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

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How can I make Windows' bootloader aware of an older installation?

This morning, I accidenatally deleted the Reserved System Partition while I was installing ubuntu on another partition, and windows was unable to boot anymore. The startup repair program on my Windows ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual booting problems

I think I have destroyed my PC system and now it won't even boot. I was trying to configure dual boot with Ubuntu installed after Windows 7. However it always booted into Windows, bypassing the dual ...
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How to enter Advanced Boot Options menu on Windows 7 without bootloader?

I need a way to enter the Advanced Boot Options menu of Windows 7. The computer is dualbooting with Linux, so GRUB2 has taken the place of Windows bootloader. So pressing F8 on boot won't do anything. ...
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Booting Windows from HDD when bios doesn't recognize it

I bought a new SDD for my laptop. It is SATA3, compatible with SATA2 but the BIOS doesn't recognize it. On the other hand, if I boot a Linux Live CD I can access the contents of the SDD. So I can be ...
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When installing linux how does the root file system get created in disk?

I understand the Linux boot process fairly well. But the first time installation is pretty vague to me. How does the root file system (/etc, /bin, /sbin etc.) get created in the disk with the ...
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MBR bootsector that boots the active partition

I have the burg bootloader currently installed on my mbr (+ the following sectors), and I would like to install it on the boot partition, and replace the mbr with a simple one that will boot the ...
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Boot Linux with ELILO from EFI & GPT

Last time that I tried to create Ubuntu/grub2 dual-boot on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8, I almost stoned it. So, I'm thinking to use ELILO as my bootloader for my new ...
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How to reset MBR partition table macbook pro?

I used refind/refit's bootsync utility to update my macbook pro's mbr partition tables as a part of a triple booting process. Now I want to replace the operating system installed on one of the ...
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Dual booting CentOS 6.4 and Ubuntu 12.04.03 LTS

First, I install CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) on /dev/sdb3, and subsequently CentOS install the bootload in /dev/sdb itself. Bootinfoscript indicated that the bootloader is legacy0.92 grub. Fine. Next, I ...
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Boot Linux with extlinux from EFI & GPT

Last time that I tried to create Ubuntu/grub2 dual-boot on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8, I almost stoned it. So, I'm thinking to use extlinux as my bootloader for my ...
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Ubuntu bootloader stuck at restoring resolver state after upgrading to 14.04

I upgraded after Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04. However after the upgrade, the system restarted. But got stuck with a black screen displaying the message: Starting VMware services: [OK] Virtual machine ...
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Windows 7 boot manager ignores F8 key

I added a new entry to the bootloader using bcdedit for my Linux system (located on another partition), I also set the timeout to 10 seconds. It works perfectly and I can boot both Linux and Windows. ...
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Boot the PC directlly into WindowsRecovery environment?

I know the way to restart the PC to boot directlly into "Safe Mode" using bcdedit command like this: bcdedit.exe /set {current} safeboot minimal But there is a way (using bcdedit or don't) to ...
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Trouble with installing Ubuntu in HP ProBook 4530s

I installed many times Ubuntu in my ProBook 4530s along with Windows 8.1 but I can't boot that when I start the system, and also I fully installed the Ubuntu on my pc. But when the installation got ...
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How do I remove the old versions of the linux kernel shown in grub boot loader

I am using Ubuntu. I have Linux kernel 3.8.0-35-generic, 2.6.34.14 and 2.6.34.14. I want to delete the 2.6 versions from my system, because 2.6 won't even load when i select them in grub boot loader. ...
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How to remove Windows 8 bootloader (or arrange for Grub not to detect it)

I have a dual-boot system with Windows 8 and Linux. I have two Windows partitions: one 64-bit and one 32-bit. The 64-bit partition is the one I wish to boot; the 32-bit partition is there as a ...
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rEFInd doesn't recognize menu options from config file (specified in menuentry)

I have just installed Windows 8.1 and LinuxMint in a dual boot configuration and am using rEFInd. Everything works fine with the OSs (although Windows notes that secure boot isn't setup properly...I'm ...
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Computer Screen Showing Lines, not even hitting bootloader

Here is what the laptop looks like right after hitting the power button (only a second delay to get to this point). This is all it shows, and goes to nothing else. Laptop would not display on an ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between primary and secondary bootloader?

What is the difference between primary and secondary bootloader? Does primary and secondary refer to the two parts of the bootloader or two stages of the bootloader? I am confused.
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Restore Bootloader in Windows XP using ERD Commander

I need to restore a boot loader on my laptop. The problem is that Recovery utility from Windows XP install CD ask for Administrator password. I changed my Administrator password using ERD Commander. ...
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Need to move boot manager, but I cant access it

Ok, so I have a Windows 8.1 laptop with a 500GB HDD, and an mSATA slot. I put an ssd in the mSATA and installed Windows 8.1 to the new ssd. Now I want to wipe the old HDD and use it for storage, but ...
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Is it possible to boot Windows 8.1 without its own bootmanager?

I have been trying to come up with an easier way of installing Windows and Linux dual booting on my laptop, not necessarily in that order. What we generally have to do is install Windows first, and ...
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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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Boot loader in pxe

I´m setting up a pxe/tftp server. I´m for now setting it up with pxelinux, from syslinux system. I saw this table wich make me doubt about if I made the right choice. I need to know wich of those ...
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Remove Windows 7 bootloader from second drive

I have a Windows 7 installation on a PC with a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. I installed the OS on the 128GB SSD but I forgot to remove the 2TB HDD befopre installing Windows 7, so it installed the ...
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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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UEFI BOOTLOADER with MBR Drive

I turned on my laptop today and it started saying "BOOT Device not found Error 03F0 Hard Disk", I checked my BIOS Setup and it was in UEFI Mode, I tried to boot from CD/DVD in UEFI mode and got same ...
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Move boot partition from one internal hard drive to another [duplicate]

I recently bought an SSD and installed Windows 7 on it, however it didn't install exactly how I intended - it still requires my HDD to be plugged in to boot onto the SSD. Hopefully the following ...
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Why booting Linux works only on specific computer with specific USB drive?

I have 3 USB flash discs Transcend (worked on all computers except HP Desktop and OLD ASUS desktop) Sony 8GB (worked on all computers except HP Desktop) Kingston 8GB (worked on all computers except ...
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Parts involved in starting PC and making it usable

Going from the most basic to most abstract what is the order of things that are used when a PC is powered on? Is the BIOS loaded first? I heard the BIOS is responsible for loading the bootloader and ...
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Truecrypt Full Disk Encryption - Bootloader on USB stick/pendrive

I thought about way to hide that I'm using truecrypt on HDD, other than truecrypt built-in decoy-OS feature - it has lots of disadvantages. My idea is simple: Use full disk encryption on my system ...
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Booting From VHD Windows 7 Stop Error 0x0000007B

I have created a a boot entry with EasyBCD 2.2, and I used a VHD that is on my C: partition. The VHD is Windows 7 Pro x86. Then I went to the edit boot menu to check that it was showing, and I hit ...
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Computer boot up operations up to loading of bootloader

I am learning about developing your own operating system. I am aware of what happens once the boot loader is loaded, since I anyway write it myself. However, what operations happen between pressing of ...
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Windows 8: BFSVC Error: Could not open the BCD template store. Status = [c000000f]

I have installed a new hard disk drive on my Acer Aspire 771. I made a USB recovery stick as well as recovery cd of the Windows 8 64 bit running on the former HD (which got corrupted, so no cloning ...
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Trouble installing Grub2 on virtual disk

I'm trying to create a virtual disk with grub2 on it. I'm doing this because I'm going to be writing a multi-boot compliant loader. I want to test this on a VM, so I need a virtual disk with grub2 for ...
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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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Installing Windows on an external hard drive without interfering with bootloader

I want to install Windows on an external hard drive (connected via USB). Then I want to connect this drive to another computer via SATA. The problem is that when I did the same thing with Ubuntu I was ...
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What is difference between U-Boot and BIOS ?

What is difference between U-Boot and BIOS ? Are both these devices present on a particular CPU or once a single device can be present at a time? It would be nice if someone provides examples.
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DualBOOT windows 8 and VHDX

I have Windows 8.1 as main OS in UEFI environment and I wanted to have another Windows 8.1 as a VHDX. I used EasyBCD to add entry for the VHDX but, it didn't boot the VHDX and the boot menu was ...
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Windows XP deleted Windows 8 bootloader

I bought a new computer which came with Windows 8 preinstalled. Then I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on the same hard drive, after making a partition with GParted using the "Try Ubuntu" option in the Ubuntu ...
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How to repair NTLDR missing in Windows XP?

My computer running Windows XP was infected with a virus severely. After scanning with Bitdefender Internet Security, my computer restarted and doesn't boot. Black screen appears showing NTDLR is ...
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primary and secondary boot loaders

From http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/l-bootload/index.html Boot loaders are usually configured in one of two ways: either as a primary boot loader or as a secondary boot loader. ...
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Zorin OS not starting?

I have Zorin OS and Elementary OS installed in the same partition of my computer. I am able to boot Elementary but Zorin OS is not starting. I use grub bootloader. When I try to start Zorin OS, it ...
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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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UEFI installing Fedora 17 after Windows 8

I recently bought an HP Pavilion G6-2313AX laptop which ships with FreeDOS. I first partitioned it with old Ubuntu live disk to partition (I didn't have GParted CD on hand). There was an existing ...
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Modify BURG boot entries

I have configured BURG on my machine to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux. There are 5 options on my boot screen, 2 of which are for Windows 7 and Linux - the other 3 being for things like recovery modes. ...
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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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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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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 ...