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

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Boot Kali iso from HDD in existing boot menu

Currently, we have FOG as our computer imaging solution. All PCs have PXE boot setup, and FOGs boot menu is showing. What I would like to do is to add the Kali iso as a start-up option, which would ...
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Windows 8 installation on VHD

This tutorial is exactly what im trying to accomplish: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-to-use-a-vhd-to-dual-boot-windows-8-on-a-windows-7-pc_p3/4847 to install windows 8 on a VHD. I created the VHD ...
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ASUS N53J screen not working with power up

When I boot the computer up the power lights come on but the screen stays completely black then the fan begins to overwork, nothing changed since last use. No change with connecting via VGA to ...
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Changing boot order/booting from USB

I have the kali-linux-1.0.6-amd64 downloaded on my desktop and have used "Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.5.2" to install this on my Usb. With it completed and the Usb plugged into my computer. I then ...
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My recently formatted laptop is taking too long to boot, how to improve it?

I have a Dell Inspiron 15R SE, its configuration: Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2 gHz 8GB DDR3 Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ Bluetooth 4.0/ USB 3.0/ RJ-45 1 TB HDD + 32 GB SSD(mSata) I just formatted it 5 times ...
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How can I fix dell mSata SSD

I have been formatting my dell laptop for quite a while, I bought it back in 2012, with one year warranty, it ended last august, but I think since the moment I formatted it to windows 8.1 I probably ...
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How can I restore RAID 0 on my DELL laptop?

I have been formating my dell laptop for quite a while, I bought it back in 2012, with one year warranty, it ended last august, but I think since the moment I formatted it to windows 8.1 I probably ...
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Ubuntu doesnt seem to let me boot any CD apart from another Ubuntu CD

I have organized the hierarchy in the BIOS and set the Internal CD/DVD drive to the top of the list. I have four OS boot disks, Windows XP, Windows 7, Open Solaris, and Ubuntu 12.04(the same disk/OS ...
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Updated BIOS on Asus laptop. Black screen

I updated my the BIOS on my laptop yesterday, and now when I think back, I might have chosen the wrong file to update the BIOS with..... sigh.. So now when I press the power button the computer makes ...
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Several dxgkrnl.sys files in the system drive, four of them fail to load at boot [on hold]

I use Windows 8.1. Checking my bootlog I can see dxgkrnl.sys loads once and then fails to load 4 times. I have only one dxgkrnl.sys signed by Microsoft and in C:\Windows\system32\drivers, with its ...
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Does a recovery drive needs updates?

I bought a PC with Windows 8 installed. Later I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and made a recovery drive on an USB pendrive. Since then Windows 8.1 has got many new files with new updates. If ever I ...
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Windows 8 cannot shut down, hibernate or sleep. It can only restart

Hoping to get lucky as i've tried to fix this problem for months. I was using my PC to fix the BCD of another. I accidentally altered my own boot records which got me in a bit of strife. After many ...
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my computer does't want to start after I changed the boot order in the bios

I am having some issues with my pc. I was re installing windows, so I changed the boot order on my asus p8h61/usb3. after the computer restarted itself I didn't get response. my usb devices get no ...
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Windows 8 will not boot after set virtual memory to 9999MB

To increase the performance of an ASUS X551M I increased the virtual memory 9999MB. In the past I would determine the max available virtual memory by typing in 9999. I expected to see something like ...
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Can you use Windows 8 Boot Manager to boot Linux off a second hdd? UEFI/GPT

Looking at online sources its speculated that, for UEFI/GPT systems, this is not possible. My setup is a Windows 8.1 OS on a SSD and a 1TB SATA HDD for data/music/pictures etc. I recently wanted to ...
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Why must I install Ubuntu in EFI mode if my other OS is installed in EFI mode?

I'm trying to create a dual-boot system on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8. I want to install Ubuntu. The documentation says that if my Windows installation is in EFI ...
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Repair EFI Bootloader?

I'm aware there are other topics on this subject, but i've tried the fixes to no avail, hence making this post. So I had a 1TB HDD with Windows 8.1 installed along with a partition with a recovery ...
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Trouble with installing ubuntu 14.04 alongside windows 8.1

i work with windows 8.1 and today i install ubuntu 14.04 alongside it. but i can't set boot menu to display both OS. when i boot system normaly my win 8.1 without boot menu opened. i create boot usb ...
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Avoid Windows 8 BCD File becoming missing and/or corrupt

I realise there are plenty of questions about BCD errors here however I feel mine is slightly different. I had a missing BCD file so I couldn't boot. I have now solved this using a question I found ...
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Moving Windows 7 to SSD after dual booting with Ubuntu

I am trying to move my Windows 7 partition (~80GB) to a 120 GB SSD. Currently I am dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a 500GB HDD, which came with Win7 pre-installed. I gather from what I've ...
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Restore automatic bootup of Windows 8 in UEFI

My Acer AMD laptop came bundled with Windows 8 in UEFI. Since day 1, an upgrade to win8.1 never worked, regardless of update attempts. Nevermind that. The state it's in now is that every boot stops ...
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How to boot Linux with extlinux

Anyone knows how to properly boot Linux with extlinux? I've exhausted my google search but still unable to figure out what's the proper way to setup extlinux to boot Linux. All hits that I found ...
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Not able to enter bios from restart

I have an asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard running BIOS revision 1604. I previously had to RMA it and they sent me a new one. Since then I've haven't been able to get into BIOS on restart, but from a ...
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Booting livecd from external USB not working (no power?)

I have a usb hard drive with ubuntu 12.10 partition on it, but I can't seem to actually boot into the livecd. I can get to the grub menu, and I select "Try without installing", but then the screen ...
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New ram prevents PC from booting up

I have an AsRock H55M-Pro with a core i3-530, running Windows 7 64-bit. I have 2x2gb of crucial ram running in it at the moment (slots A2, B2). I purchased 2x4gb sticks of Kingston HyperX ram 2400. ...
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Custom PC driver installation

So I'm getting into selling custom computers running Windows 8.1. I want to have necessary drivers installed before the user boots into Windows for first setup (so after everything is installed and ...
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Windows 2003 Server boot stops on DHCP

Whenever I try to boot my Windows 2003 Server (happened after a power outage), it spins (hangs) with DHCP on the monitor. I rebooted several times and checked the configuration, but nothing seems ...
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Acer eRecovery Management for Aspire 5920G (Windows Vista)

I have an Acer Aspire 5920G running on Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2. Recently it has booting problem so I am planning to reset it to Factory setting using eRecovery Management. According to ...
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Successfully installed Ubuntu but unable to load it in the system

Process : Inserted Ubuntu Bootable Pen Drive Selected 3rd option i.e Something else Than deleted C drive (drive containing Windows)out of which I made 63GB unusable , created 15 GB ext4 - mount ...
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Unable to boot into Windows install disk on a Kubuntu machine with full disk encryption

The machine I'm working on is an Asus N81V laptop, Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, SSD. It currently has Kubuntu 13.10 with full disk encryption. I am trying to repurpose this machine with Windows 7. I have ...
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Windows 8.1 Boot files on SSD and Program files on HDD

This query might have been asked numerous times but still I am not able to get the correct and proper guidelines answer for this issue/query. What I want to know and configure is the following. With ...
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Stuck at GRUB prompt after booting, how can I restore normal booting?

My machine was dual-booting with Windows XP and Fedora, then I tried to install Arch. While installation power went off. After that, booting always results in the GRUB prompt. Even when I instruct my ...
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Dual booting Windows 7 & 8.1, using the Windows 8 Startup Options Menu, when Windows 8.1 is already installed and you want to add Windows 7

There are many excellent guides out there that explain how to dual-boot Windows 7 & 8. However, they are written for people starting with a Windows 7 installation and add a Windows 8 installation ...
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Ubuntu LiveUSB not booting in HP laptop

I am using a HP Pavilion laptop pre installed with Windows 8. I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop using a LiveUSB, which I created in the conventional way given on the Ubuntu official ...
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creating UEFI USB Boot stick using rufus option gives errors

I am trying to install windows 7 from a USB UEFI stick that I tried to create in vain. I read other posts on creating UEFI USB Boot sticks and found Rufus the most convenient option . However , Rufus ...
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Is it possible to spawn any kind of terminal on dedicated lan card before entering LVM volume passphrase?

I got IBM x3500 m2 server running Ubuntu server on encrypted LVM volume. This machine has one slower LAN card for service purposes. Is there any way to spawn some kind of console on it BEFORE ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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Press any key to boot doesn't respond

I'm trying to boot from a CD. I changed the boot priority to my DVD/CD reader. The boot menu says "press any key to boot". I tried every key but it won't respond and it just boots up windows 7 ...
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HP Laptop Model G60-535DX won't boot or do system repair

I'm attempting to fix my girlfriend's laptop, but it is behaving quite oddly. It is a HP Laptop Model G60-535DX, running Windows 7. It won't start, BIOS works fine, I did memory and hard disk scans, ...
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Computer wont boot. No picture on monitor, no usb power plus more

Tried to turn on his stationary computer after being turned off for one night. It is a few years old, components are somewhat strong (Was built to be a gaming pc). No picture on screen, tried two ...
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How to partition hard disk for dual boot for Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux

There are similar questions on this topic, but I could not find exact instructions for my case. I want dual boot system that supports Windows 7 64 bit and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS OS. I want one partition to ...
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Automatic Repair fails to repair my PC

I ran into an issue on Windows 8.1 that can be fixed (according to articles I've read online) by running automatic repair, so that's what I tried to do. Each time I run it, automatic repair fails and ...
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Grub4Dos and /boot/bcd error

I am running Ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop (SSD drive) and recently bought another HDD (second drive) installed in place of CD-ROM. What I want to achieve, is to have Ubuntu as primary OS and ability to ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro freezing after sign-in

I was playing a PC game called The Sims 3. It started crashing on runtime. Eventually I kept trying to restart my PC and run it again, but nothing seemed to work. The game kept rebooting my PC on a ...
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Is there a way to encrypt the files on an SSD that needs to boot unattended?

My company is developing a product that is basically a Linux PC with custom software in a fancy box. Since it uses a commercial SSD for the filesystem, I'm worried that an unscrupulous customer ...
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Accidentally deleted /boot and GRUB doesn't load, how can I restore my install?

While trying to re-install Windows (I am running Arch/Win7 dual boot) I accidentally deleted a partition labelled (in the Windows installer) as 'recovery'. I didn't fully install Windows (I lost my ...
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How would I create a bootable external drive with multiple ISOs?

Before you read too far, I know how to make a single drive bootable utilizing one ISO. However, I have a USB3 1TB drive that's nice and self-powered, and I was wondering if I partitioned it properly, ...
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Notebook stalls on bios when HDD inserted

the notebook froze during windows 7 drive formatting and since when the HDD is inserted it doesn't even get to the BIOS screen, just blank black screen. Tried putting the hdd into my desktop pc, but ...
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Kali Linux boots to command prompt (gdm3 produces error)

I just got Kali Linux working on my Macbook Pro (after much laboring). I reinstalled Kali after I wanted to repartition my HD to make it larger. I boot into rEFInd first, and load the bootloader ...
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Booting PC that won't boot Windows w/ Linux

My old laptop, an Acer Aspire running Windows Vista Basic Edition, will not boot up. When I power it on, I see a blank black screen 90% of the time (but it 'lights up' if you know what I mean, the ...