Boot (or booting) refers to the action of starting up a computer and getting it to run 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 7?

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Windows 7: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to boot a Linux live USB on a Mac?

I have a USB stick with a Fedora 11 live environment on it. It's booting fine on 3 PCs where I've tried it. But I can't get it to boot on a Mac (Intel). When pressing the alt key (or command key, I ...
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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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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 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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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI with GPT laptop?

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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Are there downsides to Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown?

Are there any downside to Windows 8 not doing a "full" shutdown? Would it be good practice to occasionally do a full shutdown to do a full system initialization at boot? If I'm already booting from ...
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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 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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System32 and SysWOW64 on Windows 7

What is "SysWOW64" and how does it work? Are SysWOW64 and System32 both used/loaded into RAM during the Windows 7 boot?
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Stop programs from starting up automaticly 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 my computer on? I rarely use these and each time I start my PC I have to ...
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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 can I turn on a PC remotely?

I am using Team Viewer to control my PCs remotely. It lets me restart my PC, and this is a good feature. Is it possible however to remotely turn a PC on which is already off (as in powered down)? ...
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Dual boot Linux with Windows 7

I am trying to recover an installation of Linux on my machine, preferably without having to reinstall Linux (and possibly Windows) altogether. I have installed Pear OS first, and then installed ...
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Disable MySQL startup in Ubuntu 10.04

I want to prevent MySQL from starting in Ubuntu 10.04 I have used update-rc.d -f mysql remove and confirmed that there is no link to the /etc/inid.d/mysql script from any of the rc?.d directories. ...
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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How do boot sectors and multiple drives works?

I don't fully understand the concept of a boot sector, I was hoping someone could clear this up for me. If you have two hard drives, with an OS installed on each, does each drive have its own boot ...
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How do you create a bootable partition on a USB drive?

I have a bootable ISO designed to be burned to a double-layer DVD. I don't have a double layer DVD burner, so I would like to stick the ISO image on a 50 GB partition on a USB hard drive I have. How ...
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Can I make USB drive bootable and install multiple OSes from it?

Is it possible to have USB drive bootable and place multiple ISOs like Windows 7.iso WindowXP.iso Ubuntu.iso RHEL.iso so that I can choose which OS to install?
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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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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Can I boot and run windows XP from a USB flash memory stick?

I know this can be done with Linux - curious if it's possible with XP (commenting on Vista or 7 is fine, too).
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Create pendrive installer for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk? How can I create a pen drive installer for Windows 7 OS from the installation DVD (in fact I have iso). I have tried it many ...