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9. Boot-Up Hacks > 87. Multiboot with Third-Party Utilities

Multiboot with Third-Party Utilities

Use a third-party partitioning and boot utility to extend multiboot support beyond DOS and Windows.

A third-party boot management utility provides simpler configuration, significantly more options, and a friendlier user experience than FDISK and an NT-based text menu for operating system selection. These utilities are intended to be installed on a working Windows system before you add any other operating systems. Setting up partition and boot managers is not well documented in the two most popular products: Symantec’s PartitionMagic and BootMagic combination, and V-Com’s Partition Commander and System Commander.

To use these utilities effectively, you must install them on the first active partition of the first hard drive, and that partition should be FAT-32 and boot to DOS. Installing them on the first partition running DOS or Windows 9x allows them control over the boot process.


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