How to change the Friendly Name of a Boot Entry

Today, we will discuss on how to change the Friendly name of a boot Entry. In general, the items which appear on Windows Boot Manager explains the functions of each boot entry. An organized string which describes any entry can save huge time and effort.

Whenever you copy a single boot entry, you do change its name too. However, if you want to distinguish the original entry from the newly created one, you must rename this file. This will arrange entries in a more organized way thus allowing you to pick any entry in an easy manner. Here, we will talk over three different ways to change the friendly name of a Boot Entry. They are using BCDEdit and Bootcfg along with editing the Boot.ini file.

  1. Changing the Friendly Name of a Boot Entry
  2. Using BCDEdit
  3. Using Bootcfg
  4. Editing the Boot.ini File

Changing the Friendly Name of a Boot Entry Process

Here is the process to change the Friendly Name of a Boot Entry.

1. Changing the Friendly Name of a Boot Entry

If you want to change the friendly name of a boot entry, you have to create more precise strings so that it becomes easy to choose them. Say for an example, you have following 2 boot entries-

1. "Windows 10 Debug1"  
2. "Windows 10 Debug2"

You should rename them to some more meaningful strings like-

1. "Windows 10 kdnet"
2. "Windows 10 NullModem"

Note: To make any changes to Boot Entry, you do need to sign in as Administrator on your System.

2. Using BCDEdit

BCDEdit is no doubt the most useful tool to change friendly name of a boot entry for Windows. You can use /set IDdescription option to modify the description of any boot entry which is there on the Boot menu. The is basically a GUID which corresponds to the boot entry. Open PowerShell (Admin), then type bcdedit near blinking cursor (See the snapshot below).

Friendly Name of a Boot Entry

This will use the following command as syntax-

"{49916baf-0e08-11db-9af4-000bdbd316a0}" or "{current}"

Note: If you are going to use Windows PowerShell, then you should use quotes as well which are around the boot identifier. For example-

bcdedit /set ID description "The new description"
bcdedit /set {802d5e32-0784-11da-bd33-000476eba25f} description "Windows 10 NullModem"

If you want to modify the description of the boot entry associated with the Operating System, see this example-

bcdedit /set {current} description "Windows 10 NullModem"
bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows 10 NullModem"

Note: When you copy a boot entry, you can modify its description too using /d option.

3. Using Bootcfg

You can also change the friendly name of a boot entry using Bootcfg for systems that store boot options in EFI NVRAM. All you have to do is to copy the boot entry then change its friendly name.

All you need to do is to type following command and press Enter at end.

bootcfg /copy /ID 1 /d "Windows 10 Debug"

The above command indicates copying of 1st entry where /ID switch represents the specific line to be copied and /d switch forecasts the name of new boot entry. After copying the first boot entry (as described in the command line), it will create a duplicate entry with name Windows 10 debug.

For detailed instruction on how to use Bootcfg, click here.

4. Editing the Boot.ini File

If you open Boot.ini file on your System, you can find the friendly name of a boot entry inside quotation marks. You can use notepad to make changes of a Boot.ini file. For simplicity, we have shown below a sample from Boot.ini file. You can see here two boot entries that look identical, however one is original while the other is newly created boot entry.

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 10 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 10 Professional" /fastdetect

Here, both entries belong to Windows 10 Professional.

As we want to customize the first entry for debugging, we will change its name to something Windows 10 debug. To rename the friendly name of a boot entry, just click in between the quoted string then make the adjustment. See the example below-

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows 10 Debug" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 10 Professional" /fastdetect

Wrapping…

Hope, you now get the idea on how to change the friendly name of a boot entry. If you have any query related to this article, do ask us in the comment box.