The process of starting up a computer and loading the operating system.

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Missing “Use a device” option to boot a live distro from usb on a Windows 8 (UEFI) notebook

I have a new notebook with Windows 8. I need to boot a Linux live distro from USB disk. However, when I access the boot menu which I expect to be like the following: in Windows 8, the entry "use a ...
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Windows 8 installed twice - one installation faulty

I recently did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro to my Dell 1720 laptop HDD. I then decided to add a Crucial M4 SSD as the OS disc and use the HDD for storage in bay 2. I cloned Win 8 from the HDD to ...
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How to disable CD-ROM/DVD-ROM pooling during boot in Linux?

I have a Dell XPS L501X laptop dual-booting Linux Mint 12 "Lisa" (x64) and Windows 7. It has a TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L633J DVD drive, which generates a lot of vibrations and noise whenever data is being ...
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Laptop doesn't boot up (not even to bios settings) and has corrupted partition table

My laptop fails to boot up. Since it fails even before I could enter bios settings, I thought it has to be a hardware failure. To rescue my data, I removed the hard disk and plugged it to another PC. ...
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dd command to create bootable iso image of hard disk

Is it possible to use the dd command to create a bootable ISO image? I use the following command to do it: dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/sdb/my.iso I am able to create ISO, however I am not able to boot ...
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Fail to boot with a specific DIMM

I don't know if here is the right Stack, but I have this problem: I bought a new computer kit (Asus P8Z77-v LX, 2x4GB Corsair Vegenance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 and Intel i5 3570K). The problem is, after one ...
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Repairing dual boot using Ubuntu Live CD

I installed Windows 7 on a separate hard drive and I have Debian on another hard drive. After installing Windows 7 my grub doesn't appear so I used an Ubuntu Live CD to use boot-repair to fix my grub2 ...
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window 7 freezes after automatic update on Dec 30 2012

I am using windows 7 on 64 bit toshiba machine from more than a year. My machine is down from 4 days. What I suspect is "problem caused by windows auto update ran on 30th Dec morning. FYI: I am using ...
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Setting up a terminal command to execute on restart (Mac OS X 10.8.2) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run a script at login/logout in OS X? I have some external USB 2.0 hard drives and they obnoxiously spin down every minute or so. Then when I go to do something on ...
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Why can't I boot off another drive or change BIOS options after hibernating?

I hear that many people running Windows are able to hibernate their computer, temporarily boot some other operating system, then shutdown that other OS and resume Windows right where they left off. ...
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Occasional BSOD at Windows 8 cold boot

My new computer with Windows 8 Pro occasionally shows BSOD with sad smile, but only during cold boot. CPU: i7-3770 MB: ASUS P8B75-M BIOS v.1002 MEM: 32GB (4x8Gb) Geil After the system has loaded, ...
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Frequency of running chkdsk for a Win7 machine

When I boot up or restart my computer, I sometimes get the countdown timer for running chkdsk and I usually bypass this and boot on into Windows. Is there a good frequency at which to allow your ...
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Why won't my script change MAC address via macchanger at startup? Ubuntu-based

I have recently pieced together a script with my limited knowledge of bash that is supposed to do 2 things: It is supposed to change my hostname and then change my mac address. I put the ...
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Hp primary internal battery error 601 at boot

I was using ubuntu 12.04 and a file transfer was going on when i saw the battery applet was showing 1 min remaining. I immediately shut down the laptop and when i plugged it after some time, from that ...
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Windows 8 hangs with “Preparing Automatic Repair” when booting from grub

The past: Had Grub Legacy installed booting linux sucessfully. Made a backup of Grub's mbr with dd if=/dev/sda of=backupmbr bs=512 count=1 Installed Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 overwrote MBR, as ...
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Network conf - ever time must set ifconfig

I need to autoconfigure network. Network Manager is removed because I need lightweight system. After system starts networks doesn't work. #service networking status networking stop/waiting #service ...
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Mint LXDE autostart doen't work

I need to autostart skype. /etc/xdg/autostart/skype.desktop - not working /etc/xdg/lxsession/Mint-LXDE/autostart + line @skype - start skype twice /etc/rc.local + line skype - not working Any ideas?
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Intel D2700DC won't boot without display connected

I have assembled PC based on Intel D2700DC mini-ITX motherboard to use it as headless server. I was able to install Fedora 17 Linux on it, and it worked fine until I disconnected display. It still ...
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Booting Windows XP from original CD requires SP2 disc

I need to repair a Windows XP installation, but booting from the original CD requires a Service Pack 2 CD at the very beginning, which I don't have since I got SP2 through Windows Update. How do I ...
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Computer powers up, but doesn't POST. Suggestions?

I have a system that powers up. The CD/DVD drive fires up, I can hear the hard drive spin on, and all the fans spin. However, the monitor doesn't display anything. I have made a checklist of things I ...
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Fedora Is Asking For Username and password at boot

When I turn my computer on GRUB auto loads fedora and I get Username: then Password: and when i type them in i get error: access denied Failed to boot both default and fallback entries then i get ...
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Bootable USB drive, but with files in sub folder?

I created a bootable USB drive which works as expected, but it creates a bunch of obscure files cluttering up the main storage space of the flash drive. Will it still work if I put these boot-files in ...
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Macbook Pro completely hangs at start, no super user mode nothing

I was moving some files from my external hard drive to a network drive, when the finder started crashing and starting repeatedly, so I forced it off. After that OS X wouldn't start anymore. I booted ...
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Windows 8 \boot\bcd corrupt file error

I want to install Windows 8. I already had Ubuntu and I deleted its partition. Now I can't install Windows 8 and get an error regarding file \boot\bcd being corrupt. I have no partitions now, so no ...
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Fresh install of Windows 8 on Zenbook Prime with UEFI [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If USB is not listed in BIOS as a boot option, does that mean the machine can’t boot from USB? Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD? I have purchased a new Asus ...
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How to triple boot computer: backtrack 5r3, win7 and ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to triple boot xp, backtrack and 7 I want my computer to be triple booted: Backtrack 5r3, Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 7. It doesn't matter which will be the first to be ...
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Laptop Takes 10-30 minutes to boot up— to even get to the manufacturer/bios logo screen. What's going on?

Everything seems to work like normal once it actually boots up. I can go through log in, surf the web, run applications etc. I can even reboot it! But if I turn it off (and leave it off) for a ...
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How to recover a bootloader after installing ram?

After a wonderful fiasco trying to figure out what caused the bluescreens in my PC, it turned out that it was a bad stick of ram. I figured I'll just get two brand new 4 GB kits - all together 8 GB, ...
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ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while booting brand new computer

I try to install fedora to a new desktop computer I have but I am getting ata1:comreset failed (errno=-32) error while starting fedora installation. After a long while it stars with the installation ...
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OpenDNS Crypt client always ask to run on startup?

I used to use OpenDNS Crypt in windows 7 64 bit without issues,but when i upgrade to windows 8 64-bit, this program ask me to run every time i start my pc (UAC message popup)...so is this any way to ...
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Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD?

I just bought a new PC and the default installed OS is Windows 8. I want to install Windows 7 but when I go into the boot options screen I only have one option: Windows Boot Manager I can't find my ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows7 off of separate hard drives

Is it possible to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows7 off of separate hard drives. I have a Dell Latitude E6410 with an SSD in the main hard drive slot and the original HDD in the optical bay slot. I am ...
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how to change driver parameter into Fedora 17 boot?

For some time I use Fedora 17. Usualy with KDE but sometimes with GNOME too... With a lot of help from Google and Fedora forum I managed to make my tvtuner work. However it is very annoying that every ...
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Windows 7 booting issue

I installed Windows on a computer and I rebooted it to see if it works properly. When it started booting it got stuck on this screen I tried booting from the Windows CD again and I get stuck on ...
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Enabling PAE on Windows XP

When I try to enable the PAE switch in boot.ini nothing happens. I save the file and reboot, then reboot the system again to install Lubuntu and it says that there isn't PAE enabled. To be more ...
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dracut Warning: Unable to process initqueue

I'm on Mageia2 x86_64 with kernel 3.3.8-desktop-2.mga2. The kernel boot normally. My laptop is old so i need the old kernel for better compatibility and functionality. The problem is that the old ...
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Unable to boot windows 8 after ubuntu 12.04 installation

I just got my new notebook with windows 8 pre installed. After installing ubuntu 12.04 when I try to boot windows 8 it says "Automated Recovery in Progress" which fails afterwards and shuts down the ...
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Remove antivirus from startup via command prompt (Windows)

How from the windows command prompt can I tell my machine (windows 7) to not load my antivirus software (Symantec if that matters) automatically the next time I boot it up? Assume I can't open any ...
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How to make my laptop see my battery on Windows 8 startup

So when I first boot into my computer, I can't use the system tray power icon since it doesn't think that its a laptop. So in order to get the icon enabled I go into device manager and scan for new ...
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Unsuccessful startup of Gateway LT27

I turn on my Gateway LT27 and get the message "No bootable device - Please restart system". If I hit F2 to get into setup mode, it just hangs. Once in a while, when I reboot, I randomly press a ...
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How to boot a computer with a HDD from another PC?

I need to back up the files of an HDD but the only way I can do that is to plug it into another computer's HDD input. The problem is, now the other computer will not boot. If I try to boot with safe ...
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Cannot Boot Win 8 - Nor Correct Boot Files?

UPDATE: I was able to create a Windows 8 Recovery disk from another computer. I have attempted to re-create the boot files by following this method in Command Prompt: bootrec /scanos bootrec /...
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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is there a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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Is it possible to have a program load on startup, but before user login?

I want to have my magicJack load every time the computer reboots whether a user is logged in or not. I currently am able to do this by enabling automatic logins and having the program in the startup ...
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c000021a BSOD on Windows 7 boot

I guess I can't since I'm getting the error message: The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of Windows you're trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that ...
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Windows 7, Black screen with cursor, impossible to logon

First - I have gone through as many possible solutions I've found here and elsewhere. [Edit - to describe the issue in more detail, the PC appears to boot correctly, but instead of the logon screen, ...
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How to restart Windows 8 directly to Startup Settings menu?

I need to restart Windows 8 with no driver signature check mode. I use shutdown -o -r command, then I need click Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options, then Windows Startup Setting, then Restart and ...
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Computer will not boot from its HDD and will not boot from USB

A friend gave me his computer to repair. It does not boot at all. When we try to boot from the hard disk, safe mode is not an option as it seems it cannot detect windows. I suspect the HDD is wiped or ...
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Is it possible to boot already installed version of Ubuntu from within Win7, e.g. with a vm?

I have both Ubuntu 12.10 and Win7 installed. I use the former mostly for scientific simulations and the latter for applications. The problem I came across with this configuration is that the ...
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Can xcopy make a bootable copy (clone) of Windows?

Following on from my discussion with @JustinD in the comments here, is it technically possible to simply xcopy the contents of a Windows partition to a partition freshly created and formatted on a new ...