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

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Strange windows boot problem - My computer won't boot from hard disk

Until yesterday, I had windows XP installed on my computer. After installing the OS, and setting the BIOS to boot from the hard-disk first, I discovered a strange problem - the OS wasn't booted and ...
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booting files in a usb

I need to boot my USB which contains a utility program I have written. How can I make my USB bootable?
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Installing Ubuntu: root failed on restart

I just installed Ubuntu. At the end, it tells me to keep away the CD and to restart. After I restart it tells me: searching for boot record form ide-0..not found searching for boot record form ...
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Stop Windows Automatic Update in boot menu or start up-sequence

My girlfriend has a corrupted hard drive running Windows Vista. She is getting a new hard drive and has also purchased an external hard drive to back up her data. However windows downloaded an ...
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Suggestion for boot manager in external hard disk

I just bought an 1TB External Hard drive with eSATA, USB, FW400/800 (LaCie if you are interested). I already put the windows 7 installation in a FAT32 active partition so i can plug the HDD via USB, ...
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How can I do multi-boot with XOSL?

I have seen someone using XOSL to do multi-boot. Actually, this is my first time messing up with multiple OS. Do you guys have any tutorials or guides for me to learn? Assuming that I am using a ...
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How to fix winload.exe is missing or corrupt issue on Windows 7 startup?

I have a DELL laptop, on which there is a Windows XP system. Recently, I installed a new Windows 7 on a VHD file. It worked perfectly even after several-time reboot. After I switched back to original ...
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Ubuntu won't boot from USB memory stick

I used the instructions on this webpage to create a bootable USB drive for running Ubuntu 9.10. Unfortunately it doesn't work on my Eee PC. Even with 'Removable Dev.' selected in the BIOS as the ...
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Tool for automatic start from standby / sleep mode at a given time

Is there a Windows-tool that is able to automatically revive the computer from standby / sleep mode at a given time?
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Ubuntu NBR karmic boot freezes at fsck from util-linux-ng 2.16

I have a netbook (emachine e250 - equivalent to an acer aspire one) and I have Ubunutu NBR 9.10 installed on it. Every other cold boot freezes at the following error message: fsck from util-linux-ng ...
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How do I remove a piece of software from auto-starting when I reboot my Mac?

How do I edit my startup programs for Mac OS X? In particular, I have this "Hotspot Shield" program I installed that is starting up every time I reboot my computer. I want to remove it from ...
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Skype does not start on Vista 64

I have a computer with Vista 64 and I have a problem with Skype on it. It does not start automatically. I have checked the corresponding option in the Skype settings (Start Skype when I start Windows) ...
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How do I make GRUB2 appear, after installing ubuntu on a drive with windows 7 (no wubi)

On a fresh Windows 7 install I installed Ubuntu 9.10, booting from the CD and chosing the first option where it installs ubuntu on another partition in the same drive as Win7 and allowing me to chose ...
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Windows 7 boot problem on a Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m 9450HAG

I recently did a full upgrade of Windows 7 on my Thinkpad. Everything worked fine after up until the second reboot (the first reboot after some updates installed worked OK). At second reboot time the ...
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Microsoft Word - Switch to Reading layout

Is there a way to configure Microsoft Word (2003 if possible) to automatically switch to Reading Layout when opening any document? Perhaps select the "Multiple page" option as well? Yes, I can press ...
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Fedora 12 hangs at boot

I'm kind of a beginner at Linux , I've installed an Nvidia driver with this command # yum install akmod-nvidia every thing went ok , but after reboot the system hangs right after starting ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 desktop installation via USB (boot)

I have made a live boot USB using the UnetBootIn tool for Ubuntu 9.10. I have Windows XP SP2 installed as the primary OS, and want to make a partition for Ubuntu. However when I try to boot it via ...
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Why am I getting boot errors after a fresh Windows install?

I have a really strange problem. I have a new laptop (no guaranty) and everytime after a clean installation everything is perfectly fine. But when the laptop is powered off for a couple of hours I get ...
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Can I create a Windows Live installation that runs of an USB stick?

Is it possible to create a usb bootable version of Windows 7 just like ubuntu?? I mean boot the actual operating system and not the installer from a usb?
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4GB USB as 2 drives

I've got a 4GB USB flash drive and am trying to partition it. I'd like 2GB to be an OS (ChromeOS by Hexxeh), and the rest should be one FAT32 partition. Windows should recognize the FAT32 ...
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Delay before booting with laptop

I have almost the same problem as in Delay before booting? My computer is a practically new (couple months) Lenovo X200 Tablet (System Model 7449FXG). So when I press the power button, the indicator ...
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Problem with security settings during OSX start up

I recently installed PostgreSQL and am now getting these errors when I start up: “/Library/StartupItems/HWPortDetect” has not been started because it does not have the proper security settings. ...
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Computer won't boot from CD/DVD drive

I'm trying to install Fedora on a really old (1999-2000) PC, even though I have set it to boot the CD/DVD drive first it wont boot from the CD, I know the CD 'im using is bootable, do you think that ...
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How to make a boot profile permanent?

I have a Finnix live CD. I can customize it by remastering it. When I boot with the live CD I need to make a little change in the boot profile The boot profile before making the changes is linux ...
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My computer won't do POST when switched on. Is there a way to determine which component is the culprit without replacement parts?

I've taken everything out from the computer there is only the motherboard with the CPU in it. When I switch it on the fans start, but nothing happens. No beeps, no POST. I guess either the ...
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Make Task Manager Sort by Base Name on Startup

The Windows XP Task Manager saves most of the settings, but every time it starts, it always sorts the processes by PID. I want it to start up sorted by process name (Base Name column) since I always ...
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What does it mean when HP laptop beeping when trying to boot

On an HP Pavilion dv5210us notebook PC, attempting to boot now results in four beeps and no progress yet power button remains lit. I think this may mean the disk drive is no good and the computer ...
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setup mtu automatically after system reboot

I have issues with slow internet and by changing mtu works fine for me. I use Ubuntu 9.10 64bit system. I have dynamic ip address setup All the time after system bootup, I need to do the following ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 install won't boot after filesystem damage

I was running a somewhat standard install of Ubuntu 9.10, when my drive got pushed into read-only mode, so I switched to tty1, ran /etc/init.d/gdm stop, and then ran fsck -y /. It took an hour or too, ...
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Computer suddenly shut down - won't start again

Last night my computer seemingly broke down completely. I wasnt looking at it when it happened, but I could hear the entire thing shut down. It was only idling in desktop at the time... Afterwards I ...
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Can Windows 7 recovery iso be used to create a bootable recovery USB?

Can Windows 7 recovery iso be used to create a bootable recovery USB? If yes, how? I did try using unetbootin but it didn't work.
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Why when I push the start button on my computer it starts the components running only?

Why when I push the start button on my computer it starts the components running, but I have to push it again to boot system start up. I started doing this out of the blue. It happens with any ...
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Possible boot conflict?

I was installing Ubuntu on a computer on which Windows XP was already installed. The computer has multiple hard drive bays, so I decided to remove the XP HDD and install Ubuntu on a blank HDD when it ...
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How do I get the default system locale in Windows 7?

I want to get the default system locale in Windows 7, I figured out that the login screen uses this. So I want to start one application during system startup, before the login screen appear. So that ...
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A Windows Vista machine will not boot - “Missing Operating System” error

Seeming as quite a few of the "Related Questions" have answers by me, I am rather embarrassed to ask this, but I hope someone can help. I do have a solution to this problem, however, I would rather ...
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How do boot sectors and multiple drives works?

I don't fully understand the concept of a boot sector, I was hoping someone could clear this up for me. If you have two hard drives, with an OS installed on each, does each drive have its own boot ...
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How to turn startup chime off on a iMac G5 under Gentoo

I have a iMac G5 only with Gentoo installed on it and every time I turn it on, it plays the startup chime. I already have my headset plugged in but this doesn't mute the sound. Is there a way to ...
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How to boot into Linux (Ubuntu) with Windows Bootloader? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using Vista boot loader instead of GRUB OK, so I had Windows Vista on a drive, and then installed Ubuntu Jaunty on another drive. When I did that, grub took over. I ...
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create XP usb boot disk in Vista

My netbook (running on XP) recently encountered "NTLDR is missing" problem. However, since I don't have an external dvd, I need to create a USB boot-up disk to re-install XP. Unfortunately, my other ...
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How to boot Toshiba Portege M200 from image with no CD drive

My Toshiba Portege M200 has no CD drive, and I would like to boot to Acronis to reload from an image that I created. I don't know how else to get the OS and all the drivers loaded. It doesn't seem ...
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Watching the details of a normal Windows XP boot cycle

Is it possible to see the details of what is going on behind the scenes/screen during booting of Windows XP? Something like the dump that is shown when booting up in safe mode.
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XFS won't mount with fstab options in Fedora 12

Okay, the topic says it all. I used the usual 'mkfs.xfs -l size=128m,lazy-count=1 /dev/sdX' at creation. After that, I would like to use custom mount options like: This goes instead of the "defaults" ...
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Disable Mac startup sound

Anyone know how to disable that cheesy startup sound when I power on my Mac? If it makes a difference, I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.
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Dell Dimension L866r hangs after POST after BIOS flash

I have an old Dell Dimension L866r which I flashed with BIOS version A14. Now when I turn on the system it hangs with the full-screen Dell logo. If I press Esc immediately after turning it on I ...
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Microsoft Performance Analysis: how do I know when the boot process is done?

I got the program to work, but I can't seem to figure out how to get boot events. I tried actions, but Microsoft's documentation is severely lacking. I was able to use the boot manager with the ...
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Bootvis is great, is there any way to run it in Vista and Windows 7?

I recently tried out Bootvis and it works great. It does exactly what I want to do, but it doesn't seem to work in Vista and Windows 7 ... is it possible to get it to work in those OS's as well?
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Is there a way to get the system boot time?

After you reboot and the system is all loaded up, is there a place that stores the system boot time; meaning the total time it took for the system to boot back up. I would like to compare different ...
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ThinkPad T400 backlight doesn't always turn on when booting from battery

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T400, which I've owned for about a year. A while back, I noticed a problem in which the LED backlight would not always turn on when booting from battery. Usually, if I hold ...
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How to update the bios of a Dell Optiplex GX280 with Windows XP?

My computer BIOS for Dell Optiplex GX280 with XP Pro has been failing me miserably. So, I have decived to update/replace the BIOS. Now, my questions are: What files do I put on that bootable floppy? ...