Multiple bootable iso's, one disk

October 17, 2008 at 04:50:38
Specs: xp pro, 2.8 ghz / 2 gig
Couldn't think of a better place to put this so here goes.

I have multiple bootable iso's and would like to be able to put them on one disk with a menu to select which one to boot. I have tried a few things such as grub4dos but could never get them too work, the solutions I find are complicated and not well documented.

Does anyone know of a simple way to accomplish this?

I also just though of something crazy I'd like throw out there. I've made a batch script autorun on a dvd to select between two different install programs. Could this be scaled up to work with bootable things?

I'm thinking back to when I had a win 3.1 computer. I believe that boots to dos then you have to load windows, or something close to that. Couldn't that be done one a disk?

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October 17, 2008 at 10:12:20
You wont be able to do it with ISOs. An ISO is an image of a bootable CD containg all the system the files needed to boot the PC. You can only have one image on one CD. You cannot just copy the ISO to the CD. That wont work.

In order to read files on the CD and make a choice, the PC first has to be booted and running some kind of operating system.

The only way you could do it is to extract the files from each ISO and create your own bootable image with these files. Nero has all the functions you need to do this and considerable information in the help files on how to do it.


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October 17, 2008 at 10:55:54
I understand that they are ISOs and I can't stick multiple ISOs on a disk and expect it to work like that.

As for the Nero approach do you mean like Nero 7 for burning disks? So are you saying Nero can make like a menu to choose which thing to boot to?

I'm surprised no one has created a script or program to take multiple bootable ISOs or images and make a bootable menu that lets you select which one to boot too.

When I get home I'm gonna try this tutorial again.

Anyone wanna comment on my dos idea?

I hate this, I don't understand one thing on that site i linked too. Can't find any easy way to do this.

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October 19, 2008 at 07:50:49
Just thinking outload....

Make separate directorys on c:
Copy each burned ISO's cd to one of the directorys.

Make a simple batch file menu.

Burn to new cd using a winxp boot image

CD will boot. Menue will load. Chosen option will start one of the programs on the cd.

Sounds Like a nice rainy day project and can cut down on having a lot of cd's with small programs on them.


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October 19, 2008 at 08:00:16
that sounds like a great idea.

I guess I'll read up on how things boot.

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