; here you will be able to install one of the listed boot manager for your
selected partition, you can backup and restore PBR to your physical disk.







#04. we can make a multi-partition USB, either to make FAKE USB or to make a multi-part boot-able USB or to protect our important data from virus to hide that into other partition of that USB drive.

-->>  Parts Manage; Here you can format your physical disk like, USB drive, FLASH card,
external as well as internal hard drive.

Activate; means mark partition as active, in other words if you are a Linux user you
may call it as BOOT FLAG.

Assign Drive Letter; windows can manually recognized only first Primary partition of your USB
Drive, so to mount second partition of USB you have to assign a drive
letter to it and after that you can view/edit content of USB on windows but if you are a
Linux user than you already know that Linux has a power to mount all partition of physical disk, no matter it
is primary or secondary or any other or either it is a primary disk partition or a extended
disk partition.

Format this part; format only selected partition of your physical disk.
Reformat USB disk; means if are interested to create a new partition table onto your physical disk,or to change file-system of different partitions.
 remember if you choose this option all contents of your USB
will be destroyed.
if you want to change partition partition table without loss of data 
than you must think about disk partitioning tools such as Easy-us partition manager.





#05. we can also edit the sector of any Physical drive as well as the Virtual Drive.

#06. we can HIDE the partition so that that partition will not be automatically mounted in windows.

#07. Assigning a Drive letter to a particular partition and removing a drive letter.

Note- if you already hide a partition than you do not need to remove the drive letter of any partition , because a Hide partition will not be visible in the "MY Computer" of windows.

#08. formatting a Particular partition of USB/Hard Drive as well as you can format the whole USB/Hard Drive, because By default in windows you can format only a particular partition of USB Drive.

#09. In case if you are working with a multi-partition USB than By Default in windows you can only mount the first primary partition of USB Drive., But using Bootice you can mount/assign a drive letter to all primary partition of USB Drive, but at a time you can mount only One partition of USB Drive.

Note- Actually here Bootice edit some codes in partition table so that your First primary partition will be second Primary and so on..
so here is a important note,,
" IF WE WANT TO CHANGE  /dev/sda1 TO  /dev/sda2 WITHOUT AFFECTING THE POSITION OF YOUR PARTITION THAT YOU CAN USE BOOTICE AND SWAP BETWEEN THESE PARTITIONS.
here is a simple image to explain this note..



#10. we can also activate a particular partition of USB Drive, how this feature is important, actually windows can only will be booted from a activated partition. If your windows partition ( where you have install windows ) is not activated than you can not boot windows. In Linux language this is defined as Boot-flag.

#11. We can also perform some action like Backup/Restore Partition Table of any Physical and Virtual Drive.

#12. we can also change the ID of any particular partition of USB/Hard Drive, Chaining ID of partition is actually related to the partition type, such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/3/4 ....etc...
NOTE- Do Not PLAY with option until you do not know what you are doing, otherwise you have to format your USB Drive.

#13.
We can also EDIT the BCD Configuration file of your windows computer using Bootice.
there are two ways to do this job..
## In first way you can view/edit the BCD store of your system.
If you want to know more about BCD than take a look at this post...

## In second way, you can create a new blank BCD store and you can add boot menu as much as you want or you can remove unwanted boot entry from BCD store.





#14. we can use bootice as a command line software, because some times command line interface gives more power so that we can do our task on time or in a short time.


#15. we can edit GRUB4DOS configuration file, named as "menu.lst" using BOOTICE, actually it gives a nice interface if you want to edit grub4dos menu.lst file.




Currently I am using BOOTICE, v-1.02 , as there are many bugs in the new version of BOOTICE-v-1.1.4 and it take some time to fix them by developer of BOOTICE.
so I am happy with that old version of BOOTICE.

 you can download Bootice from HERE..
http://bootice.en.softonic.com/
http://bbs.ipauly.com/

Download from 4shared.com... 
http://www.4shared.com/folder/3Py-XzWo/bootice.html

Bootice Official forum...
http://bbs.ipauly.com/viewforum.php?f=2
http://www.usbdev.ru/files/bootice/


Enjoy.. with Bootice..


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