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

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Prevent Windows 7 from resuming from hibernation

I am running Windows 7 x64 on my machine and everything is perfect. I actually never turn off my PC completely but rather I always put it into hibernation mode for fast resume once I get back. ...
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How to create alternative linux boot without starting some services

I would like to create an alternative booting possibility in my GRUB menu that does not start some services (listed by chkconfig) like cups. I would use this boot during travel where I surely does ...
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Folders disappear every time Windows XP starts up

Symptoms: Whenever my Windows XP machine starts up, subfolders disappear from the first top-level folder, listed alphabetically (eg. from "C:\AA Backups"). The first time it happened I suspected user ...
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When you uncheck a startup entry in msconfig, where does the entry go?

Just as the title says. I'm using Windows XP and I was wondering where entries go when unchecked (including registry entries and entries in the Startup folder of the start menu).
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What happens when a computer starts?

I'm trying to understand what happens when a computer is turned on. How the computer works on startup, various initializations that take place, etc. For example, is the bootstrap loader the first ...
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Vista startup performance

After 2 years my Vista (32-bit) machine now boots quite slowly. The event viewer tells me two programs comming up slow: explorer.exe and svchost.exe. Fine. But what can i do that these programs ...
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How can I execute commands on startup in awesome?

I want to execute some commands after login if awesome-windowmanager starts. How can I add startup-commands to the awesome-config?
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W2K INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE, with System Commander

I have a system that was originally had Win NT. I added System Commander (SC7) and then added W2K. The relevant partitions are: 0 - Primary - MultiFAT (Has Win NT, mapped to C:) 1 - Extended - with ...
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Windows Vista not booting up

at my work computer, a Dell package computer with Vista Business, I turn it on, it shows the Dell boot screen then just hangs forever. Can get into the Bios and boot settings, but other than that, ...
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Removing a malware that sets up as a system driver

I recently tried to fix up my mother's computer which has some serious malwares. One of them apparently registered itself as system driver (tjbijkoq.sys if that can help) and after running a malware ...
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“No bootable device - insert boot disk” after restart on Ubuntu 10.04 b1 update

I was making an update on my Ubuntu 10.04 beta1 64-bit PC when, after reboot I get PXE-E61: Mediaa test failure, check cable PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel Boot Agent. No bootable device - insert ...
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Run VISTA disk check without reboot

I want to perform a surface scan on my harddisks (S-ATA, P-ATA, USB and E-SATA) in windows VISTA. Is it possible to do this without scheduling the scan on next reboot? It takes a lot of time and I ...
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boot.ini Issue - Multi-boot System, Linux, XP and XP64 - Missing File in system32 Message

I have an interesting issue that has me stumped. Not that I'm a computer whiz or anything. I have a multi-boot system with two hard drives: one drive has CentOS and Windows XP 64-bit and the other ...
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Screenshot before windows starts: without another computer?

I'm pretty sure that this must have been asked before, but haven't found a duplicate question, thus I shall ask again... Is it possible to take a screenshot of my computer before the OS boots up ...
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HP Laptop recognizes hard drive just long enough to install windows

I have an HP laptop, DV6500 (CTO). It refused to boot one day, so I ran some diagnostics (a friend lent me "Hirens Boot Disk", "UBCD" and "PC DR 6"). Everything passed, except for the hdd. I ...
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Computer Turns on Briefly then right back off again

So yesterday I came home from work and went to turn my computer on....it turned on for about 5 seconds then promptly turned right back off again...before I ever saw anything on the screen. I tried ...
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Ubuntu 9.10 is not starting on netbook

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 onto my external hard drive cause it's cool to be able to borrow a friend's laptop and be able to have my entire system. It works on the 2 systems i tested it on: my desktop ...
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Strange Ubuntu linux boot behaviour

I've recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop machine as the only OS. If put in a hibernate, it wakes up normally, but if turned off completely, after turning on there is no "beep" sound from BIOS ...
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BIOS password and hardware clock problems

I have HP 6730b lap top. I've bought it used and installed (Gentoo) linux on it. BIOS is protected with password, and guy I bought it from said "I've tweaked BIOS from Windows program, it never asked ...
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Missing boot manager while booting from USB hard drive

When I boot Ubuntu from my USB hard drive, it says "Missing Boot MNGR". It only boots from CDs and DVDs. This is an Acer Aspire with Windows 7 boot manager.
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How to see Windows startup command line commands

What is the shortcut for removing the Windows boot screen logo during startup so that you can actually see all the command line commands that are running in the startup sequence?
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Why won't Windows XP 64 install on my machine?

I have a HP xw8200 workstation and would like to install Windows XP 64 bit on it. The problem I seem to be having is when I reboot the machine and try to boot from the CD, nothing happens. It seems ...
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Ubuntu purple splash screen with blinking pixels?

I had ubuntu 9.10 I upgraded to 10.04 after solving some problems (freeze at boot). Since then, I don't have the ubuntu's logo showing up when I boot, but a purple screen with some blinking pixels. ...
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Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) will not boot

My G5 Tower all of a sudden started booting to the Registration page (a page that appears after installing Mac OS X, where you are supposed to register). Since I can't get it to boot in safe mode, I ...
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Unable to Boot from USB External Hard Drive

I recently upgraded my main development machine to Windows 7. This involved wiping out my primary boot drive (Windows XP 64-bit) and starting clean. Before I wiped it, I did a direct disk-to-disk ...
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How do I launch a Power Point slide show on startup?

I want to launch a Power Point presentation on startup - in slide show mode (I don't want to simply open the file). This is to run on a kiosk.
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How to create a Linux USB stick that boots on Mac?

If I try to create a bootable USB stick by using dd to copy an ISO file to it, it usually works on PC but it won't appear in the boot menu of my Macbook. Is there an easy way to generate a bootable ...
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Firefox: getting access to the list of tabs/windows to restore on startup

Sometimes Firefox fails to restore the previously open tabs/windows. This might be happening when some of the URLs to be opened are no longer reachable (e.g. behind a VPN) or after the underlying OS (...
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Why does Windows take so long to start and recover after hibernation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Very slow after hibernation What is happening to the computer that it takes such a long time to come back and start up after being on hibernate? Are the stored bits ...
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MacBook Refuses to Boot

I have a MacBook that has unfortunately died on me. I randomly got a pop up message that said I needed to restart my computer, and once I did, I was greeted with the blinking folder question mark ...
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Ubuntu loading stops?

I don't know why, or how... but my Ubuntu's loading / booting stops right after the Ubuntu logo appearing.. An underscore appears in the right top of the screen: _ then, it disappears leaving the ...
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How do I profile the startup process in OS X 10.5?

When I bought my MBP 2.2 GHZ in 2007, it got from dead to an active dock in about 18 seconds, and now it takes about 1:30 to get a fully responsive home screen. I want to find a way to profile the ...
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Run Program on Startup?

How is it possible to have an executable run automatically on startup? Is it possible by having a shortcut to the .exe in the startup folder in the All programs section of the start menu? If that is ...
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Macports Apache not starting at Mac OSN Snow Leopard boot

Macports Apache2 is not starting at Mac OSX Snow Leopard boot. I've done the launchctl load command, the symlinks point to my /opt/local//etc/LaunchDaemeons/org.macports.apache2/org.macports.apache2....
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Laptop Acer Travelmate 4050 takes over 10 Mins to POST

I am a computer tech and have received a laptop for repair. I noticed when I turned it on the laptop would not do anything for a min or two (the fan would run up and stop, power led would shine and ...
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Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press Enter

Similar to this related question, I came home and found that my media center pc showed this message, Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press Enter Before I do anything with the (defective?) ...
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Where does Snow Leopard store per-user StartupItems?

I have several startup items shown in my "LoginItems" preferences. But, when I look at my ~/Library folder, there is no StartupItems folder, and the global /Library/StartupItems folder does not ...
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Disable Outlook 2003 splash screen when auto-starting

I want to hide the splash screen of Outlook 2003. I currently have it set to auto-start and hide to icon. Every time I start my computer I see the Outlook splash screen which makes me think that it's ...
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Boot from VHD with windows7 - bcdedit trouble

I'm running Windows7 Enterprise, x64 version. I've created a windows7 vhd file with help of the following blog post hanselman blog After that, I've added it to my boot menu with help of another blog ...
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Formatted C: from Windows 7 setup, now it won't even install

Help, I'm so confused. I did more or less what's been described here: I formatted Vista and installed Windows 7 over it. Problem is that I'm now unable to boot I'm installing Windows 7 on ...
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How do I free some disk space so Ubuntu will boot again?

I have installed Windows and Ubuntu side by side. I created a 10GB partition for the Ubuntu installation. During the two months I've been using Ubuntu I have installed some software. Now it's not ...
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Windows XP can't boot; keyboard doesn't work in the boot menu

I'm facing an error on Windows XP startup. The keyboard doesn't work and I can't choose "Start windows normally". After waiting 30 seconds, Windows doesn't start on its own. When I test with a ...
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How can I convince my ASUS EEE B202 to boot, when the power is returned to its power supply

My little home server 'sulks', when it loses power. Instead of booting, when the power is returned, it waits for me to press its power-button. Is there a way to have it boot without human interaction?...
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Triple Boot - With storage partition

I'm new to the multi-boot world, as i used to rely on virtualizing for running linux. Recently i moved to Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu, with a storage partition for all my files where both ...
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Ubuntu 10.04 install - frozen at splash, no errors

Has anyone else come across this? After about as much of a fresh install as i can muster without buying new drives, and after walking through the amd64 alternate install with ease, and after a ...
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How to make Slitaz USB persistent

I installed Slitaz on a USB pendrive. However I can't figure out how to make it persistent automatically. There are different sources telling me different ways to make it persistent. One told me to ...
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Cannot boot into Lucid Lynx

I upgraded from Karmic Koala to Lucid Lynx beta, was working fine for a while (was even rebooting). But, after some time, it is not booting and i cant find a solution. I have tried installing the grub ...
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Backing up the master boot

I want to back up the master boot on my hard drive, in case something screws it up. What software do you recommend for this? My first idea is to boot from a Linux CD and dd the first 512 bytes of /...
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Skype wants to make changes to the computer every time it starts

For a few days every time I start Skype I get an UAC prompt from Windows 7 about Skype wanting to make changes to my computer and whether I want to allow it. Why Skype needs elevated permissions all ...
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windows xp not booting up! help!

i just used roxo to system restore my laptop from its first saved state. now it won't boot up. it just says. "bootmgr compressed" what do i do with this. FYI my laptop is an HP Mini which do not ...