[Updated] EasyBCD 2.2 released - Windows 8 & EFI support
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EasyBCD supercharges your Windows PC, allowing you to dual-boot to your heart's content.Announcing EasyBCD 2.2: Windows 8 dual-booting and more! September 25, 2012
quote:Free version only for personal, non-commercial use:
...let us introduce EasyBCD 2.2, complete with 13 languages from around the globe. With much thanks to the following people, we have been able to provide these languages out-of-the-box with EasyBCD 2.2
Chief in the list is support for Windows 8. EasyBCD will run on Windows 8 without any problems (and will even run under .NET 4.0 without needing the installation of .NET 2.0/3.5), and can set up/manage dual-boots between Windows 8 and all the other operating systems you are used to. Further improvements and enhancements focused on Windows 8 will shortly follow, our number one priority was making sure there was a version of EasyBCD out there that can both add Windows 8 entries to the bootloader, and run under Windows 8 as needed once Microsofts new OS hits the shelves come October. Stay tuned for more on that topic. (btw, have you seen our Windows 8 wallpapers?).
EasyBCD 2.2 is also the first version to officially support EFI machines. Not all EasyBCD features will work perfectly on EFI as each will need to be heavily tested and verified under the most severe circumstances before we can make that claim, but in the meanwhile, EasyBCD will allow you to edit your machines native EFI boot menu (change, reorder, remove primitive boot devices, etc.) and will not clobber or eat up your EFI boot menu by misreading its contents then saving to disk as previous versions may or may not have done.
On the cosmetic side, you may have seen the new EasyBCD logo at the top of this post its rather similar to the old one so we wont take too much offense if you havent noticed the differences. This one is one hundred percent vector-based so we can generate very pretty 256×256 icons for your desktop. Theres also a new NeoSmart logo that comes with it.
EasyBCD 2.2 also addresses issues caused by some changes in the latest Linux distributions (Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13, Fedora 17, etc.) where they changed the grub2 menu paths without warning (and, as far as we can tell, without good reason). EasyBCD 2.2 is fully compatible with the latest grub2 distros.
As usual, the full changelog is visible here.
The new build can be downloaded at the link below. Commercial users can download the latest version from the user control panel. If youre using EasyBCD in a company setting or for-profit purposes, please remember to buy a commercial license to help us support future development. We dont use DRM or limit your usage with silly nag screens, we trust you to do the honest thing. (pro-tip: Commercial users will have an in-app auto-upgrade option starting with this build, so this is the last time youll need to log in to download an upgrade.)
We leave you with some some screenshots to bask in EasyBCDs multilingual, Windows 8-supporting glory: