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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Windows 10 fails to boot after HDD clone to SSD

I have been trying to migrate a laptop from a HDD to an SSD. I initially cloned the drive with the latest version of TODO Backup and then tried with Macrium Reflect. Both have the same problem. The ...
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Accidentally deleted Windows 10 boot partition

Today, I wanted to install Kubuntu alongside Windows 10, but I got an error that had something to do with an existing GRUB on one of my hard drives. I removed the partition which I thought was GRUB, ...
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PC can't boot even from a live USB - probably corrupted bootloader or MBR

While getting rid of dual-booted Linux I tried recovering Windows 7's bootloader with EasyBCD. (one-click process described in this video) However, something went wrong and now GRUB is gone as it ...
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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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Suggestion for boot manager in external hard disk

I just bought an 1TB External Hard drive with eSATA, USB, FW400/800 (LaCie if you are interested). I already put the windows 7 installation in a FAT32 active partition so i can plug the HDD via USB, ...
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How does the mbr transfer it's control to the bootloader

What i know is the following Upon start-up, the BIOS goes through the following sequence: 1.Power-on self-test (POST) 2.Detect the video card’s (chip’s) BIOS and execute its code to initialize the ...
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Boot Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview with Grub

On my computer, I have two hard drives: one that contains Windows 7, and another that has Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. When I turn on my computer, Grub prompts me to select ...
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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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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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Accidently installed kali the wrong way

I was running windows 10 on my hp probook 6450B, i decided to install kali linux on my laptop as well. there were two hard drives shown one with 150gb that the c drive was on and another with like ...
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Windows 8.1 cannot be started from grub2

today I decided to use linux again after installing Windows 8.1... I've tried to boot one of the already existing Linux partitions on my computer but I wasn't successful. So I installed PinguyOS (A ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Dual-booting Ubuntu and Pardus with GRUB2…Pardus no show?

I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed and used to dual-boot Fedora, but I replaced Fedora with Pardus. After the install, I went into ubuntu, and did a sudo update-grub. It detected my Pardus 2011 install ...
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Installing Linux and windows on dual boot - specific problm

I already have Linux installed on my laptop, Kali Linux 2.0 (latest) to be specific. Due to some software requirements for programming I have to install windows 10 also on my laptop as dual boot. I ...
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Windows 8.1 bootloader recovery

I have installed Linux Mint on notebook with Windows 8.1. I didn't install grub on /dev/sda and installed it on /dev/sda5. After booting to Windows I tried to add Linux in Windows bootmenu using ...
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Move Windows bootloader to another disk

So i am planing on copying my C: drive to an SSD however my bootloader is on a secondary hard drive somehow. I have used the bootrec function with no luck. Any ideas?
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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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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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I need to hold the power key for 15-30 seconds to power on my MacBook Pro Retina

Starting after installing rEFInd on my Macbook Pro Retina (10,9) I need to press and hold the power key for a long time before even the blank which screen and boot up sound. How can I fix this? Here ...
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HP Probook 4440s system restore partition erased, now it freezes at boot screen

I erased the system restore partition on my HP Probook 4440s laptop, now it hangs at the first logo when booting. If I don't change it from trying to boot from the hard drive, there is no error, it ...
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Retina MBP won't recognize Archboot flash drive

I'm trying to install Arch on a flash drive. To do so, I'm trying to first get a bootable, "live" version of Arch on the flash drive I'm going to install it on later. I've followed the instructions ...
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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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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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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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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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Boot disc isnt loading on MY system

I am trying to update the firmware on my harddisk. I grabbed seagates windows setup tool which didnt boot into the app to update the firmware so I burned their iso image. Their ISO also doesnt boot ...
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Use USB pen drive as HDD for Linux mint

I have already installed Linux mint to a USB pen drive.It is working,but slow. On a p4 2.8 Machine with 512 ram. Can i speed up this system? Any suggestions ? Thank you.
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windows 8 release preview and GRUB

On my pc I have Windows 7 on the primary partition, Linux Mint 12 on a logic partition and windows 8 release preview in an extended partition. When I installed w8 it has overwritten GRUB and ...
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Prevent Win7 boot loader from taking over the WinXP boot loader

My setup: 1 physical hard drive (500gb divided equally into 2 partitions) Windows XP Partition (Current OS) Empty Partition where I will be installing Windows 7 My question is how do I prevent ...
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Backup MBR , boot loaders etc for trouble free OS installing/uninstalling?

First I installed xp , then xp64 , then windows 8 developer preview , now I wish to install a linux flavor. This is all easy. Some months later I may want to uninstall windows 8 preview and install ...
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LFS 6.8 not booting into right kernel

(Full disclosure: I am a no linux expert, but not a complete novice.) I have been following along with Linux from Scratch 6.8 and everything has been going well. I got past an issue with GRUB (...
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How do I update grub2 on USB drive?

I have a usb drive with grub2 installed to the MBR. I'd like to add some custom entries to the boot menu but I can't figure out how to run sudo update-grub and have it affect the USB drive and not the ...
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booting to windows using grub

I was dual booting fedora and windows 7 (installed fedora second). After installing ati drivers, the fedora installation completely broke (would hand right after the progress bar). I wanted to ...
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How can I simplify my boot-loader-chain into a single menu? (ubuntu windows)

I've installed Windows XP Proffesional, Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10. On every boot my system nags me with 2 menu´s. Ubuntu Grub2 Bootloader (Ubuntu or Windows 7) Windows 7 Bootloader (Windows 7 or ...
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UEFI mode not booting

I just installed windows with a GPT drive and when I go into BIOS and turn on UEFI mode and restart it just keeps booting straight into BIOS settings. Is there a way to fix this or am I doing ...