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Third Party Boot Loaders?


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#1 pcpunk

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Posted 20 September 2017 - 09:20 PM

I would like to try another Bootloader besides the Linux Grub2, what are the suggestions here?

 

Are there any drawbacks to using one of these Bootloaders?  I don't want to use something that will waste Resources, but at the same time, would like to use something that would make it easier to Ditch a Linux Install and not have to mess with fixing the boot drive.

 

This is on a Laptop of mine with Windows 7 64bit home premium.

https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-pavilion-g7-1300-notebook-pc-series/5186814/model/5218735/manuals

 

I tried one a while back and it was nice enough, I think it was EasyBCD, and there site is very nice and easy to follow.

http://neosmart.net/EasyBCD/

 

I was told that BootIt Bare Metal is also very good

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-bare-metal.htm

 

Any suggestions before I have at it would be great!

 

Thanks, pcpunk


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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:06 PM

I've always used EasyBCD. I am not familiar with the other ones-



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 11:37 PM

I have never used anything but Grub.


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Posted 21 September 2017 - 07:38 AM

When doing it this way, my intentions are to Install Linux Bootloader to Root of Linux Partition, is my thinking correct?


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 03:25 PM

Yes, your thinking is correct.

 

See what a Windows "boot sector loader" can do and how to create it without third party tools.

Dual boot Windows and Linux/Unix

 

There is only Windows boot manager and GRUB2 involved in the proposed solution, Windows boot manager as dirigent of boot process.

 

The other good solution is to use GRUB as main bootloader.

 

Everything else is pretty complicated and error prone!



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

@boyans, thanks!  I've used Grub many times, but want to try new things and make it a little easier to remove an OS if needed.  Seems it will make things a little less complicated, we'll see?  From what I remember EasyBCD is nicer looking, and that may be a factor for other installations, on other people's computers.


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