How can I change the friendly name of an entry on my Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista boot screen?

A. I recently installed Server 2008 on my laptop on a second partition to test some functions. The laptop already had Vista installed, and after installing Server 2008, my Vista boot name entry was "Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (recovered)." I wanted to get rid of the "(recovered)" text. First, I listed the contents of the Boot Configuration Database by using the Bcdedit /enum command. I received the following data:

Windows Boot Manager
identifier \{bootmgr\}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit \{globalsettings\}
default \{default\}
resumeobject \{2766589b-6c50-11dc-8886-cc4638c140ef\}
displayorder \{default\}
toolsdisplayorder \{memdiag\}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier \{default\}
device partition=E:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Server 2008
locale en-US
inherit \{bootloadersettings\}
osdevice partition=E:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject \{560495d8-8a18-11dc-978d-a24297fc2be9\}
nx OptOut

Windows Boot Loader
identifier \{current\}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (recovered)
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject \{8e3b1889-7f29-11dc-9a9c-806e6f6e6963\}

Notice that the identifier for the Vista entry is "\{current\}." To solve the problem, I'll use this identifier when I modify the description with the /set parameter, as you see below. The boot menu will then have the name I specify, with no "(recovered)" text appended.

bcdedit /set \{current\} description "Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate"
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