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

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An operating system wasn't found

When I boot my computer, it boots fine. When I restart it though, I get the following error: An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. ...
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Windows 8 boot into UEFI firmware settings missing

On a homebrew computer I've installed a Intel DX79SR Mainboard, changed the BIOS mode to UEFI and installed Windows 8. I further switched UEFI to fast booting, which works nicely. Now I wanted to ...
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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Windows 7 - Cloned partition onto 2nd disk (in same machine) won't boot

Notes: using a MacBook Pro 2011, UEFI and GTP. Replaced the DVD drive in my laptop with an SSD (disk 2). Installed Win7 onto the new SSD, which worked fine. Decided to clone Win7 from disk 1 onto ...
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Cannot Boot Win 8 - Nor Correct Boot Files?

UPDATE: I was able to create a Windows 8 Recovery disk from another computer. I have attempted to re-create the boot files by following this method in Command Prompt: bootrec /scanos bootrec ...
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Every windows 8 boot breaks grub

I have Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 dual booting with UEFI and grub. (re-used the windows UEFI partition) After I used boot-repair, everything seemed fine. After I boot into Windows, however, I can't ...
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Mac won't boot into safe mode

Mac boots fine normally, except when in safe mode. Holding down shift when booting gets me to the progress bar on the grey screen. Progress bar gets about half way before mac reboots. I modified ...
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Windows 7 USB stick and (late 2010) Macbook Air

If you install Windows 7 into the Boot Camp partition from a USB drive, it will apparently become impossible to boot from that USB drive on that Mac again. I'm trying to find out why. This is the ...
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How can I split a Windows 7 image on to multiple CDRs that I can boot from to install?

Is there a way that I can do this? I'd appreciate any help / pointers.
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How to resolve BackgroundContainer.dll error on startup?

When I start my desktop it gives me an error about BackgroundContainer.dll There was a problem starting c:\Users\Ventsislav\AppData\Local\Conduit\BackgroundContainer\BackgroundContainer.dll ...
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Windows XP requires BIOS IDE setting to boot up, how to fix this?

Every time I try to boot my system which runs on windows XP, my PC does not start and I have to press F10 to go to BIOS set up mode and under advanced option, I have to select IDE (in default mode, it ...
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How to prevent Microsoft Lync adding startup entry in Windows?

Microsoft lync makes my laptop boot very slowly and if I disable it from startup, the laptop boots fine and quick. However the issue is, if I start lync again, it puts an entry to startup. So I end up ...
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Run AppleScript on startup (background)

I want to run a apple-script on Mac OS X on startup. The script shall run during the complete lifetime of the user session. What is the best solution to do this? My Script: on idle do shell ...
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init.d script not running on startup

I am hosting some Counter-Strike game servers on my dedicated server using screen. I have this script that I run when I want to start/stop the servers: #! /bin/sh # /etc/init.d/css-server # case ...
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Where is the startup folder in Windows XP Professional SP3?

I want to manually remove a certain program from starting automatically, and I cannot find a "Startup" folder any more. The program I am referring to is uTorrent, if this will help.
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Is there a list of available boot-args for darwin / OS X

In OS X you can set boot parameters with nvram boot-args=[options] Where the options I know about -v (verbose) -x (safe mode) and arch=x86_64 (boot into 64 bit kernel on 64 bit capable machines). ...
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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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XP CD doesn't offer repair option

I'm fixing an IBM Thinkpad laptop running XP Pro which doesn't boot all the way (It gets past the XP logo boot screen, a movable mouse cursor appears, and it doesn't get any further, even in safe ...
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C:\Program Files\Microsoft opens at startup

I'm not sure this question belongs on ServerFault, so feel free to close it if it doesn't. I'm running Windows XP. A few weeks ago, my computer started to automatically open the C:\Program ...
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Skype doesn't auto-run at startup

I'm running Vista SP2 and Skype 4.1.0.141. I have "Start Skype when I start Windows" checked, but it's still not starting automatically. Is this a Skype bug, or something I can track down myself? ...
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How is a byte(s) loaded from a secondary-storage device in to RAM upon bootup, if RAM supposedly already contains bits in capacitors?

This has been on my mind today. If RAM's ICs contain bits stored in capacitors sitting there, how can you pull bits from somewhere and put them where something already is? For example, on bootup, ...
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SSD upgraded: Windows boot up on 8 seconds, but BIOS need more than 15 seconds. What should I do?

Motivated by boot-up time decrease, yesterday I upgraded my hard disk to a SSD. Everything goes ok, Windows Seven now is booting up in less than 10 seconds(from more than 40 before upgrade) but my ...
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Using Win32 in DOS

Is there a way that I can start the Win32 environment or run Win32 programs from DOS without starting the Windows GUI? I'm using a Windows 98 PC that is booted into DOS mode from a floppy disk. ...
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Windows 7: Can I auto-start task manager?

Is there a way to automatically start up the task manager (in this case, process explorer) when I log into Windows 7?
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Disable SQL Server at windows startup (VS 2010)

After I installed Windows 7, booting lasted for about 40 seconds. Then I installed VS2010 and booting is 20 seconds longer. In task manager I see SQL Server process running. Is there a way to disable ...
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Blinking power button

A friend asked me to look at his Gateway DX4640 desktop. When he presses the power button, power goes to the motherboard (NVIDIA nForce 630i MCP73PV, GeForce 7100 chipset) and the CPU fan starts ...
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How can I turn on a PC remotely?

I am using Team Viewer to control my PCs remotely. It lets me restart my PC, and this is a good feature. Is it possible however to remotely turn a PC on which is already off (as in powered down)? ...
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How can I make programs start at startup in Windows Vista?

I have some programs I use a lot and would like them to start when I login to Vista. How can I make a program start when I login to Windows Vista?
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Start Windows with previously open programs

I am running Windows 7 64 bit. When I shut down my computer I have many programs open on the desktop. When I start my computer I want these programs to open automatically. I am aware of SaveMyCache, ...
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Windows XP stuck on loading screen

Since yesterday my Windows XP install is stuck on the loading screen (XP logo and "progress bar" constantly moving). I waited more than one hour but nothing more happened. Before this problem occured ...
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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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How to troubleshoot a computer not booting up when powered on?

I can turn on my computer and sometimes it will boot up just fine. After a while of use, days or even a week, when I try to turn it on, it powers up, in that the fans spins up, the power indicator ...
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Can't install Kali Linux from USB, fails to find CD-ROM drive

I successfully made a live USB of the Kali Linux. When I boot from the USB it gives an option to install. I clicked on that option. At one point it was detecting and mounting CD-ROM drives. As I have ...
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How do I prevent two OSes from clobbering grub files?

I want to install Linux and OpenSolaris on the same hard disk in different partitions. I'm worried because OpenSolaris seems to actively manage the grub data when updating the OS (part of the "boot ...
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How to boot into text mode in Linux Mint LMDE (Debian-based)

Ok, this might sound ridiculous, but of all the issues I could have, I'm scratching my head over booting into text mode. Normally I'm in the opposite direction, such as startx not working. To put the ...
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How to solve the error “Code: 0x0000000A” while installing Windows 8 Developer Preview?

I am using VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows hosts Here is the configuration used for the virtual machine: When I start the virtual machine some files are loaded and there is a progress-bar Loading ...
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How can I run chkdsk on boot up for multiple drives in Windows (Vista)?

I know how to run a chkdsk on boot for C:. How can I schedule chkdsk to run on boot for multiple drives (which normally will just be checked inside Windows)?
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Attempting to recover Windows 7 on my Toshiba Laptop

One day my computer was working fine and the next it won't boot properly. System Specs: Toshiba Satellite T235D-S1345RD (Laptop) Windows 7 x64 BIOS 1.7 4GB RAM I have gotten the computer booted ...
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How does one skip “Windows did not shut down successfully” in Win7-64?

Migrating an app from an expensive and unreliable dedicated embedded x86 box running WinXP-embedded to COTS hardware (Dell E6410 laptop) running normal Win7-64. At this time, it's not feasible to ...
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Installing Windows Update 3033929

I am using grub as default boot loader for my dual boot laptop (DELL Vostro 3750). My system is currently undergoing a reboot loop (infinite) because of Windows Update 3033929. As described here: ...
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How to boot Lenovo X1 Carbon 2014 from a USB thumb drive

How can I boot Lenovo X1 Carbon 2014 from a USB thumb drive? It has Windows 8.1. And I have tried Disable Secure Boot in the BIOS setting. Create the bootable USB drive using Windows 7 USB/DVD ...
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Command prompt as SYSTEM user (Windows 7)

How can I get a command prompt as the SYSTEM user on Windows 7? Context: I'm testing a computer startup script, and I need to figure out the behavior of a command when run as SYSTEM rather than ...
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Should I run Chkdsk at all?

My 6 year old Lenovo laptop running Win XP Home is taking lot of time to boot up. It complains every time I boot that some part of hard disk has been corrupted and asks me to run Chkdsk. I can ...
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How to boot directly into an application

I have an application that I want to boot in directly when windows xp starts. So after that "welcome" screen I don't want to see anything and load directly into the app. How can I do that? I tried ...
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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 do I add/modify/remove startup programs in KDE?

I am looking for application which allow me to manage the startup programs in KDE. Just like BootUp-Manager in Ubuntu (Gnome).
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What is the ehome folder in C:\Windows for?

On my Windows Vista partition, startup has been slow lately, so I went and did my usual spring clean. One item I noticed in msconfig was called Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Operating System. Which ...
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Computer boots when I switch off the lights

I have more details regarding My computer boots up during the night. I got a used halogen lamp with a transformer and can reliably reproduce the following: Computer and lamp are running I shut down ...
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Issue with a Windows 7 Boot issue - involving the BCD perhaps

First of all, thank you to whoever reads this. I'm getting pretty upset and worried about the fact that my desktop is now definitely not booting into Windows 7, which it was very nicely before I was ...
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Who loads the BIOS in RAM during computer bootstrap

When the computer starts up, the code in BIOS is executed first. However, how is the code in BIOS loaded into the RAM for execution ? I have referred to this question - Is BIOS read from the BIOS ...