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I have an idea, would something like this be possible?

Could I, in theory, install a bootloader on a spare pen drive, and use it to load a specific OS within my pc?

For example, I have OS1 and OS2, without the pen drive, the motherboard autoboots to OS1 (Using OS1 hard drive bootloader), however, if the USB is plugged in, the motherboard would boot off it, finding its bootloader, that points to OS2 and therefore boots into that.

Could something like that be done?
     
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The answer is yes. Though most boot loaders do not automagically see the OSes...
 
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Yes of course, that was a 'rough outline' of the idea.

What bootloader would you recommend for doing this?
     
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Well, if it were a mac you could use something like ReFit, but maybe try GRUB. Though GRUB requires you to do modifications to make it work. You could even look into Chameleon. Normally it is used for booting OSX on a Hackintosh, but it works fine with booting other OSes like Windows and Linux without issues.
 
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Well, if it were a mac you could use something like ReFit, but maybe try GRUB. Though GRUB requires you to do modifications to make it work. You could even look into Chameleon. Normally it is used for booting OSX on a Hackintosh, but it works fine with booting other OSes like Windows and Linux without issues.

you can just move the boot manager onto a bootable usb, use the windows loader.
or otherwise like the previous post said, use grub
alternatively, you can just install each OS onto a drive with no other drives plugged in. Then plug them all back in, chose your default hdd for boot in bios, and if you want to boot another OS, just press whatever key you need for boot menu, and select whichever drive you want to boot (i have my rig setup like that at the moment)
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