A bootloader is a program that loads and launches a program or an operating system from boot.

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Install GRUB2 without Linux on Windows 10

How can I install GRUB2 without Linux on Windows 10? I need to be able to access grub.cfg easily and be able to install themes. I would also like to be able to revert back to the Windows bootloader. ...
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Grub Rescue Madness after deleting Elementary OS partition

I had elementary OS and Windows 7 installed. In Windows 7 i deleted the elementary OS Partition. After rebooting i got this: error: file not found. grub rescue> So I searched the internet and ...
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my phone won't reboot from fastboot mode it keeps coming back to fastboot mode [on hold]

I wanted to flash recovery.img in my phone but I accidentally flashed boot.img and now my phone is stuck in fastboot mode. How can I fix this?
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Disabling Windows 10 Metro Boot Loader Once and For All

I have a multi-boot system. In the old times with Windows classic bootloader(black backround, White foreground colors) when i select the operating system i want to boot it just boots that operating ...
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How exactly does TrueCrypt work

I have some questions about how TrueCrypt and other Encryption Software work. TrueCrypt overrides the Bootcode in the MBR. Is there any other TrueCrypt Code on the disk which is not encrypted (Chain ...
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Booting Windows and Linux across two physical drives

I'm trying to get Windows 7 and Kali Linux bootable on an old laptop, but there are a few considerations that are making it difficult: 1) Windows 7 is on an SSD, while I installed Kali on the ...
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Need help on windows 8.1

i have Dell 5548 laptop with windows 8.1 single language. Few days back due to some problem i have formatted my laptop again with Win 8.1. Thing is that- Win RE tools, GPT, MSR partitions were missing ...
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Accidentally formatted directly Drive C:. Unable to detect partition while formatting

I accidentally formatted both Drive C: (which operating system is installed) as well as Drive D: (total of 2 partitions) I an now trying to format my machine and now, unable to detect my internal ...
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Windows 8 over Linux Bootup error

I am getting these error while installing Windows 8 . I have a dell pc which comes preinstalled Windows 8 but after time i installed ubuntu . At the time of installtion by mistake all the files got ...
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Set Windows 10 Bootloader to Metro Style

I'm using Windows 10, upgrading from Windows 7. I have Ubuntu installed in my hard disk, so I want to boot Ubuntu from Windows bootloader. After adding Ubuntu to Windows bootloader, I rebooted, ...
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Force DnX Mode on ASUS Android Tablet/Intel Cloverview

I have an Asus MeMo Pad 7 (ME70CX KO1A, Intel Cloverview Chipset) which is not bootable. The device sticks at the bootloader splash screen and no button combination will force the device into ...
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Multiboot flash drive backup

I have a 16GB flash drive, formatted in FAT32 which contains multiple live linux distros, syslinux bootloader and personal data. I would like to make a backup of it and restore this backup on 64GDB ...
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How do I restore the default Windows 10 bootloader? [duplicate]

I would like to remove by Ubuntu partition by formatting its drive in the Windows Disk Manager. However, how can I restore the Windows 10 bootloader after this action? I no longer wish to use GRUB.
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Bootloader to print hello world pixel-by-pixel?

I assume it's possible to write a bootloader for x86 that can actually display "Hello world" by writing pixel-by-pixel. I find that most of the work is cut out for me if the characters are already ...
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Where is the UEFI boot order stored?

I know the UEFI boot loaders are stored on a FAT32 partition on my (usually GPT) drive, but where is the boot order stored? My reasoning: It can't be stored as part of the firmware settings, since ...
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HP 110-430 Desktop PC - Can't boot into anything after EasyBCD's “Write MBR”

After upgrading my windows 8.1 install to windows 10 about a week ago (week ago), I decided that I no longer wanted the Windows/Ubuntu dual boot I had setup. So, in an attempt to delete GRUB and set ...
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Repair bootloader for fedora 22 after install windows

I already have fedora 22 and windows 7 in my machine , i wanna to upgrade to windows 10 but in fact i'm afraid to losing fedora i have read the fedora documentation but still afraid to start this ...
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How do I boot to new drive?

So here's the deal. I have a laptop that came with Windows and a plethora of other partitions. I added a couple partitions after shrinking the Windows one for Linux. I'm using rEFInd for my bootloader ...
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Install arch linux when lvm on luks keyfile on usb and bootlouder on usb

'm trying to install Arch Linux in the following way: LVM is installed on LUKS when the LUKS key is image stored on USB And the botlaodr is also on additional USB For some reason, even though I did ...
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Accidentally deleted Windows 7 Boot sector / MBR

Accidentally run the following on system drive instead of USB. OS: Windows 7. 1 system partition and 1 unformatted partition. Now still haven't rebooted while writing this. On C disk root can see ...
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Can I add Windows to my systemd-boot bootloader if I have separate EFI partitions?

I've just installed Arch Linux on to a new set of partitions on my Windows 8 machine. In doing so, I created a new 512MB EFI partition for Linux to load from, leaving the existing Windows EFI ...
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Will upgrading to Windows 10 replace my grub bootloader?

I dual-boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 15.04. I have learned to install Windows before Ubuntu because the reverse results in having to finagle with a lot of settings to get the grub boot loader prompt ...
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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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Restore Windows bootloader on Virtual Machine [duplicate]

I recently p2v'ed my old Computer into a virtual machine. Since it had a dual-boot and I only copied the Windows partition this broke GRUB. I can still boot Windows with Rescatux though. So my ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu

I just got a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I am flabbergasted on dual booting -- having the record in the boot manager. Cliff Notes It came with Windows 8.1. I shrunk the Windows partition (within windows ...
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How to restore grub from a separate partition, to boot a luks partition?

My setup is: sda1 /boot ext2 sda2 swap swap sda3 / luks I broke the boot partition. Now when trying to boot manually, cannot figure out how to load crypto modules needed to open the root ...
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Kali won't show in grub

I am currently dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 7. After installing Kali from a DVD I restarted the computer. The problem is that Kali isn't in my BIOS boot options or in grub boot options. I have ...
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Kali Linux and Win 7 dual boot, I want to change the active partition and bootloader, not sure in what order

I created a partition for Kali Linux and a Live USB. I used the Live USB, was intrigued by what I saw ( first time ever seeing Linux ) and chose to install but the install wouldn't complete. Several ...
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Windows 8.1 EFI partition rebuild not working

It all began when I deleted the partition of an old Linux that was dual-booted with Windows 8.1 UEFI. This Linux system was using the Grub2 bootloader and was installed on a secondary disk. After ...
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Ignorable errors 0xc0000017 and 0xc0000018 on boot

Most (but not all) of the time when I boot my desktop system I get a Windows boot error after POST. The error code is 0xc0000017. When I press enter to "retry" I get error code 0xc0000018. When I ...
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duplicate entry in boot manager

after cloning HDD to SSD and fixing the dreaded 0xc0000225 error (using this How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?) I have now two identical options while booting OS Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Dell E6410 UEFI

I'm having problems with my laptop using UEFI. What happens is, I can boot a UEFI operating system only if I go into boot options and manually select it. It will not automatically boot into any UEFI ...
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PC won't start after editing fstab

I have a box with Intel P5LD2-X/1333 motherboard. I installed 2 GB RAM. The box was working as it should, no problems basically. I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on it. After editing the fstab file, I tried ...
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Unchaining grub2 and windows bootloader(s)

I would like to find out if it is possible to unchain grub2 and windows boot-loader and I could not find a convincing answer anywhere, perhaps it is just not possible... The situation is as follows: ...
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How do I force GRUB to keep video mode after switching to the OS?

I use GRUB as a bootloader for my custom OS. I want it to enter graphics mode for me so I don’t have to do it myself in my system. However, before GRUB passes the control to the OS, video mode is ...
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How to move bootloader from hard drive to usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from hard drive to usb. I'm using LUKS to crypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only not crypted partition. How can I easily do this? I ...
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How to change to grub bootloader from windows bootloader

I have ubuntu, linux mint and windows 8 on my computer. A few days ago my windows installation failed, so I reinstalled it on the 500GB partition. My hard drive is 1TB. Windows is 500GB, Ubuntu is ...
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Triple boot 3 OS's on 3 separate SSD's

I am attempting to set up a system with 3 separate OS's (Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 TP) all on three separate SSD's. I can currently boot into each one if I use a boot override via the UEFI BIOS on my ...
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Booting ubuntu and windows acer aspire s7

i have an acer aspire s7, and have been trying to dual boot ubuntu and windows on the same system unsuccessfully: 1 I am having problems getting the aspire s7 to recognise my bbot usb drive then also ...
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GRUB Bootloader not loading

I had 2 partitions Partition 1 - Ubuntu Partition 2 - Empty So I installed Windows 8 on 'Partition 2' and now I can't load the Ubuntu OS as it directly loads Windows. How do I get back the Grub ...
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April 2015 Windows 8.1 Update: winload.efi error 0xc000000f

I have an Acer V3-772g: Intel i7 4712MQ, NVIDIA 750m 4 GB I installed the newest Windows 8.1 updates a couple days ago; however, the update failed. I left the computer to update and then went to ...
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shell script to change bootloader background

I'm trying to create a shell script on openSUSE to change the bootloader background from the files /etc/default/grub line: GRUB_BACKGROUND=/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/background.png with the new ...
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How do I create the Microsoft bootloader on the EFI partition? [duplicate]

I have Linux and Windows installed in a dual boot configuration. The Windows bootloader is corrupt. I want to reinstall it using the Windows recovery partition but I do not know how to boot to it ...
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GRUB shows up unexpectedly when booting after CMOS Reset

Basically, my computer has 3 hard drives. 2 HDDs, 1 SSD. Years ago, I installed a Linux partition on one of the HDDs, but decided to move back to solely using Winodws(gaming pc) and removed Linux from ...
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rEFInd mountvol incorrect parameter

I had Ubuntu 14.04 on a single drive. Then, I felt like installing Windows 10 along side with Ubuntu. I resized the main Ubuntu partition and unallocated half of the safe. Then, I installed Windows 10 ...
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Awful beeping sound on boot

I formated the entire hard drive and installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a Macbook 5.2. Ubuntu boots decently fast, however there is a disconcerning garbled image on screen: After that Ubuntu runs fairly ...
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Moving linux boot loader(s)

I recently resurrected one of my old laptops as a home-server. I decided to get rid of the original windows install and get linux up and running. The laptop has two harddrives: One SSD (/dev/sdb), ...
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Windows 8.1 Won't Boot, Swapped Drive Letters on Disks

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which came with a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I bought a Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128 GB) and added it to the config as the primary drive. Everything was working good, but I had ...
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Booting a BIOS bootloader from UEFI mode

I have a Linux setup that I boot in UEFI mode with GRUB. I want to try out OpenBSD, which unfortunately doesn't support GPT or UEFI yet, so I partitioned a drive with a traditional MBR table and ...
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Dualboot Linux Mint & Windows 8.1 (GRUB Problems)

I've been trying to make a dualboot configuration with Linux Mint (17.1 Rebecca) and Windows 8.1. These are the steps I followed in installing this setup: Install windows 8 Run all available updates ...