How to rename Windows boot menu item?

Asked by Ilya Vassilevsky on 2010-08-10


When installing to HDD, the menu item is always "Unetbootin" regardless of the distro.

How can I make Unetbootin take the title from the distro instead or just set the title manually?

The goal is to show the end user a choice between "Microsoft Windows Something" and "Linux Something".

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Best Geza Kovacs (gezakovacs) said : #1

This unfortunately can't be done programatically, as given an arbitrary file you can't infer what the distribution name is (the entry in the distribution download menu can't be used, as the user may have supplied a disk image instead; the filename can't be used because it may be meaningless; the iso label can't be used because the supplied input doesn't necessarily have to be in iso format).

That said, if you just want to modify the menu name after the install, it should be possible by either editing boot.ini (Windows 2000, XP), or using bcdedit (Windows Vista, 7).

If this is for a mass deployment, however, if you're building a custom UNetbootin version, as described in then changing the branding, which will also change the menu label, is described in the first code example.

Ilya Vassilevsky (vassilevsky) said : #2

OK I understand. I already started configuring my build environment.

Still, if method=distribution and distribution="Something Definite", UNetbootin could use that as the name :)