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

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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 ...
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Does Windows NT before version 4 (also) have built-in dual-boot support? [on hold]

The Windows NT flavour of Microsoft Windows has had the built-in ability, without needing third-party add-on "boot managers", to dual boot with other (Microsoft) operating systems since at least ...
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Error opening BCD Registry/Windows 7

Still need help if there's anyone out there that can help me. Thank you! I have been stuck in the Windows 7 update "failure to configure/reverting changes" loop for several weeks now. Finally, I ...
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Schrodinger's Bootmngr

so. a few days ago my laptop started bsod'ing on every boot, whilst it was loading the windows kernel. after some attempts to fix it, i finally decided that it might be simpler to start with a fresh ...
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Can't Get Rid of Mac/Linux Malware or Hardware Bug

My MacBook now has a permanent back door for some hacker that I can't seem to get rid of. I even tried booting from a Linux USB stick, wiping everything including the EFI partition, but every time I ...
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Windows boot loader on a Pen Drive (Chain-loader)

I want to convert my hard disk to GPT and install windows 7. Which is now giving an error while installing. What I am planning to do is, Install the boot loader in MBR Partition of a Pen Drive. ...
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How to manually boot with grub or: how to boot a 32bit Linux OS on a 32bit only UEFI firmware computer?

I want to install a 32bit Linux (e.g. Ubuntu) on my Intel Atom Bay Trail tablet, but I fail to get it to boot. The device's firmware only supports 32bit bootloaders. There are guides that somewhat ...
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Uninstalling Hyper-V on a dual-booted machine?

I am on Windows 8.1 (dual booting with Crunchbang) and would like to remove Hyper-V. I have tried unticking Hyper-V under "Turning Windows Feature on/off" as well as typing in the command below with ...
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Choose where to put bootloader when installing Windows 8

Say I have an existing Windows 7 installation on physical Disk A (just 1 partition). I add a second physical Disk B and install Windows 8 on it. I can now dual boot and the Win 8 bootloader has ...
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rEFInd boot-manager - 'volume' as GUID?

How can I properly set a volume setting on a boot option in 'refind.conf' by using an GUID of it's partition? My current setting is but 'refind' fails telling me that the specified file was not found ...
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Run JVM From CD Instead of Installing to Hard Drive

I need to make a software application that I know how to create quickly and easily in java. But I am not allowed to install the JVM on the target machine or any other software, for reasons that are ...
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What is “bootsect.bak” file?

What is Bootsect.bak backup file? Is this file a copy of boot loader or boot sector? if it's a boot sector's copy, why it's needed? because MBR is a fixed sector.
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Graphical Grub/Bootloader Menu

Does anyone know of a boot loader that use graphical indicators instead of just a command line menu? (preferably grub or grub2 compatible, I don't really know much about the, or my, tech stack for ...
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Windows 7,8 dual boot- winload.exe error: “could not verify digital signature error”

I've a Asus G73Sw that has Windows7 Home pre-installed. I recently added a new 120GB SSD and installed windows 8.1 on it. Everything was fine till recently when the original Win7 on my other HDD, got ...
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Cannot restore Windows MBR

I was trying to dual-boot with Windows 7 and LMDE. I've done it before without issue, but it seems that this time around neither then MBR nor GRUB will work. I've deleted the Linux partition so that ...
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How to delete the 2nd bootloader created by EasyBCD and leave GRUB?

I have two bootloaders now; I have the GRUB and the EasyBCD that I've created before the Linux was installed properly. After reinstalling Ubuntu for the 2nd time, the GRUB came right, but now that I ...
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Can I transfer a Windows installation from one disk to another by simple file copy?

I have a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) with a Windows 8.1 installation, and a physical hard drive with data. Can I transfer the 8.1 installation from one drive to the other without re-formatting ...
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Bootloader not recognising Windows 8.1 installation

So, for some ungodly reason my computer's bootloader got corrupted, and every time I tried to boot the computer, it loaded a "Boot device not found" screen. After a bit, I installed a new Windows 8.1 ...
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GRUB disabling timeout if PC reboots too often

I have a multi-boot enabled system that has a few operating systems installed on it, and the booting of the actual OS is handled by GRUB initially. I have the following options in my boot menu: [*] ...
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grub-mkconfig generating a shell script instead of grub.cfg

I had some problems with Ubuntu installation, I couldn't install GRUB, so I installed syslinux. Syslinux also had some problems with booting, so I just downloaded and burned super-grub2-disk and ...
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Boot Acronis true image and Clonezilla ISO image alone side windows 7 , Ubuntu 14.04.1

I want to create boot menu it can be boot from my (installed OS) Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.1 I can add Windows 7 alone side Ubuntu in "Grub 2" with "Boot-Repair" but i can't boot Clonezilla and ...
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How to recover windows 8 after accidently installed Kali linux

I have accidently installed Kali Linux 1.0.6 from pendrive on my windows 8 PC. i can still see the icons of my installed programm on my windows 8 but cant access them. Now I want to get back my ...
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How to only install Windows' Bootloader on a partition?

My plan is to do a Native Boot -which is more a powerful version of Boot to VHD- setup, but without having an extracted bootloader from the "guest". This is because I don't want to depend on an UUID ...
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Repairing windows loading

Recently I installed windows 7 on my laptop.Now windows works fine,but I do not know why before windows loading,I see this list of options: I tried to remove this step according this page,by using ...
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Windows 8.1 using Win7 style bootloader after boot entry change in EasyBCD

I recently installed Xubuntu in a dual-boot environment with Windows 8.1. Following this guide I was able to use the Windows 8 bootloader instead of GRUB to boot into Xubuntu. However, recently I ...
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Windows 8.1 EFI Graphical Bootloader: Change OS Thumbnails

I've just used EasyBCD to tweak my Windows 8.1 EFI graphical bootloader, adding entries for Windows XP and Ubuntu. Both of them have a boring thumbnail of a window, while Windows 8 has a thumbnail of ...
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Multiboot by UEFI boot manager for Win8.1, Mac OS X and Linux

I am trying to build a hackintosh and want to multi-boot 1) Windows 8 2) Mac OS X and 3) Linux. Each OS will be installed on their own harddisk. If the motherboard and display card are fully ...
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Windows 8.1 cannot be started from grub2

today I decided to use linux again after installing Windows 8.1... I've tried to boot one of the already existing Linux partitions on my computer but I wasn't successful. So I installed PinguyOS (A ...
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Does msconfig's boot setting show for Windows Bootloader entries?

I noticed on msconfig a boot tab. Currently, it has just one entry--Windows 8.1. If I were to dual boot Ubuntu into the computer, and use Windows Bootloader as my bootloader instead of GRUB, using ...
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winlogon.exe corrupted. Regular fixing methods do not work

In the morning, when I switched on my computer, I was faced with an error saying that winlogon.exe is missing or corrupted. I logged on to my USB OS and replaced the winlogon.exe on the computer ...
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Grub2: “Invalid partition table!”

I have recently had to change bootloaded from my old syslinux to GRUB2. Since I have installed GRUB2 bootloader I am getting the following message on every boot: Invalid partition table! The ...
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Best first steps for a hard drive?

I volunteer my time to service my schoolmates, fixing their problems, but conversations have come up about surveillance and hacking. I've been watching DEFCON's videos, and have learned that even ...
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Boot Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview with Grub

On my computer, I have two hard drives: one that contains Windows 7, and another that has Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. When I turn on my computer, Grub prompts me to select ...
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How to copy a MBR to usb flash drive and boot?

I am trying my own bootloader from pen-drive . Using 64-bit ubuntu-14.04 , and legacy boot option , here are the steps I have done. 1) Assembly program test.S .code16 .text .global _start; ...
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Windows 7 is taking too long to load

When I turn on my computer (Windows 7) the operating system is loading for 10 minutes. The following screen is displayed for the first 9 minutes: How do I fix this?
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rEFInd loads to splash screen, no HDD activity

I've installed rEFInd manually on Windows as was described on the official guide. However, when I hit F12 as my computer boots up and select "rEFInd Boot Manager", it refuses to load it. Instead, it ...
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How to install extlinux as the bootloader

Of all the extlinux/syslinux document that I read, all say that to install extlinux as the bootloader, it is as simple as: extlinux --install /boot/extlinux However, I always feel that something ...
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How to find a folder listed in my grub menu.lst

A friend gave me a USB stick that he had setup with a lot of useful utilities (like Hiren's Boot CD, an Ubuntu distro, a lot of hardware testing tools, etc). I want to update the version of Hiren's ...
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How can I fix GRUB on this dual disk setup?

I am dual-booting Windows and Ubuntu. The machine has two hard disks, both OSs are installed on sda (an SSD), but sda's bootloader uses UEFI and goes to Windows, whereas sdb has GRUB and boots to ...
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Can't boot from CD/DVD ROM: HP 650 Laptop

I'm attempting to load Windows 7 on a HP 650 laptop. When I'm in the Boot Manager, I should be able to select the CD/DVD ROM to boot from, but that option is not available. Here's what I do, Power ...
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How to restore the Windows MBR

I have a Toshiba Satellite L505D-S5965 with Windows 8.1 Pro and Ubuntu dual-boot, and I can't restore the Windows 8.1 bootloader with EasyBCD. When I use EasyBCD it always says "Missing Operating ...
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Keep Metro bootloader when Windows 7 is set as default

Recently I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview as a second OS, and I dual-boot it with Windows 7. I have UEFI setup, with Secure Boot disabled. Every time I set Windows 7 as the default OS I lose ...
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Ntldr is missing message on boot and my pc wont start

my desktop shows "ntldr is missing press ctrl+alt+del" , already tried, xp set up/win 7 set up both cd/dvd , tried boot override from bios tried booting with floppy what i need to do Is dump" boot ...
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Windows XP covered up by Windows 7 Bootloader

I have two hard drives in my system, one for Windows 7 and one for Windows XP. I had to reinstall Windows 7, and after the re-install, the Windows 7 boot loader started showing up. This did not show ...
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Attempting to clean install Windows 7 on brand new SSD failing with “The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible” error

I switched out the HDD in my laptop for a brand new Kingston M500 240gb SSD. I expected to be able to just stick in my Windows 7 pen drive and install to the SSD. When booting from the pen drive I'm ...
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How to restore Windows bootloader and still have Kali Linux

I installed Kali Linux 1.0.9a on my Windows 8.1 system today and installed it, but I don't want the GRUB bootloader menu. I want to use the original Windows bootloader. How can I do this?
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Grub rescue screen on dual boot laptop

I have a laptop with a dual boot of Linux Mint 17 and Windows 7. This evening I booted Mint and unconsciously pressed some buttons and came into a HP backup screen. I exited this screen and now my ...
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Add Windows Server 2012 R2 to Grub2 boot-loader

Short version: I have Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my hard disk. I use grub2 as my boot-loader, so when I start up I can choose between operating systems. The ...
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windows 7 booting from wrong drive. How to move the bootloader?

I had windows 7 installed on an old dying harddrive. I did a fresh install onto a new one, but it only boots from the old hard drive. theres two "Windows 7" on the list. How do i move the bootloader ...
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Bootloader priority issue

Good day to you all. I have a problem with the bootloader on my pc. I've followed a guide and i've partitioned my SSD so that now I have W8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04. The problem is that when I switch my pc ...