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

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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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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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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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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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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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Making a bootable OSX USB from dmg on Linux

I have 2 machines - a MacBook Pro and a desktop running Fedora, I have a USB drive and a OSX 10.8 dmg. The MacBook won't boot into OSX unfortunately, I'm trying to make a bootable mac usb to recover ...
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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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Laptop won't boot; says “BOOTMGR is missing” after active partition was changed

I have a "Recovery" partition which I mistakenly thought was redundant after reinstalling everything to C:. "Recovery" was previously the "Active" partition. I set C: as the "Active" directory in disk ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 Metro application on startup?

I want to know where the Metro applications (Mail, People, Messages, ...) executable file path is. Also, how can I run Mail application when my PC starts?
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How does one enable --write-mostly with Linux RAID?

Unfortunately the mdadm and mdadm.conf man pages are not quite up to par. I would like to enable the --write-mostly flag for my RAID, but neither the man pages nor the internet will tell me how. I am ...
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Are startup items, services, and scheduled tasks the only things that run without my explicit involvement?

On a virgin out-of-the-box Windows machine, and before making any Internet connection, if I wish to remove or disable any applications that might run without my explicit consent, is it sufficient to ...
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Windows XP: is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in the system event log?

Is it possible to log startup and shutdown times in Windows XP? I mean logging these events in the system event log. For example I can hack a jscript like this // this is log_startup.js var shell = ...
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How can I always launch a program as administrator without right-clicking?

I have a program I have to run as admin. Now I have to manually do a right click and choose from the menu "Run as admin" I'm wondering if I could create an icon with some parameter and than just ...
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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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Dell Inspiron 14R 5420 intermittently fails to boot

I have a Dell laptop which sometimes boots and sometimes doesn't. When it boots, it works perfectly normal. However, when it doesn't boot, it doesn't show anything on screen, the light check goes on, ...
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On warm (re)start, computer powers off instantly. After unplugged, it starts and runs ok

My computer fails to start from any power-state other than power-off: ASUS UEFI MB (F1A75-V Pro) with AMD Llano APU 12G RAM (passes memtest) 3x HDD Thermaltake semi-passive PSU Cold start works ...
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Start VirtualBox Headless VM On Boot

I am running two VirtualBox headless VMs on an Ubuntu 12.04 host. I would like these VMs to start automatically when the system boots. I have two crontab entries set like this (under the user which ...
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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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MBR: How does BIOS decide if a drive is bootable or not?

While trying to answer this question on askubuntu: How do I Uninstall GRUB I read the Wikipedia article on MBR and also the perfect answer on a somewhat related question here on Superuser, however, ...
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How can I configure my PC to turn on when it receives power?

How to make a server turn on when it gets mains power? I have an electricity timer and when it turns on, I want the server to turn on. My BIOS doesn't support the wake up at time function so this is ...
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Windows 7 not booting after failed SRT (SSD caching) install

This is a fairly new computer, only about a month old. i7 2700k, z68 motherboard, with a 1.5tb WD black HD, and a 128gb crucial M4 ssd. I followed the instructions for setting up ssd caching, the ...
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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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PC getting stuck at the Intel boot screen

there is this strange problem I am facing for quite a while now at the time of starting up my pc. WHERE it occurs: The problem occurs at the very first screen that appears after pressing power button ...
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Can I set a delay on startup programs that are shown on Windows 8 Task Manager?

Microsoft created a new feature on Windows 8 that allow users to manage startup programs on Windows Task Manager: We can Disable or Enable programs that Windows show us that are having "High" ...
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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 LAN boot Windows from single installation simulaneously?

My Requirements: I want to maintain only one Windows installation on one system (say, server). I want to boot to this installation using LAN boot feature of BIOS of other systems in network. ...
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How do I make VirtualBox start when Ubuntu Server starts?

I have VirtualBox and I want to install MS Windows in it. How can I make VirtualBox start when Ubuntu Server does, so that I don't need to manually start Windows?
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rsync hack to bounce files between two unconnected servers

Here's the connection: [Server1] <---> [my desktop] <---> [Server2] Server1 and server2 are not permitted to talk directly to eachother (don't ask). My desktop, however is able to ...
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How to know which program or service take long time at and after PC Starting?

I want to identify which program consumes and takes computer resources on a Windows 7 during start up and after logging in, because after I log in my hard disk LED stays lit for almost 5 minutes. I ...
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Which linux distributions offer seamless support for UEFI and an LVM root out of the box?

My new ultrabook (an Asus UX32VD) requires UEFI in order to boot from the internal harddisk. I use an LVM partition which contains my root fs and dual-boot Windows 8. I somehow managed to get this ...
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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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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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will boot command params acpi=off or acpi=noirq ruin my hardware?

Dell xps 15z here. Really, really trying to install linux distro to dual boot from. first goto is bt. cant even get past 'initramfs live media filesystem not found' on usb boot. next was ubuntu, ...
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Booting a virtual machine non-virtually

I have a VirtualBox virtual machine that I use regularly. In order to use it on many computers, I carry it around on a USB drive. Sometimes, however, I come across a computer that doesn't support ...