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

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Proper way to start xvfb on startup on centos?

I'm following this tutorial, and I want to know the equivalent centos-version of this ubuntu-specific step: You may receive a few warnings regarding fonts and such, but it’ll still work despite these....
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How do you disable the Windows Vista startup sound?

The sound when vista starts up is starting to annoy me, also when I am going to a lecture I forget to turn the volume down and the sound attracts a lot of attention. Is there any way to turn it off?
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Running Homemade Operating System

Starting out with an operating system you wrote, how could you run it and test it on a computer? Would you have to delete the current operating system that is being used, or could you run one ...
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Delay Windows programs launching at boot?

On Windows XP I use 18 programs. In startup it makes 2-3 minutes to load all of them. Anti virus, translator, unlocker, file indexer, download manager, instant messenger etc.. I need all of them and ...
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How to best clone a running system to a new harddisk using rsync?

I have a system running as a server that has a failing harddrive. While all important data is on a RAID and backed up and all that, I don't have an image of the system itself. There is no specific ...
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How can I start a program even before Windows starts itself?

I know that there are a lot of applications (such as that ones which manage partitions like Partition Magic, Partition Logic, Easeus, etc) that start even before Windows starts to load itself (the ...
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Flash Player Automatic Updater on Windows Startup

Adobe Flash Player is set to automatically check for updates on Windows startup. I've always wondered where exactly it is set to do this. Checking the running services, as well as msconfig does not ...
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Can I fix error 0xc0000225 without reinstalling Windows?

I have a system which dual-boots Gentoo Linux and Windows 7 using GRUB2. The computer has four drives, and Windows is installed on the third (last) partition of drive #2. The drive layout looks like ...
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Multiple Operating Systems or ISO's Bootloader for a USB Stick?

I have no idea how to do this. I have 7 iso's that I want to be able to easily boot from using a USB Stick and they are: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Hirens BootCD ...
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How can I repair or install startup repair/system recovery after BCD corruption?

How should I go about repairing startup repair? Installing startup repair onto the hard drive, as if it was not originally there, would also fix this. In the hope that someone at a Windows-specific ...
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Is a SSD suitable as root disk for an always-on server?

Since an SSD has no moving parts, it seems to me to be perfectly suitable as the root disk of a server that is always on. Is there any reason that you would suggest not using an SSD for this purpose? ...
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Move VHD to Hyper-V

I have a Windows 7 machine that can dual boot into Windows 2008 on a VHD file. I am now trying to move this VHD file to run as a Hyper-V image on Windows 2008. I copied the VHD file to the Windows ...
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System found unauthorized changes on the firmware

I have a PC with an Asus motherboard running Windows 7 Pro. Yesterday I installed latest Windows updates, restarted, and shortly afterwards hibernated the machine. This morning on un-hibernating I ...
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Multiple Windows installers on a USB stick

I've recently got my hands on one of those SanDisk Extreme 64GB sticks and started tinkering with it. During this story, please keep in mind that this is a model where removable bit is set to 0 (which ...
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bash: execute command given in commandline and don't exit

how do I specifiy a command on the commmandline of bash which shall be executed once inside the new bash after reading ~/.bashrc -- But all this without letting bash exit after the command is finished?...
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Tools to modify UEFI Variables in Windows/Linux?

I have a DELL machine that use Phoenix SecureCore Tiano as its UEFI/BIOS However, it is totally not configurable as its UEFI shell & menus are hidden in BIOS Setup. I'm wondering if there were ...
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Reducing video mode switching during Linux boot

When I boot up my desktop computer, which only has Linux on it, the video mode and/or console font gets switched four times: When GRUB starts, it switches from 80x25 text to a graphical mode so it ...
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Making a bootable OSX USB from dmg on Linux

I have 2 machines - a MacBook Pro and a desktop running Fedora, I have a USB drive and a OSX 10.8 dmg. The MacBook won't boot into OSX unfortunately, I'm trying to make a bootable mac usb to recover ...
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Can't Boot from USB - even with Bios set correctly

I can't boot from USB even though the BIOS is set to boot from USB first. Windows Boot manager somehow seems to be taking precedence. I have Windows 7, Linux Mint and Ubuntu installed on my hard-drive....
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Windows 8 Run script on startup

Recently installed the Win8 RTM on my MacBook air and made a short AutoHotkey script to reverse the scrolling to be like MacOSX Lion. My question is... how do you run a script at startup on Windows 8,...
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Why does a cloned Windows 7 BCD contain incomplete data (and, therefore, prevent booting)?

I have had the misfortune to need to clone a dual-booting Windows XP/7 box to replace its hard drive with a smaller one. I had great trouble getting it to boot and would like to understand what's ...
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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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Is BIOS read from the BIOS chip or copied into RAM on startup?

When you first turn on your computer, is the fetch/execute cycle first set up to fetch instructions from the BIOS chip directly to the instruction register in the CPU or is there automatic circuitry ...
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How do you delay the launch of an application in Windows 7 at startup?

I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.
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How can I figure out what process is constantly accessing my hard drive in Windows XP?

I am running a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 with a very minimal set of applications installed, but even so, my computer often bogs down to a crawl while it is furiously accessing the hard drive, ...
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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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Thinkpad T60 does not turn on

When I plug in the charge, the battery symbol and the charge symbol will light up green. Then, when I try to press the power button, the lights turn off and nothing happens. After this, the only ...
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Why won't my xmodmap command run on startup/login?

I want to run this command every time I log in (or every time I start up, if that doesn't work): xmodmap -e 'keysym Delete = Menu' -e 'keysym Menu = Delete' I've tried many things. I put the command ...
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Add a program to startup in Windows 7?

I'm doing development with a WAMP server all the time, so I need to add it to the startup in Windows. I did this with my Windows XP machine, it is simple to do in X, but when I switched to ...
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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Open terminal on start in a specific place and size

I want that each time I login to my account (Ubuntu-desktop) a Terminal will open in a specific location and in a specific size. In which file do I put the command, and what is the command?
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What's the easiest way to have a script run at boot time in OS X?

I want a script (bash/zsh/ruby/...) to run at boot time in OS X. What's the most simple way to do this, without messing with xml/plist files, and preferably not needing to make a meta AppleScript.
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How can one create a bootable Linux USB key that works on Mac (Intel 64 bit CPU) hardware?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB key with Linux (debian) and that can be booted on Macintel hardware. I have read that MAC's EFI can only boot GPT GUID formatted disks. I'm desperately trying to ...
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Access boot menu from Windows 8 PC

I have a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled. I want to boot from a CD, in this case Hiren's Boot CD. However Windows 8 doesn't seem to like this. I have tried pressing F8, ESC, F12 and so ...
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Creating USB Disk from bootable CD

I have a recovery CD ISO image. As my CD drive is not working, I was wondering whether I can create a bootable pen drive out of that?
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Do hard drives need a GUID partition table (GPT) to boot in UEFI mode?

Is EFI booting something hardware specific? I have a desktop motherboard with a UEFI Bios, but I can only boot from USB drives in "UEFI" mode. Both the DVD drive and the HDD's (a RAID 0 array) boot ...
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How can I fix the boot process on my HP laptop?

My question is kind of similar to this issue. I installed an SSD in my aging HP DV7t-2000 laptop because the old hard drive was failing. Now, when I boot the laptop, it says on the splash screen ...
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How to automatically enable numlock on Windows 10 logon

Upon cold boot up or even a restart, the num lock is always disabled in Windows 10. Is there a fix for this?
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Where can I download “bootrec.exe”?

I have my Windows 7 x64 ISO on my pendrive, but WinToFlash app forgot to install the MBR (again). The only PC I have, uses x86 Win7 , so it won't install the bootrec.exe, since that is a 64bit ...
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Windows 8.1 black screen with mouse, cant acces task manager or safe mode

I am using Windows 8.1 (as an upgrade from 8). Yesterday I had to boot in safe mode through msconfig, but when my PC restarted, the Windows logo screen went black with only the cursor on the screen. I ...
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New SSD (Corsair) takes 1-2 minutes before it's found after first boot

My new SSD Corsair CSSD-F60 actually works - using it for boot and system disk (Windows 7 64-bit). But when first (cold-) booting the PC it's not properly found by BIOS and Intel ICH9R Controller. The ...
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Why do computers often spin up the CPU fan to high speed momentarily when powered on?

Many computers spin up the CPU fan to high speed the moment they are powered on, even before POST, before settling down to normal operating speed. While this behavior seems normal for the most part, ...
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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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Stop programs from starting up automatically on boot on Windows

Is there an easy way to prevent programs (Such as Logitech and Windows Live) from starting up automatically when I turn on my computer? I rarely use these, and each time I start my PC, I have to ...
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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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How can I take a screenshot of my logon screen in Windows 7?

Ideally, this can be done for a non-virtual installation of Windows 7 and without the use of an RDP client connection. There are numerous blog posts, how-to's, etc that include screen shots of the ...
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Use bluetooth keyboard to access/edit BIOS?

Can I use a bluetooth keyboard to enter BIOS and edit the values there? I'm thinking of two scenarios: A new machine - no OS (yet). So to me seems no possibility to pair the keyboard. Hence no ...
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How to prevent these executables from starting up?

After removing the following executables from starting up, in the near future they reappear again: DDMService.exe: Re-enabled when visiting a DivX video online. DivXUpdate.exe: Re-enabled when ...
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Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? [closed]

Is there something like a BIOS in Windows 8? How can I set up the boot device priority? My problem occurs when switching on my computer. It immediately goes to Windows 8 loading screen without ...
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How do I fix a boot process that broke because of a failed hard drive? (Windows 7)

I used Windows XP for years, before I was able to get my hands on Windows 7 RC, which I bought a new HDD for, and setup to dual-boot. About a month ago, Windows XP started acting funny, and I thought ...