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Old 09-01-2014, 05:15 PM   #1
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Question Linux Mint Live .iso from Windows 7 boot menu


Hi!

How can I add a LinuxMint Live ISO as an option to Windows' boot menu?

I tried these but no success:
Maybe I have to use some files from inside the ISO but I'm not sure. C:\linuxmint-17-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso\boot\grub\
 
Old 09-01-2014, 06:05 PM   #2
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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.

Happy reading and Good Luck.
 
Old 09-01-2014, 09:17 PM   #3
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" 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




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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.
 
Old 09-01-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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Is this acomputer withou cd/dvd drive if so you can boot from the iso on hdd while using unetbootin.
 
Old 09-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #5
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Windows supports dual-booting Windows.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...#1TC=windows-7

I would be shocked if Windows supported dual-boot with Linux in any way.
 
Old 09-02-2014, 12:05 AM   #6
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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.
 
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Unetbootin
 
Old 09-02-2014, 05:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the answers!

Unetbootin won't work. I don't want to install it. I want TO LIVE BOOT THE ISO WITHOUT EXTRACTING THE FILES FROM THE ISO IMAGE. YUMI also won't work.

I'm looking for a solution to boot these 2:

1. Windows 7 installed @ NTFS
2. Linux Mint @ ISO (in a NTFS volume / C:\linuxMint.iso)

Help me here someone:
http://www.plop.at/en/ploplinux/iso.html

Code:
title  Plop Linux ISO
map  /iso/ploplinux-4.2.2.iso (hd32)
map --hook
rootnoverify (hd32)
kernel ()/syslinux/kernel/bzImage vga=1 iso_filename=iso/ploplinux-4.2.2.iso
initrd ()/syslinux/kernel/initramfs.gz
I could use grub4dos. BUT, how do I install it with those two options to C:\ (or HDA0 if you please) MBR without messing with windows' boot loader?

If I ask it in a windows community, they "don't know" about live ISO.
If I ask it in a linux community the question is "too windows" (off-topic)

http://superuser.com/questions/80589...-mint-live-iso

PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT WANT TO FREAKING INSTALL LINUX.
I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE BOOT THE ISO FROM ANY BOOT LOADER INSTALLED TO HDA0 AND STILL BE ABLE TO BOOT WINDOWS


==================================
= BOOT MENU (MBR)
==================================

1. WINDOWS 7 FROM HDA1/NTFS (installed)
2. LINUX MINT FROM HDA1/LINUXMINT.ISO (live)



Thanks!

Last edited by Azevedo; 09-02-2014 at 05:38 AM.
 
Old 09-02-2014, 09:28 AM   #9
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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.

Quote:
menuentry "Mint 17 Mate" {
loopback loop (hd0,5)/linuxmint-17-mate-32bit-v2.iso
linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/linuxmint-17-mate-32bit-v2.iso
initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.lz
}
https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/dual-boot/linux/

Last edited by yancek; 09-02-2014 at 07:20 PM.
 
Old 09-02-2014, 04:49 PM   #10
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You don't need plop. It may work but you'd be better off chain loading from bcd to grub(of some kind) or just replace bcd with grub.
 
  


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