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The only link of the four you posted which even make a passing reference to Linux was the third link, the EasyBCD one. Linux iso files can be booted directly with Grub2 with a simple menuentry. I have a flash drive with 8 different Linux versions on a partition which all boot. Of course, this is using Grub2. Since I rarely use windows, I can't help with this other than to suggest you continue experimenting with EasyBCD as it is closest to Grub2. EasyBCD uses what it calls NeoGrub which is a modification of Grub4Dos which is a modification of Grub/Grub2.
" C:\linuxmint-17-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso\boot\grub\" No, you asked about an iso. What you have shown is not an ISO. All you should see is c:\linuxmint-17-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso
I think yancek is correct. To boot an iso from any loader it would have to have support for iso's. Not sure Windows has any support so you'd need to start with a MS loader and "chain" or pass off the loading process to a loader that can boot directly from an iso. Also in your case, the loader would have to support any filesystem the iso is on. The modern grub in any form would be needed. Grub2, grub4dos, grub4nt and grub24's should work.
There are other loaders out there that may boot an iso directly also.
I would be shocked if Windows supported dual-boot with Linux in any way.
I'd agree with that. Creating a boot or grub partition with Grub in the mbr and a proper grub.cfg entry would boot some iso files. Or maybe just the boot or grub partition and using EasyBCD in windows to point to this partition would boot an iso with a proper grub.cfg entry. Might be worth trying.
I've never used the Plop bootloader but, the entry you posted for it above indicates it is a modificatin of Grub Legacy. If that is the case, it won't work because Grub Legacy cannot boot an iso file directly but only if extracted. Maybe Plop has other capabilities, I don't know.
The EasyBCD link you posted shows an option to boot an ISO. The examples they post are all for windows. I noticed they were not able to boot even a Parted Magic iso which leads me to believe EasyBCD will be unsuccessful with Linux. I was able to boot a version of Parted Magic two years ago with Grub2, directly from the iso.
The type of entry you need to boot an iso on Grub2 is below. That entry booted Mint 17 from sda5 using Grub2. You might investigate Grub4Dos. I don't know if it is similar to Grub Legacy or Grub2. Using either Grub4Dos IF it has the capability or the actual Grub2, you would need to install the boot files on a separate boot partition and chainload from EasyBCD. I know Grub2 can do this, I have never used Grub4Dos so I don't know if it can. EasyBCD puts an entry in the windows boot file pointing it to the Linux or boot partition just as Grub does with windows. You could put the iso on your ntfs partition and boot it. See the neosmart site at the link below.