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

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Writing .img to USB using dd results in corrupt primary GPT header

I have a 64GB USB 3.0 drive that I plan on installing bootable operating systems to for sysadmin purposes. My primary operating system is Mac OS X 10.11. I have a copy of ...
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UEFI Linux Installation To External Flash Drive

Recently I've bought myself a "Mini-PC" box that came with Windows 10. It only supports UEFI boot (no BIOS). Eager to play with Linux Mint on the box, I've installed it in UEFI mode, making sure the ...
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Use external display from boot on Samsung laptop

I have a Samsung RV511 laptop, and recently my screen broke. I connected an external screen and it works fine, but only after Windows starts. I want to be able to use the external screen right from ...
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Boot a PC without a graphics card and monitor

I happened to have a old PC setup as follows: Intel CPU Prescott LGA775 A Gigabyte mainboard with PCI-E port, but no graphics card 3 GB DDR2 RAM 20-pin ATX power supply A SATA HDD, blank. No ...
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Dell Inspiron 1720 Caps Lock light flashes while booting

When trying to bootup my inspiron 1720, the blue light with a padlock and a 'A' inside of it is flashing, it then just shuts off after some time. If I take out the battery with it plugged in, the ...
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64bit Dell stuck at login/splash screen

System: Dell Inspiron 1110 64bit, Windows 7. Problem: When booting it'll reach the login/splash screen. Well almost, it shows the blue windows 7 splash screen image, the mouse (with loading symbol ...
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Dell Vostro suddenly giving “No TPM or TPM has…” message on boot

(Original question title was Dell Vostro suddenly giving "No TPM or TPM has problem" message on boot" but I was pinged by the stack exchange style police for having the word "problem" in my title!) I ...
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How to move an existing installation of Window 7 64bit to UEFI (from legacy)

I have a laptop that has Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise edition. It is already filled with plenty of Software and drivers. The laptop (Dell E6220) supports booting through UEFI, but the insatllition was ...
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Laptop does not boot?

I'm not very savvy when it comes to laptops. I have two identical laptops, old school Dell Latitude D410's. One works just fine, and the other does not boot at all. I have tried various things ...
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Dell Dimension 47000 - Will not boot up

I have an old Dell Dimension 47000 that will not boot up. When I push the button to turn the machine on it begins the start up process but, after a few minutes of trying to boot up, it eventually ...
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Enter BIOS Setup on Lenovo G580

I have installed windows 7 on my Lenovo G580 laptop. To enable Intel Virtualization Technology, I need to go to BIOS. When I start my laptop, it displays press F2 to enter BIOS Setting, F12 for ...
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error: no such partition. Grub rescue

I deleted my Linux (Ubuntu) partition from Windows and I forgot to repair the MBR. I don't have my windows boot CD with me nor a CD drive. Is there any small utility that can be easily downloaded (I ...
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MAC: Stop launch process. (Logmein Hamachi, not in system preferences)

I simply cannot find a way to stop LogMeIn Hamachi loading at launch. I use it rarely but don't want to un-install it yet it bugs me that it's there. As you can see, LogMeIn Hamachi is not here... ...
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How to make Windows Boot Manager default bootloader

I had Windows 7 OS already on my computer, and then I installed Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, so now I have dual operating systems, but also now my default bootloader is this GRUB (purple crap) screen, is ...
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Windows 10 installer don't recognize SSD (and Ubuntu does)

I have a problem with SSD (Intel 535 series). I've replaced with it a dvd-drive in my laptop (Asus L551LN). So now I have my old hdd in the old place and new ssd in the dvd-drive place. The problem ...
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Started with a malware, ended with a damaged Windows 7 Config?

I have a malware called vicice that is simply a chrome browser hijack. I ran HitmanPro in standalone mode, which found and deleted some files, and now my windows 7 PC takes 4 minutes to boot up and ...
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Windows 8: BFSVC Error: Could not open the BCD template store. Status = [c000000f]

I have installed a new hard disk drive on my Acer Aspire 771. I made a USB recovery stick as well as recovery cd of the Windows 8 64 bit running on the former HD (which got corrupted, so no cloning ...
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Boot from CD on Inspiron 7500

I recently acquired an old Dell Inspiron 7500. It has Windows XP installed on it currently and is super slow. So I decided to install Linux on the machine, but I have failed over and over. I have ...
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Dell Inspiron 530 desktop tries 3 times to boot, then fails

First of all, please don't close this question as a duplicate. While it sounds similar to an old question on here, my situation is a bit different. My Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop has stopped booting. A ...
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Switching power supply from 115V to 230V and back again allows PC to boot--why?

I support a refurbished Dell Dimension 3000 PC (c. 2004) which occasionally will not boot: no POST or video signal, but the fans will begin blowing and an LED on the mainboard lights up. I believe the ...
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Dell Studio 1555 not starting up

This is a 3-year-old laptop. I never had a big problem with it until now. I updated Kubuntu the night before yesterday. And Firefox got updated to version 18 and a few other related packages got ...
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Booting Kali Linux from USB from a MacBook Pro running on Windows 7

I wiped OS X from my computer a while ago and started using Windows 7 instead (school and work reasons). I am trying to install Kali Linux on my computer on a separate partition. I have tried too many ...
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Windows 7 UEFI: Help bcdedit find the “default” store in the EFI partition

bcdedit and similar tools[1] can't find where the store is. It's in the EFI system partition and I have to manually mount and assign a letter, then work on it with /store. Is there a "setting" that ...
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Bcdedit's /sysstore: What is the “system partition”? Is it the EFI System Partition or the Windows installation partition?

I never really got a good explanation how. From its example, it is used on the C: drive, which implies it is used on the Windows drive (with the Program Files folder, Windows folder, etc.) But ...
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Repair/install Windows 7 without USB or CD

I have encountered the following situation today: I have a computer with one physical hard drive divided into two partitions. On drive C there were Windows 7 installed, and I wanted to ...
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how to boot from USB on i-life zedbook tablet?

i want to install ubuntu on my i-life zedbook tablet. it is dual boot (windows 10 & Android 5.1). i created the bootable usb for ubuntu but i cant boot from the usb. i explored everywhere but ...
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Can't get past Launch Startup Repair through nothing

I turned my computer on the other morning and it had two options on the screen. Launch Startup Repair and Start Windows normally. I clicked the normal. Then it goes back to the Launch Startup Repair ...
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Why did copying my Windows 10 partition to a new location cause my desktop to flash constantly?

Would simply moving my windows partition to an earlier location on the disk, and running bcdedit to create a new boot entry, be expected to cause any problems? Here's what happened: I had a windows ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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Drive Letter assigned to system reserved partition

I recently removed my ubuntu installation because I didn't want to go through GRUB every time I turned on my PC. That worked fine. Now in file explorer I have a 100MB partition. I know that this ...
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Second Harddrive is failing. Due to Hibernation?

About a year ago my WD Green drive started failing. I started getting BSOD (disk related) and freezes, until it was not readable anymore. It was still recognized in the bios, but it was not mountable ...
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USB does not boot when trying to install Linux on my Asus EeeBook X205TA

I already made this question on the AskUbuntu (link) community, but had no good answers/help. So, here I am. I am trying to install Lubuntu on my Asus EeeBook X205TA that came with Windows 10 Home ...
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Fedora 19 (you have not created a bootloader stage 1 target device)

I want to install fedora 19 to my HDD but I get errors: you have not created a bootloader stage 1 target device sda6 must have one of the following disklabel types: GPT. I tried: Create 1-2 mb ...
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Control Linux kernel multi cpu usage at boot

I am developing a mobile system, that has certain limits in power consumption. The system has for example 4 or 8 cpu cores. If running, the total power budget is usually low due to idling of most of ...
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Can I run xbootmgr to speed up boot times on an SSD?

It is possible to tune up the Windows boot time by using the xbootmgr tool from the Windows Performance Toolkit, as described in this related question of myself: Should I logon to Windows when using ...
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Lenovo Y50 SSD upgrade - powering on issues

I recently upgrade my laptop (Lenovo Y50) from a 1TB HDD to an equivalent 1TB SSD from Samsung. I used EaseUS ToDo copying tool. When the computer boots up, everything works BEAUTIFULLY! Better than I ...
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Should I logon to Windows when using xbootmgr to speed up boot times?

The below is an (adapted) quotation from Raymond.cc (Fair Use in according to their Terms of Use): The Windows Performance Toolkit also has a command to analyze the Windows boot process and make ...
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How to setup grub fallback functionality for Centos-7

I have multi-boot environment Centos-7.1(Kernel-4.2.6 on /dev/sda3) Centos-7.1(kernel-3.10 on /dev/sda2). I want to boot through Centos-7.1(kernel-3.10 /dev/sda2) on failure of Newly installed ...
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SSD died after BSOD

I was playing a game on Windows 10 when I got a BSoD telling me "Critical process has died", collecting the info took incredible long so I shut the laptop down via ACPI (waited for nearly 20 minutes ...
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Move OS from one drive to another

I have elementary OS(based on Ubuntu 14.04) installed on my Laptop. I wish to install Windows 10 on my laptop's primary hard disk. I have another external hard disk which I want to use for elementary ...
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how to restore bios boot setting?

I have a hp probook 4540s, I was trying to manipulate booting process and I did the following: 1 used xboot tool to boot from usb HDD, and I mounted ultimate boot cd on it 2 I logged into ultimate ...
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How to stop a computer booting into an operating system

I have Windows 7 installed on many virtual machines, when it comes to rebuilding a machine, I load the boot iso, start the machine, log onto the console and press space bar to start installing ...
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How do I disable digital signature checking for Windows 8.1 EFI files?

I'm trying to patch my bootmgfw.efi file to change the background color of the BitLocker password prompt and other Windows bootup screens. I found the values to search for and replace for the color ...
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Missing “Use a device” option to boot a live distro from usb on a Windows 8 (UEFI) notebook

I have a new notebook with Windows 8. I need to boot a Linux live distro from USB disk. However, when I access the boot menu which I expect to be like the following: in Windows 8, the entry "use a ...
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How to disable S.M.A.R.T. warnings at computer startup?

My computer recently presented me with a possibility that my hard drive is about to fail. On further investigation I found out that it was a S.M.A.R.T. status failure. I've got a WD hard drive, so I ...
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Windows 10 fail to boot with 0xc0000001 error code

Introduction Hello, I'm running multiboot installation on machine with UEFI. I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu installed, managed by Grub at startup and I have laptop working like this for about half a ...
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Boot selection failed because a device is inaccessible, not the usual boot error though?? (0xc000000e)

I need some help fast please. I recently booted up my gaming rig after swapping out a 7970 graphics card and upon system boot up, as the Windows 7 logo appeared the system crashes and a BSOD appears ...
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booting windows 8 from external hard drive

How I can create bootable external hard drive? or:How To Create A USB Bootable Installer Drive For Windows 8 (some websites said that you must format your HDD with FAT32 but as you know 1TB cannot ...
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How can I boot from a Windows 10 USB stick on a Medion Akoya?

I put a Windows 10 de_windows_10_education_version_1511_x86_dvd_7223961.iso file on a USB stick, using the Rufus tool, in order to repair a failed Windows 10 upgrade. Subsequently, I inserted this ...