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

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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 ...
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Boot CD - mouse enabled

Is there a boot manager (like Ultimate Boot CD) which enables the use of a USB mouse? The reason I need one is because I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 on a computer that doesn't have a PS/2 port. ...
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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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How to make a device bootable only from a specific Micro-SD card?

How to make this device bootable only from a specific Micro-SD card usind Debian Wheezy? I don't care to let a 1-to-1 clone boot, but I don't want people to extract the unique signutare (or whatever ...
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How to delete the bootloader

I dualboot my pc, windows 7 64 bit, and some linux distro, nowadays i'm using crunchbang. I once had a problem, i lost my bootloader so i created one using easybcd. Later on, i installed a linux ...
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How do I get back to Windows when Linux hard drive fails?

I have Windows on one hard drive and Ubuntu on another. Last time I was in Windows and I chose to shut down the computer. It got stuck on "Exiting Windows". I could tell because it took like forever ...
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Boot to Windows XP from GRUBFORDOS

I have a system that boots to windows xp fine. I have a thumbdrive with GRUBFORDOS that I am attempting to boot to the windows xp partition (hd0,0). Here is my menu.lst file on my thumbdrive. ...
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An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data

My laptop is not getting started, it's unable to boot Windows 7. It shows the following error: File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc000014c info: an error occurred while attempting to read the boot ...
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how to install Windows Bootloader to MBR?

previously i had dual boot sytem with windows 7 and ubuntu. i tried removing ubuntu by formatting my system to factory condition using in-built recovery as i dint have external drive for that. but ...
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Can I use the TPM on linux without TrustedGrub?

I'd like to use the TPM to secure my boot process for my linux laptop. Any manual, howto or tutorial I have found about this topic mentions I have to use the TrustedGrub bootloader to keep up the ...
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Still Booting to Windows after Debian Install

I recently installed Debian Linux to one of of my storage drives alongside Windows 7 (on a different drive) and for some reason when I start up my computer I still boot right into Windows instead of ...
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No EFI boot possible with Clover EFI

So I have this Vaio Duo 11 sitting next to me, and it works very nice. But to have some sort of bootloader which also is compatible with Hackintosh, I wanted to install Clover. I used my MacBook Air ...
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Boot Loader Issues

I have a Gateway NE series laptop originally running Windows 8. I've had it since November and each time I turn it on a black screen with a blue box appears that says, "Windows Boot Manager, Boot ...
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Fedora 18: Grub2-install, not installing to MBR

I have been having major headaches with Grub2. I deleted the MBR (its a long story) and I am now trying to restore it. I already restored all of my files, now all I need to do is reinstall grub from ...
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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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Recycling the CD boot image for an USB drive

Is it possible to use a CD boot image (the bin file) as a bootsector for a partition of an UFD drive? Can I use dd for this task?
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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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How to reinstall Windows Boot Manager on EFI partition

So I've been trying to install Ubuntu on a second HDD on my desktop, which has W8 installed on a SSD (UEFI-only boot). Thing is, during Ubuntu installation I made the mistake of choosing to install ...
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Startup disk creator crashes in Ubuntu 12.10

I have been using this tool since the time I started using ubuntu. But, suddenly startup disk creator crashes as soon as bootloader files are added to the usb stick. I dont know why it crashes. Is ...
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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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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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Unable to access UEFI BIOS setup or boot into Windows after setting MBR with EasyBCD then resetting it

I can't exactly remember what the menu items were called (because I can't boot into my computer), but I'll try my best. Earlier I tried using EasyBCD with Windows 8 on a UEFI Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 ...
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How do I remove Grub and restore the XP bootloader without access to XP setup/recovery media?

I have a Lenovo T430, with Windows XP (32-bit). I tried to remove Ubuntu from my HDD by deleting the partitions in Disk Management. Now, when I restart my computer, I get the following message: grub ...
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How to compile and install new kernel in Chrubuntu with samsung exynos 5 (ARM coretex-A15)?

I have successfully installed Chrubuntu 13.04 (kernel version 3.4) on samsung Chromebook Exynos5 with ARM coretex-A15. And I also tried to update the kernel version to 3.9 by downloading new kernel, ...
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How To Get Windows To Stop Assuming Precedence Over GRUB?

I have a SATA hard drive with an MS DOS MBR partition table, an ext4 Linux-based OS, an NTFS Windows 7, and an extended partition. I was happily using my ext4 partition for quite some time, but grew ...
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GRUB that dynamically detects available OSes?

Is there any version of GRUB that dynamically detects what OSes it can boot on the current disk(s), so that I don't have to run update-grub every single time some OS changes on my machine?
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How to set boot disk flag with diskpart

My Windows Server 2008 R2 won't start and stops with Stop 7B, so I start the recovery console and use diskpart to check the disk. There are to partitions one of Type 17 and one of type 07, the detail ...
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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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Using the UEFI Shell to Restore Boot Configuration

I am using an embedded board that supports UEFI. It is a new fangled board and comes up with American Megatrends BIOS and a UEFI shell (I am more used to dealing with a bootloader and not a PC BIOS on ...
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Why my Grub 2 version is 1.99?

Pretty much like the title says. I'm using Kubuntu 12.04, and my installed grub packages are grub-pc and its various dependencies. The package description says GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 ...
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Boot from USB drive without consuming drive letter C:

Can't find the answer anywhere. I just want to reinstall Windows on a new HDD. However the computers CD/DVD drive is broken and I don't have access to an external CD reader. So I cloned the install ...
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Can an SSD have a MBR and a bootloader?

I installed both Linux and Windows on my newly bought SSD (sda). When I installed Linux, I chose to install the bootloader on the SSD (sda). After I finished, I got only a black screen when I chose ...
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Encrypting a multi-boot USB drive

Goal: Full encryption of a multi-boot USB drive containing boot CDs and confidential information Problem: I have been experimenting with XBoot (https://sites.google.com/site/shamurxboot/download) ...
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How to display the boot screen notebook on a monitor?

The monitor of my notebook is broken and I want to install Arch-Linux on it. I have no problem to display the windows screen on an external monitor, but it doesn't show the initial screen where we ...
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Linux bootloader on USB-stick, load different kernel depending on hardware

I'm experimenting with a setup where I keep my kernel and initrd on a USB stick, and thus I can keep everything on the actual computers fully encrypted. Nothing is stored in clear text, and nothing ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 Windows 8 dual boot, won't start Windows nor Recovery on Asus N56

http://paste.ubuntu.com/5688077/ Hello, I need help with this. Installed Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus N56 with preinstalled win8, secure boot off, fastboot off, IVT off, legacy mode not enabled, both in EFI ...
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Boot manager missing error in Windows 7 [duplicate]

I have a Sony Vaio sve14118fxw laptop. Every time I start the laptop first the Sony Vaio logo appears and then the screen goes black and an error message appears after that saying "BOOTMGR missing".
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How to make grub2 boot before os loads

I feel kinda silly asking this but I would like to know if it is possible to have grub2 boot before an OS loads. I'm currently running an ACER V3-571-6643 with windows 8 on it and I installed Ubuntu ...
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Can I tell GRUB to boot into a Windows OS that exists as a virtual disk on a Linux system?

I know that GRUB (and GRUB2) can chainload a Windows OS if you specify the hdd that it is contained on. Is it possible to tell GRUB (or GRUB2) to boot into a dd image-file of a Windows OS that is ...
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Which partition to use for Suse 12.3 bootloader?

When installing opensuse 12.3 a partition for the bootloader should be specified. When I previously installed ubuntu for example I set the bootloader to be installed on the entire drive : e.g. sda ...
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Rewriting the MBR to start using the Windows 7 Partitions I have imaged on my external “My Book” USB HD

I'm trying to use bootsect to create a bootable USB HD. I keep getting the error Could not map drive partitions to the associated volume device objects: Access Denied. To give you some background on ...
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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 to repair Windows 7 boot loader on UEFI system? [duplicate]

On a Windows 7 Home Premium PC, I tried creating a Windows 8 VHD and booting to it. I created a VHD as my E: drive, installed Win8 into it with imagex, and then ran bcdboot E:\Windows. I've done ...
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How do I fix a Windows XP bootloader error when BOOTCFG, FIXBOOT, and FIXMBR do nothing?

I recently replaced a faulty hard drive with two hard drives that I then raided (1) together and installed Windows XP on about a week ago. Since then, I have always received this error: Windows ...
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Grub doesn't show OS selection menu when booting a dual boot setup

I have installed windows and Linux(ubuntu) on the same machine. Now the problem is when I start my machine, It goes directly to Linux and does not ask me for the selection of OS either I want to load ...
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-kernel option like in QEMU for BOCHS

I am working on creating my own kernel using C/Asm. I have always used QEMU as my emulator mainly because I can specify -kernel and it boots the kernel directly without a boot loader. I wish to switch ...
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How to identify USB-sticks that will appear as non-removable before buying?

For a home lab project, I'm going to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 on a USB-stick. The process is described in this guide (for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but also works for 2012): Deploying ...
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How would I make a bootable CD/USB drive that auto-boots a system from a specific, non-default hard drive?

Context: I have a system that consistently forgets hard drive boot order. I specify it in the BIOS, and after the next reboot, it's gone. My primary boot drive is on an addon card (SAS HBA). The ...