Booting with Bootmanager
Some operating systems include a bootmanager (e.g., OS/2, Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista). However, most of these bootmanagers are still rather cumbersome to use during installation and while running.
Of course, the whole purpose of a bootmanager included in an operating system is to boot this operating system. All other operating systems can and should! be ignored during this process. The configuration is quite often only possible by applying a lot of know-how or after using third-party software.
Some operating system independent bootmanagers, however, still do not support the booting of all operating systems. The reason for this is very simple: These bootmanagers already use some parts of certain operating systems. Any unrestricted functionality can therefore be guaranteed only in connection with these operating systems.
These types of bootmanagers are easy to recognize because they are installed within a partition. The installation has to be quite often carried out within a partition with a special operating systems as well (examples: NTLoader – the bootmanager of Windows NT or LILO – the bootmanager of Linux). The bootmanager of OS/2 is outdated and supports only hard disks up to 8 gigabytes in size, for example.
The bootmanager BootStar is completely file system and operating system independent, no matter which file or operating system is used. All file and operating systems are thus supported without limitations or restrictions.