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

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Where are disabled autostart programs stored? Somewhere in the registry?

I know that the programs that run with Windows are stored in the registry under (inn both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER): - /Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run - ...
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Windows (using UEFI boot on GPT disk) will no longer boot after adding an MBR hard disk

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on a new SSD using UEFI boot and GPT. The system worked fine. After adding my old system HD to the system (that uses MBR), Windows will no longer boot ...
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What commands does Windows Startup Repair run?

I created a wim image that we are planning to deploy to some of our computers, but when I image a computer with it from a flash drive it continually reports that the BOOTMGR is missing (and no, it's ...
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Boot from a VHD created by VirtualBox

I have used VirtualBox to create a VM, and installed the latest Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it. I have a .VHD file with the OS installed. I am wondering, since Windows 7 supports boot from a VHD ...
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Configuring updates on startup fails

Just recently every time I try to start up Windows 7 I get a 'Windows is configuring updates 0%' message - for about 10 minutes then all of a sudden I get a failure error and Windows is reverting any ...
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What is DMI Pool Data and why is it verified?

What is DMI Pool Data? Every time a computer here boots up it comes a message that says Verifying DMI Pool Data............. And then it comes: AMD data changed...Update New Data to DMI! ...
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Find the process thats disabling my second monitor

I'm having a problem with my second monitor being disabled on some boots (seems totally random, but I would estimate it happens 30-40% of the time). When I boot the computer, I get to the Windows ...
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Can I fix error 0xc0000225 without reinstalling Windows?

I have a system which dual-boots Gentoo Linux and Windows 7 using GRUB2. The computer has four drives, and Windows is installed on the third (last) partition of drive #2. The drive layout looks like ...
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Multiple Operating Systems or ISO's Bootloader for a USB Stick?

I have no idea how to do this. I have 7 iso's that I want to be able to easily boot from using a USB Stick and they are: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Hirens BootCD ...
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DVD ROM is not working

I have a DVD RW drive that is well listed in the bios, and if no CD is in, it is also present in the "My Computer" of my Fedora 16. But when I put a disc on it, the icon disapear from "My Computer", ...
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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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Windows 8 to 8.1 Pro Upgrade SecureBoot Error

I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. I have an Alienware Aurora R4 with the latest BIOS firmware version, A09. Ever since I did the upgrade, I get a watermark on my desktop saying, "SecureBoot ...
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bootmgr image is corrupt

I just replaced my hard drive with a SSD. I did a brand new install on the SSD and I received the following error after booting BOOTMGR image is corrupt. The system cannot boot. A little ...
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Can I install Windows on a diskless system with iSCSI?

I'm reorganizing my home network, which now includes a NAS box, that, among other things, allows me to export partitions via iSCSI. Now I'd like to get rid of the harddisk in my Windows machine, as it ...
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Setting language for non-Unicode programs broke Windows?

I occasionally use programs originally designed to run in Japan using Microsoft AppLocale. When loading a program this way, AppLocale specifies that it's only designed to be a temporary solution and ...
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Debugging a “Somewhat” Faulty PC Component

TL;DR: I have a component that fails very infrequently, preventing my computer from POSTing (I am suspicious that this may be a motherboard issue). Since I cannot reliably reproduce this error, what ...
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How to create an UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO

I have an ISO image of my backup solution's recovery cd. When I burn the image to a CD-ROM, I can boot from it in UEFI or normal mode without problems. Unfortunately, this is no solution for my ...
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Is it possible to boot from internet?

Let's assume the following situation: you have a computer with empty hard disk, and you don't have a CD, floppy, pen drive nearby to boot the computer from. But you have connection to the Internet. ...
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After trying all the standard tricks, my XP installation is still very slow. What more can I do?

My work computer still has XP on it, though I will be upgrading to Win7 in a few short months so I've got to make do in the meantime. I just started working at this job, so the computer was a ...
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Why isn't rEFInd shell loading?

Because of a two-steps deep problem, I need to boot into an EFI shell and run gptsync. I downloaded the flashdrive binaries of rEFInd 0.7.4, used dd to write the image to a thumbdrive, and it seems ...
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Selected wrong OS from bootloader settings and now can't do anything

I'm trying to help a friend out with an urgent issue he is having. He has two Windows 7 installations when he was starting up his computer so the bootloader menu was making him select an OS every ...
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How do I set up Grub properly to quad-boot Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD?

Grub has gone completely insane on me. My quad-boot system was working great up until I upgraded Ubuntu to 12.04. Since Ubuntu overwrote the Grub stuff I had to repair it with my Mac OS X and FreeBSD ...
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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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Windows 7 hangs at Welcome screen with “EXPLORERFRAME.dll” error

I have a problem with my Windows 7 which fails to startup, and it happens frequently. I already tried to fix it, but nothing happened. I checked my hardisk and there is no badsector detected. Its ...
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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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Why can't computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is ...
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USB only boots in other computers instead of mine

I don't have an operating system in my laptop, my CD-ROM was broken a long time ago, and for some reason, my USB won't boot. I keep receiving an error message about my BIOS not detecting any OSs while ...
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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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Why is linux boot sequence in sh and not in c

I have an embedded device which runs linux. I'm trying to speed up the boot sequence. Would rewriting large parts of the boot sequence in C speed up a lot? for example I have a lot of scripts which ...
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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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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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Is it possible to get rid of GRUB?

I have a Windows XP box with Ubuntu 8.04 installed on a separate partition. GRUB is defaulted to Ubuntu, which is annoying because most of the time I need to boot to Windows. I want to get rid of ...
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Can a grounding problem damage computers immediately?

Can a grounding problem damage computers immediately ? I have transferred my office. New office did not have grounding. I tried to boot 4 computers. Two of them booted. One of them hung while ...
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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 to create an EFI System Partition?

TL; DR How do I create an EFI system partition from scratch? How do I put the EFI firmware on it onces it is created? Long version I hava Toshiba T430 laptop. I received it with Windows 7 installed ...
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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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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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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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Measure Windows bootup performance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Slow startup on Windows 7 Home Premium laptop I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a 2 GB RAM netbook. The Windows startup performance, and when coming out of ...
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Booting a Windows 7 installation on different hardware

I'm in a situation where I could do with very quickly migrating a Windows 7 (RTM x64) installation from one machine to another. What options are open to me in terms of getting W7 to boot after the ...
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How do I get my system to find a “buried” MBR?

Following a botched Linux install, my Windows 7 install can't find my MBR normally. It's in there -- somewhere -- and I CAN access it if I use F12 during boot to access the mobo boot options: Note ...
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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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Open terminal on start in a specific place and size

I want that each time I login to my account (Ubuntu-desktop) a Terminal will open in a specific location and in a specific size. In which file do I put the command, and what is the command?
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How to diagnose a slow booting laptop [duplicate]

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on a Dell Precision M4400 laptop and whenever I boot it it takes ages ( >5mins average). This doesn't seem right as it's a fairly beasty piece of kit, It get's a 5.9 ...
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Is a 1TB drive too big for a boot drive?

Can the drive you choose to boot off affect performance? Would I receive faster boot/shutdown times if I were to choose a smaller drive? How would partitions affect performance/boot speed? Assuming ...
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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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Can Apple Macintosh computers boot from a USB volume?

Can I attach a USB external drive to a Mac and boot from it? Specifically, will I be able to install Snow Leopard from an external USB DVD drive on a modern Intel Macbook?
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What is “bootsect.bak” file?

What is Bootsect.bak backup file? Is this file a copy of boot loader or boot sector? if it's a boot sector's copy, why it's needed? because MBR is a fixed sector.
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Automatically starting the Remote desktop sessions when computer boots up

I have a HP Thin Client PC, which is connected to VMware ESXI host with two virtual machines. The thin client connects to the virtual machines through Remote Desktop. I would like the thin client to ...