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

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Acer Aspire desktop won't boot without a flash disk pluggeg in

I have a very strange problem that I 've never encountered before in my 7 years fixing computers. The computer with not boot to Windows unless any USB stick is plugged into any usb port. The bizarre ...
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Create UEFI-bootable DVD with Windows 8.1 iso

I'm trying to set up a UEFI-boot of Windows 8.1. However, I seem to be unable to install it with a USB drive (previous question), and when I try to install with a DVD (the same iso), I don't get the ...
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ASUS P8P67LE Boot Issue

I modified the Boot Device Priority in the bios of the ASUS P8P67LE motherboard. Now when it boots, I get fans, but no beep, no video, no control of any kind. I changed the jumper to clear the RTC ...
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Cannot boot from hard drive

The computer can boot from CD and USB, but cannot boot from hard drive. The hard drive is in the bootable list in BIOS, but the computer just reboots again and again. I reinstalled the OS (fedora), ...
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Error installing Windows 8.1

I'm encountering the error Oxc0000005 when making a clean install of Windows 8.1 x64 on a Samsung 840 SSD (USB flash drive and UEFI Boot). I don't know where the error is coming from, I've already ...
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All boot options are tried loop

I have read several questions and answers from different sites including: "All boot options are tried" after updating BIOS ...
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Removing Extra rEFInd boot options

So I had to install rEFInd in order to dual boot linux + windows8 my MSI GE70 laptop. But before that I used boot-repair to try fix, only after installing rEFInd did i find out that I should undo ...
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embedded security chip boot conflict

I have an HP compaq dc7900 convertible minitower, don't know much about computers so you shall have to forgive me for my illiteracy. when I turn it on it momentarily displays the message 'activating ...
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How to rescue a dead Eeepc

I have a neighbour's Eeepc 901 that seems dead. It has been temperamental for days. It would start Windows XP and seem ok only to freeze with a black screen after some hours. In this state the ...
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Eset antivirus cannot clean the MBR infected virus W32.Sality

I'm using Eset Nod 32 antivirus, Windows 8.1 64 bit, today I meet w32.Sality virus from an USB drive, it look like the virus affected the MBR (Master boot record), all the antivirus I have detected ...
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What might cause a bootable USB to trigger a not a bootable device error?

Having created a bootable USB and checked that the bootable flag is set it nevertheless triggers a "not a bootable device" error on everything I try it on. What might cause this to happen? The USB is ...
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How can I recover windows 8.1 boot without using my laptop's windows?

I have a laptop with windows 8.1. I installed Arch Linux, and through the process, I stupidly formatted /dev/sda1 which is the boot partition. And now I can't boot into windows. I didn't touch the ...
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how to boot up uninstalled laptop motherboard from battery without installing it

I have a laptop motherboard (ASUS G74SX) that is not installed into the laptop. I want to power the motherboard from the battery and boot it to the BIOS, without actually installing the motherboard ...
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Lenovo Ideapad U310 encrypted w/ PGP WDE can't get to BIOS or boot menu

The Lenovo U310 Touch with Windows 7 was encrypted using PGP Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3.2. Everything seemed to work fine until I used a windows 7 repair CD to restore an older system image back ...
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Make Force Boot DVD like Norton Ghost

How to make a Force Boot DVD with custom menu and picture background? What is a force boot DVD? A DVD which does not need to set first boot device on DVD rom or it does not need to launch boot devices ...
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Changing Windows Boot Manager config from a Linux environment?

My problem stems from an attempt to set up Windows 8.1 and Arch-Linux dual boot from a single disk. After creating a partition for Linux and going through the installation using an arch iso image ...
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Do (USB) drives need a master boot record to boot in UEFI mode?

I was reading this tutorial and this (Option Two from there) and as far as I understand, making a Windows USB drive bootable from UEFI requires: rewriting the partition table and formatting as FAT32 ...
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Cloned disc won't boot

I have an external hard drive (drive P=1.5TB) + two internal hard drives (drive C=2TB and drive D=1TB). All drives are 75% free. I have upgraded my D drive from Vista to WIN 7 and cleaned up the D ...
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Dual booting Kali linux on Macbook Air (Late 2010 model) booting into OS

There is a problem that occurs when I attempt to boot into the Kali linux OS on my macbook air, in which the screen turns into a jumble of disfigured ascii characters and random coloured pixels. I ...
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Ubuntu won't boot with 4 hard drives

I got two HGST 4TB HDD's for my birthday and I'm trying to put them in my media center which already has a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. The motherboard is an ASRoxk E350M1 which only has 4 SATA headers so ...
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Avoid UEFI Bios Hell? [closed]

It seems so many people are having problems with UEFI these days, i'd be tempted to find hardware that doesn't come with it. Installing Linux alongside Windows is once again a real mess. Maybe the ...
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Why Isn't my Version of Windows 7 OS Compatible With the Same Version of the Installation CD?

A few days ago, my computer was spontaneously unplugged (instant power out). Since then it won't boot. It says something to the nature of "no bootable media found insert proper boot device." Just to ...
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Dell Vostro 5470 - unable to install Windows 8

Has anyone experienced issues with installation of Windows 8 with Dell Vostro 5470? I bought it today, it came preinstalled with Ubuntu 12.04. The issue, as I understand and was able to Google out, ...
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How to disable drivers on offline Windows 8.x? [duplicate]

I have the same scenario that this user so excellently delineated on his "black screen of death" experience. Ultimately the crux of the issue seems as though there is no way to bring up safemode or ...
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After Win8 installed cannot boot from USB

I installed Windows 8.1 and subsequent to that I cannot boot off of a USB stick. Even the USB stick that I used to install Windows 8.1 won't boot. i.e. I know that USB stick is bootable because I just ...
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Dual boot installation order

I am going to be testing Windows 10, so I want to set up a triple boot system, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Ubuntu. Its been a very long time since I've done this so I want to get some advice as to what ...
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Is there a LiveCD which I can use instead of bootloader (scan installed OS, allow to start)?

My story: I've installed Windows Server 2008 R2, shrunk some space for Linux I've installed RHEL 7 Server to this space After that GRUB2 only allows me to start RHEL 7, no option to start Windows. ...
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Dual boot with a x86 OS and a x64 OS

I have a PC with Windows 7 x64 pre-installed on it. I want to install Windows 7 x86, but I don't want to do it over the current one or to loose my Recovery Partition. So I figured that I'll use ...
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Windows 8 fails to boot after installing Ubuntu

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 (in UEFI mode) on a brand new notebook PC with Windows 8 pre-installed, somehow corrupted Windows boot configuration data on EFI system partition as it seemed and fixed ...
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First 0x7E00 bytes on USB flash drive have become invisible

I have somehow managed to make the first 0x7E00 bytes (63 sectors) of my USB flash drive invisible to every program in Windows XP. I have tried about 15 different disk editors and tried a lot of MBR ...
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Cannot enter BIOS setup on HP ENVY Sleekbook 4, EFI partition broken

I'm running into great trouble with an HP ENVY Sleekbook 4 with an existing Windows 8 installation failing to boot after installing Ubuntu 14.04, and data in the EFI partition is broken (the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS stuck at bootscreen on Virtual Box 4.3.10

I had a running Ubuntu 12.04 VM on a Windows 7 host with Virtual Box 4.3.10 - until yesterday. Somehow, my host OS crashed and with it the still running VB. Now, when I try to start the VM again, it ...
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Caution: invalid backup GPT Header (gdisk)

Each time I boot into my Ubuntu installation, when I open gdisk I am given the messages: GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.8 Type device filename, or press <Enter> to exit: /dev/sda Caution: ...
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What should happen next on init scripts?

I've been using a Linux Mint 13 live system on my memory stick and I decided to put it on my hard drive. It already had several scripts to uninstall software and optimize it, scripts that I had to ...
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How to go to the BIOS setting of Packard Bell ENME69BMP laptop?

I want to setup windows 7/8 in my Packard Bell ENME69BMP laptop newly by an USB and currently it's running on windows 8 . But can't go the BIOS setting to make the pen-drive bootable . I have tried ...
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Windows 7 Recovery Disk not working

Ive been having a bit of trouble with my windows 7 Toshiba laptop computer lately. It started with my computer running slow one evening so I tried to restart it but when it started up, it blue ...
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problems dual booting Linux on OSX using rEFIt/rEFInd

Firstly let me start off by saying that I am a novice at this type of thing, so any help/advice is appreciated. I'm having problems dual booting on my MacBook with OSX Lion (10.7.5). Trying to ...
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CMOS checksum error after upgrading BIOS and clearing CMOS

The system is a Gateway DX4831-3, with a MB.GAJ09.001 motherboard. The updated BIOS is revision P01.B1, downloaded from Gateway's website in the support/drivers section. I was able to flash the BIOS ...
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Windows System partition in a HD different from where BIOS boots

This is a problem I solved some time ago with the bootmgr command without pain and without losing my BCDs, but the way it was working before intrigues me. I have a SSD disk and a normal SATA disk. I ...
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Windows 8 hang on startup and chkdsk /f /r

Trying to fix a friends Lenovo p400 laptop. The drive is a samsung spin point one terabyte drive. The system hangs during booting, will go into system recovery, or the uefi firmware settings screen. ...
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after installing a T7500 cpu in my dell D530 it won't startup

I installed the T7500 cpu in my dell latitude 530 and it won't boot up at all. The pins are straight and I was grounded. I can't figure out why it won't boot up. Are there dip switches I should set ...
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Windows 8.1 won't boot Recovery 0xC000001 Toshiba Satellite e45t

I have a Toshiba e45t ultrabook with Windows 8.1, which when it starts goes through Chkdsk on drive C:, and then shows something like:" Recovery: Your PC Couldn't start properly.Error 0xC0000001 , F8 ...
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How move user data onto “Data” disk, while leaving boot disk for OS only [duplicate]

At the risk of asking a duplicate question (a few searches yielded no good question/answer), and after messing this up royally myself (User Profile Service failed the logon after unplugging non-OS ...
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Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1 doesn't work

Today I wanted to install Linux Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop alongside with Windows 8.1. I created a bootable USB in order to install Ubuntu and it worked ok. But after booting from USB and selecting ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8 install cd in uefi mode

I have a Toshiba Satellite that came with windows 8 pre-installed on it. After foolishly wiping the HDD, I acquired a Windows 8 install disk. My problem is that the computer will skip attempting to ...
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uefi: linux live cd/usb blackscreens

I have a Medion Akoya P2310 D PC with Windows 8 pre-installed, and I have been trying to install Ubuntu alongside it as well as making a third partition for data storage. After struggling with UEFI ...
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I lost my fat32 partition on Windows 8

I have 2 OS installations Windows 8.1 on my 128GB SSD (C) and Windows 10 on my 512GB HDD (T) Having installed (T) most recently it rewrote my bootloader locking me out of (C) I fixed this yesterday. ...
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my computer fan shorted out

I just built a new pc yesturday and I powered it up and it worked fine for about 3 hours then I was moving the fans around inside and two wires from the led fans sparked and now my computer wont turn. ...
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Windows 8.1 suddenly booting slowly, ntfs event id 98 appearing in the system log for each drive

This morning my PC took much longer to boot than normal, 60 seconds instead of the usual 10 or so. Investigating the event viewer I see that now on every boot there's an ntfs event 98, example below, ...
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How to make arch linux use my EFI partition?

I try to install Arch Linux in a Liva mini pc kit -- basically a 64bits intel-based minit computer. That computer has 4 partitions inside an eMMC memory. I've tried to use one of those partitions for ...