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

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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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 ...