Introduction to making a multi-boot USB drive
If you are looking for a ready-made solution for a multi-boot USB drive. please go to the
You can combine many of the tutorials on this website to make your own USB drive which can do many more things besides just store and transport your files. The basic principles of many of these tutorials are quite simple and consist of four primary steps:
1. Partition and format a USB drive using RMPrepUSB
2. Install the grub4dos boot manager using the Install grub4dos button on RMPrepUSB
3. Add your files. These could be ISO files, disk image files, OS files or even files which are prepared as empty ext2 filesystem volumes
4. Finally, edit your menu.lst file (press F4) to make a user menu so the user can select which OS or program to boot to.
5. (optional) Test that your drive boots using the QEMU button.
grub4dos tutorial. Also see the sidebar for many more tutorials or watch some YouTube tutorials and don't forget ... have fun!
For examples of menus and more details, visit the
Introduction to RMPrepUSB
RMPrepUSB is a Windows utility that allows you to quickly format your USB drives (or non-USB drives) and install different Operating System bootloaders onto it for XP, Vista/Win7/Win8, MSDOS, FreeDOS, Syslinux or grub4dos at the click of a button. This allows you to 'roll your own' bootable USB drives. RMPrepUSB has hotkeys that speed up this process (press F1 to see these). Most of the Tutorials on this site use the grub4dos bootloader. The grub4dos bootloader enables you to create a user menu which can contain a variety of entries. For instance, if you follow some of the tutorials on this site you can create a single USB drive that will boot on most systems and allow you to: install XP onto a system, install Vista onto a system, install Windows 7 onto a system, install Server 2008 onto a system, repair an OS, boot to MD-DOS, boot to FreeDOS, flash a new BIOS, run a memory test, run a hard disk scan test, boot to a number of different linux operating systems, wipe a hard disk, reset or recover Windows user passwords, clone a hard drive, boot to Windows without needing to know the user's password, crack Windows XP and some Vista/Win7 user passwords, boot to BackTrack to check WiFI security, run Windows 7 or Windows 8 directly from the USB drive, run the Hiren's Boot CD from a USB drive, recover files/pictures from a corrupt Flash memory card and much more!
Install RMPrepUSB onto your Windows computer
Download tab at the top of this page and click on the Download underlined link that you want - I would recommend the full multilingual installer link. A ZIP file will download to your computer which contains a single .exe file. Unzip the ZIP file and then double-click on the exe file. Then follow the prompts to install RMPrepUSB to your Windows PC. You can untick the Desktop shortcut and Start Menu options if you wish - click on the image below to see a step by step example:
If you want to install RMPrepUSB and all associated files onto your Windows computer, just click on the