13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 30, 2007 11:12 AM by The hatter
BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
Greetings,

I'm trying to figure out how to properly rename "Windows" for the boot selection screen. I currently have two XP Pro installs and after holding the 'Alt' key I have to choose between 'Mac Pro', 'Windows' and 'Windows'.

I thought maybe it was something in the boot.ini via Windows XP's root directory, but I think it's changed somewhere else.

Thanks for your time!

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  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,430 points)
    Hi,

    renaming your Windows XP volumes can only be done while in Windows XP.

    Open the Windows-Explorer and do a right-click on the Windows Drive (C:).

    In the Window that opens is a empty field in which you can type in the Name you want.

    When doing that, try avoid any kind of 'Special Characters' and stick to just Letters and Numbers.

    Regards

    Stefan
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    Thanks, but this has nothing to do with the name of the volume (which I've already changed).

    Changing the name of the windows volume will be viewable as well in the Mac OS, but there's something else that needs to be renamed for the actual boot selection...
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,430 points)
    Hi,

    well that's all I had to do when I renamed it some time ago.

    Here's my Boot.ini:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


    And I get 'Win XP' as Name in the Boot Selection, which is the Volume Name.

    Stefan
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    our boot.ini files are the same...

    maybe i need to make my volume name shorter, i'll post back.
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    Fortuny wrote:
    Hi,

    well that's all I had to do when I renamed it some time ago.

    Here's my Boot.ini:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


    And I get 'Win XP' as Name in the Boot Selection, which is the Volume Name.

    Stefan


    There has to be something else, our boot.ini's are alike, and i've tried shorter names... and still i have 'Windows' 'Windows' for my two XP selectors.

    I'm scratching my head on this one...
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,430 points)
    A great big apology from me to you

    Just checked (boot reboot) my Boot Selection screen and also get only 'Windows' although in OSX it shows as Win XP on the Desktop.

    It's been quite a while since I had look out what really is shown in the Boot Selection (just used the cursor-keys or mouse to choose without really looking).

    So, again sorry for the confusion

    But I think rEFIt can change these Names http://refit.sourceforge.net/ but I have n't tried it.

    Stefan
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    not a problem, but i figured someone would say something about changing the volume name.

    i'm not sure if i'm daring enough to try rEFIt just yet, thanks for the tip!
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    any other ideas?
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,430 points)
    Hi,

    I haven't tried Leopard BootCamp 2.0 yet, maybe Apple has re-changed the Boot Selection behaviour back to when it displayed the name of the Windows Volume.
    But, I don't think so.

    And since I am quite convinced that the 'Names' are somewhat saved in the 200MB EFI-partition, I still believe that rEFIt is your best chance.

    Stefan
  • BKRonline Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    gotcha, thanks!

    it just seems a little risky, but i'll look into it more and see if i feel comfortable with it.
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,850 points)
    Q: I have two versions of Vista on separate drives, but when I select Windows, it then shows a list of:

    Windows
    Windows

    I set the "D:" drive (Vista Business) as default and "C:" is Home Premium.

    the volumes have unique names, and those names show in OS X and on desktop, but not during the Windows boot sequence.

    Am I left with having to edit a file?
    I do not want to use rEFIt. Not yet anyway. That may work at the OPTION key selector but not the list Vista keeps (and don't want to mess up).
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,430 points)
    Hi The Hatter,

    since Apple officially does not support more than one Windows with BootCamp I am quite sure they will not offer any solution.
    But as you have found out Vista supports EFI, so it may be that a tweaking of the Vista Bootloader can also do the trick.

    Have a look at EasyBCD http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1 , might be helping you with your problem.

    Stefan
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,850 points)
    Apple didn't support RC1 or 64-bit versions. I am oppossed to putting Windows on the same disk drive as OS X, and even then, I think I'd want to put primary OS (whatever it is, linux, XP etc) on the first partition anyway.

    I'd be in way over my head with tweaking a bootloader with 3rd party tool. I keep buying tools that don't work, don't support x64 or something.

    Can you imagine a backup program for Vista that then says it doesn't support native disk drives? claims I have Dynamic Drives when they are in fact reported as Simple (I did play around with stripping but those are gone.

    I have a hunch that no one has tested their products fully on EFI based systems, and if they have, Itanium and therefore treat Mac Pro as "server class" and maybe why their product is "confused" when it sees GPL and EFI partitions.

    Leo dropped support for Java 6 and I work with one application that just doesn't seem to exist on Mac, so for once I feel freed to use hardware and software I need.... mostly... for once. Not the other way around.