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

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How to remove an old OS from the boot menu

When I upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, I had a second drive around and set it to dual boot. After a while, I decided that I wasn't ever going to go back to Windows XP, and so I deleted the ...
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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI laptop with GPT partition?

I’m currently pulling out hairs about a problem with my wife’s new Samsung Book 9 laptop. it comes preinstalled with Windows 8. She wants Windows 7 Pro. I’ve board a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for her and ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible 0xc000000e

A family member of mine recently went on vacation and turned off their computer, something they normally do not do, upon returning home it would not turn on and now returns a black screen with the ...
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Mac boot to Windows by Default

Is there a way to configure a Bootcamped Mac Mini to boot directly into Windows rather than having it boot to OS-X by default? (Note: uninstalling OS-X is not an option.) Update on 03/09/2010: ...
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What is rootfs# and what can you do with it?

I have been dropped to a [rootfs /]# prompt many times when booting my distro failed. Usually I found I couldn't fix the problem with the limited commands available, so I would use any spare Live CD 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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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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Timeout option not working on efi windows 7/windows8 dual boot machine

I hav a gigbyte GA-Z77m-D3h mobo and installed Windows 8 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate on two SSDs (in that order) in EFI mode. Now when I start my computer, I get the windows boot menu (text mode) with ...
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How to cancel Windows 8 drive repair

Windows detected an error on one of my nonessential drives in my desktop PC. It said it needed to reboot to fix the errors, so I rebooted and it started scanning the drive. However it is taking a very ...
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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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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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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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System32 and SysWOW64 on Windows 7

What is "SysWOW64" and how does it work? Are SysWOW64 and System32 both used/loaded into RAM during the Windows 7 boot?
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How do I tell Windows 7 to never Launch Startup Repair

I have a Windows 7 (64-bit) virtual machine that I primarily remote desktop into. Sometimes on boot something goes wrong and it displays the following DOS screen: Windows ...
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How do I get rid of this old hard drive in my machine?

I bought it about 5 years ago and it came bundled with Windows Vista. When Windows 7 launched, I waited a bit then realized it would rock with an SSD. So I bought an SSD and added it as my primary ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 do I prevent Linux services from auto-starting?

I have recently migrated from Windows to Linux (xubuntu) I am a developer and have installed everything I need, LAMP. In Windows I used to turn off all unnecessary services - I don't need the Apache ...
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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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Disable Mac startup sound

Anyone know how to disable that cheesy startup sound when I power on my Mac? If it makes a difference, I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.
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Why won't my Retina MacBook Pro let me plug the power in without the screen blacking out?

I have a late 2014 Retina MacBook Pro. I run Windows 8.1 via Boot Camp with the latest drivers. It worked fine for quite awhile as a standalone setup. Recently I started using it only with an ...
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Is there a tool like StartupMonitor for Windows 7?

I used to have a great tool called StartupMonitor on Windows XP which informed me about every attempt of programs (or myself) to modify startup entries. Is there a similar tool for Windows 7 which ...
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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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Bootmanager is missing

Went to disk manager and setup a simple volume as drive D. Installed windows 7 home premium Disk manager: created a new simple volume "D:" in unallocated space. Unable to until drive "C:" was made ...
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Booting off windows image through network

I have a HP st5742, which is a tower that does not have a hard drive and I am trying to boot it off the network, preferably off an image. It was designed along with the program HP Image Manager, ...
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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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Android - Emulator takes a long time to start up

I have successfully installed Android-SDK in my computer. Generally, I test application with my real android Device (HTC HERO) so it is fast to test an application on a real device. But when I try to ...
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New build not powering up at all after connecting psu cables to hard drive

I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem. The system simply refuses to show any signs of life. Problem: When I press the ...
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Windows 7 periodically won't load past “Loading Windows”

I built this computer back in June and this has been an issue ever since I first built it. What happens is that my computer will POST just fine and then go to the black screen where it states "Loading ...
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New SSD, is the MBR broken? DISK BOOT FAILURE

I've been running Windows 7 on a WD 500gb SATA single drive, single partition setup for some time with no issues. I've just installed a new Kingston V Series 64gb SSD and performed a clean install ...
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Install Windows XP to USB Hard Drive and Run from It

I wanted to know if there was a way (that worked!) to both Install and Run Windows XP Pro from a USB 2.0 connected Hard Drive. My system does allow to boot from external usb hard drive, but when I ...
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“Unable to find root device” on a fresh ArchLinux install

I have installed the latest version of ArchLinux (2014.06.01) on a MacBook Pro 8,1 (15", if that matters regarding hardware) dual-booting with OSX following the instructions in the official install ...
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Windows 8 boot into UEFI firmware settings missing

On a homebrew computer I've installed a Intel DX79SR Mainboard, changed the BIOS mode to UEFI and installed Windows 8. I further switched UEFI to fast booting, which works nicely. Now I wanted to ...
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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How can I move the boot sector to another drive?

When I installed Windows 7 on my new SSD it seems I messed some parts up during the partition selection, and now I have my system partition with the boot sector on another harddrive, and the boot ...
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Bootable USB stick with Truecrypt

I want to boot the TrueCrypt rescue disk from a USB flash drive. I have Windows 7 64bit so I cannot use Grub4Dos to do this (it only works on 32bit system), and 99% of all documentations on how to ...
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Windows 7 - Cloned partition onto 2nd disk (in same machine) won't boot

Notes: using a MacBook Pro 2011, UEFI and GTP. Replaced the DVD drive in my laptop with an SSD (disk 2). Installed Win7 onto the new SSD, which worked fine. Decided to clone Win7 from disk 1 onto ...
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Every windows 8 boot breaks grub

I have Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 dual booting with UEFI and grub. (re-used the windows UEFI partition) After I used boot-repair, everything seemed fine. After I boot into Windows, however, I can't ...
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Mac won't boot into safe mode

Mac boots fine normally, except when in safe mode. Holding down shift when booting gets me to the progress bar on the grey screen. Progress bar gets about half way before mac reboots. I modified ...