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

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Windows xp hangs with dim splash screen on setup's first boot

I'm Installing windows xp in my Desktop, and after first setup boot (which is comes next to "formatting disk", "copying files"), the windows xp splash screen hangs and its very Dim. I had never face ...
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How can I edit the bootup screen in a fedora ISO?

I want to modify a fedora ISO image so that when I install it, it will use a custom image for the bootup screen and desktop. Is this possible?
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I formatted my hard drive, and I think I've killed the computer.

I know that there have been dozens of posts about booting troubles, and I've read my fair share of them, but nothing quite comes close to my specific problem. So recently a friend of mine got me ...
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windows 7 booting from wrong drive. How to move the bootloader?

I had windows 7 installed on an old dying harddrive. I did a fresh install onto a new one, but it only boots from the old hard drive. theres two "Windows 7" on the list. How do i move the bootloader ...
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Ubuntu wrong clock time (universal and local)

Local time and universal time are wrong. They are shifted to -2 hours to the real time. Setting the timezone didn't solve because the universal time is wrong. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and I have a ...
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vCenter Converter - migrate P2V without dedicated boot partition

I'm looking to migrate a physical machine to my ESXi cluster with vCenter Converter but actually I got this following error : There is no '/boot' directory mounted on the source machine. It is ...
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Stop or pause Windows startup programs during boot? [closed]

Is there an application or program that can stop or pause startup programs during boot? For example using a hotkey to pause the startup queue temporarily or simply stop it altogether. Note: This is ...
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Bootloader priority issue

Good day to you all. I have a problem with the bootloader on my pc. I've followed a guide and i've partitioned my SSD so that now I have W8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04. The problem is that when I switch my pc ...
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How to boot from USB and copy files to USB?

My Windows 7 installation is broken. It won't boot and when I run the installation from bootable USB, it gets stuck right at the beginning saying "Loading something something (can't remember what)", ...
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After “grub>” mensage install Fedora 20

After installing the Fedora 20 sucessfully and rebooted, I have received the message on boot: Grub> I stay stuck on this screen and don't know what to do. I think it might be a problem to load ...
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Dissolved screen when booting to Ubuntu

Whenever I choose to boot to ubuntu I see this picture instead of my desktop In order to make this operating system usable, I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then Enter when I see the problematic ...
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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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Triple-Boot Windows 8.1 (main OS on drive), Windows 10 Preview VHD, and Linux (VHD) - NO CD/DVD/USB

TL;DR Possible to Multi-Boot a main Windows 8.1 installed on drive, Windows 10 Preview VHD, and Linux, preferably retaining the Windows 8.1 graphical Bootloader? I have Windows 8.1, installed Windows ...
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Does recovering from a different Windows disk affect your license?

My laptop came with pre-installed Windows 7 and I do not have a recovery DVD nor a Windows installation disk. On boot the laptop says that BCD is missing. To recover I'd normally need a Windows ...
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Can't boot from an OEM recovery partition, error mentions dynamic disk

I have a Sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H. I try to start the Recovery partition Tools by typing F10 during POST. The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says ...
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USB drive not in my boot list, cannot boot from usb

my problem is very simple. Although I can use my flash drive to move files, I am not able to boot from it. Actually, usb drive is not even listed in my bootable device list (along with cd, hdd) in the ...
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How to add Drivers to Arnold the bat's chromium os?

I'm brand new to stackexchange/superuser, so excuse me if I'm doing something wrong. I'm pretty much a total beginner with OSes and such, so what I'm asking may also be impossible. I am trying to ...
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How can a bootable partition be created for Windows installation media on an external HDD?

Now I'm not talking about a backup image or creating a partition that holds the entire OS to boot from, just to clarify. What I'm asking for is taking the Windows installation media, plopping that ...
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Make Windows boot faster on SSHD

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad with a SSDH consisting of 500GB + 8GB. When I first installed Windows 8.1 the boot time was about 10 seconds. Now, after a two months of using it, the boot time increased to ...
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Can't boot from mirrored disk (software raid 1)

I make mirrored disk (software raid 1) on windows 7 and shut down my computer normally, but rebuild process not finished. And after that my computer can't start up, it hangs at "Verifying DMI pool ...
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How to create bootable USB in Linux without root access?

My laptop HD died (continuously getting grub-rescue screen with attempt to read or write outside hd0 error), now I dont have a bootable CD/USB and all PCs at my workplace have non-root access (so ...
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Lost boot from the hard drive after installing kali linux

I have tried to install Kali-linux with Windows 8.1. So I disabled fast and secure boot and installed the Kali normally but when I restarted my PC after the installation, it tell me: "Reboot and ...
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BSOD, Fatal System Error on Boot to Vista

My HP Pavilion Elite m9400t is booting to a BSOD in normal mode, safe mode, or even System Recovery from the BIOS. When I disable automatic reboot on system failure, I can see that this is the error ...
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dell studieo vista home preminumm

dell studio 1735 vista home premium.... had lockup problems... removed battery.... disconected hard drive... removed memory..... cycled through power couple times... reinstalled 64 bit vista.... was ...
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How to make RAID 1 of system partition win7?

I just made a mirror of my system partition as shown on screenshot, but I don’t know how to mirror reserved 100mb hidden partition: I want my system boot normally if I remove one of the hard ...
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Bricked openflow switch with U-Boot

I've got a tricky question and wonder if anyone has a solution to it. I have an openflow switch here that uses u-boot as bootloader. It has a main Linux system that runs the switch software. Then it ...
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Can not access BIOS setup on Acer E1-522 after changing it to legacy

I purchased an Acer E1-522 and the default Linux OS was not working. As I was planning to install Windows 7, I put the DVD in the drive, changed boot preference to the DVD drive and rebooted the ...
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mount partition on boot without fstab

I'm running Arch Linux on my Cubietruck, an ARM board with more features than a Raspberry PI. In order to do so I have moved the OS data from the internal storage to a SATA hard drive. For some ...
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Disabled programs at Startup - broke my computer

So my Vista laptop is painfully slow. It's about 5 years old now, a Toshiba satellite with Vista Home Premium. It's due for a clean up. I can't afford a new laptop, so I run all my adobe programs ...
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Boot order changed after pulling harddrive out to install Win 10 Tech Preview to different harddrive

Ok, so to install the Windows tech preview to my other harddrive I decided to pull my current one out, install Win TP to a spare 250 gig, and after it finished I put my original harddrive back in. ...
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Linux startup scripts

Background: I am running an Arch Linux build on my laptop. The system has been sitting there for three years. I've re-installed a couple of times, and I carried over the old dot files in my home ...
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Windows 7 - Drive not recognized? - ISO installation

Been fiddling with this for a good bit now and I'm starting to get a headache I've been browsing the internet for the better part of 2 hours trying to get the necessary assistance to finish my windows ...
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Grub 2.02 on vacation after first boot - Arch on mSATA USB

I have a freshly installed Arch Linux LVM inside a LUKS container all nestled on an external USB SSD. Although I have no problem with the Arch system itself, I do have a problem with Grub. After the ...
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Locked out of BIOS, need to boot from USB? [duplicate]

My Lenovo y570 was victim to a virus while browsing without any antivirus software. After a few minutes i saw a blue screen, then when trying to boot i see: no bootable device found -- insert boot ...
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Laptop stuck booting into only bios

specs: asus s400c windows 8 500gb hitachi hdd 24gb ssd symptoms: if you make any changes to bios, when you save and exit it just boots right back in started without any playing around, just ...
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GRUB menu not showing up

I am dualbooting Crunchbang and Windows 8.1. Whenever I start my computer, GRUB appears. However, GRUB appears not as a menu, but as minimal grub bash. After messing around for a while, the ...
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Are these problems symptoms of a broken motherboard? [closed]

I've got a Latitude E5500 That has been apparently been sitting in a box for a few years. Lady gave it to me, said it would never boot up. As I suspected, the bios battery was dead. I yoinked it out ...
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Windows 8.1 start-up logo replaced with Toshiba logo after changing partition type to gpt and boot mode to UEFI mode [closed]

I have an Toshiba Satellite L850-1LL and I decide to install Windows 8.1 x64 to see how it works. First I've installed on CMS Mode and mbr disk partition style and there was logo of Win 8.1 Then I ...
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Problems formatting USB stick to be bootable (with PeToUSB and Linux)

I'm trying to make a USB stick installation disk for Windows XP. I've done this several times before (using this method), but now it's failing, and I don't know why. The only thing that's going wrong ...
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Hiding existing windows 7 and loading decoy windows 7 instead

I have windows 7 installed on my computer (NTFS). I wish to hide this installation and create a decoy windows 7: When the computer boots up, it will boot to this new decoy win 7. If when the computer ...
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Cannot determine which program is causing Windows to take 5 minutes to boot up

I have Windows 7 (I had left this out before) Home Edition 64 bit (I believe. I'll check when I get home. The computer was gifted to me) I was able to locate a resource that mentioned you can enable ...
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ASUS UX31A - A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing

I have a little issue with my ASUS UX31A. I just tried to do a clean install of Windows 7 64bit using a USB-Stick created using Rufus. The laptop booted from the USB stick and opened the Windows ...
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Windows 8.1 boot entry gone

Previously I had windows 8.1 and windows 7 installed on my machine. Windows 7 was installed later. So I was using windows 7 boot option to select os. I didn't need windows 7 any more so I formatted ...
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Acer Aspire desktop won't boot without a flash disk pluggeg in

I have a very strange problem that I 've never encountered before in my 7 years fixing computers. The computer with not boot to Windows unless any USB stick is plugged into any usb port. The bizarre ...
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Create UEFI-bootable DVD with Windows 8.1 iso

I'm trying to set up a UEFI-boot of Windows 8.1. However, I seem to be unable to install it with a USB drive (previous question), and when I try to install with a DVD (the same iso), I don't get the ...
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ASUS P8P67LE Boot Issue

I modified the Boot Device Priority in the bios of the ASUS P8P67LE motherboard. Now when it boots, I get fans, but no beep, no video, no control of any kind. I changed the jumper to clear the RTC ...
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Cannot boot from hard drive

The computer can boot from CD and USB, but cannot boot from hard drive. The hard drive is in the bootable list in BIOS, but the computer just reboots again and again. I reinstalled the OS (fedora), ...
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Error installing Windows 8.1

I'm encountering the error Oxc0000005 when making a clean install of Windows 8.1 x64 on a Samsung 840 SSD (USB flash drive and UEFI Boot). I don't know where the error is coming from, I've already ...
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All boot options are tried loop

I have read several questions and answers from different sites including: "All boot options are tried" after updating BIOS ...
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Removing Extra rEFInd boot options

So I had to install rEFInd in order to dual boot linux + windows8 my MSI GE70 laptop. But before that I used boot-repair to try fix, only after installing rEFInd did i find out that I should undo ...