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

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How do I remove a Windows 7 boot option? [duplicate]

After getting a new SSD I went on and got windows 7 on that one instead of the HDD. Now during boot up windows asks me to choose between two copies of Windows 7, where one does not work and the other ...
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Adding Windows 7 boot entry in an EFI bootloader

Long story short, I use EasyBCD and accidentally delete the Windows 7 boot entry from the boot manager. My laptop is Asus N46VZ and it uses EFI. I want to restore the bootloader by adding the windows ...
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How to repair boot in a dual boot setup with two Windows 7?

I installed a second Windows 7 installation on a separate hard drive on a computer that already had a Windows 7 installation. Initially all worked great - each time I restarted I received a boot menu ...
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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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Installed/Updated Windows 8 UEFI after Ubuntu - Restore GRUB

So, I had a laptop with Windows 8 OEM copy obviously installed in UEFI configuration with GPT partitioning. A little while ago I installed Ubuntu 13.xx(the latest one) alongside it and GRUB ...
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MBR: Restore Windows 7 bootloader on a Thinkpad

I previously uninstalled Fedora dual boot and now have the GNU Grub bootloader still hanging around. I have found instructions online on how to remove this but they all require the Windows 7 CD. I do ...
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GRUB 2 “stuck” on particular boot option

I just installed a system with openSUSE 13.1 using a btrfs root and made the mistake of picking Windows in the reboot dropdown in KDE. Now grub seems to load Windows automatically every time instead ...
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Can't Reinstall Grub on Ubuntu Server 12.04

The bootloader seems to exist only on the flash drive (/dev/sdb in my system). I've been looking at posts on superuser, but none on them seem to be working. Computer (Zotac ZBox) will not boot ...
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Windows 8 wont boot after deleting files in C drive from ubuntu

I have done a very stupid thing. I deleted some folders in the C: drive from ubuntu. In result, I cant boot to windows anymore. It starts the boot animation and then keeps rebooting. I tried ...
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How to repair bootloader

To make a long story short; I installed some linux (pear 8), couldn't run it for some reason (error from the grub loader), then, I couldn't start windows 8.1 also, some error message. I used ...
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Repair Windows 8 Bootloader within Ubuntu

I was trying to boot Ubuntu from the Windows bootloader using EasyBCD, but it ended up removing Windows from the menu. I ended up reinstalling Ubuntu and now I have Grub with Windows 8 as an option. ...
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Repairing Windows 8 EFI bootloader after installing Fedora 20

Background System is self built, so no OEM stuff. Windows 8 was installed first, hard drive was also newly set up as GPT. Later on, I installed Fedora 20 which installed GRUB on a BIOS Boot ...
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Tons of problems trying to make Windows 7 bootable again

I'm not particularly experienced with Linux and I'm having some troubles which I'm hoping somebody can help me with. I've been trying to fix a stupid mistake I made for the last few days and have ...
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Does Installing bootloader to the MBR affect “Master Partition table” in any way?

I'm a learning grub2. I have a system with 4 primary partitions, with Windows 8 installed on drive C. I'm planning to install grub on the MBR, so I can boot ubuntu/backtrack.iso images. I know that ...
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Grup graphics lag

I've just set up Ubuntu 13.10 on a new laptop. It's a thinkpad T540p and grub is having some really strange problems. After the bios flash screen grup starts to load. The screen goes black and the ...
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PC can't boot even from a live USB - probably corrupted bootloader or MBR

While getting rid of dual-booted Linux I tried recovering Windows 7's bootloader with EasyBCD. (one-click process described in this video) However, something went wrong and now GRUB is gone as it ...
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Will the Windows Bootloader create events?

Will the Windows bootloader add to the event log? So if I boot up Ubuntu, will it show in event viewer?
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Can't Boot Windows after BackTrack 5 install

My computer won't allow me to boot into Windows 7 after I installed BackTrack 5 (A Linux Distro). I don't believe this is a boot sector problem because, as you will see in the video, the Windows ...
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How to switch to current OS's GRUB bootloader in multi-OS system?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 along with a bunch of kernels in /dev/sda1. Later I installed Debian 6 to /dev/sda5 along with some other kernels. Recently, I installed another Ubuntu 12.04 in /dev/sda8. ...
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Can I force my bootloader to load windows 7 instead of Asus Express Gate Cloud

I have an ASUS netbook that I dropped recently and now the power button isnt working. The only way I can boot up is by booting into Asus Express Gate Cloud (which is a different button) then pressing ...
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Missing boot files in Windows 8

I had a partition with Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows' System Reserved partition and the empty space of the beginning of disk. I moved two partitions to the beginning of disk using Ubuntu Live CD ...
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Grub loading, please wait. . . Error 22

Yesterday I got a problem which I posted here. Trying to solve it, I installed slitaz live CD to desktop. After that I tried to use boot other live CD's (Ubuntu, Tiny core) but they didn't boot. So I ...
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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 mobo won't boot from USB flash drive

I am trying to boot BAMT, a Linux distribution based on Debian via USB on a brand new Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard. I tried various flash drive and various OS. I never had this problem with ASUS ...
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How to review OS-boot-time error that flashes by too fast to be read?

I've just finished installing Arch Linux on a virtual machine and, until now, everything is working, including grub. However, when I boot the OS, an error message relating to grub appears, but it ...
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Network-controlled dual-boot?

How can you set up a boot-loader so that it queries a network server to ask which hard disk to boot from? (as opposed to prompting for keyboard input) [For computers with 2 SATA hard disks, and a ...
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Windows 7 boot manager not localized on UEFI system

I'm running an Italian version of Windows 7, which includes a localized boot manager. However, I recently replaced my motherboard with a new one based on UEFI firmware instead of BIOS (Asus Z87 ...
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Windows 7 won't boot from any bootloader except for Windows Boot Manager after partition resize

I have a triple boot system on a single SSD: OSX, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. I use Chimera (basically another version of Chameleon) as my bootloader. Usually I can boot all 3 OSs without any issue, but ...
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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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Can Windows bootmgr boot linux directly?

Can Windows bootmgr (Windows boot loader used since Vista*) boot Linux directly, without chainloading GRUB or other bootloader? answers regarding the older NTLDR are welcome too
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Windows Seven no boot sector

The story A friend got a virus (rootkit) on their windows seven install and I offered to try and fix it (the virus was the google redirect tdss rootkit). After many attempts I finally got rid of it ...
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Delete EFI Partition

I run diskutil list and have this schema: /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk1 ...
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Restore bootloader after Ubuntu has been installed

I've installed Ubuntu. Windows doesn't boot anymore and doesn't appear in the GRUB menu. I've tried to install the Windows bootloader via recovery console from a Windows DVD as it's said here. ...
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Chainload EFI Bootloader from grub2 installed on MBR

When trying to chainload a EFI-bootloader from my grub2 I always get an Invalid signature error. According to this question, it happens because my grub2 is installed on an MBR-harddrive. The author of ...
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I need to hold the power key for 15-30 seconds to power on my MacBook Pro Retina

Starting after installing rEFInd on my Macbook Pro Retina (10,9) I need to press and hold the power key for a long time before even the blank which screen and boot up sound. How can I fix this? Here ...
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Make isolinux 4.0.3 chainload itself

I have a bootable iso which boots into isolinux 4.0.3 and I want to make it chainload itself (my actual goal is to chainload isolinux.bin v4.0.1-debian, which should start up the Ubuntu10.10 Live CD, ...
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How to boot to a second device if the first fails to boot

Image a system with 2 harddrives (non-raid). If the first disks fails to boot then the second should take over. I can do that using the bootsequence in the BIOS, but that would only work if disk 1 ...
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Windows on a Chromebook

I heard that it would be possible to install Windows on a chromebook in this blog article and I found a tutorial for installing Windows on the older model CR 48. I own the newer model Samsung Series 5 ...
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Windows 8 Boot Manager switches between Graphical and Text versions

I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Mountain Lion and am using the Windows 8's Boot Manager. The Boot Manager appears in text version if I restart my computer from mountain lion and in graphical version ...
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How to get rEFInd working with FileVault 2 on OSX 10.8

I installed rEFInd on my new Macbook Air which I planned on using to do a duel boot to linux, but prior to installing linux, I decided to encrypt my drive. I knew I was going to do this, so I had ...
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SDD with OS doesnt work because HDD with Bootloader is dead

This kind of problem is very common as I see, but I can't find anything helpful anywhere. There was a common hdd with an old Win7 installation. A new SDD was bought, a new fresh Win7 was installed on ...
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why is making a bootable usb stick harder than making a bootable cd [closed]

I am looking to make a bootable usb stick on mac osx, so i can install an operating system on my eee pc. However, it seems making a bootable usb is much harder than a cd. May I ask why ? many ...
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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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HP Probook 4440s system restore partition erased, now it freezes at boot screen

I erased the system restore partition on my HP Probook 4440s laptop, now it hangs at the first logo when booting. If I don't change it from trying to boot from the hard drive, there is no error, it ...
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Lilo bootloader is removed, sytem halts after turning it on?

I wanted to change my Debian to testing, but lilo was not booting my usb although setting was set to be usb as first booting option, then I installed grub (as it has more options and more advanced) ...
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Retina MBP won't recognize Archboot flash drive

I'm trying to install Arch on a flash drive. To do so, I'm trying to first get a bootable, "live" version of Arch on the flash drive I'm going to install it on later. I've followed the instructions ...
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Bootloader can't load Windows?

I am using Windows 7 and it's installed on Local Disk C. I also installed Linux on another Local Disk. Because of the lack of storage, I formatted the local disk of Linux and merged the space with C. ...
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Clean up or repair Mac OSX bootloader?

I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed in a Bootcamp partition on my iMac. A couple of months ago, I restored an image of my harddrive, which I've done multiple times before with success, but on ...
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How to remove Grub Rescue?

Okay, before you flag this as duplicate, let me explain my exact situation. I had Win 7 installed on HDD1. I then installed Ubuntu on HDD2 as dual boat using unetbootin. Then, I installed a fresh ...
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Booting linux without bootloader

I installed Ubuntu-Server in Oracle Virtual Machine and it failed grub install step. At the end of install it gave me a message: You need to manually boot linux /vmlinuz kernel on partition /dev/sda1 ...
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How to create WinXP style multi-boot for WinXp and Slackware 14.0 on a single harddisk?

I want to create a multi-boot boot loader for Windows Xp and Slacware 14.0 that will look like a Windows Xp boot loader. After Slackware installation I was unable to install lilo an HDD because the ...