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Boot manager with a partitioning utility, giving you the possibility to seamlessly install multiple operating systems on the same machine
Review by Sorin Cirneala on October 19, 2012
What's new in MasterBooter 3.7:
- Specify target disk via command line (now in shareware version)
- Floppy boot fix
MasterBooter is a useful tool for the users that want to install and use multiple operating systems on their computer. It is designed to handle the boot dialog and to provide you with customization options for the operating system selection.
The program works by replacing the content of the Master Boot Record (MBR) with a customizable launcher. It is a risky operation since any error within this disk sector can prevent your computer from starting. It is highly recommended that you backup your data before using this tool.
The main benefit of the program is the ability to install up to eight operating systems on the same computer. The list of supported OS's is available here and includes most Windows versions, Linux, Solaris and others. Unfortunately, Windows 7 and 8 are not on the list so you need to find another solution if you are planning to use them.
You can customize the boot dialog by entering a delay time interval and enable an audio alert for selecting the desired operating system. The package also includes a partition tool that is able to prepare the hard disk for the OS installation.
The loader includes the option of protecting some of the partitions with a password which is a useful solution if you want to prevent other persons from accessing important data. When using this feature it is recommended to hide the inactive partitions in order to ensure that there are no other options to access the data.
MasterBooter is an efficient boot manager that handles the boot options from the MBR sector. However, the lack of support for the latest operating systems and the limited number of partitions can make you search for another application.
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- runs on:
- Windows All
- file size:
- 70 KB
- main category:
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