Need similar to this BIOS-setup, but with UEFI:
Possibility to make new Windows7/8/10 installations to partitions, preferably combined system/boot for easy cloning/imaging and deploying Windows to another partition.
Possibility to select OS from several Windows and linux operating system partitions when booting.
What I had in systems without UEFI:
MBR-disk, with minimal 128 MB hidden first primary partition used only for grub4dos files.
Second (and third) primary partitions were used for installing Windows so, that it is combined system/boot partition, with all the boot files. I generalized BCD before making an image, and after that I could deploy it to another primary or logical partition, and grub4dos was able to boot them (re-specializing the BCD on-the-fly during the first boot from the new partition).
And of course grub4dos also booted linuxes from another partitions.
Now with my new setup I have Intel 600p SSD that claims it needs UEFI, so I guess I can't use grub4dos anymore, right?
1) Going the modern route with GPT partitioning scheme: what are my options to get the setup similar to the above to work? I really want to boot several instances (or versions) of both Windowses and linuxes.
First, can I install Windows OS to single partition, combined system/boot (like hiding or setting the first small partition to a type not familiar to Windows, and filling the disk with partitions so, that Windows has no space to make that EFI system partition or recovery partition)? Still to figure out if there are some MSR considerations.
Alternate ways to multiboot my UEFI-setup with some other boot manager?
2) The MBR route. Similar to my BIOS-setup partitionwise, but I guess I need EFI folder inside the tiny first primary partition (or do I need that, and if yes, do I need that only for \EFI\boot\bootx64.efi - what I want is combined system/boot partition for easy cloning/imaging and deploying the Windows to another partition(s)). Yes, I do need that for grub4dos files, and possibly for some other boot manager's files so that they won't be overwritten when doing a new Windows installation to primary partition with Windows installer (or they would have to be copied there afterwards, if I don't use that small hidden primary reserved only for those), but how about bootx64.efi or some other Windows boot files, or can they all be located to the combined system/boot partition like in my non-UEFI setup?
Aaand, no grub4dos working with UEFI, even UEFI with MBR, right?
So I suppose I need some other boot manager with this route too.
Bear with me if I have some misunderstandings with UEFI or GPT. I'm mostly familiar with BIOS and MBR only. Also if there are some SSD considerations different to HDD's, please mention.
Edited by sir_bootalot, 22 November 2016 - 02:49 AM.