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Old 04-18-2012, 12:14 AM   #1
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Installing GRUB in Windows


Hello everyone,
I am a newbie to LINUX. I have installed Ubuntu to start my LINUX experience. My friend told me that its bootloader GRUB can use a background image in boot menu. He also showed me one.I was wondering to install GRUB/ replacing windows bootloader with GRUB without acually installing any LINUX distro..Is it possible??plzz help..
Thanks in advance
 
Old 04-18-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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Not a linux question entirely and should be moved to /General.

As per your issue, if you do not want Linux, then why do you want to use its boot loader? Just for the sake of background images? According to this website, http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...2fWindows.html, grub does not support windows booting but windows has to be chain loaded. And because you are not interested in installing Linux, you should not bother with what chain loading is. But there are certain third party boot loaders like SuperGrub that you may want to look into.
 
Old 04-20-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Thanxx. . I knew that grub chainloads windows but was not sure whether it could be used as a standalone bootloader. .
 
Old 04-20-2012, 09:33 AM   #4
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Y'know ... let me toss some advice here ... VMWare is a wonderous invention.

Instead of trying to monkey around with "dual booting" and so forth, get a copy of VMWare (buy it...) and set up as many Linuxes as you want, in virtual machines that are hosted by Windows.

Intel-compatible microprocessors have extensive built-in support for virtualization. The chips actually have multiple complete sets of control-registers and the ability to switch between them under the direction of a so-called "hypervisor," namely, VMWare. It isn't simulation or emulation: when a VM is in control, it runs most of the time at pure-native speed. And it is completely isolated from the host, which only gets involved in I/O operations (which by definition are slow anyway).

So... you can install Linux in a VM, get it working, make a snapshot. Then ... "let's just try this one eensy-weensy thing" ... ... (damn!) ... snapshot the broken thing (just in case), restore from another known-good snapshot, and try again. Priceless. And you can have as many VM's as you want. You can even get 'em pre-assembled at places like "thoughtpolice.co.uk."

Virtualization technology is used everywhere all the time. It's the way to go, I think.

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Old 07-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #5
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I would like to install grub without installing linux, and not to not have linux but so that i dont have to reinstall linux any ideas? I can't boot my system right now without plot boot cd ps I hate VMware if your gonna run a system you should run it f*ck a virtual box, just my less than humble opnion.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:15 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by niclyon View Post
I would like to install grub without installing linux, and not to not have linux but so that i dont have to reinstall linux any ideas? I can't boot my system right now without plot boot cd ps I hate VMware if your gonna run a system you should run it f*ck a virtual box, just my less than humble opnion.
Huh??
I'm not sure what your question is---or even if there is one....
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ps I hate VMware if your gonna run a system you should run it f*ck a virtual box
Without any context--or understanding of your background--I would read this simply that you do not understand virtualization.
 
Old 07-01-2012, 09:51 PM   #7
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A How-To for doing it with Grub2:

http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/...GRUB_Partition

How-To using Grub Legacy:

http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux...bpartition.htm

You need to read through the information on these sites and it won't work if you install on a windows partition. I would also suggest that if you really go through with this you make a partition of 100MB or larger.

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