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

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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 ...
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Clone Hard Disk except got One Partition

I would like to replace a hard disk in my desktop with a smaller SSD. This hard disk has the following partition setup: Linux ext4 partition (and related swap partitions) Windows 7 NTFS partition ...
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Transferring boot partition from Disk 1 to Disk 2?

I got a new laptop, and it came with a 750GB hard drive (unformatted) that was painfully slow. I got a 180GB SSD and put it into the second bay, and installed Windows 8 to the SSD. The installer let ...
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Windows 8 bootloader fails to start after installing Fedora 17

I installed Windows 8 (which was pre-installed) on my machine. Later, I installed Fedora 17, but the Windows loader must have been damaged. Then, I cannot see the Windows boot, I can only see GRUB. I ...
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Windows boot manager error

This error occurs every time I attempt to turn on the computer. Is there any was of fixing this without restoring windows and losing data? alt image url: http://www.tiikoni.com/tis/view/?id=ee1860e ...
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the windows boot configuration data file does not contain a valid os entry

Here's what happened, i always dualboot my laptop, windows and linux, i was fixing the grub menu, using easybcd as i always do. but i clicked install bcd by mistake on the first partition where ...
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Can GRUB2 be installed to USB and used to select between 2 HDDs with Windows 7?

I have recently acquired a second SSD, and decided I would utilize a multi-boot setup to increase my productivity. One drive is for "work" (only contains Windows 7 and software needed for work) and on ...
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Revert back to factory settings Windows 7

After 4 years I now want to revert my computer back to the original Windows 7 install as it's getting slow and just want a fresh start. My computer had originally a vista operating on the computer ...
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How can I move the boot sector to another drive?

When I installed Windows 7 on my new SSD it seems I messed some parts up during the partition selection, and now I have my system partition with the boot sector on another harddrive, and the boot ...
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Windows 8 bootloader doesn't pick up Windows 7 installation

After installing Windows 8, its booloader picked up my Linux partition but it didn't pick up my Windows 7 partition on a separate disk. I've looked in the Windows 8 bootloader options and advanced ...
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Windows flags secondary SATA drive bootable - can only boot once with the drive in place

On my GPT/EFI-based new Windows 7 PC, I was trying to install my old PC's MBR-based drive as a secondary SATA1 disk. I've got Windows 7 and Linux Mint dual-booting on the new SATA0, but I still want ...
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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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How does one go about restoring the Windows 8 Boot GUI if one chose Windows Vista as the default before knowing they'd loose the nifty GUI interface?

How does one go about restoring the Windows 8 Boot GUI if one chose Windows Vista as the default before knowing they'd loose the nifty GUI interface? I'd rather make Windows 8 Default and choose Vista ...
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secondary SATA drive in SATA1 vs SATA3 - EFI booting and BIOS problems

I just got a new PC (HP P7-1380T) with Windows 7 preinstalled. The machine is set up for EFI booting without 'secure boot'. I had planned to install my old SATA drive (dual-boot XP and Linux with ...
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partition order messed up grub

testdisk put my partition table into sector order. Next I ran update-grub to rewrite the bootloader. Now every boot lands me at error: no such partition. grub rescue> The only thing that gets ...
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Does the “GRUB rescue” message means corrupted OS?

Recently I've found that one of my hard drive are going to fail so I bought a new one yesterday. The OS hard drive ( It got a dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint, it will go to windows boot menu then ...
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Will Grub2 be replaced with Windows bootloader if i do a fresh windows 8 install? (upgrade assistant)

Help! If i upgrade from Windows 7 to 8 using the upgrade assistant and choose to overwrite Windows 7 and delete all files, will the current MSR (Grub2) be replaced with the Windows MSR? i sure hope ...
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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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Error when booting ISO partition from syslinux

My partition table is as follows: /dev/sda - /dev/sda1 Arch Linux (200G) - /dev/sda2 Swap (16G) - /dev/sda3 Recovery (1G) - /dev/sda4 Extended - - /dev/sda5 Arch_201212 (256M) - Free Space (15G) I ...
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How to recover a bootloader after installing ram?

After a wonderful fiasco trying to figure out what caused the bluescreens in my PC, it turned out that it was a bad stick of ram. I figured I'll just get two brand new 4 GB kits - all together 8 GB, ...
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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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Just installed windows 8 after ubuntu and I have no boot loader

I just installed windows 8 after ubuntu. The installation was from a CD and it installed correctly, but when it asked me to restart, there is no boot loader, i.e. there is just a blinking cursor ...
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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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Triple Boot Windows

The toshiba laptop has Win 7 Home Edition. I resized the partition (shrink). I made two other partitions to install two Win XP SP3. Trying to have 1x Win7, 2x WinXP, when resized the partition, i made ...
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Can xcopy make a bootable copy (clone) of Windows?

Following on from my discussion with @JustinD in the comments here, is it technically possible to simply xcopy the contents of a Windows partition to a partition freshly created and formatted on a new ...
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Booting Windows from different partition than system

I have bought an SSD disk, but my laptop (Dell Precision M6300) refuse to use it as a target disk for windows (AHCI on/off, BIOS up-to-date). ----EDIT---- I tried with Windows 7 and 8 - same ...
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How does the BIOS know where the bootloader is located?

On a multi-boot system with potentially one bootloader installed per OS installed how does the bios know which bootloader to pass control to? How is it specified which bootloader is the active one? ...
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What partitions do I need to install Arch Linux on my Macbook

I have a ~2006 Macbook (1,1) that I am trying to resurrect as a Linux machine. I no longer want nor need OS X, so I want to install Arch as the only OS on this machine. I have tried several times to ...
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Installing Linux live session on USB drive: manually vs using a specific program?

I usually use programs such as Unetbootin or Tuxboot to install a Linux distro for booting from a USB drive, but I see that some distros offer specific .zip packages for USB booting and recommend ...
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Dual boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 across a reboot

My Setup: I have two separate SSDs, and each contains an independently bootable OS - W8 and U12.10. From my extremely limited knowledge, this means each has a functioning EFI partition(?). My ...
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Windows 8 and multi-booting woes amongst other issues

I have an Asus UX32VD that was recently purchased. Amongst other headaches, like F9 to restore not restoring, GPT and UEFI I have a booting issue that I would like to try and resolve. I lost my ...
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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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Windows Boot-Loader be damned (erased windows 8 on purpose, leftovers interfering with new Ubuntu)

Heres the order of what i did: 1. installed windows 7 2. installed windows 8 3. Tried to install Ubuntu on 2x sliced paritions for Software raid. . (installed it last because grub, ya.) 3a - couldnt ...
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Access Existing Linux Installation from Windows Bootloader - Linux Installed and Then Windows 7

My hard drive is failing. I installed a new drive, and the installed Ubuntu 12.04 to try to rescue data. Realized that I wanted to install Windows and just access drives without transferring data ...
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Install boot loader with no operating system on hard drive

I am trying to reset — or rather, install — a boot loader on my hard drive. I initially had a Linux distro installed, which I completely wiped out. Now, when I try to install Windows 7 ...
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How do I set Windows 7 as default OS but retain Windows 8 Boot screen?

I am dual-booting between Windows 7 and Windows 8 on a test workstation, and typically reboot 3-4 times per day. If I set Windows 8 as the default OS, I get the Windows 8 graphical boot screen, which ...
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Restore Windows 7 bootloader after Windows 8 install

I have installed Windows 8 onto a partition after Windows 7, and when I turn my PC on, Windows 8 basically loads completely, and then I get the option to choose my OS. If I select Windows 8, I go ...
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How to restore windows 8 GUI boot-loader after installing windows 7?

I have installed window 7 after installing windows 8, so windows 7 boot-loader is now the default boot-loader But i want to restore windows 8 graphical boot-loader back again so what to do ?
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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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Is there a way to prevent Windows 8 upgrade from erasing the bootloader?

Is there a way to tell the Windows 8 installer not to erase the grub bootloader? For example, changing something in the OEM folder or some kind of slipstream technique similar to how it is possible to ...
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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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Windows 8 bootloader replace Windows 7's?

I installed Windows 8 on my system which already had Windows 7 (dual boot) My question is, did Windows 8 install its bootloader on the Windows 7 partition, and effectively replace it? EDIT: I did ...
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Computer not booting past motherboard manufacturer logo

My PC doesn't go past the motherboard manufacturer logo. I tried to reset the BIOS. I have two RAM slots and 1GB RAM. I tried reinserting the RAM in other slots. I think the red light shows that ...
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How to boot to cloned drive (Windows 8)

I have cloned my system drive to another partition, but it doesn't show in the boot menu (the one that comes with Windows 8 where I can select OS to boot). How do I fix this?
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How to remove the Windows 7 XE Loader?

I do not know how I got this, but when I start my computer I get this loader instead of the default Boot Manager. I have no idea how to remove this, since the Windows installation that this loader ...
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Does Windows 8 contain a boot loader?

Does Windows 8 come with a boot loader? Like Lilo or Grub? Or do we still have to use a third party one?
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Have Windows 8 Pro, still need to uninstall Consumer Preview

A few months ago, I tried to install the Consumer Preview, but something went wrong, it failed, and I continued with Windows 7. However, I did notice I now had a dual boot menu at startup, asking me ...