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GRUBforDOS is a Boot Loader. It has compatibility with Grub but it can also be installed on non-linux NTFS/FAT filesystems which are more common on Windows preinstalled PC's.

GRUBforDOS supports vfat, ntfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs(grub4dosconfig-version 1.7 and later), but the reiserfs support has some limitation.

Grub4DosConfig is built into many Puppy version. It is an easy to use GUI for Grub4Dos simply go to-
PuppyMenu > System > Grub4Dos bootloader config

Instructions are here-
GrubForDosConfig Help

Also see, example menu.1st file below-

Alternatively download and install


On a Installation Frugal use bootlace-
BOOTLACE writes GRLDR BOOT RECORD to MBR or to the boot area of a file system.
Options: --read-only, --floppy[=N], --boot-prevmbr-first, --boot-prevmbr-last,
--no-backup-mbr, --force-backup-mbr, --mbr-enable-floppy, --mbr-disable-floppy,
--mbr-enable-osbr, --mbr-disable-osbr, --duce, --time-out=T, --hot-key=K, 
--preferred-drive=D, --preferred-partition=P, --sectors-per-track=S, --heads=H,
--start-sector=B, --total-sectors=C, --install-partition=I, --lba, --chs,
--fat12, --fat16, --fat32, --vfat, --ntfs, --ext2, --serial-number=SN,
--restore-mbr, --mbr-no-bpb, --chs-no-tune
DEVICE_OR_FILE: Filename of the device or image. For DOS, a BIOS drive number
(in hex 0xHH or decimal DDD format)can be used to access the drive.

Example menu.1st file

Sample menu.lst for U.S.B. flash memory drive:
color white/blue blue/yellow white/black yellow/black
#color white/blue black/cyan white/black cyan/black
timeout 3
default 0
fallback 1

title Puppy
  find --set-root --ignore-floppies /pup/initrd.gz
  kernel /pup/vmlinuz pmedia=usbflash pdev1=sda1 psubdir=pup pfix=fsck,copy
  initrd /pup/initrd.gz

title Puppy [Safe Mode]
  find --set-root --ignore-floppies /pup/initrd.gz
  kernel /pup/vmlinuz pmedia=usbflash pdev1=sda1 psubdir=pup pfix=fsck,nox,ram
  initrd /pup/initrd.gz

title Windows Vista/2008/7
  map (hd1) (hd0)
  map (hd0) (hd1)
  map --hook
  rootnoverify (hd0,1)
  chainloader /bootmgr

title Windows NT/2000/XP
  map (hd1) (hd0)
  map (hd0) (hd1)
  map --hook
  rootnoverify (hd0,1)
  chainloader /ntldr

title Windows 9x/Me
  map (hd1) (hd0)
  map (hd0) (hd1)
  map --hook
  rootnoverify (hd0,1)
  chainloader /io.sys

title Find Grub menu on HDD
  map (hd1) (hd0)
  map (hd0) (hd1)
  map --hook
  errorcheck off
  find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /menu.lst && configfile /menu.lst
  find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /boot/grub/menu.lst && configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst
  find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /grub/menu.lst && configfile /grub/menu.lst
  errorcheck on

title Grub4Dos command-line interface\n(for experts only)

title Restart System

title Shutdown System

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