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

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“GYIAV is compressed” … What is it?

Since a couple of days, my computer (Windows 7 only) doesn't want to start : It just say me "GYIAV is compressed". I Googled it but found absolutely nothing about it ! I tried with the Windows repair ...
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How can I dual boot a UEFI OS and a legacy boot OS, or convert stock Windows 8 to BIOS?

I have a computer (HP Pavilion g6-2342dx) which came with Windows 8, and thus the new UEFI boot system. I would like to install a few OS's which are not EFI compatible, and Arch GNU/Linux with BIOS ...
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Ubuntu - Booting black screen with purple border

I have a problem when I boot the pc. After the installation of Ubuntu, a black screen with a purple box appears without letting me see the choices of GRUB. The screen then becomes black and Ubuntu ...
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Laptop black display on boot. Works on rare occasion. No Fan. No cursor. Not booting to windows

I've got an ASUS K70AB Windows 7 laptop. It was in storage for over a year because a couple keys broke off and the power charger was lost. I installed a new keyboard (very simple to pop out the old ...
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Lightweight, from usb bootable operating system to connect any hard drive

hello i want to install a bootable operating system on my usb stick to connect hard drives on any other computer. first i tried freedos. its really lightweight but my problem was i wasnt able to ...
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Image of somewhat proprietary linux distro boots with only ~ 1G RAM in vmware instead of full assigned capacity

I've booted a Linux box in VMWare Player, and assigned 4GB of RAM memory to it. However Linux can't seem to find more than 885MB. I've tried to boot with mem=4096M parameter to both kernel and ...
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Fedora 20 - bootmgfw.efi' not found - GRUB2

I have a problem with the bootloader after the installation of Fedora 20. Today I've installed Fedora 20 overwritng Ubuntu 14.04 without experiencing trouble. When I rebooted the pc, I noticed that ...
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Disk wipe boot soft setted hdd master password

So I tried to format my hdd with ubcd and I used disk wipe program to delete everything from hdd and the thing is it setted me without me inputing anything a Primary Master HDD User Password so now ...
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Motherboard BEEPS Code

I am using Gigabyte motherboard, today my PC suddenly when black and the beep sound begins. I tried to restart my PC, but when it try to boot into windows, same beep sound appear again. I have to ...
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Is there a way to restart in Windows 8 using fast startup?

In Windows 8 shutting down and starting up again uses the new Fast Startup feature, reducing the boot time. Restarting uses the original cold boot behavior. I work in a dual boot environment where ...
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Move bootable partition to another disk

I have laptop which came with HDD drive. Now i need to upgrade it with SSD by keeping HDD and replace CD ROM with Hard disk bay+SSD. I'm bored to re-install windows and software in new drive. ...
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Create a bootable USB live stick that is still useable on windows?

I would like to format a USB stick (32GB) in a way so I have: A working *nix live system (preferably arch Linux), about 3-5GB in size A 'data' partition that is seen by windows (preferably NTFS) ...
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Triple boot with Ubuntu Fedora and Windows 7

I have Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed in a dual boot as of now. I'd like to install Fedora alongside and maybe someday kill Ubuntu too. So, my questions are: Can I triple boot with these three OSs ...
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Windows 7 (64 bit) SP1 stuck on welcome screen with wmi error

My desktop (Intel i5 @ 3.10 ghz, 8 gb ram, 1 gb nvidia graphics card, Dell s2240L full HD monitor) that runs Win 7 (64 bit) SP1 gets stuck on each startup on welcome screen after I enter the password. ...
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format windows recovery partition in hard drive externally

I want to format a disk from my other laptop. I have an external drive reader and when I attempt to format the disk, it only formats the main partition but the recovery sector remains intact. I am ...
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Ubuntu shows only one core out of four with nolapic booting option

I have a problem similar to one in http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1084622 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1740798 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1631926 i.e. my ubuntu ...
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Does my motherboard support booting from SD card?

How do I check if my motherboard supports booting from an SD card? (In my case this is a Dell XPS 15 I bought sometime in 2010.)
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How to fix Windows 7 boot loader

I recently installed debian 7 after booting it from my pen drive. Then i did some mistake while installing it. Well, Debian is not installed. And when I rebooted my system it says- No boot device ...
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Ubuntu boot not available at startup

I have partitioned my internal hard drive and installed Mac OS X Mountain Lion on one partition and Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr on the other. The installation was done via alt/option key at startup ... ...
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How to make grub2 boot another drive MBR?

My laptop (DELL Vostro 3350) have two hard drives: 1- /dev/sda , ssd with Ubuntu14.04 , grub2 installed to this MBR. Installed on normaly hd bay 2- /dev/sdb , stock hd (with recovery partition etc ...
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Convert a thumb drive to flash drive

I have two USBs, both Kingston DT101 G2, 8GB. Both FAT32. When I connect my USBs into my machine (Ubuntu), one is detected as a "Thumb drive" and the other is detected as a "Flash drive". I ...
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init.d service doesn't start

I have installed ushareand want to start is with booting. sudo service ushare startworks, and there is a link to start ushare in /etc/rc2.d (and also rc3, rc4, rc5) and there are stop links in other ...
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Why is my computer screen black whenever I load an OS?

Whenever I boot up windows I get the "Starting Windows" screen and then I'm shown a black screen with a mouse cursor (which I can move). I installed Linux Mint 17 on an entirely different hard drive ...
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Windows OS's cannot boot on new internal harddrive

I have installed a new internal 500GB hard drive into a Dell Inspiron N4030 and it appears that the installation was entirely successful. The BIOS recognizes the drive and shows the serial number of ...
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SSD stopped working in laptop but works in other laptop

Strange thing happening in my dell xps l701x - I have been using it for years now with a hdd and sdd in it. The other day, I powered down and went out. Came back to find it would not boot into ...
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USB Not Working in Windows 7 After Booting Linux [duplicate]

So I had a totally working install of Windows 7. I recently added an Arch Linux partition, dual booting through GRUB. Arch Linux is working fine (super stripped-down right now), but when I boot back ...
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Unable to access BIOS, computer just restarts

I've got a custom built PC with an Intel i3 processor built in. This has never happened before but all of a sudden when I go to turn on my computer, and at the splash screen when I press 'DELETE' to ...
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How to create bootable USB stick with GRUB with data partition, Win rescue disk and System Rescue CD

This is my motivation: I have a USB stick I always carry with me. And there are always problems with computers not booting. So I want to make the drive a little more useful. It has to: Contain a ...
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GRUB2 - Allow guest access on certain OSes Installed

I have found a few articles that guide me through configuring GRUB2 on my Ubuntu 12.04LTS box so that it requests a user name and password at boot, so that I can restrict certain items in the OS ...
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Windows doesn't boot anymore after partition change

Background: I normally use Linux as OS. I had a dual boot with Windows XP. Since I had some problems with the windows partition (too long to explain), I shifted it of a while. This is what I have ...
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Installing Ubuntu 13.10 on MacBookPro11,3

I've been trying to install different flavours of Ubuntu on my MacBookPro11,3 (15-inch) and nothing seems to work. Once I pass the Grub bootloader stage, all I'm getting is a blank screen. I've seen ...
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How can I make Windows' bootloader aware of an older installation?

This morning, I accidenatally deleted the Reserved System Partition while I was installing ubuntu on another partition, and windows was unable to boot anymore. The startup repair program on my Windows ...
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Windows 7 machine starts up automatically when connected to power source

I recently got a Windows 7 laptop from my office. I am observing that it starts up (boot up/ wake up from hibernate) whenever it is connected to power source. This happens whether it is in shut down ...
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Unable to boot off of previously bootable external hard drive

My previously bootable Seagate external hard drive has had Ubuntu on it for quite some time and after making some changes to my main hard drive(installing Windows 8) I can no longer boot into my ...
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Windows 8 BCD Error 0xc0000034 Error at Sea (no Windows 8 rescue disk on board!)

Brand new Asus G750 Republic of Gamers Laptop, 1st time deep sea with me. Shut it down normally after lunch. Next outing the blue screen of death and no windows. Error code 0x0000032 and the ...
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Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 Motherbaord and Archlinux UEFI boot

Is it possible to UEFI boot Archlinux using the Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 motherboard with an SSD attached. I have tried several things specified on their wiki, including EUFI boot from a USB drive, ...
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Windows 8.1 Boot Issues - Possibly Graphics Driver?

Yesterday I was notified my desktop was going to restart in 15 minutes. So I quickly finished what I was doing and I clicked "Restart and Update." I let it shut down and restart like normal but when ...
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Why is winload.exe.mui missing

I want to change the boot loader using Win7BootLoaderUpdater, but when I run it it tells me that winload.ex.mui and winresume.exe.mui were not to be found. I tried to select it but I didn't find it, ...
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grub2 boot error: “out of memory”

I just installed a sas/sata3 controller (IBM M1015) and now I am unable to boot the system (grub2 bootloader). The last boot messages I see are: Verifying DMI Pool Data ................. . out of ...
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Windows 7 x64 bit system suddenly ceases to boot properly

When I attempted to start up my workstation today, I was faced with a problem; My operating system simply wouldn't boot. I turned on the system, the BIOS screen showed as it usually does, and booted ...
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Installing windows 7 through usb keeps looping

Okay so, I am trying to install windows 7 (after I accadently stopped it the first time when I downloaded it on the laptop with xp itsself causing windows xp to be missing components) using a usb to ...
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New computer build unable to start

I am building a new computer and I've encountered a problem; once my out of box build was done I tested the computer to see if it could start. It would only power on for like a second then shut down. ...
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Error message “This version of Windows is not authentic”

I have been using Windows 7 on my computer for about 2 years and for about a year, I have this message appearing. It started after I did some hardware upgrade. My search on the web indicates that an ...
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Windows 7 computer crashing while applying updates

I have a Windows 7 machine that has been running reliably for 2 years and I have been keeping up to date via Microsoft updates. I shut it down for the night and it began doing updates. In the morning ...
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Windows does not boot after switching off with drained battery

I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop running Windows 8. When I try to boot, Windows runs automatic repair, which fails saying it can not resolve the issue. I opened the command prompt under the repair tool ...
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Windows HAL dll cannot be used anymore

I ve got this weird problem. For a long time I was running xp sp3 with /hal=halmacpi.dll switch in boot options. Everything fine. I just booted to the "old" normal mode, without the switch. (I used ...
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Unable to boot from 128gb usb

I have used Unetbootin to install Ubuntu Gnome on 2 usb sticks, 128gb and 2gb. The problem is that when I enter the boot menu only the 2gb stick is visible. No matter if I unplug and plug in again, ...
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HDD recovery — linux does not see drive (fdsik -l)

fdisk -l does not see the HDD. The hdd is from a friend's lenovo laptop (ultrabook type). He says that the hdd made a clicking noise that went away the last time he tried booting his laptop. His bios ...
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RAM issue: Laptop fails to boot with two different RAM modules?

My laptop (scan report from crucial website) currently has 4GB memory: 2GB onboard, and a SO-DIMM module, 2GB 1066MHz, inserted in the ONLY slot the laptop offers. Here starts my odyssey: I bought a ...
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Restoring Windows 8.1's UEFI files

During a failed attempt to install Arch Linux, I accidentally wiped my UEFI partition clean. Now I cannot boot into my Windows 8.1 installation. (I'm pretty sure its partition is intact). I've ...