History of Development
The following overview shows the development history of the bootmanager BootStar:
All versions not listed here contain only very small error corrections or insignificant small changes. As long as you do not experience any system problems you do not need to update the program.
New vendor, new distributor. Vista compatibility. Support for harddisks greater than 250GB.
While installing the standard mode is available. With this mode other harddisk partitioner tools are allowed to use while the bootmanager BootStar is been installed.
Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista can be booted from each hard disk without problems.
The installation of the bootmanager can be selected at the beginning or at the end of track 0 of the harddisk.
Booting from CD-ROM is possible.
The "drive imaging" function (saving a complete partition in a file) was reintegrated.
The "drive imaging" function (saving a complete partition in a file) was moved to the standalone program "Drive-Imager DriveStar" and significantly improved.
Supports up to 8 hard drives.
Adapting the changes from 5.1x to the DOS program.
Significantly modified look of the Windows program's interface.
FAT partitions may be increased or decreased in size.
New FAT may be formated.
The saving of partitions is now much faster.
Saving of FAT partitions is only possible together with the actually used amount of disk space.
Createing an "emergency recovery disk" is possible.
Changing the sequence of the bootprofiles are possible.
Changing the program name from "Bootmanager BOOTMENU" to "Bootmanager BootStar".
Command Line Options available in the Windows Version.
A freely definable opening message can be displayed while booting.
Windows 95/98/ME/NT version of the setup program.
Command line options are supported.
Bootprofiles may be hidden.
The contents of entire partitions may be stored as a file.
Changes of the partition type are automatically recognized and copied from the MBR to the BootStar partition table.
BootStar's colors may be changed.
Secondary partitions (logical drives) are supported.
Harddisks larger than 8 gigabytes are supported.
The positions of the partition entries within the master boot record partition table can be selected as desired.
The bootprofiles can fill the keyboard buffer.
Selection of bootprofiles in BootStar by typing in first letter.
Extension to cover four harddisks.
Password protection for the setup program.
Implementation of the password protection.
Implementation of the checksum function for master boot record.
Improved input of bootprofiles.
Implementation of the uninstall function with default bootstrap.
Internet distribution with homepage.
Implementation of a demo version with limited trial run time.
Implementation of additional partition table:
Extension to cover 15 primary partitions.
Implementation of bootprofiles to select an entire partition table.
New user interface for setup program.
Implementation of being able to boot from 2nd disk (B:).
Saving of old selection and implementation of the auto-boot function without keyboard.
Implementation of booting from 1st disk (A:).
Selection of active partition using a selection menu (with cursor keys).
Input function to edit partition table.
First functional version, selection of active partition by using a numerical key.