Windows 7 and Windows Vista Boot Files for the A+ Certification Exams

By Glen E. Clarke, Edward Tetz

Windows 7 and Windows Vista utilize four boot files, and you will need an understanding of all four of them for the A+ Certification exams. The four boot files for Windows 7 and Vista are:

  • bootmgr: Operating system loader code; similar to ntldr in previous versions of Windows

  • Boot Configuration Database (BCD): Builds the operating system selection menu; similar to boot.ini in Windows XP, but data resides in the BCD store. You can edit the boot configuration data with the bcdedit utility.

  • winload.exe: Loads the Vista operating system if selected from the operating system selection menu provided by BCD

  • winresume.exe: Resumes the Vista operating system if the system is started from a hibernate state