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For anyone that has had to boot Windows into debug mode to do some digging around (like remote Kernel Debugging), things have changed. In the past, you could open up boot.ini in the root of the system volume, and add a "/debug" flag to the Windows OS record of choice.

One of the things you might notice with Vista is that boot.ini is now gone, solid gone. So, with boot.ini gone, how do you boot into debug mode? It is done with a new tool called "bcdedit". In the root of the system volume, you'll notice a hidden system directory "Boot" which is the Boot Configuration Data store. So, to turn on Kernel Debugging with Vista, you can now execute "bcdedit /debug on" (be aware, you need to be running the command prompt under an account with Admin privileges).

If you want to see the load of stuff you can do with bcdedit now, just execute "bcdedit /?".

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2006 5:59 PM Windows Server | Back to top


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Ok, I have an inkling (pun not intended) to modify that book image to the right to say "Schneier on Squid."

"The closest the squid industry has to a rock star."
Left by Estetik on Dec 03, 2008 7:35 PM

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Hey i did this, restarted my computer and it went to the loading welcome page and froze. What can i do to fix this? Please help me. Thanks.
Left by KillaLax on Aug 13, 2009 12:07 AM

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Yess, I fixed it.
Thanks,
Left by deviasyon ameliyati on Oct 20, 2010 10:50 AM

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yeah, I did it.
super.
Left by estetik burun on Oct 21, 2010 11:26 PM

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i want debugging my laptop
Left by Nasar on Apr 24, 2011 8:25 AM

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I booted my computer in debugging mode to try to fix a
hybernation problem. Now what do I do? I am trying everything!!!
Left by Arty on Jun 22, 2012 5:02 PM

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