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

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Asus P5Q doesn't POST at all

I had a very strange incident this evening. I was watching TV on the computer and suddenly the sound stuttered. Some seconds later, the screen went black. First I thought ok some error, don't worry. ...
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PC hangs with striped screen and then three long beeps on start-up

Recently the following thing happened to my PC a couple of times: Screen was as if covered with black and white stripes with a distinct square in the middle and the PC was not responding to input. ...
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Windows Vista doesn't boot; file header checksum does not match the computed checksum?

Right out of the blue, my wife's Sony Vaio stopped booting. This, not so fun, error message displays immediately after POST: The system cannot boot. The file is possibly corrupt. The file header ...
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Error allocating Mem BAR for PCI Device 0X/00/0

I am getting the following error when I boot my Dell Precision 390. Everything appears to be working fine, but I would like to understand what the error means and how to fix it. I believe it ...
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Motherboard BEEPS Code

I am using a Gigabyte motherboard. Today my screen suddenly went black and the beep sound began. I tried to restart my PC, but when it tried to boot into Windows, the same beep sound appear again. I ...
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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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Windows 7 booting fail with error code 0xc0000225

I have an HP laptop Pavilion DV4. Last night, I installed Ubuntu and there was an problem about partitioning the hard disk, and I think I deleted the Windows boot record. I didn't burn a recovery ...
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H MB problems

I installed a new system last week. I've some issues with it. The system consists of a: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H with F9 BIOS (latest) Intel Core i5 3570K proccesor Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2x 8GB ...
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Fix broken Windows 7 boot loader

I have a computer that dual boots Windows 7 and Ubuntu through GRUB. Recently Windows failed to boot, and after trying various things to fix it, now when I choose Windows 7 in the GRUB menu, I get the ...
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Laptop Malfunctions After UPS Failure? I Have Got What I Deserved

My UPS failed today and laptop ceased working. UPS failed me before 1 time and it was when laptop was on standby but nothing happened to the laptop however. Also there were times when laptop was ...
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Sony VGN-NR260E “External Device Boot”

A Little Background On all modern Dell computers pushing the F12 on BIOS during boot will allow for a screen that lets you choose what boot option you need. For example if I want to boot off of a USB ...
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Windows 7 is taking too long to boot and to open profile

It's taking some minutes until my windows 7 load. Then it asks for my password. After I enter the password it takes 1 minute or more to load the basic and some more minutes to start everything. This ...
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Certain thumbdrives keep a system from going out of the boot screen

I have an old r51 which I boot off USB. Apparently, if I have a Toshiba 2GB thumbdrive similar to this plugged in: ... or an old imation 1GB drive plugged in, it won't boot at all - it freezes in ...
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Windows 7 boots only with installation disk in the drive

I have 2 hard drives - one on SATA and one on standard ATA. On the SATA drive I have Windows 7. I decided to do a fresh install on the ATA drive. Everything is ok apart from the fact, that the new ...
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Is it possible to boot Vista from vhd using Windows 7 boot manager?

I have a live Vista system which I want to upgrade to Windows 7. However, I don't want to break everything and ideally want to be able to rollback if Windows 7 would take longer time to configure (i ...
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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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Booting from a USB drive that was originally a boot drive

When Win 7 went RTM, I upgraded my laptop from XP. But to protect myself against the possibility of having data inaccessible, I got a new disk and put it in the laptop, and took the old (XP) disk and ...
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Remove Grub Rescue and boot straight to Windows 10

I installed Kali alongside my Windows10. I decided to uninstall Kali, so deleted the partitions and used EasyBCD to restore back to Windows MBR. Upon boot Grub rescue still loads. So I ran a live ...
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Acer Aspire s7-391 BIOS recovery

Model: Acer Aspire S7-391; 256GB SSD/4GB RAM; OS: Windows 10 Before going dead, the laptop used to randomly display 'no bootable device found' warning while turning it on. But usually it booted up ...
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How to run a 2nd boot instance of Windows 7 on another partition?

*This is my 1st post/question - I believe it's a very similar problem/challenge as isipro at -- Get boot-partition to recognize a second operating system but it seems I'm directed to ask my own ...
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Fedora 19 not booting

I have installed Fedora on a the same disk as a Windows 8. When the installation process was complete, I restarted the system and tried booting into Fedora,I get this error: Windows failed to start. ...
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How to remove extra start item from boot menu?

I bought a laptop recently. While Windows 7 was installing, the battery died. So I plugged in the charger and re-installed Windows 7 Home Basic from the start. After completion of the procedure I now ...
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Windows & Ubuntu dual boot.No menu to choose OS?

I just installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 7. Now I cant boot Windows 7 because it automaticaly boots Ubuntu without displaying boot menu. How can I get menu with options to choose which Os to boot? ...
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How to speed up a PC with two OS on two hard drives

I have installed Windows 8, 64 bit on one drive and windows 8, 32 bit on another hard drive. At the time of booting, the system pops up the choice giving me the option to choose from the two volumes. ...
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How do I change Windows 7 to boot normally instead of in safe-mode?

I was not able to boot in safe mode on my Windows 7 PC, so I went into boot manager and checked off boot into safe mode to see if that would fix the issue. Unfortunately it did not, and now my PC ...
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Windows 8 won't boot after Boot Repair

I've got a Sony Vaio laptop. Until yesterday I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 installed. Today I upgraded to Windows 8, which killed my OS selection screen. So I booted to Ubuntu 12.10 from a USB ...
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error: no such partition. Grub rescue

I deleted my Linux (Ubuntu) partition from Windows and I forgot to repair the MBR. I don't have my windows boot CD with me nor a CD drive. Is there any small utility that can be easily downloaded (I ...
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windows 7 fast in safe mode but extremely slow in normal mode

And by extremely slow I mean startup time of the order of 5-10 minute. And all the applications make me wait. Sometimes an application does not even start properly. Basically it's unusable for any ...
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Whitelist .EXE in UAC? - WIndows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? How can ...
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Can't choose to boot to Windows 7 after Windows XP installation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Error loading operating system” after installing Windows XP on separate partition from Windows 7 I had Windows 7 installed on my existing Windows XP Pro, ...
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Need to fix Windows MBR without using a CD

I have a laptop which was Linux/Windows 7 dual-boot. I need to get rid of the Linux partition so that it only boots into windows. I know how to do this if I have the Windows 7 CD(which I do). But ...
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Remove Linux GRUB and keep Windows boot loader

My operating system was Windows 7, and recently, I installed Zorin OS (linux based on Ubuntu). At first, when I turned on my laptop Windows started automatically. I used a program to make the Windows ...
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I just installed Windows 7 onto an IDE hard drive and everything looked good. But it won't boot

I just installed Windows 7 onto this IDE hard drive and everything looked good. It went through the entire process until that regular last boot after "Completing installation...". But it won't boot ...
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Where can I find good documentation on “msconfig” and “services.msc” for Windows 7? [closed]

Running Windows 7 I'm trying to boost the startup speed of my computer and I'm going through "msconfig" and "services.msc" to disable some applications from starting up automatically when the ...
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Windows starts up with: Fatal error c0000034 applying update operation 202 of 115450(prog..)

I'm using Windows 7 on my laptop. When I shut it down it told me it was updating the system and not to power off. However I was feeling sleepy so I just powered it off forcefully. When I started it ...
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System Restore Error 0x490 (WinVista)

I have a friend who's having problems with their Vista box (yes the same friends as this question) and they gave it to me to fix. So, here's the problem. On boot, you get the black DOS-like ...
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How to make Windows Small Business Server 2011 bootable from an USB stick

How would I go about make Windows Small Business Server 2011 install from an USB stick by making it bootable?
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Windows XP login with broken profile

About on each third boot I get logged in with a strange profile. I log in as usually, but get some temporary profile, a mixture of my settings and default ones. Of course, it's completely unusable, my ...
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Batch file - start program with admin rights

I have a .bat file in my startup folder: d: cd\ cd TrueCrypt truecrypt /ll /p "" /q /v d:\MYO Is there a way to start TrueCrypt with admin right?
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How to force Mac to into dirty shutdown state on every power off?

As Far as I can tell no one has actually solved this debacle. How do you get a mac mini to power on every time the UPS it is connected to restores power? It is easy enough to have the UPS communicate ...
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How to solve the “Bootmgr is missing” problem on Windows 7 machine?

I bought a Dell Laptop recently which has Windows 7 operating system in it. I did not get the operating system CD/DVD. Recently I got a problem while starting the machine. I really don't know what ...
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Programs on startup in Linux

Where does Linux look to start programs on startup? (In Windows we have the registry)
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Folders disappear every time Windows XP starts up

Symptoms: Whenever my Windows XP machine starts up, subfolders disappear from the first top-level folder, listed alphabetically (eg. from "C:\AA Backups"). The first time it happened I suspected user ...
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Which rdisk value in boot.ini maps to which disk?

Following are the contents of a sample boot.ini: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] ...
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MacBook Pro does not boot - prohibition screen - does not see hard drive - blinking folder - stop sign

I have a macbook pro (2009) which was dual booted to windows. Windows bluescreened, I restarted, and the mac woulnt boot (blinking folder question mark). I pulled the hard drive out, copied the data ...
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How to add Windows to grub?

The following is the list that I got when I executed the command sudo fdisk -l: Disk /dev/sdc: 120.0 Gb, 120034123776 bytes Id disk: 0x975e4baf /dev/sdc1 * 2048 206847 102400 17 ...
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Bootable USB does not work [closed]

I tried to install Windows 7 on a bootable USB. It was successful and it told me to reboot now. I clicked it and then it rebooted, and when I selected the USB on boot, this happened: When I opened ...
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How to boot Windows from new hard drive

I just bought a new, bigger hard drive. Currently I'm running Windows 8.1 with a 1TB hard drive. I just bought a new 3TB hard drive and installed it in my computer. Everything seems OK and Windows ...
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No boot menu for Windows XP or Windows 7

I have just installed Windows XP alongside Windows 7. Now I can't boot Windows 7 because it automatically boots Windows XP without displaying a boot menu. How do I fix this?
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Can't boot from an OEM recovery partition, error mentions dynamic disk

I have a Sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H. I try to start the Recovery partition Tools by typing F10 during POST. The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says ...