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Old 06-20-2003, 11:36 PM   #1
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Boot Loader than can be edited in Windows and Linux

Is there a boot loader that can have it's configuration modified in both Windows and Linux? I like grub, but it's only editable in linux.. and once I edit the grub.conf to boot into windows, there's no way I can edit the grub.conf again to switch it to linux.

btw, this is a dual boot system which I only have access to remotely w/ either VNC or Remote Desktop Client.
Old 06-20-2003, 11:40 PM   #2
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boot.ini in windows can be modified withing linux if you have set up dual boot to use windows loader (mostly used for NT and derivitives(sp?)), it is a bit dangerous b/c on an NT system you want NTFS and write access to NTFS partition from within Linux is somewhat under development and can lead to loss of data.
Old 06-21-2003, 12:19 AM   #3
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I've tried booting up linux w/ windows loader (boot.ini) but have had no success.
Old 06-21-2003, 02:22 AM   #4
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I just converted my ext2 /boot partition to fat16, readable by both linux and windows!!

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if its win2K, for example, you can have a FAT32 file system which is writeable via linux...
Old 06-21-2003, 02:41 AM   #6
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yes, but what boot loader supports this?
Old 04-05-2006, 12:50 AM   #7
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First, a question: I don't know much about the loaders, but I'm surprised you can't use each for each. I'm under the impression all 3 loaders will take you where you want to go (>Windows or >Linux) by selecting on the GUI at system startup. And don't all 3 give you the choice to select between (1) your choice of preset defaults, or (2) default to the most recent selection?

Here is a very nice loader I used several years ago. I still use it on a floppy disk, because it works as a beautiful "safety" device—it goes around your boot setup, and gets things going according to the way they were when you made the floppy. The only thing it can't adjust for is if you've changed partitition sizes since then; so you always make a new floppy as soon as you've done that.

It's European (US = dev's initials); began as freeware but is now shareware. You can contact the dev for special considerations sometimes; he's very knowledgeable. Nice guy.

I have not tried it with your exact needs. Sounds like it chains with Lilo, because in its Linux section it says, "After each change of this configuration file the modifications must be written back to disk by executing /sbin/lilo." However, I think you would do well to research it. It's pretty flexible, and if it does work for you, it is a nice loader.
Screenshot showing ME, XP, and Linux, with an F10 "Change Configuration" option on the boot loader:

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