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

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Can't recover with exernal disk

When I bought my PC(VAIO Z) I open the recovery partition and I copy all the files existing,and I past in a external disk.(just copy/past. NO create recover partition). and I delete the recovery ...
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Samsung T1 Portable SSD as a boot drive

I have always kept a cloned copy of my OS in a separate secure location away from my desktop. I have just cloned my copy of Windows 7 [Ultimate] to my new Samsung T1 SSD. The cloning [Macrium Reflect] ...
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Windows 7 Getting Stuck at “Starting Windows” Screen

After doing much research and spending countless hours working on my laptop, I finally decided to post a specific question about my problems. There are a lot of specifics and a lot of things I have ...
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windows 10 entering grub rescue mode

So yesterday after i installed windows 10 pro i notice that one i my partition was missing. I installed mini partition tools then i noticed that the drive was set to active and boot.first i tried to ...
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Failing boot, accessing windows repair or factory reset on Windows 8.1 dell laptop

So my 8.1 dell laptop decided he doesn't want to boot anymore. When it's trying to boot normally, I see windows sad-face-blue-screen for 100ms and then it restarts and loads automatic repair. The ...
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How to fix Windows 10 boot loader from Windows

I installed Ubuntu on system that has Windows 10 installed. I can boot to Windows or Ubuntu normally using GRUB. I want to delete Ubuntu partition but first I must restore Windows 10 MBR. Here ...
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Windows 10 crashes after about 3 minutes with Ubuntu 14.04 installed

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my machine on a partition. I wanted to install Windows 10, so I installed it to another partition using a USB. Later there was the issue where I could not select the ...
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How to boot Acer Aspire Switch 10 from external media?

I have an Acer Aspire Switch 10 and I want to boot with a USB stick or a DVD-reader. I only can boot with a Windows 8 instal disk in it, having an EFI file on the DVD. With a recover USB stick (made ...
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Computer hangs on start-up, but re-start always works

I press the power switch; the fans start whirring; then precisely nothing happens. The monitor lights (I have two monitors) blink to indicate that they aren't receiving any signal - no BIOS splash ...
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Kali Linux will not boot from USB, terminal asks for kernel image

I have been trying to boot Kali Linux from a USB. I have turned the USB bootable with the newest 64 bit Kali ISO and Universal USB Creator or whatever it was called, and it seems to have worked just ...
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SATA devices not recognized by BIOS

I recently completed a build using an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. I booted the computer for the first time, went to intall Ubuntu from a USB drive, and my HDD was not shown in the menu for ...
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UEFI BIOS won't recognize USB

I recently tried to install Kali Linux from a live USB. This didn't go too well. I used Rufus to create a live cd on my USB from the Kali Linux ISO. Then I rebooted, and went into BIOS to boot from ...
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boot loader(GRUB) not recognized in partition along with windows boot manager

First, I'll explain my situation Device: ASUS x205ta with 32GB eMMC (Windows 8.1+Bing installed). Lets call this /dev/mmcblk0 usb flash drive: 64GB Sandisk ultra. installed Ubuntu 14.04. Lets call ...
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Installing bootloader on a mac

Due to a somewhat odd requirement for a particular linux installation, with a particular software suite, I found it best to use ddrescue to populate the harddrive with the partitions and their data, ...
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Windows 10 won't boot without USB stick

I have just installed Windows 10 final (from USB stick as my laptop does not have DVD). Everything went without a problem. The computer restarts correctly while an USB device is inserted (it does not ...
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Win7 won't boot, HDD is invisible

I was using my PC with Win7 installed on the only HDD inside my computer until two days ago. Then I installed a new HDD with the intention of clean installing Win10 from DVD, so I could dual-boot the ...
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Computer doesn't start after i upgraded RAM. DDR3 RAM

I have bought a new stick of RAM and I installed in my computer and after that it will not start. The display remains black and shows nothing. The new stick is working because I tried in another ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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Unable to boot Kali Linux 1.1.0 using a bootable pendrive

I have made a USB livestick for Kali 1.1.0 with Win32DiskImager and tried to boot it in Windows 8.1. When I came to the boot order menu my USB was recognized as an EFI-device, but when I tried to run ...
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Automatic Repair Loop due to faulty Wireless Mouse Driver?

So I've run into an issue. Working on my PC today my logitech mouse suddenly failed on me. Thinking it was just a dead battery I switched to another mouse, yet none of my mice (all wireless logitech) ...
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Faulty hard drive - want to recover

I have a hard drive that will cause the page fault in non paged area BSOD at bootup; there is a partition in there that i want to retrieve but am unable to because it gets into the blue screen - am ...
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Dual booting windows 8 and Kali Linux 1.0.8

I'm trying to install kali linux along with windows 8 The latest Kali version (1.0.8) supports booting alongside windows 8 I installed Kali Linux from a LiveCD, rebooted and it went straight to ...
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How do I get Windows 8 to measure startup impact?

I did an inplace upgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro, and am just getting used to Windows 8. Under the Task Manager → Startup tab, I see there's an option showing "start up impact". ...
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How to dual boot Windows 10 and (Kali) Linux?

I tried to install (Kali) Linux over a live usb stick (live .. > Application > System Tools > Install Kali Linux), but the with Windows 10 created partition of ~60GB won't be recognized by the ...
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Lenovo Windows 8 EFI restore from image

First time here. I have bought e530 with windows 8 and the first hour of work with it i have a problem. I have ssd with windows 7 which i want to use with my new e530. I have made a sysprep of win 7 ...
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Normal ISO to UEFI bootable ISO converter?

It's easy to Google Windows 8 password recovery tools. However, the PC I'm working on right now doesn't support legacy boot and can only boot from GPT partitioned USB sticks. I'm using Rufus for ...
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Windows 8 shows orange screen with white stripes on boot

I recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro (full version, not an upgrade) onto my desktop (self-built). One day it restarted for no reason (was not a Windows Update restart) and when it ...
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Computer does not boot from optical drive or from USB

I had dualboot of Windows 7 + Ubuntu 12 on an ASUS laptop. Yesterday I triggered reset to factory settings through Windows, without realizing that I need to get rid of Ubuntu and grub first. Now the ...
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After Windows 10 upgrade I can no longer access BIOS

I posted a question recently regarding my Windows 10 upgrade which ended up with a black screen and cursor. QUESTION I reverted back to Windows 8.1 using the "Revert to previous build" option in ...
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Multi-boot USB using Windows bootloader and UEFI, for WinPE 4.0 and Windows 8 installation

I have a large USB drive that I would like to use to multi-boot several Windows products. The way my project seems to differ from every other thing I have found on Google is that I want it to work ...
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Sony Vaio (VPCEB34EN) won't boot, Shows black screen Power LED stays Green

I was using my laptop (Vaio VPCEB34EN) yesterday and shut down after work. When I started again it was showing black screen only Power button light was showing. Even it didn't show the BIOS.I waited ...
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The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible 0xc000000e

A family member of mine recently went on vacation and turned off their computer, something they normally do not do, upon returning home it would not turn on and now returns a black screen with the ...
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Windows 10 upgrade using another partition — cannot boot up anymore

I have a dual-boot set up with Ubuntu 14.04, Win 8, and a Storage partition. Since my Win 8 partition is full, I have to choose the Storage partition during the Win 10 upgrade menu. During the ...
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Windows 10 loading takes forever

I've just updated my windows 8.1 to 10 which worked really fine for a day or two. Now every time when I start my PC it is loading forever. To be more specific, after Windows logo appears on black ...
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How do I force a Windows 8.1 Tablet to boot from a USB stick?

I've got Dell Venue 8 with Windows 8.1 (32 bit) Dell tablet (no keyboard). How do I get it to boot from the USB Repair drive (USB Stick) when it starts up? USB is formatted FAT32.
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Linux: get the current boot disk's device name

When booting a machine by USB stick, sudo fdisk -l outputs you two devices marked with an asterisk, and you'll never know which was the boot device. I need a list of all disks attached to the ...
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How do you start Windows 10 in safe mode?

I've been through the Windows 10 upgrade, and am experiencing a recurring "INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR", which is stopping me from logging in. I'd like to be able to try to boot to safe mode, but it appears ...
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How to create an EFI System Partition?

TL; DR How do I create an EFI system partition from scratch? How do I put the EFI firmware on it onces it is created? Long version I hava Toshiba T430 laptop. I received it with Windows 7 installed ...
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Move Windows 7 to a new hard drive

Currently I have upgraded my computer and bought it a fresh new 3TB hard drive. My previous setup had these disks: 74GB 160GB (2 partitions, the first partition with Windows 7) 650GB (3 partitions) ...
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Lenovo Boot Failed

I am Using Lenovo G405s and running Windows 8 on my laptop, and whenever I turn on the laptop this error pops up - SATA HDD : WDC WD5000LPVT-24G33T1 boot failed SATA ODD : MATSHITA DVD-RAM ...
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VM engine that reuses installed OS

I am running a tripple-booting MacBook Pro. It boots between Ubuntu, Mac and Win7 (likely going to drop Win10 on it asap). Now I would like to do tasks in my Mac, my primary OS, while pulling updates ...
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PC hard locks on motherboard splash screen

So I recently suffered a nasty computer crash after trying to remove a theme pack I was using, and nothing would get me back to accessible windows (not safe mode, system restore, etc.) so I backed up ...
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Prevent Mac From Reloading Apps After Restart

I had to power cycle my Macbook Pro by holding down the power button after it locked up. When it restarted, it reloaded all the apps that I had been running before, which took a long time and was ...
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Intermittent boot failures - Linux Mint 17.2 (Cinnamon 64 bit)

About every 1/5 boots, my system, a Lenovo PC running Linux Mint 17.2 as the sole OS, will fail to boot. When this occurs, I have to power down and power up several times to get it to boot again. ...
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Creation of Windows 10 install USB, no boot

I just downloaded the 64-bit Windows 10 ISO, and trying to create a pendrive installer (since my computer doesn't have an optical drive). The system I have available is Ubuntu 14.04, which is the same ...
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Windows 8.1 and EFI, recovery partition deleted, can't boot

I have a Windows tablet PC (Odys Winpad) with 32GB HDD. I have created recovery USB disk and deleted the recovery partition (I wanted to win some more space). Now I can't boot any more: every time I ...
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Booting USB with LiveCD GRUB

Under VMWare Player, I cannot boot directly Ubuntu 14 from an USB drive, so I would like to start with the LiveCD and boot from GRUB, issuing a custom command. Is that possible? What should be the ...
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Intel dg41rq Motherboard not booting | is there anything else I can do to salvage it?

My computer was working fine for a while booting ubuntu off a flash drive. I finally bought a new hard drive and plugged it in. When I turned it on there were no beeps and nothing on the screen and ...
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UEFI Boot a NTFS Drive

I'm trying to install Windows 8 through a bootable USB flash drive, in UEFI Mode. However, while it does work when the drive is formatted as FAT for some versions of Windows 8, the version I want to ...
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Installed Ubuntu next to Windows 10 caused nothing to boot anymore

The following broke my PC. Installed Windows 10 Education x64 final release Booted Ubuntu 15.04 install disc Installed Ubuntu with option to install next to Windows Installation said it has been ...