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

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Need handholding with BCDEDIT modifications

Just upgraded my Win7-32 computer by adding a new hard drive, new memory and a new installation of Win7-64. The Win7-32 installation still exists and was on the C:\ drive but now from the Win7-64 ...
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Can win7 be installed on and booted from an eSATA drive?

I'm the proud owner of a Lenovo W520 which is equipped with an eSATA (eSATAp actually) port. However I'd like to attach an external eSATA drive to it, install Win7 on this external drive and boot from ...
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Windows 7 refusing to boot - could running Bootrec make matters better or worse?

I hope someone can help - it would save me several hours if I do not have to fully reinstall my machine. Here is a brief summary of what has happened Whilst browsing the web, Windows 7 (Ultimate ...
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Transferring IDE hard disk to SATA-only motherboard

I have an IDE hard disk and want to move it to a new computer. However, that computer only supports SATA and I doubt it will boot from a PCI IDE card. Using a connect that converts the IDE to SATA, ...
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Another Windows 7 install freezing

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 which has been runing Windows 7 32bits for almost two years now. For some reason, the system got dusty and slow so I backed-up my data intending to format my HDD and ...
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How to replace GRUB boot loader, from within Windows?

I have dual boot (Debian and Windows XP), and the boot is from GRUB. I want to remove Linux and grub, and restore the Windows boot. However, I cannot use installation CD to restore the MBR. Thus, I ...
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Moving a WIndows 7 installation to a new drive, with a caveat

The goal: I want to move my windows 7 installation from the old SSD to a new one. The problem: The 100MB system partition that windows uses to boot is on another drive. Why and how did it get there ...
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Is it possible to build a bootable CD Extra (i.e. 1 audio track & 1 bootable data track)?

More precisely, I was wondering if the standards for "CD Extra" and the El-Torito extension to ISO9660 are compatible and allow to create an enhanced CD with one audio track (readable on a CD player) ...
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New Power Supply doesn't work with a specific motherboard

I just bought a new power supply Corsair CX430 V2 in order to meet the needs of a new graphics card I hope to install. The motherboard is the micro-ATX form factor Asus P5KPL-AM/PS running a Intel C2D ...
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Why does my computer not boot?

When I turn on my computer, it doesn't boot. It does not even give the single "beep" that it usually does while starting. It does not show the BIOS start screen, it does not start reading from the ...
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Automate VMware to switch to full screen VM after host boots

What I want to be able to do is boot up my Windows 7 laptop, have VMware Workstation automatically load and once that's loaded have it automatically boot one particular VM and have it automatically go ...
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Limiting RAM and CPU cores

I want to limit the number of CPU cores and RAM which the OS sees. Is there any way of doing this in BIOS ? I tried changing the grub file with maxcpu parameter. Is there something which I can do in ...
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Windows 7 Pro x64 hangs on boot when loading classpnp.sys [duplicate]

Don't know what happened but this happens almost every time I boot. Never happened before a couple days ago and I haven't even done anything. Computer powers up, GRUB (From fresh Ubuntu 11.04 ...
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My computer hangs on booting. How do I figure out what is going wrong?

My work laptop (which I have admin access on) freezes fairly frequently upon boot. I get to the point where I am logged in (type my Windows user name and password) and looking at the blue ...
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XP disk check runs every time I boot

Every time I boot my computer XP checks my backup partition (it is NTFS) for errors, this has become really annoying because my computer is old-ish (5+ years) and I don't leave it on like I used to. ...
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Virus cleanup brainstorming

I'm in the process of cleaning up a virus from a friend's computer and so far I've managed to have the windows runtime clean. However, after a reboot the malware reappears. Another symptom is that the ...
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Power cycles on/off 3 times before booting properly from cold start, no other issues (New System)

Relevant Specs: Sapphire 5850, core i7 920, Seasonic x750 power supply, ECS X58B-A2 mobo. From a cold boot, meaning all power totally disconnected at the wall, the system will power on for less than ...
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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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USB making tool for Windows detects flash drive as fixed, need to be seen as removable

I downloaded the Windows 8.1 ISO file but my laptop doesn't have an optical drive. The only choice is to install it from USB. I found a Windows 7 USB making tool (the some works for Windows 8 as I ...
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How to create bootable recovery partition to restore windows 7 partition as it is now

I have freshly installed and configured a Windows 7 laptop for a relative who will for sure get tons of malware, viruses, etc. over a short period of time. I would like to make a restore partition ...
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How to change the BIOS splash screen on HP Pavilion G4 1303AU?

My cousin got a laptop model HP Pavilion G4 1303AU from the government of my state. The laptop dual-boots Ubuntu and Windows 7. Everything is great except the BIOS logo at boot which I would like to ...
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Media test failure, check cable Windows 7 Laptop

Several times a Windows 7 laptop would not boot without me pressing F2, when it would tell me "Media test failure, check cable", then proceed to boot up. If I pressed F12, the other alternative ...
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Changing num lock state on boot, VMWare Player

For school we have to work with different virtual machines in VMWare Player for some courses. There's CentOS6, there's Ubuntu, there's Windows 7. The passwords on these machines contain numbers and ...
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unable to simultaneously mount hdd and its copy on OSX

Recently, I purchased an SSD and using dd copied my OSX HDD onto that SSD. I'm able to boot from both drives when they are installed in my Macbook Pro, separately. However, if both drives are in the ...
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Lost Windows 7 boot after EasyBCD with EFI

I've got a Lenovo Y580 with a 64GB SSD and a 1TB HDD setup using GPT and setup to boot from (U?)EFI. I was trying to get my Linux Mint installation on the Windows boot manager using EasyBCD (I ...
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Change the system partition in Windows XP

I attached two hard disks (Disk 1 and Disk 2) to an old computer system while installing Windows XP. Disk 1 is IDE and Disk 2 is SATA. I wanted to install Windows XP on Disk 1. Disk 2 was meant for ...
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How much data does windows write on boot

This question was inspired by Bob's comment to my answer here. On boot, windows writes files to the hard drive (I imagine this to be the case, as it has a way of detecting if the boot was previously ...
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PC won't boot with USBs plugged in

Yesterday as I was shutting down my computer (Thinkpad t-60) the computer froze during shut down on the "Windows is shutting down" screen. When I went to reboot it, it froze at the 1st, "welcome to ...
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Windows 7 Home hangs at “Welcome” screen

UPDATE 3: I'm currently assisting him in getting a spare hard drive ready to migrate data over to a new Windows 7 installation. On top of that I'm having him run Windows Memory Diagnostic, then will ...
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Cannot Boot to USB with PCChips A13G+ Motherboard

Basically, I want to install a new OS on an old computer I built a while back. It doesn't have a CD drive. I made a Live USB stick using unetbootin and my main computer has no issues booting to it. ...
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Windows 7 fails to start in any mode. What to do?

A few days ago my copy of windows 7 stopped booting up. I've tried accessing it normally, in safe mode, in safe mode with command prompt, as well as running the start up recovery tools. None have ...
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Boot Windows Server 2003 without graphic card?

I just wanted to know why I have problems booting Windows Server 2003 without graphic card in PC? Some of you will probably say it's not possible at all to run PC without gfx card, but it certainly ...
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Windows 7 - frozen during “starting windows” DISK.SYS/CLASSPNP.SYS

Apologies in advance, this is going to be a long story ;) Today a friend brought me his computer to fix because it no longer boots, it freezes up while the Windows 7 logo and "starting windows" is ...
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Windows 7 stopped booting

I have a laptop which after shutdown it stopped booting. I tried repair, safe mode, and even start with Windows 7 Installation. The screen just goes blank with a mouse pointer that I can move around. ...
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Run programs twice in startup directory?

I run the autoruns to see the following one. The thing is that the user's startup files are registered twice. I'm not sure, but this might be the cause of the AHK problem that I posted, if the ...
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ubuntu update went wrong, pc doesnt boot, how can I repair it?

I let the PC install lots of updates at once and after restart, I got a console screen with an error message saying something about udevadm. Google told me it's a known bug caused by the system ...
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How to upgrade OS on Mac Mini with external USB Drive?

We have a G4 Mac Mini, circa 2005, running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and we want to upgrade to 10.5 Leopard. We have a Leopard install disk, but the optical drive in this mini is broken. So we ...
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Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Last night, I left my computer running overnight with two tabs open in Firefox. When I came back in the morning, the computer had a black screen that said "Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and ...
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Linux doesn't find root file system when booting

I bought an SSD and to try the speed improvement while leaving the current system intact, I cloned my old root partition (/dev/sda1) onto the SSD (/dev/sdb1) and added a new Grub boot entry: title ...
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Windows XP x64 hangs at welcome screen

The problem is that when I boot on Windows XP (x64), which worked very great for a great amount of time, the mouse pointer and the welcome screen appears but then after waiting hour or so nothing ...
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What is the equivalent command for bcdboot in bcdedit?

Making a new boot entry for Windows 7/8 (for dual boot) can apparently be done very easily with bcdboot. For example (see here): bcdboot D:\windows Now, reading through forums I find people using ...
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transfer my laptops recovery partition keeping it bootable

I have an acer aspire 5750 laptop which initially stopped booting but I placed the hdd into another pc and chkdsk managed to fix it enough to get it booting, sadly it still resets when certain parts ...
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Is it safe to disable fsck on boot?

Occasionally fsck would run on it's own when I reboot my server, but most of the time it doesn't. But when it does run, it takes too long to finish. Is it safe to disable this permanently?
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Enabling UEFI mode in BIOS after having set it to CSM mode, and not being able to get back into BIOS

I set my BIOS to CSM only mode after being unable to boot into windows after upgrading it to 8.1 and not being able to boot from a USB stick to repair it. I ended up putting in a formatted SSD, and ...
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Black screen at startup

When I switch on my laptop (which was initially shut down), I am getting black screen for 30 seconds after which windows 7 logo appears and after that login is requested. What should I do to correct ...
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Creating a bootable USB drive from a distro split over two DVD ISOs

I am searching and not finding the right way to do this. Please note, I don't think I'm trying for anything strange here. I just want to make a bootable USB stick of a single OS that happens to be ...
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Need to use both button and paperclip on ATX connector to power the pc

I have some issue on a computer, and after several tests I found out that the only way to safely turn on the computer (otherwise it is dead) is to keep the paperclip on the atx connector and push the ...
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How do I restore windows 8 / hard drive after hard drive overwrite?

So I have been a bit of an idiot... I was installing fedora and I clicked through the partitioning without much attention assuming that fedora would be installed in dual boot. It seems to have ...
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“CMOS check sum error” while booting

I am using an HCL desktop system (Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, Windows XP SP2). While booting I got the following message. CMOS check sum error. Press f1 to continue When pressing F1 it is working ...
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Boot iso images from bootable USB

I'm trying to figure out an universal solution to have a multi-boot usb memory stick. I have some ISO images like: knoppix, debian, ubuntu, etc. Is there any way to do the following procedure: List ...