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Old 26th October 2015
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Default MBR manager to let choose between windows and netbsd

I already had in the past troubles using the standart MBR manager coming with netbsd, and I ain't enough of a poweruser to config GRUB on my own, so I am wondering how I will make a dual boot between a preinstalled windows, and netbsd 7.
I have enough free space saved.

And most of all, I fear that if I install right away NBSD, I'll lost right away access to windows by changing the MBR.
Do you think what works here https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/d...ndows-7.14222/ will work for NBSD ?
I got depressed when I saw such a tool existed(easyBSD) but for FreeBSD. You think it would work the same ? Installing netbsd in the free space, without touching the boot record, then using easybsd as it was freebsd ?

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Old 26th October 2015
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NetBSD installation CD (or usb) allows you not to install the boot manager, if you don't want it. But you have to be cautious. It has happened to me that I didn't want to install it but inadvertently I install it but even mis-configured.
In the installation process, while choosing the partition where to install NetBSD to, be careful no to choose options default: and name:
After you click ok the installation program warn you that not a valid boot manager is configured and if you want to install it . Of course choose NO.

Maybe, but I don't know if installing the default netbsd boot manager could you be allowed to boot windows also, I know for sure that I can boot a linux os in other partition but I don't know if that works for Windows.
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It really depends what do you want besides NetBSD. There was a long time you could use GAG after installation to configure your installed oses and it worked great. Now I have Windows 7 and NetBSD on one hdd, i'm not sure if i use the windows boot manager for selection, but i saw never a problem with this configuration. You can also update your oses without modifying the mbr. So try the way with the windows boot manager and use easybcd.
I have another laptop with windows 10, where i will try to install NetBSD after a windows installation.
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Just as another data point, my laptop has WIn7, Slackware, NetBSD and OpenBSD. So I use LILO for them all, but, to get to any of the non-Linux OS's it just chain loads their boot partition. I don't see why NetBSD's boot selector couldn't likewise load Windows similarly, but admittedly I haven't tried that combination.
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Old 27th October 2015
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So the simplest(if it works, that is !), would be to install right away NBSD, then install GAG, and let's pray that it will recognized ?

Ok, I'll report results.
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I once had Windows, NetBSD and Slackware installed on the same disk, with LILO as the boot loader.

Nowadays, to keep things simple, I bought a second HDD and configured the BIOS to use the first disk. When I want to boot the second disk, I use the BIOS loader (same principle: default option in N seconds or/plus selection via F11/arrows for other disks). ... The problems with MBRs are now just a distant memory.

PS: Since I recently found out about the "Return of the Jibbed", I'm thinking about keeping the OSs on external flash drives, but that's work in progress...
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Ok, i tried a developer snapshot(7.99.21) like always and i'm stuck because of a problem in sysinst. The NetBSD Bootloader can start Windows 10 without problems but during the installation i got the known problem "Old BPB too bug, use -f (may invalidate file system)". So I cannot start NetBSD but Windows 10 works.
There are some comments on the mailing lists for this problem: here.


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