rEFInd is a boot manager for UEFI computer that will allow you to choose between Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and other operating systems when you boot your computer, it can auto-detect your installed operating systems and presents a pretty GUI menu these operating systems. rEFInd is one of the most popular multi-boot managers on the market.
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Under Linux and Mac OS X operating systems, you can use refind-install script to install rEFInd, it automatically copies rEFInd's files to the EFI System Partition (ESP) and makes changes to the firmware's NVRAM settings so that rEFInd will start the next time you boot. If the refind-install script does not work properly or you want to install it using Windows, you may need to use EasyUEFI to complete the installation and configuration. EasyUEFI is a Windows software for users to manage EFI boot options and ESP partitions, it is the tool recommended by rEFInd official. Below we'll show you how to set up multi-boot of Windows, Linux and Mac using rEFInd and EasyUEFI.
Unfortunately, the official Kali Linux documentation only describes how to install rEFInd in version 0.8.3 which doesn’t work on MacBooks running OS X Yosemite or newer due to a few changes Apple introduced back then. In addition to those changes, the rEFInd setup itself changed as well somewhere between version 0.8.3 and the current version. “./install.sh” installs rEFInd on Mac OS X’s root partition as “/EFI/refind“. “./install.sh —esp” installs rEFInd on EFI partition. For other options including installing “bootx64.efi” using “./install.sh” see extra install.sh instructions. An operating system (OS) may support (U)EFI (macOS, Windows 7, 8, or 10, Linux) or not (Windows XP). Legacy boot is used for the last one, that is, the old BIOS system is used to handle boot sectors. Boot macOS, Windows, and Linux in UEFI or legacy mode on Mac or PC with UEFI or BIOS firmware. Aug 29, 2013.
Tutorial to set up multi-boot of Windows, Linux and Mac using rEFInd and EasyUEFI.
Step 1. Download rEFInd from rEFInd's official website, and unzip it if it is a compressed package.
Step 2. Download, install and run EasyUEFI, click the button, and then click the button.
Step 3. Select the EFI System Partition (ESP) where you want to install rEFInd in the disk/partition list, then click the 'Open' button to open the EFI System Partition Explorer.
Step 4. Right-click on the EFI directory and select 'Upload'.
Step 5. Select the refind in the directory extracted from the rEFInd compressed file, then click 'OK' button to upload it.
Step 6. After the upload is complete, right-click 'refind.conf-sample' in the refind directory and select 'Rename'.
Step 7. In the dialog box that pops up, rename 'refind.conf-sample' to 'refind.conf', and then click 'OK'.
Step 8. After all the above operations are completed, click the 'Exit' button to close the EFI System Partition Explorer.
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Step 9. Return to the main page of the program, click the button, then click the button.
Step 10. In this page, select the type as 'Linux or other OS', enter 'rEFInd' as the description, select the ESP partition that rEFInd has been copied into, then click the 'Browse' button and select 'EFIrefindrefind_*.efi' as the file path (Please note that you need to select the corresponding efi file according to the architecture of your computer).
Step 11. After completing the settings, click 'OK' to create the boot option, then move rEFInd to the top of the boot order list as the priority startup item.
Step 12. Restart the computer, refind will start and display the multi-boot menu.
As described above, you can set up multi-boot of Windows, Linux and Mac using rEFInd and EasyUEFI easily, EasyUEFI is a surprise for users who use rEFInd for multi-boot management.
rEFIt is a boot menu and maintenance toolkit forEFI-basedmachines like theIntel Macs.You can use it to boot multiple operating systems easily,including triple-boot setups with Boot Camp.It also provides an easy way to enter and explorethe EFI pre-boot environment.
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2013-03-29: As you may have noticed, rEFIt is no longer activelymaintained. Please check outrEFInd,a fork that is maintaned and under active development.
2010-03-12: The site has a newtroubleshooting section.Some common problems are also listed below.
2010-03-07: Version 0.14 was released. This release adds a configurationoption for the default boot choice, fixes the Linux/GRUB detection issue, andfixes Snow Leopard 64-bit issues.
The current release is 0.14.It is available in various forms.Both disk image distributions include the Installer package andcan be burned as a bootable CD as well.All three binary distributions can be used to install rEFIton a USB memory stick or other disk drives.
- rEFIt 0.14 (6.5M Mac disk image)
- rEFIt 0.14 (6.5M ISO disk image)
- rEFIt 0.14 (3.2M .tar.gz)
- rEFIt 0.14 source code (253K .tar.gz)
You can browse the source code online through theViewVC interfaceto the Subversion repository at SourceForge.
See the troubleshooting section for a full list.Here are a few common problems:
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- I just installed rEFIt, but the menu doesn’t show up.
- It takes two reboots after using the package installer.More...
- I can’t boot Windows/Linux from a USB hard disk.
- This is not well-supported by Apple’s firmware.More...
- I can’t boot Windows/Linux from the second internal hard disk.
- This is not explicitly supported by rEFIt at this time.More...
This project is hosted by SourceForge.You can use the trackers to submitbug reports,feature requests,and patches.The latest development source code is available from theSubversion repository.Other resources are listed on theproject summary page.
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To discuss rEFIt with other people, check out theOnMac Forumsor theDual Boot forum at InsanelyMac.