EasyBCD 2.2

A free application for booting dual OS's like Windows and Mac on a single desktop computing device

  • Category:

    Operating Systems

  • Version:

    2.2

  • Works under:

    Windows XP / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 7 / Windows 2003 / Windows 2000 / Windows Vista / Windows NT / Windows 98

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    7.5 (78)

Many different operating systems have been introduced in the past few years. Individuals can run many flavors of Linux or choose between Microsoft's Windows 7, Vista or XP. Some of these operating systems may be very good at running specific programs for a user, but that individual only has one computer and also prefers running a separate type of operating system. A dual-boot PC solves that challenge and gives an individual the flexibility to switch between operating systems. The name of the software is EasyBCD.

The possibilities for multi-boot systems are endless and can be used to accomplish many different tasks. Some of those tasks may include the need to debug an operating system or create another backup so that a person can see how updates will affect a working environment. Businesses and individuals have been using dual-boot systems for years to alleviate the challenge of destroying a workable operating system that's not causing any problems. Having the ability to test how an operating system will run in a working environment ensures that the original operating system is not changed before the benefits of updating are determined.

Setting up EasyBCD is easy if a user is familiar with bootloaders. If not, there is a learning curve, but it's probably not much more difficult than setting up most software.

One advantage of using this dual-boot software is that it seems to have no problems loading different types of operating systems. It will load operating systems that come from Microsoft, Mac OS X and various distributions of Linux. Individuals using the software can load operating systems from ISO files and even USB drives if they prefer.

For people who require a dual-boot solution on their single PC, it's suggested that they download EasyBCD and use the software for a trial period to determine if it's a good match for them.

Pros:

  • Installs with a wizard that goes step-by-step
  • Gives a user the ability to install multiple operating systems on one PC
  • EasyBCD has a pleasant interface that is intuitive and easy to control

Cons:

  • Slight learning curve for individuals unfamiliar with bootloaders

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