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

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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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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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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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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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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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Kali Linux and Bootloader problems

At first I was using Windows 8.1... I downloaded Kali and put it on flash memory. The options got me to either: -Browse live -Install I browsed it live a little then went to installation. Grub ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Windows XP bootloader issues

How to repair bootloader I was looking through this post and feel like this is the process I need to be following. I'm working with Windows XP and need to rebuild the "BOOT.INI" after deleting it. ...
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Computer sometimes load grub not Windows bootloader

Sometimes my notebook loads grub instead of windows bootloader and I do not know why. Before I reinstalled Windows 7 32 bit I had ubuntu on it (windows installation). I have not installed another ...
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Prevent chainloading by grub after Efit

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, but ...
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Ubuntu - Booting black screen with purple border

I have a problem when I boot the pc. After the installation of Ubuntu, a black screen with a purple box appears without letting me see the choices of GRUB. The screen then becomes black and Ubuntu ...
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where are the second stage bootloader and partition table is stored in the case of multiple bootable hard drives

I have some doubt on the booting process. Lets suppose I have two bootable hard drives and each hard drive has 3 partition, having 3 different operating system installed. Now my questions are: How ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...