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

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How can I boot from an external hard drive?

How can I boot from an external hard drive? hp
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Is there a way to make a computer boot when plugged in(or power returns after an outage)?

I've been using a little netbook as a personal server for 2 years give or take a few months, but soon I'll be going off to college. I plan on leaving it at my house, but if the power goes out I won't ...
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Run a batch file before user logs into Windows 2003 R2?

I have an Amazon EC2 machine (Windows Server 2003 R2) where I want to run a script (.bat file) when the Windows Server 2003 R2 machine boots up. This need to run BEFORE any user logs in. Ideally I'd ...
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How to make bootable USB with Linux Kernel alone?

I would like to boot the Linux kernel alone and run busybox, not including a GUI. How can I do that? How can I make a custom bzImage, initrd.img and how can I change the file structures in that ...
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How to modify Windows 7 Services Groups

How do you modify the windows services loading groups? There are some default groups that windows uses to load in a specific order. Here are some examples of groups: PlugPlay COM ...
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How do computers boot?

How does a computer boot and how does this differ for Windows, Linux and other OSes?
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Computer will not boot to BIOS

I have a custom-built HTPC with the following specs: * Motherboard: Intel DG45ID * CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8300 * Graphics: Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (using HDMI) * RAM: 8 GB ...
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Launch synergy client on boot in Mac OS X

I have a mac as a secondary machine at work. Currently I use synergy on my main machine to share its keyboard and mouse with the mac. I created a launch agent for my user to launch synergy when I ...
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Samsung 840 EVO SSD takes 3+ minutes to boot Windows 7

I got a 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD a couple days ago to replace my old HDD. It is connected to a SATA3 port, AHCI is enabled, and I ran the optimizations included with Samsung Magician. The benchmarks ...
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Does a modern PC require a graphics card to run?

As I can remember, on old systems (Pentium II or III) it was not possible to boot and run the PC if the graphics card was missing (AGP cards were used in those days). Many years from then, I'm ...
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How to move an existing installation of Window 7 64bit to UEFI (from legacy)

I have a laptop that has Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise edition. It is already filled with plenty of Software and drivers. The laptop (Dell E6220) supports booting through UEFI, but the insatllition was ...
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How to Create Windows 7 Bootable DVD using Nero

I have an .iso file that contains the windows 7 home edition and I want to make a bootable dvd to install it to my PC, I have nero burning rom 10. Is there any tutorial for this because I found this: ...
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What is causing my system to wait 10 minutes after boot before presenting a UAC elevation prompt?

Since about four days ago, every time I restart or reboot my Windows 7 machine, the system comes back up with Microsoft Security Essentials disabled. The network and sharing icon in the status bar ...
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How can I get rid of an old HDD that my PC currenty relies on to boot?

So, this was kind of interesting. I have Windows installed on a 500 Gb hard drive, and there's been an additional 80 Gb drive sitting inside my tower for a couple of years, collecting dust (I don't ...
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How can I convince my ASUS EEE B202 to boot, when the power is returned to its power supply

My little home server 'sulks', when it loses power. Instead of booting, when the power is returned, it waits for me to press its power-button. Is there a way to have it boot without human ...
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My EEEPc 900HA won't turn on/boot. Can it be fixed or does it need to be sent in?

My EEEPc 900HA stopped booting up out of nowhere. It went to sleep and when I went to wake it up, it wouldn't wake up. I powered down and went to power back up, but no go. The power light comes on ...
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what is the use of bootnxt file in windows 8 installation disc

while exploring the installation media of windows operating system i could see the following list of files : Boot mgr - the boot sector loads the Windows Boot Manager (hidden system file BOOTMGR in ...
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Computer taking hours to boot, no apparent reason

My computer takes literally hours to boot, in order to get it all the way through boot, it takes hours to finish saying "Windows is starting" (I'm not sure how long, I went to bed), then when I get to ...
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Install Windows 7 without DVD drive

I am trying to install Windows 7 on my laptop from a USB drive. I used the Microsoft tool to make a bootable Windows 7 USB drive and it boots, but when I try to install it says: A required CD/DVD ...
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udev: waiting for uevents to be processed on my Gentoo

During the startup I see machine executing this thing for about 30 seconds: udev: waiting for uevents to be processed Then I get a quick message which says something like: devfs: timeout (50 ...
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Can't set default boot to USB on Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard

We have a machine with an Asus P7P55D-E LX motherboard. We're trying to set the default boot device to a USB attached flash drive. We set up "Removable" as the first and only boot device in the BIOS ...
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Windows 8 ISO image to USB stick?

I want to make a bootable USB stick from a Windows8 CTP DVD. (so that I don't have to waste a DVD). On Ubuntu (Linux) there is a program that does that automatically for oneself, but I think it only ...
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Mac won't boot after installing updates on Windows partition

Setup I have an early 2008 MacBook with Mac OS X Lion installed. I made a partition with Windows 7 Ultimate which I can boot into by holding the Option key on the Mac keyboard. Boot Issues After ...
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Get last successful boot time from a Windows hard drive

I work for a company that has installers go into people's homes and set up their internet connection. In the past 2 weeks we have had a customer say that we broke their computer. Our installers aren't ...
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Root file system is mounted read-only on boot on Gentoo Linux

I am using Gentoo Linux and for a while now, the root file system is mounted read-only on booting. For obvious reasons, this is quite annoying as most services do not start up correctly (I do not use ...
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can't boot new computer

I got such a great response from Wil and Dan on my last problem I want to try again. I am trying to boot my just built computer for the 1st time and all I get is a continous beep which sounds like a ...
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Computer won't boot from a bootable DVD

My friend gave me his old computer that used to have WinXP on it. I'm trying to load Win7 on it and I thought there was something wrong because it wouldn't boot off a bootable disc, even though I ...
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How to force a PC boot from CD the next time it restarts?

Starting in a normal installation of Windows XP - is there some way to specify when the machine next restarts, it should boot from the CD (e.g. into BartPE)? And then the next restart, the machine ...
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How to best clone a running system to a new harddisk using rsync?

I have a system running as a server that has a failing harddrive. While all important data is on a RAID and backed up and all that, I don't have an image of the system itself. There is no specific ...
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Windows 8 restarts takes too much time

I have fast boot enabled so shutdown and subsequent boot takes very little time like it should however when I restart my PC, the subsequent boot time is enormous, sometimes 20 minutes+. It keeps ...
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Long 20 minute startup/boot after Visual Studio Install

Yesterday I wanted to get back into a bit of XNA so I installed Visual Studio 2012 Express Desktop and Visual Studio C# 2010. I also installed the XNA framework (which needs Games for Windows on ...
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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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How to Clone Win7 from 512b sectors to 4096b sectors

I'm using a new Thinkpad and I'm trying to upgrade the drive from a 250GB to a 640GB. I grabbed a WD Scorpio Blue and a ByteCC USB/SATA adapter. First I tried booting Linux and doing a dd ...
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Is it possible to boot a consumer i7 system with a Xeon processor and ECC memory?

I have read a couple of blog posts on the Internet that appear to imply one can boot at least some i7 motherboards with unbuffered ECC memory and a Xeon 43xx processor installed. I can boot my MSI ...
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Stuck at “Starting windows..” when switching to AHCI mode

I had a Windows 7 system working fine in AHCI mode and decided to change the motherboard to another brand. I created an image of the boot drive. I changed the motherboard which runs in IDE mode by ...
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Options for laptop with burnt video card

So the graphics card on one of my laptops is officially dead. I'm currently using it as a web server, by logging in remotely to the machine whenever I have to configure something. Where I'm uncertain ...
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Windows XP can't boot; keyboard doesn't work in the boot menu

I'm facing an error on Windows XP startup. The keyboard doesn't work and I can't choose "Start windows normally". After waiting 30 seconds, Windows doesn't start on its own. When I test with a ...
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grub2 error: out of disk

I'm trying to make a 250G USB hard disk Ubuntu-bootable on a Compaq nc6220 laptop. I've removed all other disks, so /dev/sda (the USB disk) is the only disk other than CDROM. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 ...
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Linux that is just a RDP client

Is there any RDP clients i can boot from a pendrive, what I means is have Linux that boots up and is only a RDPclient nothing else, like no desktop etc.
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At what time did my Windows XP machine come out of hibernation?

I usually look at the event log to find out at what time I switched on my computer. I look for the entry saying "The Event Log service was started". I use this to record in-out times at office. These ...
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how to boot without power button

How can I start up my computer without using a power button? I think I have a broken power button (not completely sure, but pretty sure) and I want to know how to make it start up without using a ...
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How to make bootable Debian usb drive that works on both BIOS and UEFI systems?

I want to make bootable USB drive with Debian and make it bootable on both BIOS and UEFI systems. I've found only separate instructions for BIOS and UEFI systems. Please help me to find a solution.
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Boot Windows 8 from SD Card

My goal is to boot Windows 8 on my MacBook Air from an SD Card. I came up with the idea after I purchased the Nifty Minidrive. Since it added a whole 64 GB of expandable storage, I thought it would ...
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Long boot time if the computer is not connected to the domain

All computers in our company are connected to a domain. Now a lot of people reported that their computer need a long time to boot as soon as they are no longer connected to the domain. I was unable to ...
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Boot Sony VAIO SVS1511V9RB from CD or USB

I bought Sony VAIO SVS1511V9RB today and can't boot it from neither USB flash drive nor bootable CD. I've changed priority of boot drives to Internal CD-ROM, External devices, Internal Hard Disk, ...
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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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What causes “A disk read error occurred, Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart”?

I have a virtual machine containing Windows XP SP3. When I resized the VHD file (and the embedded partition), and tried booting, I got: A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart ...
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How do I burn the Win8 Consumer Preview ISO to a USB on a Mac?

So someone already asked this question (http://superuser.com/questions/396512/) but was happy with a non-answer. They asked how to install from Mac, someone suggested a Windows app, and they were ...
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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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How can I install drivers before Windows boots?

If there's a bad hardware driver that is causing Windows to crash during startup, how can you update the driver? Do I need to make a boot disk? I have the driver installation disc that came with it ...