How to Boot from a Bootable ISO (From Flash Drive or Hard Drive)

The internet seems to be lacking on this subject, so here’s my guide that works for hard drives and flash drives.  It’s completely free to do.
WARNING: Follow at your own risk.  If you computer is unbootable I can assist, but I have no obligation.
  • Download my customized Grub4DOS package below.  It contains all the files you need except your .iso file.
  • Extract the files.grubinst_gui.exe

  • Right click grubinst_gui.exe and run as Administrator.
  • Select your flash drive or hard disk based on the size of the device.
    (1024 MB = 1 GB)
  • Click install.
  • Copy grldr and menu.lst to the drive.
  • Right click menu.lst and click edit or “Open With…” and select Notepad.
  • Customize the file by changing the title in all CAPS and change the 3 instances of YOURFILE to the name of your .iso file.
  • Copy the .iso file to the drive with grldr and menu.lst.
  • Boot from the device, it should work.

31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! You are my hero!
    I've been looking for this all over the internet and was not able to find it !
    XD Trying it now!

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  2. How do you restore it?My bootable iso went blue screen and i couldnt boot my windows back but i luckily find a way. but now my hardrive where i installed the grub thing is gone. what will i do

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    1. You put Grub on your hard drive? That's not good because it likely makes Windows completely unbootable. Try using a Windows install or recovery disc to repair boot problems.

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  3. bsod appear after setup the capacity of drive cant see

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  4. I installed this on a flash drive to install ubuntu, but i get the error "unable to find a medium containing a live file system" any ideas?

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    1. I also got the same error on my first try, but then I copied all contents of the .ISO file onto my drive, and presto it worked perfectly!

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  5. Patrick Alba, I did the same mistake ( I installed on my hard drive mistakenly ) but, I have restored it to the previous state.
    I used hiren's boot cd to boot my hard disk, I have uninstalled with Grub4Dos installer ^^^^^^ ( I chose "Restore from PrevMBR" and my hard drive. ).

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  6. Super helpful - thanks so much!

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  7. I am getting a heads=0 error message 62. Any advice?

    Thanks,
    DCM

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    1. same problem.. i wanted to boot a linux iso :-(

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    2. I'd suggest Rufus for Linux isos: http://rufus.akeo.ie/

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    3. i tried rufus..it only works with usb memory sticks.. cannot see my externad HDD..

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    4. i read another syntax here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/gparted-and-pendrive-780675/

      BUT doesn't work on me either.. tried also some epxperiments with the syntax.. i face different errors on every experiment.. i think that the "problem" should be with the hardware. i have to finde the correct parameters for the exact HDD i use.

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  8. don't work at all....says bootmgr missing wow....formatted for nothing stupid...

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  9. i always went on blue screen, how to avoid this?

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    1. I think this method does not work with Windows, only other operating systems. The reason is that Windows tries to communicate with the DVD drive directly after loading the basics of the loader. Other operating systems will tell the BIOS to communicate with the virtual DVD drive which will send the requests to the flash drive.

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  10. help, im getting blue screen

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  11. How can I add more than one iso image to the drive?

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    1. Open the meun.lst file with a text editor such as Notepad. Copy the lines of text from "title NAME YOUR BOOT ENTRY" to "savedefault --wait=2" inclusive. Paste the copied text between the "savedefault --wait=2" and "title Turn off computer". Set the title and ISO file name to your other ISO.

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  12. How to uninstall this thing? :) Just delete the files? and iso?

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    1. That will work, but the flash drive will still have the boot sector on it. If you don't see any problems after doing that then you should be fine. But a computer may try to boot from it before or instead of the hard drive. If you want to remove the boot sector you can follow the instructions on cleaning a flash drive: http://blog.jmay.us/2014/01/how-to-clean-flash-drive-completely.html

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  13. wheres the download link??

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  14. Thank you for your nice tutorial,

    I'm trying to use it but it seems that your customized package of GRUB4DOS is not available.

    Could you update the link ?

    Regards.

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    1. Hello Ivan,

      I have updated the link. The old link became invalid because Microsoft changed from SkyDrive to OneDrive. Have a good day.

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  15. worked perfectly with HDD Regenerator booteable iso

    bye

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  16. i dont want my pc to go blue screen. so what i do with "NAME YOUR BOOT ENTRY"?

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    1. You can put anything you want in there. It's just a name to help you know the boot entry apart from others.

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    1. Do you receive an error or do you not see the link?

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    2. Do you receive an error or do you not see the link?

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