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

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Black screen after Windows 8.1 installer finishes loading files

I was given a Samsung laptop computer that has Windows 8 installed on it and was asked to re-install Windows because it will not boot up in Windows. When I start the machine "Preparing Automatic ...
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Computer reacts toward a normal DVD as a bootable DVD

I have a PC running XP with the following specs. When I put some DVD which contains some apps and multimedia files, and restart the machine, in the boot screen (when the name of the motherboard and ...
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Windows 8 Video Card Fried, onboard video not working in normal mode, only safe mode

I recently experienced a catastrophic failure due to a large static shock from my body to my computer, causing the OS to freeze, and restart, and then my computer would not boot anymore. I removed my ...
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Cannot boot on windows 8 after installing Scientific Linux 6.5

I had a standard toshiba latop (2014 model with EFI), which came pre-installeed with windows 8.1 and I tried to install Scientific Linux(SL) 6.5 in dual boot mode. Originally, I couldn't install it as ...
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Debian Boot Problems: Cannot get back into windows

I am having a sincere problem. I'm not experienced in Linux, but my friend said I should try Debian, so I installed it. This is bugging me because I don't really like it, but I cannot get back to ...
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install win8.1 from usb

I have an Win8.1 installation on usb. When I want to boot installation from this, I get an error: The boot configuration data file doesn't contain valid information for an operating system. The ...
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Aptio Setup Utility - Cannot change boot

I am so sorry to ask this. I feel like a total idiot - Aptio Setup Utility has me licked. I just bought an ASUS X75V with Freedos, Version 2.15.1226. The boot configuration has "Launch PXE OpROM ...
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HP Envy doesn't boot from DVD

I would like to perform a clean installation of Windows 8 on my HP Envy laptop but it doesn't boot from the Windows DVD. I changed the boot order (DVD first), tried both with and without legacy mode ...
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Grub Rescue in Windows8 -Ubuntu Dual Boot

I deleted 2 partitions on my hard disk and now I am unable to boot my pc. I searched and found that it is possible to boot without a CD, but the method is not working for me because I can't find the ...
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Black Screen + white cursor: How to boot into recovery on Windows 8.1

every article I have read gives advice ASSUMING that you have successfully managed to get into safe mode by mashing F8 or shift F8 -- BUT this does not work on Windows 8.1. Even MS says it does not ...
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Is it possible to brick a computer due to corrupted CMOS?

Does the BIOS do error checking before booting with the CMOS configurations? Or does it blindly take whatever inside the CMOS and try to boot with it?
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Windows 8.1 will not boot after upgrading from Windows 8 on my PC

I have not found a fix. After running the Windows 8.1 Update from the store my computer will not boot unless In insert my recovery USB drive and try to repair. (The repair fails.) However after I ...
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Issues installing Kali Linux alongside Windows 8

I am running Windows 8 64-bit with an i3-3230m with 750GB HDD and 8GB RAM. I installed Kali onto a 40GB unallocated partition. (Note: I had to change to Legacy mode in BIOS or my computer would not ...
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ASUS X501a does not start up(fan spins, HDD does not spin, black screen)

Repairing my friend's ASUS X501a laptop. After power up, it goes into a black screen. The fan spins a few seconds after powering up , but HDD refuses to spin. I have tried the following: Plugged a ...
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BootCKCL.etl file size & Session “Circular Kernel Context Logger” stopped due to the following error: 0xC0000188

I have a few regular / re-occurring errors in my event viewer which seem to be linked to logging upon boot and shutdown. I am running Windows 8 x64 professional. Event ID 4: The maximum file ...
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Diagnosing Motherboard/CPU/ (most likely) GPU

OK, so I am trying to salvage my Mum's old PC for which she had bought a new power supply. After that it worked for a long time. After that time, it wouldn't boot (fans would come on very loud, power ...
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Blue screen when trying to boot from cloned Windows partition

I'm trying to clone a clean Windows installation from SSD partition to HD partition. The problem is every time I try to boot from cloned partition, no matter which disk-cloning software I used, I end ...
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Getting clues on why kernel does not boot

I have tried to custom compile kernel from source months ago and it is working fine. But one day, I tried to compile to newer source with the same configuration and it does not boot. Usually it poofs ...
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CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE set but hardcoded vga-boot-parameter ignored?

I have build a custom linux kernel with the options: ... CONFIG_CMDLINE_BOOL=y CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE=y CONFIG_CMDLINE="initrd=linux_os.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/sbin/init ramdisk_size=25600 ...
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How to boot XBMC 10.1 ISO on USB via grub?

I am trying to boot the XBMC Live image (http://xbmc.org/download/) as ISO from USB via grub 1.98. I have a Kubuntu 11.04 image there as well already and it works using the following configuration: ...
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CentOS - Software raid - Kernel not booting - initrd?

Centos 5.9 64 bit on Raid 1 using mdadm. We have been trying for almost 2 days now to get this back going and have exhausted the resources and our minds on it, I would be glad if somone would point ...
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Bootable USB Won't Recognize [closed]

I'm attempting to zero one of my harddrives to make sure it's totally cleaned but when I move to boot from the bootable usb I made using 'Iso to USB' it just tells me to remove all media devices and ...
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How to use Syslinux to chainload Ubuntu installation?

I try my best to detail my question. If it would run out of your patience, go to lastest paragraph. I downloaded Ubuntu 13.04 from its official site and extracted files to a folder ubuntu\ on USB ...
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Not Booting: One short beep at first and one more after all device checks

There is the correct one short beep before POST (which is the expected behavior as per the motherboard manual). The problem is once it says it has found the HDD etc, it gives one more short beep and ...
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Laptop won't boot, restarts on its own + black screen

yesterday I was playing on my Win 7 laptop when suddenly my screen went into this colorful faulty state, something of this , though not exactly. And a second after my laptop died starting itself up ...
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Stuck on GRUB command prompt after regular kernel update

I am running Debian Wheezy. Update Manager suggest to install kernel update. After update, I reboot system but instead of listing all the kernels (bootloader), it gave me a GRUB command prompt: ...
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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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Troubleshooting PC power-on irregularity, narrowed down to ASUS VRM Spread Spectrum, why?

There are many resources online regarding the issue when the PC shutsdown a few seconds after pressing the power button. I have a variation of the problem which is reproducible under certain ...
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Pairing Bluetooth Headphones with PC

My Laptop is Acer Espire 7730g and i have Bluetooth on it. Recently I bought MINIX NT-1 NFC Bluetooth Headphones and my Laptop can find it, but peripheral devices are missing. I have Windows 7. How ...
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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. 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 get into BIOS when USB keyboard is not powered and have no PS/2 ports?

Just got a new Windows 7 PC (64-bit) with an Intel DH67CL motherboard. It's been working fine but I decided I wanted to try to get into the BIOS. Unfortunately I can't do it because my USB keyboard ...
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Computer beeping on startup after unsuccessfully RAM upgrade

I tried to upgrade my RAM memory, but when I opened the computer and tried to put them in, I realized that I have DDR2, and I had bought DDR3. Well, nevermind, I will exchange them, but here is the ...
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PC with SSD VERY Slow after Power Outage

I am on a HP Pavilion PC with a SSD drive for the main/OS drive, and runnning windows 7. Typically a book takes < 15 seconds from power on to login to arriving at desktop. After a power outage / ...
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How to access Windows Registry from actual real MS-DOS

How to access Windows Registry from DOS? I need to access registry from DOS, while I boot from DOS bootable disk. I've searched all the internet, and found only Offline NT Password and Registry ...
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Native Boot differencing VHD with parent from different volume

Is there a way how to boot Windows 7 from a differencing VHD which is located on different drive than its parent VHD? Here is appropriate part of output of bcdedit command: Windows Boot Loader ...
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Installing Windows XP from USB, PC refuses to boot working bootable USB

I have to reinstall Windows XP on my old PC. Installing via USB is the only option - the CD/DVD drive doesn't work anymore, as well as the floppy drive and the computer can't start, the startup just ...
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USB devices slow or halt PC boot

On my self built machine, leaving certain USB devices in will cause strange boot problems. For example: If an older flash drive I have is plugged into the machine, the PC will hang at POST... ...
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How to boot from USB on ASUS X551CA?

This laptop - Asus X551CA, does not have any optical drive, and I am trying to boot it from USB, so I could install an OS to it, because its newly bought and has no OS in it. My USB is perfectly ...
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Can't install OS with bootable USB — Reboot and select proper boot device

I built a new computer today. Closed the case, started the system and configured the BIOS: AHCI is selected. The boot order is USB > HDD. I don't have a DVD driver. Both keyboard and mouse are USB ...
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Triple-boot macbook on multiple hard drives

I own a Macbook Pro thats original HDD has been replaced with a SSHD, and the optical drive removed and replaced with a second SSHD. I have OS X installed to the drive in the optical bay, and Windows ...
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Open File Security Warning at boot

Every time I boot my laptop I get this annoying message. I trust this program and I want it to run on-boot without prompting me with this annoying message. Even if I unchecked "Always ask before ...
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When trying to change laptop to boot from DVD it says I cannot change it in user mode

I found an old computer of my dad's company and wanted to clean it so that he can stop using is 12 year old laptop, but I am having some issues with it: Laptop - Fujitsu Esprimo Mobile OS - MS ...
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Access dual booted OS from VirtualBox

I have a LinuxKali/OSX dual boot. I have to install some packages in the linux system but as the Wifi drivers do not work without those packages (Mac air has NO ethernet) I would like to access the ...
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HP Pavilion Elite (HPE-400y) gives “Memory Error” beep code when booted with more than one stick of RAM

I left on business for seven months, and my computer was off and unplugged the whole time. I got back and attempted to turn it on. The power turned on and all the fans started whirring, but the ...
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RAM Doesn't make a click sound when installing

So I built my first PC and I have a asus m5a97 le r2.0 motherboard and one stick of corsair vengeance Lp 8gb black version cml8gx3m1a1600c10 ram. it goes in the slot but no click. once i turn on my pc ...
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Beep ×11? Computer beep when booting

This is an issue which is happening me with a computer having Asrock 939A8X-M motherboard. When it is all complete (with everything connected) the fans do start but the rest of the components seem ...
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Graphic card beeps on startup

I know 'Graphic card beeping on startup' is a very common problem, but my problem is a little different. I have been using this graphic card for the past few months and it had been working fine. My ...
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tftpd64.exe crash when booting Debian via PXE

I'm trying to install Debian via PXE with a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit server. I'm using this guide: http://assylias.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/installing-ubuntudebian-with-pxe-using-a-windows-machine/ The ...
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How to boot from a live cd / DVD or live USB-stick? [duplicate]

I like to know how I can boot from a live cd / DVD or live USB-stick? Is it possible to do that without going to BIOS? And do I have to partition my USB-stick for a live linux? Thanks
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How do I start programs automatically when Mac OS X boots up? Specifically VMWare Fusion's vmrun to start VMs

How do I configure programs to run automatically when (after) Mac OS X boots up? Specifically I am trying to get VMWare VMs to start automatically after an OS X reboot but running any (non-graphical) ...