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

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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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Booting Linux off USB pendrives

Booting a Linux system off USB Pendrives is one of my favorite things. On a laptop we have the following advantages, The Harddisk can be shutdown and that reduces power consumption (hdparm) The ...
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How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows?

When I start my PC, it boots into Windows (Windows 7 32-bit) quite happily, I login and the main Windows screen appears. At that point, however, the system is extremely unresponsive for up to 5 ...
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Why does my computer beep when I turn it on? What are these beep codes?

Due to the amount of beep codes a PC can give, there are many questions on Super User about beep codes! I'm hoping this post will help to provide a community answer about all (dare I say all?) beep ...
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Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD?

I just bought a new PC and the default installed OS is Windows 8. I want to install Windows 7 but when I go into the boot options screen I only have one option: Windows Boot Manager I can't find my ...
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How do I boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode?

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64. It's installed a virtual machine. After trying to update VMWare's guest extension it black screened. After resetting it, now the virtual machine won't boot. It just ...
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Automatically login and lock

I want to configure Windows 7 to login automatically after the computer is switched on. That's not because I'm lazy and don't like typing passwords. That's because I want programs that are configured ...
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Is it normal for a Dell Inspiron 530 to have is fan to spin up 3 times before it POSTS?

I picked up an used Dell 530 desktop. It seems to work, but it has an odd pattern of powering up the case fan (which might be faulty - it sounds like a jet engine) 3 times, while blinking the power ...
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Flipping the Removable Media bit — alternatives to BootIt? [closed]

There's a utility called the Lexar BootIt utility that flips the Removable Media Bit on certain USB flash drives. I want to flip the bit on my USB flash drive (it's supported) but really am not too ...
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How to install Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7 from scratch as triple-boot system

I'm currently running Windows XP, but have ordered Windows 7. I want to keep Windows XP on a separate partition, and install Ubuntu as well. In which order should I install the OSs, and is there ...
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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI laptop with GPT partition?

I’m currently pulling out hairs about a problem with my wife’s new Samsung Book 9 laptop. it comes preinstalled with Windows 8. She wants Windows 7 Pro. I’ve board a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for her and ...
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grub: boot from ISO

How can I boot into an ISO file in GRUB? The ISO file is on a reiserfs partition and GRUB can access it (already tested that).
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Booting a Windows 7 installation on different hardware

I'm in a situation where I could do with very quickly migrating a Windows 7 (RTM x64) installation from one machine to another. What options are open to me in terms of getting W7 to boot after the ...
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Install Windows XP to USB Hard Drive and Run from It

I wanted to know if there was a way (that worked!) to both Install and Run Windows XP Pro from a USB 2.0 connected Hard Drive. My system does allow to boot from external usb hard drive, but when I ...
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Repair grub mbr and /boot using ubuntu 9.04 live CD

I have broken my boot sequence on my XP/Vista/Ubuntu box. I wish to restore the system back to the way that Ubuntu 9.04 (last installed OS) had it setup. I want to do only the mbr and /boot on 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 https:/...
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How to troubleshoot a computer not booting up when powered on?

I can turn on my computer and sometimes it will boot up just fine. After a while of use, days or even a week, when I try to turn it on, it powers up, in that the fans spins up, the power indicator ...
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How to fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME (0x000000ED) on my Windows XP Dell laptop?

I have a Dell Latitude D410. Running Windows XP. I am receiving the STOP: 0x000000ED (0X899CF030,0XC0000185,0X00000000,0X00000000) blue screen. Initially, I tried everything specified with the ...
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How can I display additional boot and shutdown information on the Windows 7 welcome screen?

There is a small tweak, I believe it is a registry key, that allows to display additional information on the Welcome and Shutting down screens of Windows 7 (and most likely Vista, too). I have ...
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Windows 7 is stuck at “Starting Windows” when I attempt to boot computer

Basically, whenever I turn on my computer, it gets to the Starting Windows phase and just stays there. The startup animation still plays, yet it gets nowhere. I have tried booting into safe mode, ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Windows?

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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Stop programs from starting up automatically on boot on Windows

Is there an easy way to prevent programs (Such as Logitech and Windows Live) from starting up automatically when I turn on my computer? I rarely use these, and each time I start my PC, I have to ...
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what is the difference between the usb booting mechanism and optical disk booting mechanism?

Many distributions of linux/bsd have separate usb and dvd images and writing the dvd image doesn't seem to work. What is fundamentally different between these two mechanisms?
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How can I determine the installed edition of Windows XP if the OS does not boot up?

I have a drive that I cannot boot, but it has an installation of Windows XP on it. I need to know what type of XP it has, and MS's solution (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310104) presupposes I can ...
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Can I boot Linux from a VHD?

Is there some way to boot a Linux system from a VHD in Windows 7? If there is a way, how do I put it there in the first place? EDIT: To clarify, I'm not trying to run Linux in a VM. I'm trying to ...
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How to Diagnose a Pre-Operating System Load or Hardware Issue

How can I find out if my problem is hardware based? If it is, how can I figure out what component is to blame How can I fix other pre-operating system issues? As an aside, what are all of these ...
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How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor?

My Windows 7 machine was powered down without logging out first. Now, when booting the PC Windows 7 does not completely start. Instead, it boots to a completely black screen with a mouse cursor that ...
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Command prompt as SYSTEM user (Windows 7)

How can I get a command prompt as the SYSTEM user on Windows 7? Context: I'm testing a computer startup script, and I need to figure out the behavior of a command when run as SYSTEM rather than ...
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Run Metro application on startup?

I want to know where the Metro applications (Mail, People, Messages, ...) executable file path is. Also, how can I run Mail application when my PC starts?
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How to resolve BackgroundContainer.dll error on startup?

When I start my desktop it gives me an error about BackgroundContainer.dll. How to get rid of it? I found nothing when i started regedit.exe and searched (F3 or CTRL+F) for BackgroundContainer.dll
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Disable Mac startup sound

Anyone know how to disable that cheesy startup sound when I power on my Mac? If it makes a difference, I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.
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Recovering files when Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted

System Stats: Type: 64-Bit Desktop; OS: Windows 7 Premium; HD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB, S.M.A.R.T. Enabled. History: There is the complex situation I'm dealing with, I'll do my best to break it ...
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How does one skip “Windows did not shut down successfully” in Win7-64?

Migrating an app from an expensive and unreliable dedicated embedded x86 box running WinXP-embedded to COTS hardware (Dell E6410 laptop) running normal Win7-64. At this time, it's not feasible to ...
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How to get a list of all software that starts automatically when Windows 7 starts?

I know that under Windows there are multiple ways to get an app to autostart but I can never remember what all of those ways are. Is there a single unified way to bring up a list of all programs ...
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Windows Update Failure

When I start my computer (Windows 7 Pro 32-bit) I get the following message: Configuring Windows Updates 0% Complete Do not turn of your computer This stays on the screen for about 5 ...
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services.exe batters disk writes on startup

I have a Windows 7 Professional workstation that takes about ~3 full minutes to boot from cold. The CPU runs nice and low throughout the boot, but the disks are being battered. Resource Monitor ...
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Create a bootable USB drive from a DMG file on Windows

A Mac machine needs to be reformatted with Lion. I backed up the Lion dmg file when I purchased it via the Mac App Store. I now need to create a bootable USB drive from the DMG file but I need to be ...
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How to boot from a flash drive OS using VirtualBox?

I have two flash drive, one with Slax installed and another for Android x86 Live installed, but they do not boot in my laptop (in my work they boot perfectly). I can boot from some live CDs/DVDs or ...
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How can one create a bootable Linux USB key that works on Mac (Intel 64 bit CPU) hardware?

I'm trying to create a bootable USB key with Linux (debian) and that can be booted on Macintel hardware. I have read that MAC's EFI can only boot GPT GUID formatted disks. I'm desperately trying to ...
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Does a modern PC require a graphics card to run?

As I can remember, on old systems (Pentium II or III) it was not possible to boot and run the PC if the graphics card was missing (AGP cards were used in those days). Many years from then, I'm ...
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What does “delayed start” do in startup type for a Windows service?

What is the difference between Automatic and Automatic (Delayed Start) for a property setting for a Windows service? i.e. what do I gain or lose by setting my service as one or the other? Running the ...
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How can I reduce Windows 7 boot times?

I have a Sony VAIO laptop that has an i7 processor, 6 GB of RAM and a 7200 RPM 500 GB 2.5 inch drive. I work in .NET, so I have SQL Server Developer, Visual Studio and a lot of other tools like that. ...
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How do I tell Windows 7 to never Launch Startup Repair

I have a Windows 7 (64-bit) virtual machine that I primarily remote desktop into. Sometimes on boot something goes wrong and it displays the following DOS screen: Windows ...
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How can I repair or install startup repair/system recovery after BCD corruption?

How should I go about repairing startup repair? Installing startup repair onto the hard drive, as if it was not originally there, would also fix this. In the hope that someone at a Windows-specific ...
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Is there a tool like StartupMonitor for Windows 7?

I used to have a great tool called StartupMonitor on Windows XP which informed me about every attempt of programs (or myself) to modify startup entries. Is there a similar tool for Windows 7 which ...
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How do I manage what programs startup in Windows 8?

There's a nifty new tab in the 'Task Manager' called 'Startup' where I can manage the program that run at startup. BUT... It doesn't show all of the application that run at startup: Some of the ...
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How do I troubleshoot problems that occur during boot?

In the case that my computer would have issues with booting, what steps can I take to troubleshoot it?
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How can I start a program even before Windows starts itself?

I know that there are a lot of applications (such as that ones which manage partitions like Partition Magic, Partition Logic, Easeus, etc) that start even before Windows starts to load itself (the ...
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How do you disable the Windows Vista startup sound?

The sound when vista starts up is starting to annoy me, also when I am going to a lecture I forget to turn the volume down and the sound attracts a lot of attention. Is there any way to turn it off?
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Windows 7 0x0000007B

I can't load my Windows 7 (even safe mode), because it crashes, restarts and gives me blue screen of error: 0x0000007b like this one: I have Ubuntu installed. What should I do, please help me. It ...