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

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Partition resize error

I've decided to remove my old linux [/] partition and enlarge my Win7 partition, before install new linux distro. For first time in my experience something gone wrong when I tried to resize (enlarge ...
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Debian won't boot - Loading initial ramdisk

I currently have a multiboot enviroment, where i use 2 harddisks one OS on each, Windows 7 64-bit - with windows bootloader on one of them. and Debian 7 - with GRUB bootloader on the other one. ...
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Live usb windows xp

I want to create a bootable usb that contains windows xp.I dont want to install it , i just want to boot it, but i have couple of problems. I tried to create live usb from full windows xp file (the ...
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Corrupted boot partition on a Windows disk?

I have a laptop with a faulty hard drive that was not booting. I used ddrescue to recover the whole drive to a new drive, there were quite a lot of bad sectors but less than 1mb in total. I ran ...
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CPU fan not always running on system start-up

I've recently noticed that the CPU fan fails to run on computer start-up. If I disconnect its power cable and reconnect it, it will run normally every time and for the whole duration the PC is on. ...
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Computer only reboots from a restart but not a shutdown

I have a p5gc-mx board. When I totally shut down my system, it will not start, hangs on the bios splash screen unless i hit delete while its booting to enter bios then exit without any changes, then ...
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Installing RHEL 7 and can't make partition while on dual boot

I've problem while installing RHEL 7 with dual boot. Windows 8.1 pro already installed and try to install RHEL 7 but while on partition segment I can't see unallocated space which was more than 100GB, ...
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Is there a way to randomize GRUB2 boot loader background?

Is it possible to select a random background for GRUB2 during boot-up from a folder? I tried to add a small script to the /etc/default/grub file but it must be updated manually to select a random ...
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Booting a Sony Vaio VGN FE31H from USB stick when BIOS has no such option [duplicate]

I have a laptop Sony Vaio VGN FE31H which has Windows installed and I wanted to boot a Linux distribution from USB stick. Unfortunately the BIOS has no such option. I am looking for a suitable boot ...
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How to change linux terminal to yaft on boot

I am using Arch Linux on an old laptop and when I log in it is to $TERM=linux. How do I configure it to load yaft instead? At the moment I have to log in then type yaft but I would like to use yaft as ...
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Linux machine with RAID 1 not booting after failed drive

I'm a Linux noob troubleshooting a machine that is no longer booting up. Originally it had two drives installed in RAID 1 and one drive failed. I took the good drive out and made an image of the ...
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If I install a non-OEM windows, will boot logo change?

I have an MSI and it has pre-installed windows 8 in it. If I buy windows 8.1 pro and install it via DVD, will it change my boot logo animation?
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Boot issues - Windows 8.1 + Samsung 850 Pro SSD

I have an Asus N56VZ and couple of months back I installed the Samsung SSD. All was good until last night when I was shown the "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected ...
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Create a bootable UEFI USB

How do I create a bootable USB with Windows 7 SP1 64bit using OS X? I need to setup a fresh new ASUS laptop, the only thing I have is – Macbook Pro. What I have: Fresh new ASUS laptop with ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 does not boot from USB

I have emachines e732g, SSD with windows 7 64 and HDD, on which I want to install Ubuntu 14.04. I try to create liveusb with help Universal-USB-Installer and unetbootin-windows-608. But my BIOS does ...
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Sometimes when booting computer hangs on BIOS splash screen

I have a desktop computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard. It has a Wester Digital 1 TB hard drive, Samsung SSD, DVD/CD drive, an external hard drive that is always connected to a USB 3 port and ...
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How can I install dell dimension 4600c bios on 4600?

How can I install dell dimension 4600c bios on dell dimension 4600? According to this page it works: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/software-os/f/3524/t/19452189 The second to last post ...
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Restarting computer several times makes windows unbootable

My bro took my hdmi cable. Seeing that nothing shows up on the screen I restarted computer several time I got this problem A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent ...
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issue with booting due to hal.dll error (most likely boot.ini issue)

I've spent the last week or so trying to get round an issue that I can't seem to fix currently and have tried a lot of things based on common similar issues. I have a PC tower which has XP on a ...
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Can't boot from bootable Win 7 usb

I have a problem with installing new Windows 7 (and format disk) on ASUS K50ij. Since I haven't CD/DVD ROM, I've decided to do it using booting USB. The problem is, that computer starts as usual after ...
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How to access Windows 8 on another hard drive?

I have two hard drives on this computer. I used to dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7, each separated by physical drive. Windows 8 was my primary OS. I recently re-installed Windows 7 (overriding the ...
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Evga X58 SLI - deleted mbr now can't boot

Somehow, and I did not know this until reboot, my windows 7 pro system files were not on the same disk as the mbr disk the bios was booting from. I ignorantly cleared off this "spare" drive and ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not detecting my disks on boot

After successfully booting and running an installation from a Ubuntu Live USB, I can’t boot the new system. The initramfs /dev directory is never populated with sda and sdb, my disks. They don’t ...
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RAID 1 accidentially booted in AHCI mode

I have two Samsung 840 EVO SSD's in RAID 1 (Asus P87-Pro and Intel Controller) with Windows 8.1 Pro on it. After a BIOS update, apparently all BIOS settings was reset, which apparently changed the ...
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system thread exception not handled) 'iastor.sys

While installing ubuntu alongside with with win 8. laptop was off because low of battery. After I start laptop I got this blue screen and it keeps restarting in loop. I can access the boot menu by F10 ...
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I can't access BIOS anymore on my tablet

I have an Onda v116w dual OS tablet. Last week I accidently deleted a Windows boot manager file while trying to reset the boot order. Ever since I’ve been struggling with my UEFI settings to convince ...
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why windows boots slower than linux? [on hold]

I have Windows 7 and Xubuntu, use the same software (Clementine, Thunderbird etc.), but Windows boots 4 times slower (3-4 minutes) then Xubuntu (1 minute - 40 seconds). When I say boots - I mean the ...
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Computer goes into sleep mode randomly [on hold]

This is my PC build, just got the last pieces in recently and put it all together. I check everything, reference other peoples builds to make sure the plugs are all correct, and switch it on. BOOM ...
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How do I download the files for creating a windows Vista boot disk?

So, I know where to go to get the required files: http:/msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista32/boot.wim ...
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How can i delete a hard drive that is no longer a part of my computer from my boot menu? [on hold]

I have a computer running an AMD chip set and when i bought it they must have used their own custom hard disk for initial set up, because it still shows in my boot menu and will sometimes try to boot ...
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My CentOS RAID-10 array won’t boot

My RAID array won’t boot and gives a kernel panic. Any attempt to kill init message and goes into endless reboots. Motherboard is a Supermicro 2P with Opteron 2376 4-core CPUs, CentOS software RAID, ...
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Can a large hard drive (3 TB) make Windows XP 32bit un-bootable?

As my old hard drive failed, I cloned the operating System (Windows XP SP3 32bit Professional) to a new hard drive (WD 3 TB). It took several attempts, until it worked, but finally it was ok: I had ...
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Motherboard not POSTing: ASUS Crossblade Ranger, Q-code 00

I've been using this computer with a ASUS Crossblade Ranger for the past year. Seemed to work great for a while, but POST times have become exponentially slower over the past few weeks. Everyday I'd ...
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Bios failed to detect USB Drive

This is my Problem: Before my BIOS Update I can boot directly from my Pen drive by pressing F9 key to install Ubuntu. Now I cannot able to boot from my pendrive. I have enabled Legacy Support ...
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Unable to boot from Windows Vista DVD on Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop doesn't boot from Windows Vista Reinstallation DVD provided by Dell itself. This is an old laptop and I plan to resell it. So I boot from an Ubuntu LiveUSB and do a full ...
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Huge Decline in Speeds and Disappearance of SSD [closed]

I purchased the parts of my computer a few years ago and for the past three or four months, the performance has started to decline. I run a two drive system: a 128 GB OCZ SSD for the OS and a 2 TB ...
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BOOTMGR is missing won't go away. Tried everything

I tried everything. Tried the bootrec commands. Tried the Startup repair but it gives the "can't automatically repair startup" error. Tried to boot into LiveCD of Linux distro and set boot flag to ...
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ntldr: could'nt open drive multi(0)rdisk(0)partition(0)

I get this message after fresh Winxp sp3 installed, it doesn't boot windows it shows message in upper top corner of the screen. It has integrated SATA drivers and HDD is in S.M.A.R.T mode. There are ...
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Can I transfer a Windows installation from one disk to another by simple file copy?

I have a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) with a Windows 8.1 installation, and a physical hard drive with data. Can I transfer the 8.1 installation from one drive to the other without re-formatting ...
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Windows 7 stuck at “Starting Windows”, but hardware freeze on occasional boot

I'll be as short as possible, i have 2 issues i am fighting against with no success. Anything began when my pc would suddenly freeze (hardware freeze) messing up the video signal, and forcing me to ...
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Can't enable CSM mode or Fast Boot

I have an ASUS UX302LA laptop and its been working great. A little while back I was loading different OSs on it, and had to disable Fast Boot and Secure Boot Control, and enable CSM mode. After a ...
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Windows 8.1 fresh install, boot loop after update

Freshly installed 8.1 (for the sixth time in two days). After it updates and I restart, it boot loops and then goes into repair mode. I know this is a common problem but I want to know SOLUTIONS and ...
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Memory or Memory Controller issue

I'm bad at writing titles Update: Attempted changing graphics card with no change. I have a machine running 32 gigs of ram and two processors, this machine has been ok for several years until it was ...
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Will batch files work if they are booted from a bootable usb or they will need a system? [on hold]

Im just wondering if you can run a batch file from a bootable usb or you need a system. And i dont want to boot Assembly or C++, i dont even understand both, not even a single command.
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Start apps minimized on try for Windows 8.1 startup

Is there any way to start a selected app minimized on try on a Windwos 8.1 startup? I tried with no success with Task Schedule on Windows 8.1 and starting a cmd with the following optional arguments: ...
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Create a fully bootable iso from a working Arch Linux OS?

My question is: From my arch OS , is it possible to Create a fully bootable and operational ISO ? For exemple I am now wrinting to you by operating archlinux via my external 500 gb ( partitioned in 4 ...
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“Out of Range” Error - among other things

My desktop has been having a few problems with my desktop. My system is as follows: ASrock ConroeExfireEsata2 Motherboard Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz 2x (Crossfire) Radeon HD 5450 4gb Samsung 666 RAM A ...
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Laptop reacts to power cord as if it was the power button

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 which has started to misbehave recently. The basic symptoms are that it Can't be relied upon to start when pressing the power button (not sure if it never does, or ...
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How to make Windows 8.1 boot from GPT?

My Windows had some problems so I tried to install a new one. Since my hard drive was MBR I couldn't install Windows on it, so I tried these steps before installing Windows: I opened command prompt ...
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My computer will not load up. The power turns it on but when I try to load it up in it freezes

It comes up with restart in normal mode or launch repair mode, and both of them freeze when I try to load them up. I think the HDD is messed up but i'm not sure. Does anyone know what the problem is? ...