I want to install elementary OS, but I want to use the Windows boot manager to select which OS I want to boot into. Could you tell me the steps needed to make this possible?


  • This is not a real answer to your question, but you can use GRUB 2 to manage your dual boot. I already did this by using GRUB 2. Here you can visit my blog (in french, sorry :/) but you can see a fully working exemple of this. florian-lacrampe.me/2015/01/09/… Steps if you want to use GRUB 2 : 1: Install a fresh elementay OS on a first portion of your hard disk 2: Install a fresh Windows 10 on the second part of the hard disk 3: Boot on elementary OS and use "Grub customizer" to sett
    – Quadeare
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 11:33
  • Is this UEFI.If you have UEFI you can try rEFInd which is graphical and doesn't require Windows to be booted
    – Suici Doga
    Commented May 7, 2016 at 4:14

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Judging by this AskUbuntu question it could be done (disclaimer: I haven't tested this):

Assuming that Windows is already installed, install elementary OS on another partition. Make sure that you install Grub2 on the elementary OS partition - don't install it on the MBR since this will overwrite the Windows boot-loader.

Boot into Windows and install EasyBCD

Add Entry and choose Grub2 i.e.

Then write back the modified Windows Boot-loader i.e.

Reboot - you will now have two options (except it'll say whatever you want it to say instead of Ubunutu):

Boot into elementary OS and change the Grub Timeout value i.e.

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

change GRUB_TIMEOUT=10 to GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 and save.


sudo update-grub

Note that this won't turn off Grub, it'll just make it appear for 0 seconds, so you won't be able to see it.

  • If i already install eOS in MBR i need to reinstall windows or i can repair it with the installation disk ?
    – Typhon0
    Commented Aug 29, 2015 at 17:32

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