Microsoft Windows – Bootcfg (Recovery Console) in Windows XP

What Is the Bootcfg Command?:

The bootcfg command is a Recovery Console command used to build or modify the boot.ini file, a hidden file that is used to identify in what folder, on which partition, and on which hard drive Windows is located.

A bootcfg command is also available from the Command Prompt.

Bootcfg Command Syntax:

bootcfg /list

/list = This option will list every entry in the boot list in the boot.ini file.

bootcfg /scan

/scan = Using this option will instruct bootcfg to scan all drives for installations of Windows and then display the results.

bootcfg /rebuild

/rebuild = This option will step you through the process of rebuilding the boot.ini file.

bootcfg /default

/default = the /default switch sets the default boot entry in the boot.ini file.

bootcfg /add

/add = This option allows for the manual entry of a Windows installation in the boot.ini boot list.

Bootcfg Command Examples:

bootcfg /rebuild

In the above example, the bootcfg command scans all drives for any Windows installations, displays the results, and steps you through building the boot.ini file.

Bootcfg Command Availability:

The bootcfg command is available from within the Recovery Console in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Bootcfg Related Commands:

The fixboot, fixmbr, and diskpart commands are often used with the bootcfg command.