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

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Windows 7 is not loaded by the BIOS and the computer is repeatedly restarting

I am running my laptop on a 3- to 4-year-old battery. My computer went into hibernation when I was running it on battery, but I think the hibernation was not successful. That is why my startup program ...
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Is it possible to boot from a flash drive that also contains data?

I read about the Evil Maid attack, and thought of partitioning a flash drive, putting a bootloader on one partition and storing data on the other. Is this possible, or is there some alternative that ...
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Can't access windows 10 when BIOS is in legacy mode

I was trying to add Ubuntu to the boot loader by using EasyBCD but realised I could only add an entry if I set legacy mode on in my BIOS. But when I rebooted I couldn't boot to windows 10. Helpful ...
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Can't boot windows from a clone of my working harddrive

My goal: Clone everything on C: to my SSD drive f:, then use the old "c:" for data. Some threads say I need GPT (on one? both?) I think it's already set to F: bedcause the convert button is gray in ...
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How to remove boot loader entry on Windows-8?

I have just installed Windows-8 preview twice, because at first I accidentally installed it at the wrong partition and now I have got 2 entries with Windows-8 in the boot loader and would like to get ...
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Prevent chainloading by grub after rEFind

I triple booted my Macbook 4,1 with Mac OSX 10.5.8, Lubuntu 14.04 and Windows XP SP3 and installed rEFInd as my bootloader. Now what basically happens is, first the Mac bootloader loads invisibly, ...
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booting windows 10 spends too long

In august 2015, I have upgrade my laptop from windows 8.1 to windows 10. But it spends always 10 minutes to boot it. It is not normal that it spends so long. What can I do for boot him faster? Below ...
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Arch-Win7 dual boot laptop freezes, and then is unable to boot

I have a Dell Precision laptop, with a Arch-Windows 7 dual boot, 64bits systems, GRUB2 as boot loader, and a single SSD. I found myself browsing around for reasons which I will not explain to this ...
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Repair Windows 10 boot loader

I am having trouble repairing my Windows 10 boot loader. I have tried booting into the Windows 10 installer usb and doing the Repair Start Up there. I have tried the solution suggested here: How to ...
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Windows 10 refuses to boot

Running Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 for months. Gigabyte mobo, AMD processor. Not sure when. May have powered down without shutdown... Windows 10 fails booting, displays the spinning dots then ...
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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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Fixing GUID collision from Clonezilla-ing a Windows drive?

I just bought a larger SSD (256gb up from 128) and used Clonezilla to clone the smaller drive to the newer, larger drive. I cloned the "drive," and not the windows "partition." Because of this, it ...
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how to boot windows image backup?

The Windows boot loader is able to boot Windows from a full Image backup. I read that years ago, and about one year ago I even testet that myself, so I know it's true. Now that I really need to boot ...
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How to manually setup grub on a seperate boot partition with LVM over LUKS full disk encryption?

I've installed Linux Mint 17.2, with a hard drive partitioned as follows: sdc1 - 100MB ext2 for boot sdc2 - rest of disk as LUKS -> Physical Volume -> LVM Volume The logical volumes are: / ...
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What steps am I missing in my attempt to create bootable Linux distribution image?

I am trying to create a distribution image (via Linux’s dd command) for an OS that will work with hard drives and flash media. I have been successful at creating the image, but I can’t get it to boot ...
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Converting windows (bootloader) from mbr to gpt/uefi

I have windows 7 installed on a laptop on a small 160 Gb hard drive that has the MBR partition table. Now I would like to move it to a bigger disk, format it with GPT and multi-boot linux (Fedora). ...
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UEFI detection (ESPs)

Does the UEFI boot manager detect the ESPs inside the GPTs on every storage device, based on the global-scope variables (boot-configuration) stored in NVRAM? Reading the UEFI booting from ...
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Dual boot system: Grub doesn't detect Windows 10

I have a dual boot system on a Lenovo G50-45 laptop with Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.2. It worked fine briefly but after upgrading Linux, something broke it. Below, please find my boot-repair log. ...
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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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MBR vs GPT (Logical Block Addressing)

Going through MBR/GPT I'm a bit confused on the transition from MBR (2^32) to GPT (2^64). If you breakdown the history from CHS-to-LBA addressing: CHS (24Bits) - 8GB Limit (1979 - Introduced with ...
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Master Boot Record (Sector Size)

I understand the typical MBR is 512B and the addressable space is 2TB (2^32 x 512B), this was related to the physical sector size of the storage device (HD) which made perfect sense, but what about ...
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Boot Signature - BIOS

I understand that the BIOS is in ROM, and the manufacturer "typically" designs it to point to the first sector of the "active" storage device's first sector or CHS (0,0,1)*physical and CHS ...
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How can I delete all Windows Boot Loader entries and rescan?

I have reinstalled windows multiple times (over the last install) and it adds a new entry every time. Can I delete all Windows Boot Loader entries and rescan and just add those?
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Can I recover my HDD data after clean installing Win 7 on SSD, after the installation created System Reserved Partition in the HDD instead of the SSD?

I can't find the solution by searching the forums because I lack too much knowledge about partition tables functioning. I've found this quite similar situation Recover or recreate partition after ...
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Regenerating a winload.exe

If one is missing or has a corrupted winload.exe - and winload~1.exe, winloadOLD.exe, etc. do not work - what can you do to regenerate it? (Such as after a failed logon screen customization.)
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Bootloader, uefi, bios documentation

I'm facing incredibly annoying issues with installing kali 2 (not booting + completely messing windows 7 boot) in uefi mode. I went trough alot of topics and solutions and nothing seems to work, ...
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Error while trying to ./configure (installing bootloader manager)

I'm having a problem with my bootloader - I have installed android along my other OS and if I install grub ( which comes with it ) my boot menu disappears and I can only access android through its ...
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Windows 8 EFI boot issue

I've got a simular problem as described in How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?, but with some different details. When I tried to change the bootsequence of my harddisks (of which 1 SSD) in ...
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How do I consolidate a multi-level Windows boot menu?

Well I seem to be having problems loading operating systems that I have recently installed on three partitions. I had installed Windows XP first, then Windows Server 2003 Standard and finally Windows ...
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How to safely delete the second 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 second time, the GRUB came right, but now that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to replace GRUB boot loader, from within Windows?

I have dual boot (Debian and Windows XP), and the boot is from GRUB. I want to remove Linux and grub, and restore the Windows boot. However, I cannot use installation CD to restore the MBR. Thus, I ...
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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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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 can I add Linux to the new Windows 8 boot manager?

Which OSes can be put into the new bootloader that Windows 8 provides? It seems to be quite pretty and consistent with the rest of the new Windows 8 design, so it would be cool to put Linux (Ubuntu) ...
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Grub rescue, unknown file system. Can't boot into Windows 7

I am confused, so I am also going to use this question to get clarification and fix my computer. Some background: I had Windows 7 on a 1 TB HDD and decided to partition my hard drive into two ~500 GB ...
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What is a u-Boot dtb file and how do I use it (BeagleBoard xM)?

I'm trying to build a custom Linux for a BeagleBoard xM (Rev. C). I do a lot of C/C++ but am a beginner at building and installing Linux from scratch. I used the Yocto Project build appliance ...