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

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How to troubleshoot Windows XP boot process?

I have an XP installation that won't boot properly. Windows boots until just before I have the option to select a user. I can't get into Windows normally (and Safe Mode is the same) to check things ...
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How do I upgrade to Windows 7 from a non-booting Vista installation?

My laptop came presupplied with a Vista Professional installation and no Vista installation DVD. It has now stopped booting, stuck in a cycle of failing startup repairs. I have a Windows 7 Ultimate ...
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Cloned XP won't boot properly - stuck before log in/user select screen

I have cloned an installation of Windows XP Professional SP3 from a failing hard disk using Norton Ghost. I set up the correct partition size on the new hard disk (using GParted) and ghosted it on. I ...
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Windows XP Boot Issue - Diagnosing A Hard Drive Failure

My five-year-old HP desktop running Windows XP SP3 wouldn't boot from the hard drive yesterday afternoon. I would see the boot sequence begin, then nothing but a black screen. Fortunately, I had ...
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Windows 7 destroys my GRUB2 on every boot

I have a dual boot setup with Ubuntu and Windows 7, I generally use Ubuntu but some times start Windows 7. Every time I have used Windows 7 my GRUB2 installation brakes and as soon as GRUB2 is ...
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My computer won't start because it keeps restarting

My computer suddenly doesn't start today (last used it last week). When start it up, it was up for a few seconds, and then it restarts itself. This happens again and again. There is no beep at all. ...
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Windows Vista Factory Image Restore is giving error and computer keeps rebooting

Hello I am attempting to restore my windows vista desktop and I do not have the CDs so I am using this Dell Factory Image Restore and this is the error I get and wondering is there anything I can do ...
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Gentoo startup error (D-BUS)

When I start my PC with Gentoo everything goes ok until it reaches INIT: Entering runlevel: 3 ... Starting D-BUS system messagebus It just stops booting here. What might be wrong and ...
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Mistakenly edited something while booting Windows. Now it doesn't boot

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10.. I had just finished a session on Win7 which was extremely slow, and I decided to restart in safe mode to uninstall some ...
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Windows Vista on my Dell desktop wont start I just get a black screen saying enter password

I have a Dell desktop running Windows Vista Basic, I turn on the machine and all I get is Enter Password with a black screen. I don't know why I am getting this so I tried turning it on and entering ...
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Unknown item in my startup (sshnas21.dll)

I just noticed that I have an unknown item in my Startup in msconfig the command is rundll32.exe C:\Windows\system32\sshnas21.dll,GetMainWnd what is this?
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How do I make a script run upon startup of the Ubuntu machine?

I want to run /home/myuser/go.py How do I make that run in the background, everytime my linux machine boots up?
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Don't want IIS to autostart

I am using Windows Vista Ultimate, and in my current setup the IIS (webserver) starts up every time I start my computer. How can I turn it off so IIS don't start on start up?
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Installing window problem with new laptop having old Window in it

I bought a new Sony vaio VPCEB15PA laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed in it. I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate and also want to make multiple partitions. But when I put Windows 7 ultimate ...
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Why is Windows 7 not listed in “Start-up and Recovery” Options

Today when I went into Control Panel -> System and Security -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Start-up & Recovery Settings I saw that under "Default Operating System" there is nothing ...
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Autostart program in Safe Mode

I'm wondering if there's a way to autostart programs in Safe Mode. I know, generally it ignores autostart entries in SM, but still I'd appreciate any advice. The program is a GUI application. ...
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How do I make the “C:\Program Files\Microsoft” folder NOT open up on startup?

I've seen explanations for how to handle this problem, and not one of them has made any sense to me so far. Answers include comments about editing entries in "the registry" or uninstalling and ...
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Swapping Hard Drives And Moving Data

So my hard drive is failing, and I'm getting a new one. I just did a fresh install of Win7 a few months ago, and I since it's a relatively fresh install, I was hoping I can just move my data to the ...
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How can I create bootable DOS usb stick?

I need to use this utility to change one of the parameters of my new WD hard drive: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=609&sid=113&lang=en It has truly unreadable ...
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grub: how to boot into ISO partition

I have copied an ISO file into a partition (i.e. dd if=isofile of=/dev/sdb1). How can I boot into that partition via GRUB? When I try just with chainloader (hd1,0)+1, it says unknown executable ...
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grub: boot from ISO

How can I boot into an ISO file in GRUB? The ISO file is on a reiserfs partition and GRUB can access it (already tested that).
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How do I change the cosmos picture displayed at startup on Mac OS X?

I want to change the purple cosmos picture that is displayed at startup and login time on Mac OS X.
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Skip kernel module at boot

There is a broken kernel module, due to which I can not even load the OS, so I can not delete or fix it. Is it possible to skip this module at boot, using the kernel's parameters or something?
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hardware problem

I Repair my window & restart my computer ,it doesnt start & shows "invalid boot ini file' & doesn't take cdrom as first boot divice Tell me what to do i have a P3
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MacBook start up problem

I have an aging, ailing MacBook. The battery died on it a few months ago, but can still use it when plugged in. I recently upgraded it to Snow Leopard. Had it unplugged for a few days. Went to boot ...
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How To Boot with “mem=1024m” Argument using GRUB - Ubuntu 10.04

I am still working on this question. This new one is a different question so I thought it would be good to post a new question. Is this the proper protocol or should I have just edited the other ...
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Windows 7 laptop won't load past the Windows logo

My computer won't load past the windows logo, when it finishes loading the logo I see a blue screen quickly flash on and off. I just get a glimpse of it, but I recognize the screen as a serious error ...
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Disable freecall from autorun in Windows 7 Professional

I installed voip program called Freecall in my Windows 7 Professional laptop. Now it shows as a Startup item in "System Configuration" console. I tried to uncheck it in the Startup item and restart, ...
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Removing or disabling software that prevents Windows from booting

A piece of software I installed recently has gone mad, and I can no longer boot Windows. How can I remove that application, or at least prevent it from running at startup? Neither Safe Mode nor Safe ...
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NTFS.SYS error at boot in Win XP

I am using Windows XP and this morning it didn't boot, it showed an error on "Windows/system32/config/SYSTEM" so I connected the hd to another pc, rename that file and then copy the one in ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 will not boot

After an update yesterday my Dell X300 will only boot to a screen with an option to perform 2 memory tests. If I perform these tests, it will only go back to this same screen, offering a choice of ...
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Install Windows XP from a pen drive containing an ISO file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive I want to install Windows XP using my pen drive which has an ISO of Windows XP! I have tried googling, but the results were ...
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Troubleshooting input device detection in Windows Xp Pro Sp3

My laptop (Acer travelmate 4152NlCi)doesn't respond to the keyboard and mouse anymore while booting in Windows Xp Pro Sp3. i can't type the password and login. I have Opensuse 11.0 on it as well and ...
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Is running this command twice going to cause an issue?

In computing, tee is a command in various command-line interpreters (shells) such as Unix shells, 4DOS/4NT and Windows PowerShell, which displays or pipes the output of a command and copies it into ...
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Sfsync04 file is corrupted

I don't know exactly what I did, but somehow the sfsync04.sys (drivers) file is corrupt, and now I can't start my windows. That's the error startup repair gives me, and it is unable to correct it ...
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How to solve the “Bootmgr is missing” problem on Windows 7 machine?

I bought a Dell Laptop recently which has Windows 7 operating system in it. I did not get the operating system CD/DVD. Recently I got a problem while starting the machine. I really don't know what ...
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Fan Error on Lenovo R61

Problem Since the last two days, my Lenovo R61 is giving me a "Fan Error" message during boot, after showing which, it powers down. It does so for 3-4 boot attempts, and after a bit of tapping and ...
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Minimum hardware to boot into BIOS

Are the RAM module or CPU required to boot the motherboard? What is the minimal configuration to boot into BIOS? The motherboard I need to boot is a mediocre ASUS socket LGA775.
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Risk to native OS from Live CD?

Will booting from a Live CD (I was thinking Anonym OS) have any risk to the native OS? I wanted to try it out on my school´s computer, but I´d rather not have to explain why I accidentally ...
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PC in POST loop

I have a custom built PC using a Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P motherboard with a Q6600 CPU. For the last 2 days it has got itself stuck into a POST loop. Saying that, I don't think it actually got in to the ...
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CloneZilla Broke My System? Ubuntu Installation Lost After Running CloneZilla

I just read through this post and tried to get my installation back using this answer to no avail. What happened to me is this: I spent an hour or more reading through the CloneZilla docs. I ...
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How to get rid of rom-boot & network boot options when booting up

I am using a compaq b1200. And it really sucks when you boot up and see those choices consuming a lot of time in the boot process. How do I get rid of it to achieve faster boot up. In windows, ...
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How do you start a program after X has started?

There's a little app called F.Lux that sets your screen temperature based on the time of day. The Linux version is a little spartan with just a console interface but it works perfectly well. Where ...
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Why is my new PC so slow at startup?

Bought a new PC this weekend, and it works really good. Only I have one big problem: startup time. Its BIOS needs 62 sec to load, then from Grub start to pw entering screen it's another 26 sec. I ...
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Windows Vista stuck on crcdisk.sys

I'm here with some Vista-trouble. After a cigarette-break I returned to my desk to find my PC with a black screen, and after failing to wake it up did a forced restart. I haven't been installing any ...
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Boot problem: weird sound

Here are the specs to put things into context: ECS P4M800PRO-M478 (V1.0) Intel P4 "Northwood" 2.8C GHz (HT) Socket 478 2x 512 MB PC2-4200 DDR2-533 RAM Visiontek Radeon HD 3650 512 MB DDR2 AGP Maxtor ...
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Transfer hard-drive with windows XP to another computer. On booting, asks to activate xp

I had an old computer sitting around that I have not been able to boot successfully. I moved the hard drive and placed it in my newer computer. If I boot linux, I can mount the XP hard-drive and ...
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Have .cmd in startup wait for system wide startup to run

On a computer I'm not an administrator on, there is a startup file (.cmd file in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup) for all users. It does several things I don't like, ...
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strange processes on Windows

can somebody explain how can I delete unnecessary processes on windows? For example I deleted icq, but I still have some icq processes on Windows Task Manager. Every time when I start my windows I ...