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How to Add and Configure Boot Menu Items in BootIt NG

  1. On the BootIt NG Edit menu, click Boot Menu. Alternatively, click the Boot Edit icon on the BootIt NG desktop. The Boot Menu window appears.

  2. In the Boot Menu window, do one of the following:

    • To add a menu item, click Add. The Add Menu Item window appears.

    • To edit a menu item, select the menu item, then click Edit. The Edit Menu Item window appears.

  3. Complete the following options under the Boot Details section, as appropriate:

    • In the Identity box, type the name to be displayed in the boot menu. You can type & before any letter in the name that you want to become a shortcut key on the boot menu.

    • In the HD box, click the up or down arrows to enter the hard drive number (starting at zero) of the hard drive containing the partition or volume to boot.

    • From the Boot drop-down list, select the name of the partition or volume to boot.

    • From the Group drop-down list, select the name of the group to use (for Multi-OS partitions only).

    • Select the Captured MBR/LVM file to use, if any, for non-Multi-OS partitions. This option only displays if captured MBR or LVM files exist. MBR/LVM files are rarely needed or used. If you need both an MBR and LVM file for a boot item, then use the same name for the captured MBR and LVM files. Files with the same base name are applied whether the MBR or LVM file is chosen.

    • Enter the file name of the Sound (.snd) file to play when this item is booted by clicking Browse and then locating the desired sound file.

    • Select the Floppy Drive check box to boot from a floppy disk. The boot partition will be the active partition. This option can be applied to the boot menu item permanently or on a one-time basis (refer to Step 4).

    • Select the Swap check box to enable swapping when booting this item. This option can be applied to the boot menu item permanently or on a one-time basis (refer to Step 4).

    • Select the Next BIOS Device check box to boot from the next BIOS device. This option can be applied to the boot menu item permanently or on a one-time basis (refer to Step 4).

    • Select the BIOS Sequence check box to boot the system devices in the same order set up in the BIOS. This option can be applied to the boot menu item permanently or on a one-time basis (refer to Step 4).

    • Select the Default check box to designate the menu item that you are adding or editing to be the default menu item.

  4. Under the One Time Option section, select any option(s) you would like to apply the first time--and only the first time--this boot menu item is used.

  5. If you would like to use keystrokes for this boot menu item, click Input under the Keystrokes section and then type up to 15 keystrokes to be played back when booting this item. The keystrokes are buffered and carried forward as if you had typed them yourself. Please refer to the article How to Configure a BootIt NG Boot Menu Item to Send Keystrokes for more information on the keystrokes option.

  6. Enter a Password/Keyword that will be required to boot this item, if desired.

  7. Under MBR Details, select a partition or volume and then do any of the following:

    • To hide the selected partition, click Hide.

    • To rearrange the order of the selected partition or volume in the partition table when booting this item, click Move Up or Move Dn, as appropriate.

    • To add a partition to the MBR Details list, select a blank space (or a space to be replaced) and then click Fill (or press Insert). If the Limit Primaries setting is enabled, then all partitions are already listed. At minimum, the boot partition must be loaded to the MBR.

    • To hide individual volumes, select an extended partition and then click Volumes. Be careful not to hide the last FAT/FAT32 volume as DOS thru Windows 98 has a bug that causes problems mounting partitions if the last volume of an extended partition is not a recognized FAT or FAT32 partition.

  8. Review your settings. Click OK on the Add Menu Item or Edit Menu Item window when finished.

  9. Click OK on the Boot Menu window when you are done configuring boot menu items.

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