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

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What could explain my partitions disappearing on a new SSD with Windows 7?

So this morning, I had a fresh install of Windows 7 pro, on a new SSD (Patriot TorqX 128gb), which I just put in to a new Dell Studio XPS 9000. Everything was fine. I booted to windows, no problem. ...
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Power supply issue? New Radeon5850's fan runs at full speed and PC doesn't boot

I recently bought a new ASUS EAH5850 graphics board. I installed it a custom PC which had an ASUS p5n-e SLI mobo along with a 500w Thermaltake W0093RU power supply. Sometimes when doing a cold ...
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How do I get a list of startup programs from the Vista command prompt?

On a badly malware infested computer without AV and other protection, the bad guys often have to be removed by hand. The first step to removing them is to identify them. So, how does one get a list of ...
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primary master drive fail

I purchased a new hard drive for my desktop and when I try to boot up the computer with a Windows disc in the drive, it will go through a bunch of screens and ask me which partition I would like to ...
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Creating a Windows XP installation flash drive in linux

How can I create a bootable flash drive to install Windows XP from under Linux? I have Ubuntu installed on my PC and want to install Windows XP parallelly. I already have an NTFS hard drive, so what ...
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Booting ubuntu from usb hdd: GRUB menu not shown

could anyone help me to boot ubuntu-9.04 from usb hard disk? This disk contains /boot primary partition. During ubuntu installation I used "Advanced" button and asked to install GRUB to the /boot ...
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Disable XP disk check?

We periodically have XP crashes. When we restart XP we go through a disk check that takes half an hour. Do we need to do this disk check? Can we disable it? Update: Partition is indeed FAT32
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Which Self-Booting Backup Utility works with an SSD? [closed]

I used to use Acronis True Image Home as a backup solution for keeping a fresh snapshot of my development system at hand. So when I felt my system was clogged up, I simply inserted my boot CD, ...
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Triple boot problem: XP x Seven x Ubuntu

This was my HD setup one week ago: sda1: EXT4 => / (Ubuntu root) sda2: NTFS => Windows XP C: sda5: EXT4 => /home sda6: SWAP sda7: NTFS => All my files like music videos etc ...
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clone partition at same offset?

Maybe i do not need it to be at the same offset but... I have 2 PCs. I deleted all the partitions on one of them and realize the first partition is to restore the os VERY quickly. I had the partition ...
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Remove XP from XP/W7 dual boot (move boot manager)

Given this BCDEDIT table: Windows Boot Manager -------------------- identifier {bootmgr} device partition=Y: description Windows Boot Manager locale ...
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How do I solve an 'lsass.exe' application error shown at the Windows XP boot?

When I turn on my PC under Windows (XP) it passes the loading stage but except showing me the explorer, it shows lsass.exe Application error: the application failed to initialize properly ...
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What is safe to uncheck in autoruns to make pc start up quicker?

My computer suddenly stopped running, eventually I had to restore to factory settings however now its start up takes forever. I read how to uncheck icons to try and speed it up but I'm afraid of ...
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I have a 6 year old Hp Desktop.. trying to restore it but wont go?

Iam trying to restore a Hp computer with xp. I put the disk in and it just wants to go to f12 or f2. then the blue screen comes up and say its restarting and just starts over. It wont let me push the ...
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Windows start-up application order

Does anyone know how can I choose the order in which my Windows Vista start-up application are started? For example, I wish for my antivirus to start before Outlook or any instant messaging programs.
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System Works Fine but only after Very Long BIOS POST Times?

I built this AMD XP64/XP32 system in November 2008. It runs well, but it does not start well. Windows Restarts are fine, but cold starts average 4-5 minutes to POST, with the record-holder so far ...
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Can a CD “autorun” Shutdown/Reboot to a Linux LiveCD from within Windows?

I have a project involving a Linux Live CD. My users hate manual reboot, which from windows means selecting shutdown, waiting through the reboot process, finding the Boot menu key (usually F10 or ...
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“Error loading operating system” after installing Windows XP on separate partition from Windows 7

I was trying to install Windows XP on a separate partition from my Windows 7 (RC) installation, but after the first reboot of the Windows XP setup, I get "Error loading operating system" and the ...
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How do you recreate the System Recovery environment in Windows 7?

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium RTM (64-bit) and I want to take advantage of the system recovery tools (eg the Command Prompt) without using the Windows 7 DVD. My understanding is that this ...
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Fix Windows boot order

I have Windows XP, and I installed Windows 7 to my D: partition. In Windows 7 I changed the timeout to 0 and default to 'Windows XP' from bcdedit. Now I can't see the OS selection at my startup. It ...
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Booting up a Mac from the USB flash drive

Is it possible to boot from a USB flash drive on a Mac? Current setup is an iMac (early 2008) running Snow Leopard. What do I need to do to have the Mac boot from the USB stick?
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Booting a Windows 7 installation on different hardware

I'm in a situation where I could do with very quickly migrating a Windows 7 (RTM x64) installation from one machine to another. What options are open to me in terms of getting W7 to boot after the ...
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Ubuntu (Jaunty) goes to blank screen less than 10 minutes after logging in

After logging into Jaunty (9.04) everything seems to be going fine but after less than 10 minutes the screen goes blank and I'm unable to do anything. The system dual boots with Windows 7 and Windows ...
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Windows XP doesnt start, it freezes at boot logo

The progress bar at windows logo doesnt work and disk does nothing, i once left it for a few hours and screen has not changed. I tried this from recovery console bootcfg /scan fixmbr fixboot chkdsk ...
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How to enable Windows diagnostic / descriptive / detailed startup mode that shows what it's doing?

During the boot process, Windows normally displays that monolithic "Logging on.." screen. There's a way to switch it to show what's going on behind the scenes, (e.g., connecting to network, running ...
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Ubuntu install boots into BusyBox

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on a wiped drive and for some reason when i choose the install option, it goes to the BusyBox built in shell. Can anyone tell me why it would do that and how to get to the ...
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Windows NT pc stuck on boot

Client PC boots, then stick at wallpaper and won't continue to load login dialog (even in safe-mode). Any suggestions? I'm too new school for this. Haha
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Dual-Boot Error. Grub said “Error 18”

For years I've been working with my PC having a dual boot windows/linux (Suse 9.3). Today, things have changed. Grub said : Grub loading stage 1.5 Grub loading, please wait... Error 18 and nothing ...
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Windows 7 systeminfo reporting incorrect System Boot Time?

I work 9-5 and switch my PC off when I leave the office each day. When doing timesheets I need to know what time I got to work, so I usually use cmd > systeminfo for finding the System Boot Time. ...
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Why does firefox load significantly faster on the second launch?

I mean the second process launch. I startup the process (on Linux, using any version 3.x), it takes 5 seconds to load. Then I kill the process. There is no instance of firefox running. I startup ...
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How do I repair an invalid boot.ini without the Windows XP CD?

I need to repair an invalid boot.ini file, but I don't have a Windows XP CD. Does anyone know how to repair the boot.ini file, without a Windows XP CD?
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How do I get Mail to not start up when I login to my Mac?

Whenever I login to my Mac (running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard), Mail starts up. How do I get it to not start when I login? It's not in my Login Items in my Accounts preferences, and Open at Login is not ...
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Ubuntu live CD and installing new applications onto a USB drive

Background: I am a programmer that occasionally has access to other computers when on vacation or something. These are generally the machines of friends or family, so randomly installing Ubuntu on it ...
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How do I make a bootable partition on my hard drive for a fresh os install?

I have a nettop which has no dvd drive. Could I make a small partiton on my hard drive, put all files from a win xp install disk image into that partition, and somehow make that bootable? It ...
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Windows refuses to boot - registry issues

A few hours ago, my system locked up all of a sudden, so I rebooted it. When booting, I got a screen telling me the file that the HKLM hive of my registry was located in was corrupt. I rebooted ...
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Windows Vista Not Booting!

So I installed openSUSE yesterday on a new partition. However, this morning, when I tried to boot up Windows Vista, it went directly to the recovery menu. I did a System Repair, and a System Restore, ...
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Discover linux kernel boot options

Is there a cross-distribution way to know the boot parameters supplied to the kernel?
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How to reduce Windows XP computer boot time?

Are there any specific known steps which I could take to make my computer with Windows XP Professional booting faster? I am interested in speeding up following stages in particular: loading the OS ...
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Windows XP stuck on loading screen

Since yesterday my Windows XP install is stuck on the loading screen (XP logo and "progress bar" constantly moving). I waited more than one hour but nothing more happened. Before this problem occured ...
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Problem loading user profile on Windows 7

I'm having a strange problem on two of my home 64-bit Windows 7 machines. About 75% of the time when I boot from a cold start, my profile fails to load. The event viewer gives me this error: ...
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Bypass hibernate on boot on Ubuntu

I have a problem where Ubuntu is shutting down immediately after restarting from Hibernate. I want to boot without Hibernating. Can I use grub options/commands to set it to ignore the Hibernate image ...
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Good OS (gOS) instalation from USB key

I would like to install Good OS from USB key. I have found a nice instructions http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-gos-install-from-windows/. Everything is OK while USB key is being prepared. But when ...
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Getting startup programs to start serially

It occurs to me that one of the reasons that bootup is so slow on some machines is that several startup programs are loading at the same time, causing lots of head seeks on the hard drive. It is ...
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Is a 1TB drive too big for a boot drive?

Can the drive you choose to boot off affect performance? Would I receive faster boot/shutdown times if I were to choose a smaller drive? How would partitions affect performance/boot speed? Assuming ...
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What is the easiest way to install windows 7 from usb thumbdrive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Win7 from USB Well, I tried searching and nothing came up. Hopefully this is not a repeat question but... Whats the easiest way to install windows 7 from a pen ...
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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Vista/Server 2008: BOOTMGR is missing

My NTLDR recently went missing, and I was able to fix that. However, now my BOOTMGR is also missing, and I have tried all the solutions on the whole Internet to fix it. Below are the actions I've ...
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How can I force a Mac OS X kext to load prior to login?

I have a kext that I would like to be loaded at startup time. It doesn't need to be loaded particularly early in the process, but I would like it to be loaded before a user logs in. The kext in ...
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Looking for fast and possibile free pre-os [closed]

I am looking for a preos that I can install in dual boot with Windows XP and that can me allow to switch on my PC and be ready in few seconds. I would like to have this features Browse internet ...
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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 ...