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

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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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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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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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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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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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Can xcopy make a bootable copy (clone) of Windows?

Following on from my discussion with @JustinD in the comments here, is it technically possible to simply xcopy the contents of a Windows partition to a partition freshly created and formatted on a new ...
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What is a “cmos checksum bad” error?

Two days back when I booted my system up, it was showing a screen with a bunch of messages and instructed to press F12 to continue booting. Two times it showed up when I booted my system and now it ...
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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 diagnose a freeze on startup in Windows XP?

My XP box usually boots OK, but occasionally freezes partway through the startup process. When it's frozen, the mouse cursor works but there's no response to input, and the only fix is to hard reboot. ...
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How to recover deleted system partition of Windows 7

So before I get to the problem, a little background. My computer is a dell laptop running (well, ran...) Windows 7. I had a problem with the partitioning of drive d. After many unsuccessful attempts I ...
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How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen?

I boot up to Windows 7, clicked on START, and right click on Computer and chose "Manage", and then I right clicked on a primary partition which wasn't the partition for C: but just a useless partition ...
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On Windows (and PC), which Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable one?

This is related to question: How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen? about losing the Windows 7 partition completely. I wonder if a Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable ...
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Linux installation won't boot due to GRUB “no such device” error

I think I've exhausted all I know to do, so I'm sending up the flares. I'll try to cover it all (albeit, in pieces), so please be patient. I decided to install Linux Mint 11 where I previously had ...
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How can I make my laptop boot automatically from the hard drive without having to press F10 each time?

I followed the instructions in this answer to How do I boot my Samsung laptop from a CD/DVD? Once I installed Windows I found that I have to press F10 to select the hard drive every single time to ...
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Run command on startup / login (Mac OS X)

I was wondering which file I should place this bash command in so it will be run on startup. # Start the MongoDB server /Applications/MongoDB/bin/mongod --dbpath /usr/local/mongo/data --fork --...
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Show Windows 7 logon time?

On Windows 7 Ultimate, is there a way to see when I logged on into the current session? I want to find out how long I have been at the PC / when I started it up.
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How do you disable an upstart service in ubuntu 10.10?

In 10.10 upstart is being used instead of sysvinit. It's possible to remove annoying upstart services which you do not want by removing the appropriate file in /etc/init/blah.conf However, this ...
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Why is the first BIOS instruction located at 0xFFFFFFF0 (“top” of RAM)?

I know that BIOS loads its first instruction from 0xFFFFFFF0, but why this specific address? I've a bunch of questions and hope you can help me with some of them, at least. My questions: Why is the ...
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How do I log startup and shut-down times in Windows 7?

I'd like to log the times when my computer starts up and shuts down. I don't need any diagnostic info or anything, just a simple note of the date and time, e.g. something like: 2011/04/29 08:17:34 AM ...
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Best Linux for a single application & fast boot? (also How-to?) [closed]

I'm looking for a way to run Celtx,a screenwriting software on a Linux Distro and nothing else, no bluetooth, internet/WiFi, media, games, nothing, not even a desktop. Just boot up the OS and Bam! ...
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How do I start nginx on port 80 at OS X login?

I installed Nginx using homebrew and after completing the installation the following message was displayed: In the interest of allowing you to run `nginx` without `sudo`, the default port is set to ...
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Is it possible to boot from an ISO over the network, and how?

I have a machine with a bootable ISO stored on it, and I have another blank machine, which I want to install the ISO on. They're both on the same LAN (attached to the same switch). How would I go ...
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Mount an sshfs via macfuse at boot

I want to mount an sshfs folder at boot under Mac OSX: I'm using Macfusion right now, that is a GUI for MacFUSE, but I have to mount the folder manually. How can I achieve that?
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How can I run a command after boot?

I would like to run the simple shell command echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/sysrq at each boot, to enable the sysrq keys. When in boot should this be done, and where should I put a script to do it?
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Running bat file at startup as administrator in Windows 7

I'm currently running a startup script in form of a bat file successfully in Windows 7 (I've inserted a new registry key entry with the bat file path as value in Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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How to boot from a USB device using an ISO image

I want to re-install Windows XP on my laptop. I have the ISO image for Windows XP. How can I boot from a USB device using simply my ISO image of Windows XP? My laptop is an IBM T42. If you are ...
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Is a /boot partition always necessary?

Should I create a /boot partition every time I install a Linux distro? Is there a difference between having a /boot partition and making the / partition bootable?
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Trying to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Debian Jessie

I've been trying for a month now to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Debian Jessie now. I thought it was about time I asked for help as I'm becoming a little crazy. I've tried following a lot of tutorials, ...
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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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What are the disadvantages of not using UEFI boot?

I bought a Samsung series 9 laptop with 64-bit Windows 8 pre-installed and wish to install Linux (probably Ubuntu 13.04 when it comes out ext week, but also considering mint 14). Now there have been ...
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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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A program to analyze startup times

I used to have a program that would watch the startup processes as they load, time how long each one took to startup, and then spit out a report on which startup processes are slowing the loading ...
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program not starting on login as it requires UAC prompt

I have a program that requires administrative privileges to run (i.e. the UAC prompts when it starts) Can i have this program run at start-up? its in the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\...
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Why are start-up times faster on Windows 8? [closed]

A few people have done benchmarks comparing Windows 8 to Windows 7. Many features don't improve, but consistently, startup time is better. Why does Windows 8 start up faster compared to Windows 7? ...
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How do I add startup applications in Lubuntu/Lxde?

I want to add Gnome-Do to my startup applications in Lubuntu 10.04 and the only reference I've found on the net is to edit /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart. But surely there must be a way to do this ...
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How to check root partition with fsck?

I installed Linux Mint 12 KDE, and I would like to check the root partition for any errors. How do I check the root partition with fsck at boot time?
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What hardware device used to eat up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM, and now suddenly after no hardware changes eats up 2.2GB?

This is more or less a continuation of What hardware device eats up 1.4GB of my 4GB RAM? While I have more or less accepted the solution there that for some mysterious reason, after a BIOS upgrade ...
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Is it possible to copy all Windows 7 files from one HD to another and boot from the new HD?

Well, the hard-drive on my laptop died (it was displaying "SMART failure prediction -- Hard-disk Drive dailure might be imminant). So I took it out and hooked it up to an external enclosure and ...
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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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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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grub: how to boot into ISO partition

I have copied an ISO file into a partition (i.e. dd if=isofile of=/dev/sdb1). How can I boot into that partition via GRUB? When I try just with chainloader (hd1,0)+1, it says unknown executable ...
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When I hit DEL during start up, am I entering CMOS or BIOS?

For the longest time I assumed I was entering the BIOS setup and CMOS is a chip that holds the settings I set in BIOS in its memory. I recently read somewhere that when I am configuring the boot ...
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How to disable jusched.exe on Windows 7 64-bit?

I have recently purchased a new laptop from an OEM with Windows 7 64-bit. This system came pre-installed with (among other stuff) the Java Runtime Environment (64bit). This has put the "jusched.exe" (...
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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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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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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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How do I make a script run upon startup of the Ubuntu machine?

I want to run /home/myuser/go.py How do I make that run in the background, everytime my linux machine boots up?
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How do the 'EFI system partition' and UEFI *.efi files relate?

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Extensible Firmware ...
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What does “mounting a root file system” exactly means?

In the boot process of Linux we have the initrd that is a root file system and is mounted before the real root file system become ready to mount. What is the procedure of mounting? What should happen ...