Booting Multiple Operating Systems


I like to experiment with operating systems a lot, and I was wondering if there exists kind of a unified solution for managing the boot sector (or whatever it's called) so I can boot into different OS's and remove them whenever I want without having to worry about updating boot.ini, GRUB, LILO, etc.

Maybe a program I can put on a CD and it will somehow detect what OS's I have currently installed and let me boot into them. Sorry that the question is poorly worded, but I don't know exactly what I want, at least please point me in the right direction, thank you.

Best Answer

I do not know of an automated way of doing it, but NeoSmart EasyBCD is close to what you want.

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However, if you want to mess around with different operating systems, it is possible to break working ones if you are not careful - and even if you are, I wouldn't really recommend it.

Take a look at virtualisation - it will allow you to run an operating system within another one. Personally, my favourite is VMWare Workstation, however there are many free solutions such as Virtual PC for Windows 7 (For Windows Vista or before) for Windows or VirtualBox which is cross platform.

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