I have an iso image which I downloaded. I have tested it on a virtual machine and it works.

Now I want to install it on my actual PC, however although I can burn it on a USB, I don't want to use it.

I have heard and used EasyBCD however I am currently having some problems opening it and running it.

My Question:

Is there an alternate to EasyBCD that allows you to boot from a bootable iso image? If so, what is it called?

Note: I am currently running a dual boot with Ubuntu, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. My grub boot loader is in tact, and so is my Windows 8.1/Windows 10 boot manager/loader.

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    If you want help regarding EasyBCD, you should make it clear in your question. If you are asking for Software Recommendations, Super User is not the place to do it. – MC10 Aug 14 '15 at 14:03
  • @MC10 I am asking how to boot an iso image. There maybe a manual method of doing so. I stated that I used EasyBCD so that if someone was to answer they would not include this in their answer. – ss4566654768 Aug 14 '15 at 14:12
  • While it’s certainly possible to use a RAM disk for this, most modern operating systems do not support this in their default configuration! They crash after early boot. – Daniel B Aug 14 '15 at 18:13
  • What medium do you want to boot from if not a USB drive? – user5071535 Aug 14 '15 at 22:44

I personally use Easy2boot, it can be installed along side documents on a USB key.

Be careful when you have copied your ISO on the USB. Two pieces of advice:

  1. the file is contiguous. If not you can have trouble booting your ISO. Once Easy2Boot is installed, you can run Wincontig shipped in the _ISO/docs/WINCONTIG folder.
  2. the file is not corrupted. Check the MD5sum of your ISO and compare it with the information provided by the website where you downloaded the ISO. Sometimes, bad copying / defragmenting can corrupt the ISO.
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  • Quote: "However although I can burn it on a USB, I don't want to use it." – bshea Sep 11 '15 at 16:17
  • For my opinion, burning an ISO on a USB drive is not the same as copying the ISO file on a USB drive. When you burn it, you loose all your data on your USB, the solution provided allows you to keep your files on the USB drive. – mperrin Sep 11 '15 at 20:03
  • That wasn't what I thought he meant - I understood him to mean he DOES NOT WANT TO USE USB. Read the quote above. I also added a link to a usb boot loader (in my answer) for iso mounting on fly in case he wanted it.. Maybe if he would clean up his question we could get somewhere. – bshea Sep 11 '15 at 20:51

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