How to Back Up and Restore the BCD File in Windows 10

Dan Price 09-03-2018

The Boot Configuration Data (BCD) file has been part of Windows since the Vista days.


It’s not a file that many people will come across on a regular basis, but it’s vital to your operating system. If the BCD file is accidentally deleted or becomes corrupted, your entire Windows operating system could fail to load How to Solve Most Windows Boot Problems Is your Windows computer not booting up? It could be because of a hardware, software, or firmware error. Here's how to diagnose and fix these problems. Read More .

If something does go wrong, and your unfortunate enough not to have a backup, you might need to perform a clean install of Windows 4 Ways to Factory Reset Your Windows Computer Want to know how to factory reset a PC? Here are the best methods to reset a Windows computer. Read More to get your computer up and running again. Not only does this mean endless hours lost to reinstalling all your apps, but you could also lose all your data if you’re not in the habit of making regular backups The Windows Backup and Restore Guide Disasters happen. Unless you're willing to lose your data, you need a good Windows backup routine. We'll show you how to prepare backups and restore them. Read More .

It’s not worth taking the risk. So, in this quick article, we’re going to show you how to back up and restore the BCD file in Windows 10.

How to Back Up and Restore the BCD File

You can both back up and restore your BCD file in Windows 10 using the Command Prompt.

To launch the Command Prompt, press the Windows key and type cmd. When the results load, right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.


If you want to create a backup of your current BCD file, type the following command then hit Enter:

bcdedit /export f:\01.bcd

Note: You can choose the drive letter when you want the file to be saved.

And if you want to restore the backup you created, type the following text and press Enter:

bcdedit /import f:\01.bcd

If you don’t want to use the Command Prompt, you could try using a third-party app. The most popular is EasyBCD. It’s free to download and use. The app provides a user interface that makes it easy to back up and restore your BCD file at will.

Related topics: Data Backup, Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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  1. ReadandShare
    March 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Am I correct in assuming that a system backup (along with a bootable rescue disk) will prevent any need for clean Windows reinstall?