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

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Can’t boot into Linux Mint after installing Arch Linux

On my computer, I have Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, and recently Arch Linux, installed in a partition scheme like so /dev/sda1 SYSTEM (Win 8 bootloader, BCD, etc.) /dev/sda2 Windows 8.1 ...
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How do you prioritize startup items launch order in Windows 8.1?

I have several startup programs and services (A-G, either program or a service) that runs each time I log into my Windows 8.1 administrator account. However, there is one program (F), that I need to ...
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BOOTMGR is missing. How to replace Windows 7 embedded boot files after applying image in WinPE

I have just applied an image of a Windows 7 Embedded system to a HDD using Imagex inside WinPE. I captured the image of the system on the same board and the same drive and cleaned the drive before ...
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Scrambled screen even before booting

I have an Acer laptop (Aspire 4740g). Recently it has the following problem. When I turn it on, even the boot menu shows funny characters. That means is not the operating system. Running memtest, ...
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Reinstall Windows from another PC

I've decided I want to format my hdd and reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop. The laptop doesn't have a CD/DVD drive and I guess I've lost my USB drive when I moved a few weeks ago. And I don't really ...
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Recovering from botched Clean Boot

I performed a clean boot as described here which says to disable all non Microsoft services. I missed the part where it said to hide all Microsoft Services, so I disabled ALL services. Apparently, ...
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Windows 7 dual boot with Debian Jessie

I had debian jessie installed on a single hard drive, then i added 3 other hard drives just for storage purposes but I installed Windows 7 Home Premium on one of them. It was working fine until ...
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Schrodinger's Bootmngr

so. a few days ago my laptop started bsod'ing on every boot, whilst it was loading the windows kernel. after some attempts to fix it, i finally decided that it might be simpler to start with a fresh ...
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Laptop won't boot with RAM upgrade

I have a circa 2010 Sony Vaio VPCEB25F that has two memory slots and came stock with 2x2GB; I can’t remember the specs, can fill-in when I get back home. I just purchased two 4GB Team DDR3 1600MHz ...
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PC starts (fans, lights), reboots, then hangs - motherboard damage?

I'm experiencing some pretty weird issues with a machine I'm setting up for a friend. So first off this is a pretty old computer, I'd estimate around 10 years. It was working fine, but the OS was ...
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ssd cloned to hdd won't boot in USB

I'm upgrading my SSD on my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 notebook. In order to clone the original SSD, I wanted to first clone it to an external device, then boot the computer using the external device and clone ...
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Windows 2003 Server doesnt start

My pc with W2003 server have this problem: It doesnt start in normal mode, in safe mode it hangs-on the acpitabl.dat. I have tried reset BIOS and disconect all devices, without sucess. I have tried ...
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Media test failure, No boot device found, Works if start laptop again on a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520)

It’s 3rd time, I'm starting my Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition (7520) laptop and it’s showing this error. Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller Series v2.41 (06/08/11) PXE-E61: Media test ...
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2-2-2 bios beep code on Dell MIG41R M/B

I have recently acquired a Dell Vostro with a MIG41R motherboard. The PC gave me a 2-2-2 bios beep code, so I opened it up and realized it didn't have and RAM and the HDD was disconnected. I bought a ...
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Arch Linux UEFI bootable usb installation media

I want to install Arch Linux in UEFI mode, but I fail at booting the installation media in UEFI mode. What I have done so far is: Create msdos partition table on usb key OR create gpt partition ...
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How can I swap a HDD with Crucial BX100 SSD?

At work I have swapped HDDs for SSDs on two Toshiba satellite pros running Windows 8.1. Both were Samsung 250GB SSDs. All I had to do was create recovery disk, swap in SSD, boot from recovery drive ...
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Windows 8 in GPT not hybrid booting

Some days ago I bought a new HDD of 3TB size. I installed Windows 8 "normally", then I noticed that the system could not see all the 3TB of the disk, because the setup automatically choosed to use MBR ...
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XEN boot error on Ubuntu Server 12.04

I am trying to boot to xen-hypervisor-4.1-amd64 package following the guide from official Ubuntu website, But whenever I reboot and try to boot into XEN (holding shift on grub and choosing xen ) I get ...
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Spyhunter keep Windows 8.1 PC in a boot loop state

I installed Spyhunter two days ago, and today I started to get this weird error. What happens is that when I login, a GRUB4DOS screen comes with three options "SpyHunter, "Windows XP" and "Windows ...
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Windows 8.1 gives the 0xc000000e error, and I'm unable to get into the command prompt

I read the threads concerning this error prior to posting this question, they seem to suggest that you run a DOS command to fix the problem; my problem is I can't boot into DOS. What am I missing? ...
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Windows 8 won't boot after upgrading RAM

After upgrading my RAM memory from 2GB to 6GB (DDR3), i want to install windows 8.1 64bit to exploit full performance of RAM. I had a weird problem. Disc with windows 8.1 wont boot. Windows logo ...
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Run Linux dist from bootable USB on Surface Pro 2

I'm having issues booting from USB on my Surface Pro 2 with win 8.1 and UEFI. Tried creating bootable USB using LinuxLive and a Linux dist. Also tried creating bootable USB with Easy2Boot, and adding ...
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Unable to boot Ubuntu from USB on a Windows 8.1 system

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on my system which already has a Windows 8.1 installed. I have created a bootable USB flash drive but I’m unable to boot from it. I looked around but could not ...
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How can I reset password to Windows 8 on a PC I have access to through Windows 8 on a thumb drive

I lost the password to my Windows 8 PC, so I tried doing several troubleshooting: Tried using password recovery installation from another Windows 8 PC. Booting up in recover mode. System Restore ...
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How to restore MBR (or whatever the issue) so windows 7 can boot? [duplicate]

I was going to install Ubuntu 14.04, so I tried creating two partitions from Windows 7. (I'm new to this partitioning thing.) Initially I had(rounded) C: 150 GB, D: 150 GB, E: 175 GB, 25 GB ...
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How to install windows 8.1 using OEM provided install.wim and boot.wim

Unfortunately, recently, my C drive got corrupted and I had to format the whole partition and reinstall the untouched windows 8. There are 2 recovery partition in my laptop which includes install.wim ...
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How to manually boot with grub or: how to boot a 32bit Linux OS on a 32bit only UEFI firmware computer?

I want to install a 32bit Linux (e.g. Ubuntu) on my Intel Atom Bay Trail tablet, but I fail to get it to boot. The device's firmware only supports 32bit bootloaders. There are guides that somewhat ...
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Damaged partition table in dual boot system

Since this morning grub fails to boot to any of my two operating systems (Windows 7, Xubuntu 14.04) and gives me a grub_rescue prompt. I first tried to boot into Xubuntu but I could not ls in any of ...
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Boot looping laptop with W7HP fixed with the addition of RAM

I was repairing a laptop for someone else that was always stuck in a boot loop. The computer has 4 GB of DDR3 memory and Windows 7 Home Premium (I don't have the password for the computer but I ...
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System BOOT fail

My PC started behaving weird when booting. When I press the power button it sits about 25sec doing nothing, just spinning the fans like crazy. After that it beeps as normal, starts checks and this ...
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If I let Startup Repair complete in windows, will it affect my ubuntu installation?

I am on dual boot, ubuntu and windows. I was playing a game last night when the laptop overheated and rebooted itself. Now windows wouldn't load. Thankfully, the ubuntu side is still ok. If I run ...
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Ubuntu hangs at startup due to zfs

I installed zfs-on-linux to my virtual Ubuntu LTS server years ago via PPA. The system resides on a VMware Workstation 10 in Windows 8.1. The working ZFS/SPL versions installed are 0.6.3. It has ...
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Windows 7 stopped booting after I installed linux mint

I have recently installed Linux mint 17 on my friends computer. After reboot, Windows 7(loader) was not shown in grub. I tried to run boot-repair. Here is log: http://paste2.org/wDN81wn7 . After ...
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Changing Harddisks and recovery media

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad whose hard disk has started giving errors (but still works). Lenovo is replacing the HD under the 3 year warranty. However, they say the OS and data is my baby, they have ...
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Number of sectors in my sda1

After running bootinfoscript, I read on the log: sda1: __________________________________________________________________________ File system: ntfs Boot sector type: Windows XP: NTFS Boot ...
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Uninstalling windows 8 and then re installing it, how does it work?

So my PC has an activated version of Windows 8.1 and i was thinking of changing my OS to Zorin to see if i like it, if i decide i don't like it is there anyway i can get back Windows 8.1, if so how ...
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Windows 7 64 Bit PC: Windows Updates Installed Yesterday & Cannot Now Boot-Up To Login?

Everything was working fine until yesterday, when I installed Windows Updates, things went wrong. PC now boots up into "old fashioned" dialogue box entitled startup repair. This fails to solve the ...
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Launching 2 Google Chrome windows in different positions

I am trying to create shortcuts (to eventually add to startup folder) on Windows 7 that will launch Google Chrome as two differently sized window at two different positions, in app mode. I have two ...
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Cannot install windows on a wiped drive

About a week or two ago I was on my laptop with Windows 7 (That I installed with a cd) When it dropped. After dropping the Hard drive I could not find anything on the disk or save anything onto the ...
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WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR even on fresh Windows 8.1

Short summary: Windows 8.1 Blank screen on boot, after System Restore gets bugcheck 0x124: WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR, argument 0x00: MCA error. Possibly related earlier minidump (it won't generate ...
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Unselected partition during Ubuntu installation

I recently installed Ubuntu (14.04 LTS) on my laptop. I had a single SSD with windows 7 installed on it and decided to install Ubuntu in dual boot. From windows, I created 2 other partitions (15Gb) ...
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Choose where to put bootloader when installing Windows 8

Say I have an existing Windows 7 installation on physical Disk A (just 1 partition). I add a second physical Disk B and install Windows 8 on it. I can now dual boot and the Win 8 bootloader has ...
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Dual booting two windows 7

I've installed two windows 7 in my pc and during the 2nd windows 7 install, i lost my D drive(windows setup deleted that partition). I recovered it and got all data back. Now for some reasons, I want ...
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HP running win7 pro --

It get this message; error: no boot disk has been detected or hard drive has failed BTW: This is my friend's PC, I'm posting from my clone built PC running win 7 home premand trying to help him. He ...
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Need a bootloader for Ubuntu/Windows 7 after Unetbootin frugal install of Ubuntu

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad X230 running Windows 7. I downloaded Unetbootin and used the frugal install option (no USB or CD drive on my laptop) with an Ubuntu 14.04 .iso. Going through that process, I ...
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Windows 7/ Ubuntu Fatal System Error, Windows not loading

I have a dual boot pc, with Ubuntu on one disk, and Windows 7 on another, in a separate partition. A couple of days ago, I tried to log in to Windows, and have been getting this message ever since: ...
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Windows 7 load from GRUB 2.02 beta, Fatal System Error

So, I have a dual boot pc, with Ubuntu on one disk, and Windows 7 on another, in a separate partition. A couple of days ago, I tried to log in to Windows, and have been getting this message ever ...
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Tuxboot vs UNetbootin?

Tuxboot docs: Tuxboot helps you to create a bootable Live USB drive for Clonezilla live, DRBL live, GParted live and Tux2live. It is modified from UNetbootin and runs on both MS Windows and ...
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Windows 8 won't show in my GRUB menu

I recently downloaded Kali Lunix to my Windows 8.1 computer. I have a Gateway NV570P09u. After I went the the graphical installation and put Kali onto another Partition Disk, I was put into a GRUB ...
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Configure the boot menu in a dual boot system

I have installed Windows 8.1 alongside Ubuntu 14.04. The problem is that once I turn on the PC the boot menu is completely messed up. Sometimes it appears the typical black menu and sometimes it ...