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

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FreeNAS recovery or safe reinstall

My FreeNAS crashed recently, without any warnings whatsoever. Now it's stuck in the F1 boot screen. It did work for a few months without any problems. When I was busy setting up the OS, I couldn't ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04 with Windows Metro Boot Loader

I'm having a laptop with 4 Partitions, [1] 350 MB Windows System Reserverd [2] 40 GB for Windows Installation [3] 25 GB for Ubuntu Installation [4] 400 GB for Data Storage I have installed Windows ...
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installing operating system with external cd rom

I have a dell desk top .I installed a new hard drive and my cd rom doesn't work.using an external cd rom couldnt install operating system . what is the order of booting the system?
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Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10 - how to get into boot menu to disable UEFI secure boot

I have a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 10 with Windows 8.1 installed. I want to get into the boot menu to change startup disk order. I've followed the guide How To Disable UEFI Secure Boot In Windows 8 & ...
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Booting Windows 7 Installer from USB Samsung Series 5

I have a Samsung Series 5 laptop that came with Windows 8 Pre-Installed and a bunch of manufacturer stuff i didn't want. I cleaned the DISK and installed ubuntu 14.04. Now i was trying to install ...
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remotely boot into different kernel version

I have a remote machine with Ubuntu 12.04 and the following kernel versions installed: :/lib/modules# ls 2.6.39.4 3.0.0-21-generic 3.2.0-25-generic 3.2.0-25-generic-pae 3.2.0-27-generic ...
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Thinkpad E420S powers on but doesn't boot for 15-20 minutes

What exactly is happening is: I shutdown/hibernate the laptop after using the day before and go to sleep The next day when I turn on the laptop - the thinkpad 'i' lights up (stays up) and the fan ...
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Small bootable package to enable ssh client?

I've been trying to find the smallest possible package to put on a cd/thumbdrive that will allow me to use an ssh client on a wired networked computer. I'm talking about really barebones stuff, no ...
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windows 7 hanging at “starting windows” screen after installing on preinstalled windows 8

i got this HP laptop and windows 8 was preinstalled but i wanted to have windows 7 and ubuntu only (don't ask why). so being unaware of the whole GPT - MBR thing i went ahead and deleted all the ...
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Multiple ISO in single bootable dvd-Tool to use inside Ubuntu

Its not just multiple Ubuntu distros in single dvd/usb as stated here or Ubuntu distos with other utility ISO's in a single dvd/usb I'm asking. I want to include Windows 7 or above version, Ubuntu ...
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Something fried in PSU, but PC still works?

I just finished cleaning the dust from my desktop PC with compressed air. When I put everything back together and plugged it to power, there was a brief flash of light and another after I booted it. ...
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Trying to repair infected rpcss.dll in Vista causes black screen on bootup

I ran the malware scanner Hitman Pro on a Windows Vista computer, and it detected that C:\Windows\system32\rpcss.dll was infected. I uploaded the file to virustotal.com and its analysis said that 28 ...
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Why OS Windows does not boot after disk disconnected?

I have problem with booting from Mandriva linux boot menu to Windows. I previously used two disks: one with Windows and one with Mandriva and booting worked. However when I removed the disk with ...
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How to delete partitions from a bitlocker ssd on tablet

Let me start off by saying usually when I come across this I just take the drive out and hook to another comp and delete that way. I am pretty sure the ssd is on-board. ALSO SO EVERYONE IS ON THE ...
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computer does not boot sometimes [on hold]

I have got a windows 7 pc. Sometimes it boots normally. But sometimes when the start button is pressed, cpu fan and smps fan just rotate for a moment (1 sec) and stops. No particular beep sound is ...
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Hardrive test using Gsmartcontrol

Few weeks ago, my laptop hanged all of a sudden while transferring files from an external harddisk. After i restarted, there was a black screen which showed insert boot device. I checked the boot ...
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Booting from UDF formatted USB flash drive

I would like to know if a UDF formatted USB flash drive can boot properly on any computer. Will it also work well under UEFI?
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Access to applications on two discs

I have two hard discs in one computer, there is Windows XP on each. When I am booting Windows from HDD I can use applications being installed on this disc, but when I am booting Windows from another ...
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Laptop not booting if sata controller set to AHCI

I have Toshiba Satellite C660 Tried to install Windows7 by selecting Sata controller as AHCI I got this message Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computers hardware may not support ...
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Ubuntu can't be booted from DVD drive?

I bought a Lenovo Ideapad G50-70 (with pre-installed Windows 8.1) lately. Thinking of dual-boot, I downloaded the Ubuntu LiveCD, and created a bootable disc. Later, I restarted the PC (with my CD ...
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Do I have a bad HD sectors?

A computer user and an avid learner but an absolute novice to HD partition. Got a new laptop less than a month but DAMNED, dropped it (tripped on the power cord and it dropped to the carpeted floor). ...
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Can't get past Launch Startup Repair through nothing

I turned my computer on the other morning and it had two options on the screen. Launch Startup Repair and Start Windows normally. I clicked the normal. Then it goes back to the Launch Startup Repair ...
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How can one Windows 7 corrupt second one on different SSD?

Words of true desperation: Several days ago, my system SSD broke, so I send it for RMA. I was in last step of making my bachelor thesis, so I had to be up and running. I used my second, older 60GB ...
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Asus Netbook restarts while loading windows files for installation

I recently bought an Asus X200MA-KX141H X Series Netbook with DOS pre-installed. I made a bootable USB stick with windows 7 in it and after booting into the windows installation screen, loading ...
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SSD with 64bit windows 8.1 won't boot when put in older computer

I wanted to demonstrate to my friends the impact a faster disk can have on overall performance, but on some of these older computers (they do have 64 bit processors and sata ports however) the boot ...
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Can't start Windows 7 after hard shutdown

Something funny happened. I develop artificial intelligence software on my Dell Inspiron 17R, so I frequently have to deal with very large datasets in Java. Here we go. Last night, I was performing ...
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Use SYSLINUX to boot from a separate device

I have a laptop with no harddrive that I'm booting from a modified persistent LiveCD thumbdrive, but performance is terrible due to the low speed of the thumbdrive. I also have a class-10 SD card of ...
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Windows Vista Won't Boot Dual Boot

Recently I tried to dual-boot my Windows Vista laptop. I stupidly moved the Windows partition a tiny bit to the right. Now the Windows bootloader is pointing to an empty part of the disk. How can I ...
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Mint searching for missing PCMCIA

I have an old Compaq laptop running with only 768 Mb of Ram. My issue is that it is missing a PCMCIA card so I use an internet adapter card but Mint 13 keeps searching for the missing PCMCIA card. ...
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Bios stuck on system start in ubunutu 14.04

Ok, my problem is when i press power button to start my laptop it stuck at black screen i have to wait for 10 sec then press CTRL + ALT + DEL and then my laptop reach at the grub selection. I had dual ...
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Restore boot without formatting (UEFI)

I have a problem and I would not format more my poor HDDs. Hardware situation: Motherboard Asrock 970 Extreme4 (UEFI) HDD1 (/dev/sda) -> Recovery | EFI Partition | Windows 8.1 HDD2 (/dev/sdb) -> ...
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Windows 8.1 black screen with mouse, cant acces task manager or safe mode

I am using Windows 8.1 (as an upgrade from 8). Yesterday I had to boot in safe mode through msconfig, but when my PC restarted, the Windows logo screen went black with only the cursor on the screen. I ...
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Install Windows 7 on SSD (from a windows machine)

I have connected my SSD from my new computer, to my allready working computer. I would now like to install Windoes 7 on it, so that I can just plug it into the new computer and have windows working ...
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Sony Vaio Windows 8 freezing during boot, Repair itself unsuccessfully, change in OS worked temporarily

I am using my 4 years old sony vaio E series laptop. I got my motherboard changed last year and the old recovery disk dont work now. I was using WIN 7 until yesterday when the computer froze. I ...
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Keyboard lights not coming on causing pc to not boot

Sometimes (it seems to happen mostly when i haven't booted my computer for a few days) when i turn on my computer everything starts up the monitor light and mouse light comes on, but sometimes the ...
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After installing Debian 7.6 first (and any) boot I have a blank screen

I've installed Debian Wheezy 7.6 on my old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, with no Desktop Environment and Linux kernel 3.2.0-4-amd64. Specs: CPU: T5550 - Intel Core2Duo Ram: 4GB VGA: Intel Chipset 965 ...
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Edit file from boot iso Arch Linux

I've messed up a startup script on my Arch Linux machine and I cannot boot into KDE anymore to disable it. Is there a way to delete (or move) that file from where it is so that the script will not ...
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Failing CPU, PSU or Motherboard?

So i have a HP desktop and when I press the power button all sounds well (fans, hard drive) but then it turns right back off within 7 seconds. There are No beep Codes, or noises. So I am trying to ...
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Windows 7 installation is not finding system partition

I've got quite a problem with my computer. I just built it today and all the parts are working, but when I select my SSD as boot drive in the Windows installer, it says "The system could not create a ...
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Internal card reader not recognized on boot

In 9/10 times, my internal card reader is not recognized when booting my pc. It's a desktop computer and the card reader is attached directly (internally) to the mainboard (Asus H81M-K) via 9-pin ...
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Laptop restarts every 3-4 seconds

My Laptop restarts again and again every 3 or 4 seconds after it boots. This happens only when I boot the laptop choosing Start Windows Normally. It can boot in Safe Mode, with and without networking. ...
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Can I boot a Live CD by mounting an ISO

I've just downloaded the Kali Linux (1.0.7) ISO and I was wondering if I can boot a Live CD by mounting an ISO to a virtual drive. Can I boot it?
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Installed NIC driver in WIM for iSCSI boot, but driver not loading

I am wanting to boot a diskless system using iSCSI and I appear to be part way there. I've managed through the use of WinPE to install Windows 7 onto the iSCSI target successfully and am now trying to ...
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Error mounting fstab

I have read many questions and answers in this and other forums before asking. I watched videos on Youtube to learn how to deal with the fstab file too. So forgive me for bringing back this doubt ...
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How to properly specify boot extra entries for nixos

Nixos has a configuration option in the manual for specifying extra entries in the grub menu boot.loader.grub. extraEntries but I can't get it to work with the examples in the manual. The idea is to ...
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How do I get the grub menu to list both my Windows 7 installations?

I have the following disk configuration: Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes ...
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dual boot windows 8.1 + ubuntu on a 1TB hdd + 24GB ssd

I want to buy a new laptop partly for gaming but also for some work which I do on linux. I have preselected HP Envy 17-j100ec, which has almost my desired configuration, but I am not sure about the ...
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Solve Solaris 10 x86 boot problems

New installation of Solaris 10 u11 for x86 on mirrored ZFS boot disks. Failsafe option boots successfully and can mount rpool on /a. Installed OS option fails to boot; loads kernel but does not get ...
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HP pavilion dv6 blank screen, power but no hd Led

I have been dealing with this HP dv6 all day with no luck. Working fine yesterday but today I get nothing but a blank screen. I can hear fan come on, and a few keyboard lights come on, but nothing on ...
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Full Disk Encryption of Linux Mint and Windows 7 (with Bitlocker) (Dual Boot)

I own a 500 GB HD with 2 operating systems installed, Windows 7 and Linux Mint and I want to encrypt all systems, see more details of how it currently is, to better understand the situation. First, ...