Alternatives to rEFIt for all platforms with any license

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  • GRUB icon

    GRUB

    GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot loader. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and implemented by Erich Stefan Boleyn. Briefly, boot loader is the first software program that runs when a...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD Solaris OpenSolaris

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    EasyBCD

    EasyBCD is NeoSmart Technologies multiple award-winning answer to tweaking Windows bootloader. With EasyBCD, almost anything is possible, e.g. to boot a Win7-VHD-image. Setting up and configuring Windows boot entries is simple, and...

    Free Personal Windows

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  • PLoP Boot Manager icon

    PLoP Boot Manager

    The PLoP Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. You can boot the operating systems from harddisk, floppy, CD/DVD or from USB. You can start the boot manager from floppy, CD, network and there are many...

    Open Source macOS Windows Linux

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    Grub Customizer

    Grub Customizer is a graphical interface to configure the GRUB2/BURG settings and menuentries.

    Open Source Linux

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  • Visual BCD Editor icon

    Visual BCD Editor

    Visual BCD Editor - advanced GUI version of bcdedit utility. Automatic boot loader creation - Windows 7|Vista|XP|VHD. Fix boot manager and dual boot problems.

    Free Windows

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  • BootIt Bare Metal icon

    BootIt Bare Metal

    BootIt Bare Metal is a boot manager and partition manager software utility. Whither you want to do non-destructive repartitioning or boot multiple operating systems, this is the product for you. Manage your partitions, install...

    Commercial Windows

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  • rEFInd icon

    rEFInd

    rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI). Like rEFIt, rEFInd is a boot manager, meaning that it presents a menu of options to the user when the...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    GRUB for DOS

    GRUB for DOS is an universal boot loader based on GNU GRUB. It can boot various OSes (some directly, some using their standard boot managers) on different media (HDD, CD/DVD, external USB devices, etc).

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Grub2Win icon

    Grub2Win

    Safely dual boot Windows and Linux without touching the Windows MBR. Grub2Win installs to Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, 2000 or Vista. It boots native, open source GNU grub version 2.00 code. Everything is contained in one 7 MB...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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  • BURG

    burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB . It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued The project is no longer maintained. Last version, released on 18 October 2010, can be still downloaded from Google Code.
  • OSL2000 Boot Manager icon

    OSL2000 Boot Manager

    OSL2000 is an advanced multi boot manager. Using OSL2000 boot manager, you can directly install, boot and manage upto 100 independent OSs in your computer.

    Commercial Windows

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    DualBootPRO

    A boot editor for the Windows 7/Vista bootloader. Takes the pain out of BCDEDIT. The logical and easy to use DualBootPRO interface makes it easy for both the novice and advanced user. No complex command line application editing. ...

    Commercial Windows

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  • VMLite VBoot icon

    VMLite VBoot

    VBoot allows you to boot a physical computer from a single virtual disk file in VHD/VMDK/VDI/Raw format. Each file contains a single operating system. It supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 2003 Server, 2008 Server...

    Commercial Windows Linux

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  • Chameleon Bootloader icon

    Chameleon Bootloader

    Chameleon is a boot loader for Mac OS X. It seems that standard boot loaders for Mac OS X either lack many cool features, or have many cool features, but are closed-sourced. With Chameleon you can have all benefits of features...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • bootcfg

    Used to edit boot configuration data on Windows systems. Predecessor of bcdedit. Found on Windows XP and prior versions.

    Commercial Windows

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    Chimera

    Chimera is a Hackintosh bootloader that merges the best features from various branches of Chameleon bootloader, into a new branch based on the latest Chameleon 2.0 RC5 trunk version. It is designed for maximum compatibility across...

    Open Source Mac

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  • Linux Loader icon

    Linux Loader

    The development of LILO as classic bootloader for GNU/Linux systems was restarted in June 2010. Because of the simpleness LILO has some advantages comparing with Grub and Grub2. But nowadays LILO is not the bootloader for all...

    Open Source Linux

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    gummiboot

    gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern (glob) or an on-screen menu. gummiboot operates on the EFI System Partition (ESP) only....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD

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    • Discontinued In May 2015, gummiboot was fully integrated into systemd to form its systemd-boot component that serves as a UEFI boot manager. Following this action, the source code repository of gummiboot was emptied out in July 2015. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummiboot_(software)
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  • Partita 2000

    Partita 2000 is a tiny boot manager with a Y2K patch for old BIOSes. It features a timed autoboot and can automatically change partition type to hidden for selected partitions when loading a given OS.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website, in the Early Work section.
  • Boot Manager icon

    Boot Manager

    Boot Manager is the first Android Multi-Booter Application! The application installs up to four ROMs to your sdcard and you can keep one on your phone as well to allow you to boot up to five ROMs and switch between them with just a...

    Freemium Android

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  • Yaboot

    Yaboot is a PowerPC bootloader for Open Firmware based machines including New World Apple Macintosh, IBM RS/6000, IBM pSeries and IBM OpenPower machines.

    Open Source Linux

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rEFIt Comments

Good and bad at the same time

Comment by mikemabey
about rEFIt and GRUB Nov 2011

While rEFIt helps you be able to boot to multiple OSs with a nice GUI, it does cause one major problem: It completely disables the ability to control the screen brightness in Windows and Linux. As discussed at length in this thread, so many people have had problems with this. While multiple workarounds have been devised for distinct models with varying video cards, almost invariably, those that posted to the forum that are using rEFIt were able to trace things back to it being the source.

A great alternative is GRUB. Tried and true, it may not be as sexy looking, and it may be a little more of a challenge to get it to operate as the system's default boot manager, but it is definitely a good alternative to the problems caused by rEFIt.

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