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

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Dual boot Win8.1 and Linux mint messed up

I have the following setup: sda: 1 partition for win programs (NTFS), 1 partition for data (NTFS), 1 partition for Linux Mint (ext4), 1 swap partition sdb: 64gb SSD with W8.1 ...
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Is it possible to boot Linux on a x86 machine with uboot?

This is my understanding: BIOS does the basic initialization of the chipset and starts the boot loader which fires up the OS. And most advanced OS like Linux doesn't use BIOS. Also, embedded platforms ...
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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 dual 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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Dual boot installation order

I am going to be testing Windows 10, so I want to set up a triple boot system, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Ubuntu. Its been a very long time since I've done this so I want to get some advice as to what ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS stuck at bootscreen on Virtual Box 4.3.10

I had a running Ubuntu 12.04 VM on a Windows 7 host with Virtual Box 4.3.10 - until yesterday. Somehow, my host OS crashed and with it the still running VB. Now, when I try to start the VM again, it ...
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Fix Windows Technical Preview bootloader

I was trying to fix an unrelated windows 7 install and seems like it accidentally overwrote the bootloader for the Technical Preview. How can I fix the bootloader on the Windows 10 Technical Preview? ...
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How to build a portable windows virtual machine without admin permissions and with high performance?

I need to build a portable virtual machine that could be used on user restricted PCs that need admin permissions. I've heard about QEMU. But the problem is that it is very very slow when running. Is ...
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Can I fix error 0xc0000225 without reinstalling Windows?

I have a system which dual-boots Gentoo Linux and Windows 7 using GRUB2. The computer has four drives, and Windows is installed on the third (last) partition of drive #2. The drive layout looks like ...
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How do I boot into UEFI without going through Windows on my laptop?

So I installed Ubuntu on my Windows 8 laptop in a dual-boot configuration for some time, and tonight, I decided I would uninstall Ubuntu. Well, I've managed to lock myself out of Windows and I'm stuck ...
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How can I change my BIOS startup screen? How can I backup my BIOS?

I want to know all the safe ways to change the bios startup screen for my lenovo Y500. Instead of lenovo's logo can I have a GIF? Can I have sound with it? Can I time it such that the screen is blank ...
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GRUB: no such device

I had to reinstall Mint recently and after reinstalling, I get an error in GRUB: error: no such device: *hex-hex-hex* Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> I have tried a bunch of things, such as ...
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Clone Windows 8.1 and bootloader (Which is on another drive) to SSD

Ok so I recently purchased a new SSD and would like to clone my Windows Partition (drive 1) and its bootloader which is located on drive 2 [Different Hard Drive]. Whenever I try to copy the System ...
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Moving Select Partitions and MBR From Old Drive To New

On my current drive I have a dual boot system setup (two different versions of ubuntu.) I want to migrate to a new hard drive but I don't wan't to keep one of the Ubuntu installations. So here is how ...
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How do I install GRUB to a USB drive using Windows Vista?

I'm trying to build my recovery usb key drive. I'd like to use GRUB as my bootloader. How do I install GRUB to my usb's MBR? Lots of examples out there seem to expect I'm running Linux.
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How To Re-install FreeLoader For Restored ReactOS Installation?

With Windows if you want to backup and restore (or deploy) you use the deployment tools to create a .wim image of the operating system, then write the image to the desired computer's drive, and then ...
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How can I make a truecrypt-encrypted bootable linux live cd?

What I'm essentially trying to do is make an ISO whose contents are encrypted by truecrypt and which uses the truecrypt bootloader as its bootloader. When burnt to a CD, I'd want it to use pre-boot ...
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Multiple Operating Systems or ISO's Bootloader for a USB Stick?

I have no idea how to do this. I have 7 iso's that I want to be able to easily boot from using a USB Stick and they are: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Hirens BootCD ...
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How to install Grub2 to multi boot two Windows 7 for booting from two different HDDs?

I own a HP DV7 laptop that supports 2 HDDs. I have installed Windows 7 on each HDDs separately, each one with their own bootloaders, who do not communicate with each other. The problem is that when I ...
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Windows 8.1 bootloader recovery

I have installed Linux Mint on notebook with Windows 8.1. I didn't install grub on /dev/sda and installed it on /dev/sda5. After booting to Windows I tried to add Linux in Windows bootmenu using ...
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booting option doesn't come anymore.Why?

My system is on dual boot with windows 8.1 and ubuntu with secure boot off and it was working perfectly.But suddenly instead of giving me the option of windows or ubuntu boot loader,it has directly ...
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Custom MS-DOS / FreeDOS

Goal : Build a custom DOS to boot into. To automate tasks like formating a drive, or doing recovery. I've been using Grub4DOS to boot into these images. So far I've looking into taking a windows ...
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how to skip grub dual boot option menu entirely (without picking an OS to boot)

I'd like to skip the entire Grub 2 interface, where I have to decide booting Linux or Windows im running linux ubuntu lastest version (14.04.1 LTS) and windows 8.1 both 64 bit versions. I've ...
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EC2 AMI instance store backup grub utility required

I am working on backup of whole ec2 volume and image to upload to s3. I'm trying to use RHEL7 and it internally uses Grub2 as bootloader. EC2 AMI tools requires grub legacy loader and I'm struck up in ...
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Forgot the password to truecrypt boot loader 7.1a

Hy please help i'm a total knob at this and i forgot password of true crypt boot loader i have a dell vostro any idea what to do ?
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New Mainboard Z97-K and OS is only bootable with the usage a LiveCD

I have a new Mainboard, CPU, Ram for his PC - a Asus Z97-K other components like PSU, SSD, HDD are taken from the old Bios based Core2Duo PC The OS is Linux Mint 16 and the LiveCD also - there is no ...
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How do the 'EFI system partition' and UEFI *.efi files relate?

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Extensible Firmware ...
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Checking NVRAM on BootUp

I've recently encountered with my desktop the other day. the problems were like this Computer boots up. and Shows this Message F1 for Setup and Configuration F2 to load default values ...
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Unix BIOS/Boot Record on USB Flash Drive

I have been trying to learn a bit more about USB drives, and am curious about their MBRs. Essentially, I open up the device file of the USB drive and give a hex dump of the first 496 bytes of the ...
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Why does GRUB 2 give me a recovery command line unless I reboot from that command line?

When I boot my computer, whether it be from the OS software reboot button or the physical power button on my laptop, GRUB gives me a command line. That, by itself, isn't so strange. I'd just assume ...
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USB multi-boot bootloader key with Whole Disk Encryption

My goal is to have a multiboot system(OSX and Ubuntu) on my MacBook Pro while utilizing whole disk encryption(WDE). However the tricky part that I haven't been able to solve is that I want the ENTIRE ...
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Dual booted HP Pavillion 23 isn't loading windows 8.1

I have an HP Pavilion 23 that I partitioned and loaded up with Ubuntu Server. Server had trouble installing, and Windows 8 (The pre-installed OS) wasn't loading up right either. So I formatted the ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04 with Windows Metro Boot Loader

I'm having a laptop with 4 Partitions, [1] 350 MB Windows System Reserverd [2] 40 GB for Windows Installation [3] 25 GB for Ubuntu Installation [4] 400 GB for Data Storage I have installed Windows ...
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Move Windows bootloader to another disk

So i am planing on copying my C: drive to an SSD however my bootloader is on a secondary hard drive somehow. I have used the bootrec function with no luck. Any ideas?
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Grub cannot find root disk on VirtualBox

I've built myself a boot image of a variant of Arch Linux for writing to USB sticks. It uses grub with default values, and it works just fine when booting a physical box from USB. (This question ...
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Loading freedos no kernel sys

I have tried using testdisk for many times on several external drive, however, this time I accidentally rewrite the MBR on the system drive itself that result to my computer unable to boot to its OS. ...
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Unable to install Windows after installing openSUSE and Ubuntu

I had a Windows machine then I decided to try openSUSE so I burned into a USB and I was presented with a long list of partitions and stuff. I deleted EVERYTHING and it seems I messed up the ...
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How can I make GRUB bypass Windows bootloader?

I have two hard drives, one with fedora and another with Windows XP and 7 on two partitions. When I boot my machine, GRUB sees Windows 7 bootloader and allows me to boot windows by going through ...
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CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE set but hardcoded vga-boot-parameter ignored?

I have build a custom linux kernel with the options: ... CONFIG_CMDLINE_BOOL=y CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE=y CONFIG_CMDLINE="initrd=linux_os.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/sbin/init ramdisk_size=25600 ...
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Fix Windows 8 bootloader after converting MBR disc to GPT

I bought a new MoBo, processor, and some 3TB HDDs last week and am currently setting up a clean installation of Windows 8 on the machine. The MoBo is an Asus RoG Maximus VII Ranger (What?! It was ...
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Error 0xc000007b when trying to start \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi (Ubuntu) through Windows 8.1 Bootmanager on an UEFI System

Error 0xc000007b when trying to start \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi (Ubuntu) through Windows 8.1 Bootmanager on an UEFI System EFI Entries During Ubuntu Setup, Ubuntu automatically created an EFI start ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installed but not loading in Lenovo z570

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 in my lenovo z570. during the installation i choose to erase all partition to remove my windows 8 from computer. the installation completed successfully and asked to reboot ...
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“Reinstalling” the Windows 7 boot manager

I've run into an interesting predicament. I've got two HDD's, one running Windows XP (Primary) and another running Windows 7 (Secondary). I recently installed Gentoo over the XP installation and used ...
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Repairing UEFI Windows 8 Boot with Linux

I got my laptop a few months ago, and it's just stopped booting. I don't know if it's the Bootloader but I'll give a boot repair a try. It just freezes with the Windows 8 boot loading spinner and the ...
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Boot Loader for windows 7

I asked I have Windows 7 and opensuse 13.1 and Windows boot loader is replaced by grub 2. Now I want to format opensuse how can i restore my Windows boot loader over grub 2. How can I format ...
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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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How can I modify the default bootloader for XCP guests?

I want to automatically set the hostnames of my XCP-created centos VMs during build. The xe-edit-bootloader only works when I specify an already-existing VM. But I want to set my VMs as DHCP - so I ...
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Is it possible to repurpose a Trend Micro IGSA (Cisco 1113) appliance server?

I have a practially unused Trend Micro IGSA appliance without any valid license. It's not hyper fast or anything but it is a x86 box with the same motherboard as in a Cisco 1113 and sports a ...
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Backup windows 7 boot loader

I have windows 7 ultimate and planning to install ubuntu as second OS. Is there any way by which I can backup my windows 7 ultimate boot loader so that whenever I want to get rid-off ubuntu just run ...
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Triple booting on a Mac Book [almost there]; boot loader issues

Here is my current GPT/MBR partition table: Current GPT partition table: # Start LBA End LBA Type 1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT) 2 409640 663646255 Mac OS X ...
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Removing OS X on Windows PC to make Windows bootable again

I have installed OS X by following this video, on an Intel Core 2 Duo machine with an ASUS motherboard. However, I am now unable to boot into my Windows. I'm getting a "boot file missing" error. Is ...