EasyBCD Windows Version – Free dual boot tool for Windows PC
EasyBCD allows you to start a duel with a Windows PC. It allows you to start old systems that Microsoft does not currently support, such as Windows 2000, Windows ME, etc. You can start whatever you want, such as Windows, Mac, BSD and Linux.
You can choose what to launch and launch from
EasyBCD allows you to boot and boot from ISO images, USB drives, virtual disks, etc. You can create a bootable USB drive/joystick with a repair utility, and then you can take it with you. The interface is ugly and almost looks primitive, but using larger buttons in the menu makes the program feel and look easy to use. The interface design is quite intuitive, but unless you are willing to try some trial and error testing, you still need a manual. If you wish to rename, add, delete, reorder and configure entries, this tool can also make editing easier.
An interesting tool with limited use
It is a bit unfair to say that EasyBCD has limited use, because the tool allows you to perform multiple solutions to PC problems, but when searching for solutions to PC problems, there are multiple ways to use this tool. This tool is not a fundamental tool for fixing PC problems, but it does provide an alternative route, if you have tried and failed while using other solutions, then it may be appropriate. It may be suitable for people who wish to boot into safe mode or recovery utilities, but you must create them in advance.
- Can be used as part of the disaster recovery process
- Ideal for backing up and repairing bootloaders
- It provides solutions to problems with existing solutions
- The free version does not have an instruction manual
EasyBCD Community Edition
Download Link: EasyBCD.
Using EasyBCD to Boot to GRUB from Windows Boot Menu
- Start Windows and install the free version of EasyBCD.
- Open the EasyBCD program and select Add New Entry from the sidebar on the left.
- Select the rightmost tab, NeoGrub, under “Operating Systems” and click the Install button.
Note: This adds the NeoGrub bootloader code to your
C:\folder. If the install worked correctly you will see the file
C:\NeoGruband the folder
- Select the Linux/BSD tab. Choose GRUB2 as the type of the entry and, optionally, edit the name of the entry you are about to add to the Windows Boot menu.
Click the Add Entry button to add an entry to boot Linux (GRUB menu) to the Windows boot menu.
- Select Edit Boot Menu from the sidebar to review your changes.
Note: You can delete the entry for NeoGrub Bootloader if you wish.
You need the bootloader, but you do not need a boot menu entry for it unless you are using it in some other way.
- Advanced Settings, you will need to change drive settings from C:\ to Boot.
- Save your changes and reboot. When the Windows boot menu appears, select the EasyBCD entry you added to boot Linux. You should see something similar to the text below.
Then the GNU GRUB boot menu should appear.