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I am trying to make a kernel in Visual C++ (Windows) using the tutorial here. What I am wondering is how to install GRUB from within Windows 7. If I have to download Puppy Linux or something I will, but I would prefer to install it from within Windows. In case you were wondering, I want to boot a PE EXE with a multiboot header that supports GRUB.

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EasyBCD can automatically install a GRUB-based bootloader called NeoGrub. It'll be chainloaded from the Windows bootloader, and you can edit its configuration file from within Windows; it also supports NTFS so you can save the kernel to the NTFS partition and load it from there.

Disclosure: I wrote EasyBCD.

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Thank you very much! –  elijaheac Jan 23 '12 at 4:27
Fails on Vista. Fails to install the .Net framework 2. Guess it's time for it to change the framework. Anyways great work. –  LearningNeverStops Nov 17 '13 at 4:43
The latest version of EasyBCD can use either .NET 2.0 or .NET 4.0. You cannot manually install .NET 2.0 on Vista because it already ships with it. –  Mahmoud Al-Qudsi Nov 17 '13 at 18:22
I have a peculiar problem : I am able to get to grub rescue, using yours as well as a manual approach, but unable to generate a grub2.cfg from even the rescue disk (some error about not finding /etc/release) –  Milind R Nov 18 '14 at 7:36

Another solution is Grub4DOS.

Despite the name it even works with Windows (XP) - propably with 7, too.

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do you have a tutorial to make it work on win 7 ? it does not show up partitions in the UI when i choose Install grub form the menu. –  tgkprog Jun 8 '13 at 8:56
tried to run WinGrub from admin prompt that did not help either. i have ntfs on my main c drive –  tgkprog Jun 8 '13 at 10:06
can it find grub.cfg which is in a linux file format such as ext4 ? I think no. –  Don Jul 26 '14 at 2:17
@Don I did install grub4dos on a fat partition. That can be read and written by all systems. –  Nils Jul 26 '14 at 21:04

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