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

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Windows system files not where they should be

I have discovered that some important Windows system files are not where they should be, and I'd like to know if I can move them. My system runs (I thought) from my D: drive, which has the usual ...
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Bootrec freezes - Do I need to reinstall?

Today I went to boot my server only to notice the message we all dread and fear: NTLDR is missing I booted to the Server 2008 Recovery Console (or whatever its real name is), and issued this ...
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Could faulty RAM cause a delayed Windows startup?

I've had an issue with some older hardware I have. When starting Windows, during the "progress bar" screen during boot-up, as the screen fade's in, the computer freezes. After about a 2-3 minute ...
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How can I determine the installed edition of Windows XP if the OS does not boot up?

I have a drive that I cannot boot, but it has an installation of Windows XP on it. I need to know what type of XP it has, and MS's solution (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310104) presupposes I can ...
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Why won't my computer boot?

My computer was not booting any more (black screen, no beeps). I tried to remove the RAM and boot and again, black screen, no beeps. Does that mean that my motherboard is dead? I have an old ASUS ...
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Corrupt Boot Sector

My girlfriend recently tried to install some printer drivers, and I guess her computer BSOD'ed. When the computer powers up it says the computer was turned off yada yada, with the options start the ...
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Ubuntu : blank screen while boooting from windows XP CD

I have ubuntu installed. This is the output of $sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = ...
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Autostart apps on different screens in Windows Vista

Is there a way to autostart apps and have them appear on a specific screen? I have a startupscript that looks like this: Set shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") progList = Array("C:\Program ...
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Is the motherboard the cause of these errors?

Motherboard is : ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe, Rev1.01, On start up get: "cmos checksum error - defaults loaded" error BIOS is reset everytime and can't boot to Windows off HDD. POST report is ok once I ...
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RAID1 on computer w 2 internal hard-disks

I would like to hear from people who configured a computer with these properties: 1) The computer has exactly 2 identical hard-disks, i.e. no additional internal hard-drives are available. There is ...
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OS X Snow Leopard fails to boot after upgrade to 10.6.1

I'm a fairly recent mac user. Been using windows for decades and happily switched. But i upgraded from 10.6 to 10.6.1 last night and the upgrade looks like it failed. I restarted the machine when it ...
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Fixboot won't stay fixed

On a Windows XP Home system that wouldn't boot and gave an error that said "Error loading operating system", I ran fixboot from the XP install disk. It seemed to successfully fix the boot sector after ...
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Where has msconfig gone?

I used to be able to go start>run msconfig (in win XP) but now I get a message saying the file is missing. What I want to do is edit what starts up at startup. Is msconfig the dest way or are there ...
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How to install Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7 from scratch as triple-boot system

I'm currently running Windows XP, but have ordered Windows 7. I want to keep Windows XP on a separate partition, and install Ubuntu as well. In which order should I install the OSs, and is there ...
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Blinking power button

A friend asked me to look at his Gateway DX4640 desktop. When he presses the power button, power goes to the motherboard (NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP73PV, GeForce 7100 chipset) and the CPU fan starts ...
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SATA disks boot order?

I have a computer with 4 SATA disks connected, 2 to the motherboard and 2 to a PCI-card. I've moved all the disks from other computers so 2 of them already has windows installed, the other 2 has just ...
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A program to analyze startup times

I used to have a program that would watch the startup processes as they load, time how long each one took to startup, and then spit out a report on which startup processes are slowing the loading ...
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Best Linux for a single application & fast boot? (also How-to?) [closed]

I'm looking for a way to run Celtx,a screenwriting software on a Linux Distro and nothing else, no bluetooth, internet/WiFi, media, games, nothing, not even a desktop. Just boot up the OS and Bam! ...
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Autostart Apps in order - Windows Vista

Is there some way to autostart apps in Vista so you can control which one is started first, second, third etc. For example if I want to start Outlook, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, IE, Firefox in that ...
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Booting from a USB drive that was originally a boot drive

When Win 7 went RTM, I upgraded my laptop from XP. But to protect myself against the possibility of having data inaccessible, I got a new disk and put it in the laptop, and took the old (XP) disk and ...
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Ubuntu Live CD VS standard data CD

I have been trying to convert a laptop over to using Ubuntu 9.04 but I was unable to write (with Instant CD and InfraRecorder) the ubuntu 9.04 ISO file to CD (a question I will pose another time) so I ...
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Something (driver?) takes a long time to load during Windows XP session opening

I recently noticed that my PC has become very long to boot or, more precisely, to open my session... I probably installed some software that has a problem, but I don't know which one because I don't ...
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HP MediaSmart EX485 Windows Home Server doesn't seem to finish booting

I have an HP MediaSmart EX485 Windows Home Server with 2 extra drives and it has worked great up until yesterday. I tried to play a couple movies (MP4) from my Xbox360 and all failed to play, when I ...
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Boot time virus scan from USB drive

I want to check for viruses on a computer that I suspect may be infected with malware. Its users are running an antivirus, but there's always the risk that something slips past and the way I see it, ...
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Need some help with possibly broken PC?

I had my PC out from under the desk with the sides off (as I have ordered more RAM and will be installing it soon) and my girlfriend accidentally knocked it over (and it landed hard!). I started it ...
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IBM Thinkpad 240 - Best way to boot from floppy to USB - Best Linux for 300 MHz 128 MB RAM 800x600 screen 6 GB HDD [closed]

Mostly I still have that old 'ultraportable' laptop that is mostly like a pre-netbook era laptop and a friend and programmer needs a computer because the one he was using just broke and he has to wait ...
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Vista Fails to Boot

I just installed Windows 7, and I am running it in triple boot (Ubuntu/7/Vista). W7 boots just fine, and Ubuntu is fine, but when I try to boot vista all I see is a black screen, and then the computer ...
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Boot Camp: is it possible to restart directly to Windows from Mac OS X?

With the Boot Camp tools installed on Windows, there's an option for rebooting directly to Mac OS ("Restart in Mac OS X" from Boot Camp system tray item). But is this possible in the opposite ...
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Laptop only displays a “ _ ” when I try to boot up

Whenever I start my laptop it just displays an underscore in the top left corner. It makes no POST beeps or anything. What can I do to fix this?
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Booting up renders error: “ata1.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5)” in Ubuntu

Sometimes, non-deterministically, when I boot I get this error: [ xx.xxxxxx] ata1.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5) [ xx.xxxxxx] ata2.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5) Where the x characters ...
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XP CD doesn't offer repair option

I'm fixing an IBM Thinkpad laptop running XP Pro which doesn't boot all the way (It gets past the XP logo boot screen, a movable mouse cursor appears, and it doesn't get any further, even in safe ...
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How do I stop services from starting on boot on Ubuntu?

I have lots of servers installed (Apache, MySQL, etc.), but I don't want them all to start at boot time (they drain power, and I'm on batteries most of the time). How do I configure this?
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Why is svn trying to start when I log in? How (or even should) I stop it?

I upgraded my Tiger install to Snow-leopard last night. All went fine except every time I start the machine, I'm told that svn requires Rosetta. I already know what Rosetta is and why I might want to ...
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!! 0xc01a00d !! aka Vista won't boot [closed]

Answer: Parts of the hard drive are corrupted. All of my user's code was checked in, so I'm just going to format the box. One of my users has an HP DV5-1235dx laptop running Windows Vista ...
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How to tune Windows Vista startup speed?

My one year old Vista installation at work takes some 10 minutes to start up. However, my freshly installed Vista at home takes only 1 minute to get fully running. What could cause this slowdown, and ...
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Can I boot Linux from a VHD?

Is there some way to boot a Linux system from a VHD in Windows 7? If there is a way, how do I put it there in the first place? EDIT: To clarify, I'm not trying to run Linux in a VM. I'm trying to ...
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MS Windows (XP) Analogue to Linux' ~/.profile and/or ~/.bashrc? (NOT in a Network Domain)!

Once upon a lifetime ago (in a much different phase of my career) I was pretty good at handling MS-DOS and MS Windows (3.x ... pre-NT, pre-XP, etc) technical support. For the last 14 years I've ...
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ubuntu fails to start gnome

I ran into a strange problem today, when i started my computer running ubuntu 9, i got the loading screen and after that i got a black screen with the mouse and hourglass loading. and it stays there, ...
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Fastest booting desktop linux distro? [closed]

I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop and I'm very happy with it. But boot times aren't great... So I'd like to have a second distribution on my hard disc that I can boot to quickly check my ...
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Is there a bootchart-style analyzer for what happens AFTER you log in?

Bootchart is an excellent tool for seeing what goes on when your computer boots. However, it only charts up to the login screen. Is there any way to analyze what is happening when I actually log in? I ...
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Automating application start by using scripts on XP

When I come to work, I spent several boring minutes running my applications. I start IDE, mail client, web browser, bug tracking system, Total Commander, ProcessExplorer and DebugView. Most of those ...
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What is the ehome folder in C:\Windows for?

On my Windows Vista partition, startup has been slow lately, so I went and did my usual spring clean. One item I noticed in msconfig was called Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Operating System. Which ...
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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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PC hangs with striped screen and then three long beeps on start-up

Recently the following thing happened to my PC a couple of times: Screen was as if covered with black and white stripes with a distinct square in the middle and the PC was not responding to input. ...
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Unable to boot to Ubuntu. Inconsistency in disk, X server didn't start. Illegal blocks in Inode

I am unable to boot into my Ubuntu system. First I get that fsck died with exit status 4 Then I try to do it manually as prompted and I get that an Inode has illegal blocks and asked to clear it. ...
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Backup windows image to thumb drive?

I recently bought a new netbook from Malasia. It doesn't have a brand name, or officially supporting drivers. It came with a version of windows, and working drivers for all the hardware - but I want ...
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Safari 4 starting up slowly on a Vista machine

I have two PCs (different specs) with the latest Windows Vista and Safari 4 updates installed. In one machine, Safari 4 works great but in the other, it starts up slowly (less than a minute though) ...
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Disk boot failures (Vista)

I have been having intermittent boot failures on my 3-year old pc lately. When I power it up, it sometimes can't detect my primary harddisk (SATA, and it is a Maxtor), and I get an error like 'DISK ...
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Removing items from boot menu / securely deleting free space

I just installed Windows 7 over win xp. I deleted my windows.old folder and emptied it from the recycle bin but I still get older version of windows and a windows xp pro setup options in the boot ...
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Hard drive problem after windows 7 install attempt?

My computer is an HP Media Center running Vista Home Premium. I has two separate hard drives each with 360GBs. I recently tried to install Windows 7 on the second drive but the installation failed. ...