Boot (or booting) refers to the action of starting up a computer and getting it to run the operating system.

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Booting a USB from the Grub command prompt

I have a USB drive that I know is bootable (tested it on a different PC), but because of an ancient BIOS, I am unable to set it as a boot device in the BIOS settings. The computer I am using has GRUB ...
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No RAID boot menu on system start up

I have an HP Pavilion Elite HPE. I used to have an onboard RAID boot up screen but now I do not. Could this have vanished based on a glitch with using a different graphics card or the slow that it is ...
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How to get into BIOS setup screen on startup for Toshiba

The instructions from Toshiba say to depress F2: http://support.toshiba.com/support/viewContentDetail?soid=627009 For Toshiba notebook PCs manufactured since the introduction of Windows XP One ...
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diagnosing random power failures and failures to POST

I have a laptop (Toshiba satellite C650), over the last year it has symptomatically been starting to display some rather peculiar failure behavior, some of the more peculiar behaviors follow: it ...
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Windows 8.1 INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE error preventing startup

Background My Fujitsu Lifebook laptop (running Windows 8.1) has gradually been getting slower over the last few months, so I recently took steps to speed it up. These included: Making use of the ...
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How is the CPU initialized by clock ticks?

When the computer's power is first turned on, the CPU initializes itself, which is triggered by a series of clock ticks generated by the system clock. source: ...
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How to make VirtualBox Yosemite boot directly to login page

I have these two files on virtualBox : Bootload for AMD.vmdk Mac OS X Yosemite Niresh Intel And AMD.vmdk I want to boot directly to the login page without passing through this screen ...
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PC Started getting very slow, stopped booting

On Thursday I was using my PC like normal, bit of work, bit of gaming, no performance issues. About 7PM I went to load a game I'd played earlier in the day and it wouldn't load. I tried a couple of ...
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Grub2 on msdos table partition won't load

my laptop has: 500gb hdd /dev/sda 22gb sdd /dev/sdb I used to boot archlinux from a small ext2 partition on /dev/sda. The bios is set to use BIOS mode (not uefi), secure boot is disabled, AHCI is ...
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Multiple Windows EFI entries in GRUB

I have bought a new pc and installed Linux and Windows in dual boot mode. I have installed Windows 8 (which I upgraded to 8.1) and afterwards I installed Xubuntu and selected the Windows disk as the ...
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My system is not listing boot-able USB device in BIOS boot device list

I have a ASUS S56C ultrabook and i was trying to install the windows 8.1 through a pendrive. First the device was listed but it gave me error of GPT partition.. so i have converted my ssd disk to MBR. ...
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windows7 hangs on boot into safemode

I was having trouble booting windows7 and running it, slow operation etc. so i went into msconfig, and set the boot to safe-mode check box. Unfortunately, the computer hangs before getting into ...
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Windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot installation mess up

I've been trying to set up Ubuntu 14.04LTS and Windows 8 for quite some time now; several months. I've had over four failed attempts. I finally gave up and worked on Ubuntu in VMware from inside ...
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Unable to mount windows hard drive on linux live usb

I am fully shutting down windows with "shutdown /s /t 0". I also tried "shutdown /s /f /t 0" I then insert my linux live usb and boot from it. Everything works fine, but when I try to access my ...
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Restore Windows bootloader on Virtual Machine [duplicate]

I recently p2v'ed my old Computer into a virtual machine. Since it had a dual-boot and I only copied the Windows partition this broke GRUB. I can still boot Windows with Rescatux though. So my ...
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How to boot from usb?

I have a bootable usb device. I attach it to pc, and open bios settings. My settings are : Advanced USB Configuration legacy usb support - enabled xhcı pre-boot mode - enabled Boot ...
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windows 7, UEFI, and GPT woes [duplicate]

This might end up being a bit of a long question, but here it goes. I have a desktop PC that runs windows 7. A couple of years ago, I had my main drive die (C drive). I bought a brand new disk and ...
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How to install ubuntu from usb?

I have windows 8.1 and ubuntu 12.04. I want to install ubuntu 14.04 on 12.04. I downloaded .iso file and unetbootin. I made a bootable usb using unetbootin. I want to install ubuntu but pc don't ...
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Samsung np350v5c not booting until after a full battery drain

I am using a Samsung NP350v5c laptop. Recently it cannot boot until a full battery drain. After that it boots through bios. This process takes almost one hour. Now the laptop started typing the key ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu

I just got a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I am flabbergasted on dual booting -- having the record in the boot manager. Cliff Notes It came with Windows 8.1. I shrunk the Windows partition (within windows ...
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Windows 7 HDD with a BSOD on boot, not detected when connected as non-boot drive

I've just installed a new SSD into a Dell Vostro - I first tried cloning the old HDD onto the new SSD, then switched the boot priority but it wouldn't boot from the SSD and fell back to the HDD. So I ...
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Created a VM image, now need to deploy them over network

I've created a freshly installed version of Windows 8.1 "not yet activated" with all necessary software packages on VMWare Workstation. This image is considered the baseline for any computer within ...
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Can't access boot selection

I'm trying to put debian on a pc. Right now it's under Win7. I burned the iso on a CD, and rebooted. When I try to get into boot menu, the PC says "Please Wait..." and doesn't seem to do anything. ...
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POST hangs on certain install media

I'm trying to install OpenBSD 5.7 on a laptop. I have a USB drive that I am using for the installation media. When I plug in the USB drive with OpenBSD on it, the POST process hangs indefinitely. When ...
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Installing Linux Distro on my system without UEFI (I have Legacy BIOS system)

I have a system (laptop) with following specs: Ci5-2450M 2nd Generation. 650G and 4G without UEFI support (Legacy BIOS). Windows8.1 is installed on my system. Can I install Linux variant (Linuxmint or ...
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Unable to boot Windows 8.1 UEFI USB key on XPS 13 2015

I have an XPS 13 Developer edition on witch I try to install Windows 8.1 I have already done that on others computer always with success. But I am unable to do so with this XPS. I use Rufus to ...
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Can not write to serial port on boot

I am writing a script that sends a configuration message over serial port. It is supposed to configure an external device and runs on boot. Main part of the script is the echo command that sends a ...
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How to change from passphrase to encrypted key file in debian using luks?

I have four partitions plus /boot, each one with a different passphrase. I would like to manage unlock of all partitions with a single passphrase that decrypts the gpg.key file on the boot partition. ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Replacing laptop battery affects OS loading

I have a one and a half year old laptop with a win8.1 OS. On it first year, it prompt me that the battery is damaged and should be replaced. So I brought my laptop, along with its battery, to a ...
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How to find out if it's the first boot on the current day

I have a batch file in my auto start which should behave a bit different on the first boot. How can I find out if it's the first boot on the current day via Windows cmd? May be there's some way ...
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How to restore grub from a separate partition, to boot a luks partition?

My setup is: sda1 /boot ext2 sda2 swap swap sda3 / luks I broke the boot partition. Now when trying to boot manually, cannot figure out how to load crypto modules needed to open the root ...
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Boot windows from moved internal to external HDD

I moved my internal hard disk which have windows 7 installation on it . I'm using it as an external hard disk now . I want to boot from it but when I try to do this I face the blue error screen which ...
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Unable to use SSD as boot drive

I own an Acer Aspire Predator G3620 and bought a Samsung EVO 840 SSD to speed up my performance. Unfortunately, after plugging in the SSD into my pc, the BIOS does not allow me to use the SSD as boot ...
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Is it possible to log the which OS I am booting into from bios?

Is it possible to log the which OS I am booting into from bios? Or If I am booting to CD or pendrive is it possible to log the same?
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can't enter UEFI Boot Manager on Dell R610

This system seems to have a hybrid BIOS / UEFI setup. Before doing anything, I reset the NVRAM of the machine using the Clear NVRAM jumper on the motherboard.. I can get into the BIOS, and I have ...
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Re - installing Windows 8 on a tablet, without usb-boot option

I do own a tablet (Xoro PAD 9W4), which initially ran Windows 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10, but due to some issues (mainly touchscreen issues), I want to reinstall Windows 8.1. For this reason, I ...
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Operating system not found. MBR possibly damanged

I get a can't find operating system message when starting my laptop. I was able to boot into the Windows 7 recovery tools loaded onto a USB. Using diskpart, I noticed my partitions show RAW as the ...
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Startup password on toshiba laptop

My system is stuck on "Enter startup password" screen.When i try some password it goes to automatic startup repair.If i go into bios to change or delete startup password,what i see there is user : ...
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Old laptop recognizes, but will not boot from, SSD drive

My current laptop died, so I am trying to install the RAM, SATA hard-drive and SDD drive in an older laptop (Acer Aspire 7735z - I would guess 4 or 5 years old). The BIOS recognizes the SSD (calling ...
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boot linux from harddisk in an enclosure

I installed linux to a hdd in an enclosure (ehdd) (before installing I physically removed the sata power to the internal hdd). The boot from usb in the bios settings allowed me to boot from the ehdd ...
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CPU Overheating at boot

I've had this trouble for months but this time got further and senseless. I have a DELL Latitude E6410 4GB Ram 2.40 Ghz and no battery only cord power source. I've already had this problem before and ...
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Cannot enter BIOS

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my Lenovo E49 for dual boot with my Windows 7. After that I couldn't start Windows and was getting the error that it couldn't startup because of some file being corrupted. ...
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Toshiba Satellite C55t-B5109 Won't open BIOS

I recently wiped my laptop's hard drive, and have reinstalled Windows 8.1 on it, but my BIOS won't open. I have done all the steps I had done before to get into BIOS, disable fast startup in Windows ...
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How does windows 8 task manager startup work?

To be more specific, if I disable a program via the task manager menu that is set to run when windows starts up, what actually happens here? Does it delete the registry key? Does it set another key ...
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Windows Programs and Files stop working after checking disk

I encountered a problem randomly that most likely started last night (I'll explain why). I was using my computer as usual; I downloaded a series of a television show and updated an online game. I ...
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No operating system found when booting from USB

I have a Dell Inspiron N4010 laptop running Phoenix BIOS. I downloaded the Windows 7 x64 ISO to create a bootable USB. I did this under OS X by following the instructions from this website: ...
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Incompatibility SSD vs bios?

I've an American Megatrends bios version 2.15.1227 installed on notebook Asus F552CL. I've replaced the default HD with a SSD (a SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB) the bios recognize the new device (it show ...
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Can I safely convert my disk to GPT using diskpart with GRUB 2 installed?

I am wondering whether I would be able to convert my disk 0 (with my system partition, Windows partition, and Ubuntu partitions) from an MBR to GPT disk without loss of data and still being able to ...
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Samsung Laptop won't boot past Samsung screen to Windows 8

I have a Samsung Laptop, model NP355V5C. It turns on, shows the Samsung logo does some loading, then shows a black screen. I have changed BIOS settings to disable secure boot and to allow UEFI and ...