EasyBCD: Tweak Bootloader
If you already have Windows7 installed, but your Grand Ma still needs Windows XP then you have to make your system dual boot or multi boot if you are thinking of Linux too. Thus, in order to help you in making your system dual boot between windows, Linux or even OS X, comes in the EasyBCD.
EasyBCD is a light weight bootloader tweaking utility, which allow you setting up and configuring a dual-boot between Windows 7, Windows Vista, older versions of Windows such as XP & 2003, Linux, Ubuntu, BSD, and Mac OS X is a breeze. After installing the application, you can easily add entries, edit, rename or reorder entries in the bootloader sequence to customize anything of the other installed operating systems.
In order to make windows7 and windows XP dual boot, all you need to do is at first install windows XP, then install windows7 and being in windows7 switch to EasyBCD to add the already installed new windows XP entry. Once this is done, you can restart your system, and you will see the dual boot screen asking you to enter the choice of operating system.
Unique features of EasyBCD multiple boot loader:
- Boot from USB, Network, ISO images, Virtual Harddisks (VHD) and WinPE
- Repair the Windows bootloader, change your boot drive, create a bootable USB
- Rename entries, set default boot target, change BCD timeout and hide the boot menu,
- Create your own custom boot sequence, hide drives on boot, backup and restore configurations.
It comes with the set of tools that let you backup, restore and repair your bootloader. It also allows you to add bootable USB drives to the bootloader.
Overall, it’s a worthy tool if you are looking to set up a dual boot configuration. It saves you from mucking around boot.ini or NTLDR etc. It is windows7 only application and its size is just 1337 KB.
Notes: EasyBCD bootloader is free for all private, non-commercial use.