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

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Dualboot Linux Mint & Windows 8.1 (GRUB Problems)

I've been trying to make a dualboot configuration with Linux Mint (17.1 Rebecca) and Windows 8.1. These are the steps I followed in installing this setup: Install windows 8 Run all available updates ...
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What happens if I install Linux mint on preinstalled partition which has Ubuntu14.04?

I already have installed Ubuntu14.04 on partition on my hdd but it is not starting up so I want to install Linux Mint?Can I do that and what will if I do that?
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Repairing windows boot

I have two computers - a desktop and a laptop. The desktop has multiple hard drives attached - an SSD (Windows), two internal drives and an external drive. The Windows installation was on the SSD ...
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Booting Debian from USB stick fails although Secure Boot is disabled

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (3rd gen.; 2015) with Windows 8. I used Unetbootin to create a bootable USB stick with Debian Testing (the USB stick is FAT32 formatted). When I plug in the USB ...
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Motherboard incompatible with RAMs not in its compatibility list?

My Biostar G31-M7 TE seems to be incompatible with DDR2 modules of apparently supported size, speed and depth. The MB supports up to two banks of DDR2, with a max capacity of 2x2GB and clock at 800 ...
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W7 usb port not working after W10 dual boot

So i got a pc with 3 HDD. Ive got Windows 7 running perfectly on one of them. Some day ago i installed Windows 10 Technical Preview on my second HDD. Windows 10 also work perfectly but when i boot my ...
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Windows 7 Getting Stuck at “Starting Windows” Screen

After doing much research and spending countless hours working on my laptop, I finally decided to post a specific question about my problems. There are a lot of specifics and a lot of things I have ...
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Install Windows 8.1 on the new notebook with ssd

ASUS X554L SSD What I try to do: So I've bought notebook without system and I want to install windows 8.1 on it. What the heck is going on: After boot from dvd there is a splash screen with windows ...
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how to change the startup apple logo on OS 10.10 Yosemite?

I have tried some applications that replace the apple logo. These worked on older OS's on 10.9 it changed the Apple logo but at bootup you got the apple logo for a second. My understanding is that ...
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Sony Vaio crashes once a day on average

A user had a Sony T series laptop (SVT1311CGXS) that is out of warranty but is still a nice laptop. The problem is that it starts running super slow for 30 seconds and then reboots. It's running ...
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Computer powers up but won’t boot [on hold]

I have a Dell All-In-One Touch PC. Last night, I was mid-game when my computer suddenly crashed: The display froze, and a green gash appeared across the screen, and in a few other places too. The ...
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Stopping windows from booting [on hold]

This is not really serious, bt is there a way to stop windows from booting and it gives an error(not really error, just doesn't boot). And when we undo the changes it boots back.
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Verifying dmi pool data boots into windows

I have googled all over the place, but seems that everyone who gets this message "Verifying DMI Pool Data.." gets stuck at it. In my case I am able to load into Windows after few seconds of that ...
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Virtualized Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) stuck on boot and slow [on hold]

I have a Mac bar issue. When I downloaded And un7zipped it worked but failed to work but I figured out to enable to get hardware virtualazation is on HP Pavilion TS 15. I pressed esc on boot and ...
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Prevent boot from recovery partition

I have an asus laptop, model K43U installed with windows 7 starter which works normaly and perfectly. It has 2 users, both with a password. Until yesterday, while i logon with my User credential, my ...
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OSX Mavericks - Recovering from an Invalid Record Count error

I've ended up with a friend's Macbook Pro that won't boot. They've given it to me asking me to fix as they have family photos not backed up (naughty, I know!) they want retrieved. When booting up, ...
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How to load Disks on the fly rather than on boot

I have an i5 4590 and 4Gb of RAM. On linux, the experience is smooth, it boots in 5 secs every things is cool. However, windows takes ages to load, and sometime immediately after boot, it won't run ...
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Ubuntu Lenovo boots to “PXE-E61 Media Test Failure - Check Cable” (Please help)

Thanks for opening this, I'm helpless. I have a Lenovo E545 ThinkPad running Ubuntu 14.04 off of the[Samsung 840 SSD that I installed when I bought the computer. Everything as run fine until I tried ...
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No Boot Device Available

I have a Dell Vostro 230 Windows 7 computer and recently the hard drive was starting to fail. I then purchased a new hard drive in order to replace the redundant hard drive. I installed the new hard ...
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Android tablet 4.4.2 Toast Notification “Forcing Boot” [on hold]

I have recently noticed my tablet had an update so I pressed install and after compleating the install it said after loading the updates in a toast notification Forcing Boot and none of the apps on my ...
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GRUB2 + encrypt. /boot: Load cryptkey from usb

Grub2 allows to encrypt the boot device with LUKS. Booting the system, it shows a prompt for entering the passphrase. In my case, the passphrase should be secure, so it is very long. Is it possible - ...
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Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information error after fresh installation of windows [on hold]

I'm facing problem installing new version of windows on my laptop. After installing Windows 8 the following message appears: File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc0000034 Info: The Windows Boot Configuration ...
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Can't boot ISO images directly off my laptop

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and looked through https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/ISOBoot so that I can boot from an Ubuntu 14.10 ISO. But it isn't working, when I select that menu entry from the ...
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Intermittent PC POST - what else to check

I know there are thousands of questions where a machine won't POST or boot, but I'm experiencing something slightly different. I've got a fairly standard desktop (motherboard with onboard graphics, ...
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Grub Fallback Not Working in Redhat 6.5

I'm trying to set up a grub fallback system in grub.conf, but none of the settings in the grub 0.97 documentation have any discernible effect. Also, there is no grub-set-default command present. This ...
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It is safe delete OSX's /private/var/folders/* at reboot?

Want clean the /private/var/folders/* at the OS X boot, by creating an launchd entry. (AFAIK, the OS X doesn't supports the rc.conf rc.d - everything must be done by creating an entry for the ...
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How to install Windows 8 without flash drive and dvd? GPT/UEFI

I have my new SSD, on which I want to install Windows 8.1. I have an iso image. So what I normally do when I use MBR on the drive: Create partitions Extract iso to one of the partitions Make that ...
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Can’t boot OS as hard disk drive not visible in BIOS

My computer (Asus laptop) suddenly stopped booting up one day. So I used a Fedora live CD to back up all my files externally then used the same live CD to install Fedora while I figure out where I put ...
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How does each PXE boot client know to grab the image from Clonezilla server?

I am kind of used to Fog and trying out Clonezilla for a change. For Fog, all of our clients are on PXE boot all of the time. I noticed there is not much instruction on Clonezilla server through PXE ...
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windows 7 black screen after update [closed]

my system is win 7 64 bit pro and i have an ati radeon 7800. After some win updates, i am getting a black screen without cursor. If i boot in safe mode, i get the normal resolution (1920x2000), what ...
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Debian and GNOMEbuntu installation fails to boot showing a weird Realtek network screen

I have tried replacing Windows with Linux, using Debian network installer. No errors occured, but when I booted the new system a weird screen appeared and Linux is not loading. Intel UNDI , PXE ...
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Installing Windows Update 3033929

I am using grub as default boot loader for my dual boot laptop (DELL Vostro 3750). My system is currently undergoing a reboot loop (infinite) because of Windows Update 3033929. As described here: ...
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Convert MBR based install to GPT based

I recently re-installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook, in MBR mode, since I was not able to make the UEFI recognize the flash drive as EFI bootable (then I did not make any research in this topic, but ...
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How to register/convert a restored linux OS (bios) to EFI booting

First let me explain my current set up. I recently scrubbed my two main drives and converted them to GUID. On the primary drive (sdb in my case) I have created an EFI boot partition (ESP) on ...
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Windows 8.1 won't start after update

I'm having Windows 8.1 on an Acer laptop. Yesterday the system updated, but because the battery was at about 2%, the laptop turned off while it was updating. Now, every time I try to turn the laptop ...
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Can’t boot into Linux Mint after installing Arch Linux

On my computer, I have Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, and recently Arch Linux, installed in a partition scheme like so /dev/sda1 SYSTEM (Win 8 bootloader, BCD, etc.) /dev/sda2 Windows 8.1 ...
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How do you prioritize startup items launch order in Windows 8.1?

I have several startup programs and services (A-G, either program or a service) that runs each time I log into my Windows 8.1 administrator account. However, there is one program (F), that I need to ...
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BOOTMGR is missing. How to replace Windows 7 embedded boot files after applying image in WinPE

I have just applied an image of a Windows 7 Embedded system to a HDD using Imagex inside WinPE. I captured the image of the system on the same board and the same drive and cleaned the drive before ...
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Scrambled screen even before booting

I have an Acer laptop (Aspire 4740g). Recently it has the following problem. When I turn it on, even the boot menu shows funny characters. That means is not the operating system. Running memtest, ...
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Reinstall Windows from another PC

I've decided I want to format my hdd and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. The laptop doesn't have a CD/DVD drive and I guess I've lost my USB drive when I moved a few weeks ago. And I don't really ...
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Recovering from botched Clean Boot

I performed a clean boot as described here which says to disable all non Microsoft services. I missed the part where it said to hide all Microsoft Services, so I disabled ALL services. Apparently, ...
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Windows 7 dual boot with Debian Jessie

I had debian jessie installed on a single hard drive, then i added 3 other hard drives just for storage purposes but I installed Windows 7 Home Premium on one of them. It was working fine until ...
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Schrodinger's Bootmngr

so. a few days ago my laptop started bsod'ing on every boot, whilst it was loading the windows kernel. after some attempts to fix it, i finally decided that it might be simpler to start with a fresh ...
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Laptop won't boot with RAM upgrade

I have a circa 2010 Sony Vaio VPCEB25F that has two memory slots and came stock with 2x2GB; I can’t remember the specs, can fill-in when I get back home. I just purchased two 4GB Team DDR3 1600MHz ...
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my asus a88x-pro motherboard goes to soft off then something triggers it to a boot. Everything else is working great on this new build [closed]

I have tried everything on this new build to resolve the issue of what triggers it to boot after a Soft Off. What can trigger a boot from this state? a88x-pro motherboard.
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Windows 8 operating system [closed]

What Should I do if I can't access my hard drive and all the administrative tools on my computer are short cuts.. When I try accessing the hard drive it says access denied.
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PC starts (fans, lights), reboots, then hangs - motherboard damage?

I'm experiencing some pretty weird issues with a machine I'm setting up for a friend. So first off this is a pretty old computer, I'd estimate around 10 years. It was working fine, but the OS was ...
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ssd cloned to hdd won't boot in USB

I'm upgrading my SSD on my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 notebook. In order to clone the original SSD, I wanted to first clone it to an external device, then boot the computer using the external device and clone ...
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Windows 2003 Server doesnt start

My pc with W2003 server have this problem: It doesnt start in normal mode, in safe mode it hangs-on the acpitabl.dat. I have tried reset BIOS and disconect all devices, without sucess. I have tried ...
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Media test failure, No boot device found, Works if start laptop again on a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

It’s 3rd time, I'm starting my Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520) laptop and it’s showing this error. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.41 (06/08/11) PXE-E61: Media test ...