Can i use easybcd if i don't have vista or seven but only xp and linux ?

#1
Hello,
Easy bcd say me it will not work with xp environnement, but i ask you the question:

Can i force easybcd to be used with xp only by using the "bcd deployment" button ?

If not, do you know an alternative for xp only ? (I have a dual boot system with xp and openelec (linux).

I always have a bootmanager but i would like to work on it when my windows is loaded, for instance i'm very interresting by the feature: Ireboot.

Thanks
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#2
No that button won't work unless Vista/7/8 is present.
In an XP/Linux environment, easiest to let Linux take all of its defaults and it will take over the boot process and automatically dual-boot XP for you.
iReboot won't be much use to you. It's a Windows only app, not Linux.
 
#3
Hi,
My linux is "open elec" and it isn't a desktop environnement, it is just a media center (XBMC) and it doesn't provide multiboot like others linux distribution do, like ubuntu.
So i have to manually install a boot manager.I did it with Xfdisk or gag and it works fine.
I set a boot time on my openelec os so it is my default os.
When i am physically behind my pc i can choose the os i want to boot .., but sometimes i'm not physically here and i use remotly control software.
All is good until i have to reboot my pc because in this case it will boot on my openelec os.
It's why i would like to manage my boot settings from windows.
Easybcd can do it but not with only windows XP..

Do you know a solution ?
 
#4
Nobody ?
I found OSL2000 boot manager, it works fine but there is a nagscreen for register version, so i have to be physically behind my pc to pass it...
Do you know an alternative ?
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#5
Grub4dos uses a "savedefault" command which will make a restart return to the same OS.
I describe its use in this post
http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3596&p=37030#post37030
What it does, is store a single digit in a 2k file called "default" kept with the other boot files.
If you change that first digit before restart, the OS booted will be the "n+1"th OS in the boot menu
(OS are numbered from 0)

I'm not sure how much support grub4dos gets these days.

The syntax in that post is for an older version of grub4dos than currently in use,
the current syntax of the menu.lst in use on my PC today is

# NeoSmart Technologies' Vista Hide 'n Seek Beta
# as modified by Terry 7/2/09 to add W7 and 17/3/09 for Linux
# Modified 17/4/09 after disk reorg with dedicated boot partition
# Modified 7/10/09 to make W7 default and include W7 Apps partition
# Modified 20/9/11 to substitute Windows 8 for Linux and update grub4dos
# Modified 6/9/12 to add Windows 8 apps on installation of W8 RTM


timeout 10
default (hd0,0)/default
splashimage=/spit14.xpm
foreground 000000
background ffffff


title Windows7 64 bit B
find --set-root /Vista.C.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Vista.E.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.T.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.O.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows7.J.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows7.I.HnS
unhide
chainloader /BOOTMGR
savedefault
boot


title Vista 64 bit
find --set-root /Windows7.I.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows7.J.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.T.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.O.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Vista.E.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Vista.C.HnS
unhide
chainloader /BOOTMGR
savedefault
boot


title XP 32 bit
find --set-root /Vista.C.HnS
hide
find --set-root /Vista.E.HnS
hide
find --set-root /Windows7.I.HnS
hide
find --set-root /Windows7.J.HnS
hide
find --set-root /Windows8.O.HnS
hide
find --set-root /Windows8.T.HnS
hide
find --set-root /XP.D.HnS
chainloader /ntldr
savedefault
boot


title Windows8 64 bit
find --set-root /Vista.C.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Vista.E.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows7.I.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows7.J.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.O.HnS
unhide
find --set-root /Windows8.T.HnS
unhide
chainloader /BOOTMGR
savedefault
boot




# All your boot are belong to NeoSmart!
 

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#6
Hi,
Thanks for your help but it's a bit too hard for me :frowning:
Do you know a gui tool like easybcd but with before vista support ?
I'm testing plop boot manager, it has a configuration gui in windows.., maybe a it will be good for me.