Multi booting

Multi-booting is the installing multiple operating systems(Multi-boot allows more than one operating system to reside on one computer.) on a computer, and being able to choose which one to boot when starting the computer.

A multi-boot configuration allows a user to choose a operating system using by a boot loader such as NTLDR, LILO,Apple boot camp or GRUB which can boot more than one operating system.

Free MultiBoot Loaders

XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader) Boot Manager
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XOSL installs itself into a dedicated partition (which you have to create yourself). The initial installation has to be done from real mode MS-DOS (not a DOS prompt window running in Windows). Operating systems that it can boot include MS-DOS, FreeDOS, Linux (with LILO), Windows 95/98/NT/2000, Solaris, BeOS, etc. You can password protect certain boot items, set a automatic boot timeout, install up to 24 operating systems, swap drives, etc.

GAG The Graphical Boot Manager
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GAG boots up to 9 operating systems from either the primary or extended partitions. It installs itself into the boot track, has support for a timer to boot a default operating system, includes password-protection for the configuration menu as well as for individual operating systems, has a SafeBoot system where your hard disk is booted even if GAG is overwritten, and supports hard disks of up to 4 terabytes. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

Smart Boot Manager
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Smart Boot Manager is an OS independent boot manager that searches for drives and paritions, and automatically includes bootable partitions into its boot menu. It includes a scheduler that allows you to boot a particular system at a preset time. It has the ability to boot from CD-ROMs, boot the default boot record after a delay if no keys are pressed within a specified time, place keystrokes into the operating system’s key buffer prior to booting it, etc. It also supports the password-protecting of partitions, drive and the administrative screens.

GNU GRUB – Grand Unified Bootloader
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This boot loader, used in some Linux distributions by default. It is distributed here in source form; you probably already have the binary version if you are running Linux. It is able to boot multiple operating systems, including Linux, Windows, MS-DOS, etc.

LILO – Linux Loader
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LILO is a boot loader used in some Linux distributions. It is distributed here in source form; if you are running Linux, it is possible that you already have the precompiled version on your system. This multi-boot loader can handle Linux, Windows, MS-DOS, etc.

Read more
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/217210
http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/boot_camp_install-setup.pdf
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1461
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/use-the-windows-bootloader-to-dual-boot-windows-vista-and-ubuntu.html
http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux/grub-w2k-HOWTO.html
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee851553.aspx
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/5110-dual-boot-change-os-name-windows-boot-manager.html
http://www.faqforge.com/linux/restore-grub-bootloader-after-windows-installation-on-multi-boot-system/
http://neosmart.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_boot_loaders
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTLDR

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Posted on July 14, 2012, in General, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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