1. Introduction to the New Windows Vista Boot Architecture
Advanced boot architecture management in Windows Vista has to begin with a basic exploration and understanding of the boot environment introduced by the operating system. Windows Vista brings to the table a pre-operating system boot architecture. First off, this means that the old and familiar Boot.ini file is not longer a part of the boot environment, and when it is not ignored it is completely missing.
And along with Boot.ini Windows Vista has also lost Bootcfg used for boot configuration editing. This is true and not quite. Let me explain. Bootcfg is still a valid command prompt in Windows Vista. Simply open a new command prompt window with administrative privileges (in order to do so type “cmd