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

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Fastest booting desktop linux distro? [closed]

I'm currently running Ubuntu 9.04 on my laptop and I'm very happy with it. But boot times aren't great... So I'd like to have a second distribution on my hard disc that I can boot to quickly check my ...
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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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PC taking >30 minutes to reach log in screen

A Dell PC has recently started taking from 30-45 minutes to boot up into the login screen. From there, it functions normally. The Event Viewer shows nothing unusual, and there are no bad devices in ...
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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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How do you create a bootable partition on a USB drive?

I have a bootable ISO designed to be burned to a double-layer DVD. I don't have a double layer DVD burner, so I would like to stick the ISO image on a 50 GB partition on a USB hard drive I have. How ...
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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 do I check the current boot parameter list in Linux?

During test, I sometimes add/change boot parameters to /boot/grub/menu.lst (suse), or at the grub screen during boot. How do I check what boot parameters have been used after the system is done ...
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What is DMI Pool Data and why is it verified?

What is DMI Pool Data? Every time a computer here boots up it comes a message that says Verifying DMI Pool Data............. And then it comes: AMD data changed...Update New Data to DMI! ...
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Windows 8 to 8.1 Pro Upgrade SecureBoot Error

I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. I have an Alienware Aurora R4 with the latest BIOS firmware version, A09. Ever since I did the upgrade, I get a watermark on my desktop saying, "SecureBoot ...
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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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Can I install Windows on a diskless system with iSCSI?

I'm reorganizing my home network, which now includes a NAS box, that, among other things, allows me to export partitions via iSCSI. Now I'd like to get rid of the harddisk in my Windows machine, as it ...
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Is it possible to boot from internet?

Let's assume the following situation: you have a computer with empty hard disk, and you don't have a CD, floppy, pen drive nearby to boot the computer from. But you have connection to the Internet. ...
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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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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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After trying all the standard tricks, my XP installation is still very slow. What more can I do?

My work computer still has XP on it, though I will be upgrading to Win7 in a few short months so I've got to make do in the meantime. I just started working at this job, so the computer was a ...
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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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How do I set up Grub properly to quad-boot Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD?

Grub has gone completely insane on me. My quad-boot system was working great up until I upgraded Ubuntu to 12.04. Since Ubuntu overwrote the Grub stuff I had to repair it with my Mac OS X and FreeBSD ...
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Booting an Asus EeePC from a LiveCD USB stick

I have two identical Asus EeePC netbooks that are both installed with Ubuntu. One of them was sitting on the closet shelf and the battery went completely dead. When I charged the battery and tried to ...
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How to install OSX into VirtualBox on a Macbook Air using Apple's Reinstall USB

I'm currently dual-booting OSX and Ubuntu on my Macbook Air, but it'd be nice to run OSX within Ubuntu via VirtualBox. This seems possible using VirtualBox and is legal - there's even a post on an ...
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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 ...
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Why does the fan spin up to high speed momentarily when the computer is starting?

On many computers, when the computer is turned on (even before POST), the fan spins up to high speed momentarily, then settles down to normal operating speed. This appears to be normal, but why is ...
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Why can't computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is ...
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Why is linux boot sequence in sh and not in c

I have an embedded device which runs linux. I'm trying to speed up the boot sequence. Would rewriting large parts of the boot sequence in C speed up a lot? for example I have a lot of scripts which ...
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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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Is it possible to get rid of GRUB?

I have a Windows XP box with Ubuntu 8.04 installed on a separate partition. GRUB is defaulted to Ubuntu, which is annoying because most of the time I need to boot to Windows. I want to get rid of ...
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Can a grounding problem damage computers immediately?

Can a grounding problem damage computers immediately ? I have transferred my office. New office did not have grounding. I tried to boot 4 computers. Two of them booted. One of them hung while ...
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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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Laptop won't boot; says “BOOTMGR is missing” after active partition was changed

I have a "Recovery" partition which I mistakenly thought was redundant after reinstalling everything to C:. "Recovery" was previously the "Active" partition. I set C: as the "Active" directory in disk ...
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Measure Windows bootup performance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Slow startup on Windows 7 Home Premium laptop I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a 2 GB RAM netbook. The Windows startup performance, and when coming out of ...
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How do I prevent two OSes from clobbering grub files?

I want to install Linux and OpenSolaris on the same hard disk in different partitions. I'm worried because OpenSolaris seems to actively manage the grub data when updating the OS (part of the "boot ...
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How to solve the error “Code: 0x0000000A” while installing Windows 8 Developer Preview?

I am using VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows hosts Here is the configuration used for the virtual machine: When I start the virtual machine some files are loaded and there is a progress-bar Loading ...
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How can I run chkdsk on boot up for multiple drives in Windows (Vista)?

I know how to run a chkdsk on boot for C:. How can I schedule chkdsk to run on boot for multiple drives (which normally will just be checked inside Windows)?
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Windows 7 Recovery

One day my computer was working fine and the next it won't boot properly. System Specs: Toshiba Satellite T235D-S1345RD (Laptop), Windows 7 x64, BIOS 1.7, 4GB RAM I have gotten the computer booted ...
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How to diagnose a slow booting laptop [duplicate]

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on a Dell Precision M4400 laptop and whenever I boot it it takes ages ( >5mins average). This doesn't seem right as it's a fairly beasty piece of kit, It get's a 5.9 ...
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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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Can Apple Macintosh computers boot from a USB volume?

Can I attach a USB external drive to a Mac and boot from it? Specifically, will I be able to install Snow Leopard from an external USB DVD drive on a modern Intel Macbook?
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Disabling Hybrid Boot In Windows 8?

Hybrid boot is a process that speeds up the normal startup in Windows 8 (apparently it makes booting faster than in previous versions of Windows) The normal boot usually looks like this: Pre-boot -> ...
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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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Automatically starting the Remote desktop sessions when computer boots up

I have a HP Thin Client PC, which is connected to VMware ESXI host with two virtual machines. The thin client connects to the virtual machines through Remote Desktop. I would like the thin client to ...
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Why does my VM hang on “Windows is loading files…” during a sysprep and capture task sequence?

My nice, well crafted reference machine will not boot at all! I'm trying to run a sysprep and capture task sequence (MDT 2010 and WDS off server 2012). I ran litetouch.vbs off the deployment share ...
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On warm (re)start, computer powers off instantly. After unplugged, it starts and runs ok

My computer fails to start from any power-state other than power-off: ASUS UEFI MB (F1A75-V Pro) with AMD Llano APU 12G RAM (passes memtest) 3x HDD Thermaltake semi-passive PSU Cold start works ...
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How to boot directly into an application

I have an application that I want to boot in directly when windows xp starts. So after that "welcome" screen I don't want to see anything and load directly into the app. How can I do that? I tried ...
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MBR: How does BIOS decide if a drive is bootable or not?

While trying to answer this question on askubuntu: How do I Uninstall GRUB I read the Wikipedia article on MBR and also the perfect answer on a somewhat related question here on Superuser, however, ...
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How can I configure my PC to turn on when it receives power?

How to make a server turn on when it gets mains power? I have an electricity timer and when it turns on, I want the server to turn on. My BIOS doesn't support the wake up at time function so this is ...
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Windows 7 not booting after failed SRT (SSD caching) install

This is a fairly new computer, only about a month old. i7 2700k, z68 motherboard, with a 1.5tb WD black HD, and a 128gb crucial M4 ssd. I followed the instructions for setting up ssd caching, the ...
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How to LAN boot Windows from single installation simulaneously?

My Requirements: I want to maintain only one Windows installation on one system (say, server). I want to boot to this installation using LAN boot feature of BIOS of other systems in network. ...
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Which linux distributions offer seamless support for UEFI and an LVM root out of the box?

My new ultrabook (an Asus UX32VD) requires UEFI in order to boot from the internal harddisk. I use an LVM partition which contains my root fs and dual-boot Windows 8. I somehow managed to get this ...
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DVD ROM is not working

I have a DVD RW drive that is well listed in the bios, and if no CD is in, it is also present in the "My Computer" of my Fedora 16. But when I put a disc on it, the icon disapear from "My Computer", ...
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Boot from a VHD created by VirtualBox

I have used VirtualBox to create a VM, and installed the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it. I have a .VHD file with the OS installed. I am wondering, since Windows 7 supports boot from a VHD ...
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will boot command params acpi=off or acpi=noirq ruin my hardware?

Dell xps 15z here. Really, really trying to install linux distro to dual boot from. first goto is bt. cant even get past 'initramfs live media filesystem not found' on usb boot. next was ubuntu, ...