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

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Bootable USB stick with Truecrypt

I want to boot the TrueCrypt rescue disk from a USB flash drive. I have Windows 7 64bit so I cannot use Grub4Dos to do this (it only works on 32bit system), and 99% of all documentations on how to ...
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How to enable / disable fast startup in Windows 10?

How to enable / disable fast startup in Windows 10? I don't have appropriate option:
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New build not powering up at all after connecting psu cables to hard drive

I recently decided to build myself a new, cheap(ish) rig mainly for HTPC use and I have now run into a BIG problem. The system simply refuses to show any signs of life. Problem: When I press the ...
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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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Windows 7 periodically won't load past “Loading Windows”

I built this computer back in June and this has been an issue ever since I first built it. What happens is that my computer will POST just fine and then go to the black screen where it states "Loading ...
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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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New SSD, is the MBR broken? DISK BOOT FAILURE

I've been running Windows 7 on a WD 500gb SATA single drive, single partition setup for some time with no issues. I've just installed a new Kingston V Series 64gb SSD and performed a clean install ...
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How do I allow programs that require admin rights to run at startup in Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista I have several monitor/profile apps set to run at startup (Logitech Hardware stuff) that require elevated permissions. ...
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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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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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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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Create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive (UEFI) from Linux

How can I create a bootable Windows 10 USB drive from Linux ? Please note: WinUSB doesn't work with Windows 10. UNetbootin doesn't work either. dd method didn't work as well. Beside this, I've ...
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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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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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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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What is it that makes some USB sticks not-bootable?

I recently got a 64GB USB stick and planned to make it a system repair multitool, with different Linux and Windows installers and live images, but I seem to have a USB stick that cannot be booted. ...
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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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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 "$1"...
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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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How can I force a Mac OS X kext to load prior to login?

I have a kext that I would like to be loaded at startup time. It doesn't need to be loaded particularly early in the process, but I would like it to be loaded before a user logs in. The kext in ...
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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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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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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 Files\...
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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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Samsung Series 5 BIOS not detecting any bootable devices

so I have a problem with my BIOS, it doesn't detect any bootable devices from the Boot tab. NOTE: I'm gonna refer to keys and tabs that show in my BIOS settings page for ease of explanation. Please ...
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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, I'...
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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. EDIT:...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...