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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
2answers
7k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
436 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
167 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
712 views

How to configure GRUB4DOS

I've integrated GRUB4DOS into my Windows 7 bootloader menu using EasyBCD. It works and I can chainload to my Linux GRUB at /dev/sda5 ((hd0,4)) but I have to do it manually every time. Grub4Dos just ...
3
votes
1answer
174 views

install grub on pendrive containing linux installation, making it system independent

i have a win7 system and i want to install debian 6 on usb flash drive. the problem is grub loader. i want to install the grub loader on usb itself, so i can just plug in the pendrive in any computer ...
0
votes
1answer
4k views

Regenerating a winload.exe

If one is missing or has a corrupted winload.exe - and winload~1.exe, winloadOLD.exe, etc. do not work - what can you do to regenerate it? (Such as after a failed logon screen customization.)
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Windows 2008 R2 Boot process

I have been stumped trying to understand some behavior I am experiencing and I was hoping someone out there could help enlighten me a bit. I think my question boils down to this: How specifically ...
6
votes
4answers
454 views

Selected wrong OS from bootloader settings and now can't do anything

I'm trying to help a friend out with an urgent issue he is having. He has two Windows 7 installations when he was starting up his computer so the bootloader menu was making him select an OS every ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Deleted Recovery partition on Dell XPS 13. Now unable to boot into windows 7

Mine is Dell xps 13 ultrabook shipped with windows 7. I thought of installing ubuntu, so I unknowingly deleted recovery partition, formatted it and installed ubuntu. Now ubuntu is working fine. But in ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
267 views

Stop bootloader from timing out and choosing default partition?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 dual-booted with Windows 7, and I am using the Ubuntu boot loader. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the fact that after 10 seconds or so, it boots into the default partition. ...
2
votes
1answer
741 views

Repair GRUB bootloader for multiboot system

I have two hard disks – one a 1TB and the other a 250 GB. I installed the OSes in the following order: Windows 7 on the first hard disk (1 TB) After that Kubuntu 12.04 on a partition (/dev/sdb7) on ...
3
votes
2answers
578 views

How to replace GRUB boot loader, from within Windows?

I have dual boot (Debian and Windows XP), and the boot is from GRUB. I want to remove Linux and grub, and restore the Windows boot. However, I cannot use installation CD to restore the MBR. Thus, I ...
0
votes
1answer
378 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
189 views

Windows 7 boot manager issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Reinstalling” the Windows 7 boot manager I was having windows 7 installed on my laptop, yesterday I tried to install Open Suse operating system. During its ...
0
votes
0answers
353 views

Can the Lenovo Thinkvantage button be disabled to avoid the need for a custom Thinkpad MBR?

I've migrated to an SSD, but no MBR magic I try works to bootup WinXP from my Lenovo T500. The problem seems to be that a Lenovo laptop requires a custom MBR to provide functionality from the ...
2
votes
1answer
19k views

How can I create a bootable DVD iso from a USB drive?

There seems to be a lot of questions / answers about doing the reverse, but not as much info for USB -> DVD. Problem I created a bootable USB drive using YUMI. The USB drive is working great, and ...
2
votes
0answers
219 views

Windows 7 Boot Loader does not show

I've recently installed a 32bit Windows7 in my computer. My old OS is Windows XP, and now I want to have the option to choose what OS I want to load, I've used the easyBCD to create the boot loader. ...
1
vote
1answer
227 views

FreeBSD - can't find kernel, finds slices but no files on them

I have an old FreeBSD 4.7 machine. When booting, I get to the loader, that says can't find 'kernel'. issuing lsdev -v returns the correct layout of the disk, but if I try to read the content of the ...
1
vote
1answer
435 views

How can I duplicate HBCD's XP boot loader with my MBR?

I'm stumped. I'm migrating a Win XP Lenovo T500 to an SSD: I copied the XP partition using EaseUS to the SSD. Aligned the boot sector using Gparted The MBR needs to be rebuilt (fair enough) ...
4
votes
2answers
13k views

How to remove boot loader entry on Windows-8?

I have just installed Windows-8 preview twice, because at first I accidentally installed it at the wrong partition and now I have got 2 entries with Windows-8 in the boot loader and would like to get ...
1
vote
0answers
769 views

grub refuses to install to raid array

I have a software raid 0 setup with dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. The GRUB bootloader that is already on the hard drive seems to work fine. However, since the latest package update for ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Unknown filesystem Grub rescue error

I have a lenovo z570, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7. Recently all my games that I've been playing stop responding due to a AppCrash. I searched for the error on Google and they ...
-2
votes
1answer
1k views

Booting Solaris from Hard Disk or USB..?

Does anyone know how to boot Solaris 11 form an internal/external HDD? I have already done dual boot form CD ROM. I just need to knoww how to boot from a USB Flash Drive and/or a HDD.
0
votes
1answer
3k views

How to install Oracle Solaris 11 with Windows 7?

I want to install Oracle Solaris with Windows 7 without Virtual Machine...like means there should be an option of dual boot means that i can select the operating system during booting and can work in ...
5
votes
2answers
168 views

Is it safe to overwrite LBA 2-2047

So back when I used WUBI before settling on using a VM, GRUB was installed (but I messed it up and had to reinstall everything (luckily I backed up)). That was back when I used Vista which starts at ...
1
vote
0answers
241 views

How to remove redundant grub from a GPT hard drive?

I once installed Debian onto my hard drive with GPT so there is a grub on it. Recently I erased Debian and install Windows Server 2012. But the grub is still there (which can launch nothing and I am ...
5
votes
2answers
3k views

Why 100MB ext2 boot partition recommended for linux?

A lot of people recommend a separate ext2 boot partition with around 100MB space for Linux installations. What is the significance of this separate boot partition.
3
votes
1answer
313 views

Moving a WIndows 7 installation to a new drive, with a caveat

The goal: I want to move my windows 7 installation from the old SSD to a new one. The problem: The 100MB system partition that windows uses to boot is on another drive. Why and how did it get there ...
5
votes
1answer
325 views

Triple booting on a Mac Book [almost there]; boot loader issues

Here is my current GPT/MBR partition table: Current GPT partition table: # Start LBA End LBA Type 1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT) 2 409640 663646255 Mac OS X ...
1
vote
2answers
68 views

2 bootloaders to load same OSes?

The question is somewhat involved, but bear with me for a minute, it's not actually that complicated. So, I have two hard discs, I suspect one of them to fail some times, but before I completely ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I discover which bootloader is installed where?

On a Debian Linux box, I'm running into a very strange situation where after power-on, GRUB fails with the error "no such partition", but if I then hit the reset button, it boots normally. I'm trying ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

Adding Windows 7 boot entry in an EFI bootloader

Long story short, I use EasyBCD and accidentally delete the Windows 7 boot entry from the boot manager. My laptop is Asus N46VZ and it uses EFI. I want to restore the bootloader by adding the windows ...
2
votes
1answer
827 views

Slow Windows 7 bootup after grub dual boot

I have a 1.5TB SATA drive with a fresh (working) installation of Windows 7 Ultimate. I decided I'd like to dual boot with Ubuntu. I have a separate 500GB drive that I wanted to use. Previously, my ...
1
vote
1answer
175 views

What is INT=10H / AX=2000H in Windows XP NTLDR?

I currently disassembled NTLDR of Windows XP. During the process of booting, NTLDR uses the following interrupt: INT 10H, AX=2000H, BX=0301H, CX=0H, DX=0H I don't know the meaning of this ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
1
vote
2answers
896 views

“Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del” message on bootup HP NC8000

I've upgraded my computer from Compaq Evo N1020V to HP NC8000 and also moved my half-year old HDD drive Samsung HM160HC to it. I've got one partition. It was working fine for 2 days and then after ...
1
vote
0answers
171 views

Windows 7 Bootloader on restart and Windows 8 bootloader on Shutdown

Recently i had 3 OS on my system . First i installed Windows 7 . Then windows 8 rtm. then fedora. Everything went great. I always saw windows 8 bootloader. ( ofcourse it didnt show fedora in it ). So ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

Is it possible to boot from a flash drive that also contains data?

I read about the Evil Maid attack, and thought of partitioning a flash drive, putting a bootloader on one partition and storing data on the other. Is this possible, or is there some alternative that ...
5
votes
2answers
193 views

Boot windows 7 from a disk image of custom format

Windows 7 has an ability to boot from alternative sources besides plain disk partitions - for example it can boot natively from VHD or WIM. Is the handling of above mentioned formats hardcoded into ...
40
votes
9answers
181k views

How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?

I installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 in EFI mode on a hard disk some days ago. Today, the bootloader got missing/corrupted. I currently have the Windows 8 installer on a flash drive and tried using ...
0
votes
1answer
245 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
173 views

Why is my Windows 7 installation failing when a new bootable Linux drive is inserted?

Ok so I just got a new SSD for my laptop. I have installed Windows 7 on the SSD and can successfully boot into Windows 7. I took the SSD out and put in the normal hard drive and installed Ubuntu onto ...
2
votes
2answers
966 views

Dual boot with 2 Hard drives

I have 2 old hard drives (they are both ATA) and I have one ATA ribbon cable with 2 connector. I install Linux on one harddrive and Windows 7 on the other. I can use them by switching the harddrives. ...
1
vote
1answer
923 views

How can I install a legacy bootloader on a Windows EFI system?

Background Information / My Reasons: I want to use the chameleon bootloader to boot a windows 7 installation, windows was installed in EFI mode on a GPT partitioned disk. When chameleon loads I see ...
0
votes
2answers
524 views

Windows doesn't boot, Ubuntu does

I needed more space on my Ubuntu partition so I shrunk my Windows 7 partition by 25GB and then went into GParted on a live USB so I could extend my Ubuntu partition. At the same time I deleted the ...
2
votes
0answers
418 views

GRUB will not work

I am having trouble with my hard disk. Previously, I had a working Linux Mint Debian Edition partition and a Windows XP partition, all working and bootable through GRUB. However, I decided to replace ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

SSD missing boot record

I just bought an OCZ 120gb Agility 3 SSD for my Dell XPS 15 (L501X). I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional and had no issues for about a day or two. After doing some Windows updates, ...
3
votes
3answers
36k views

Missing boot files in Windows 8

I had a partition with Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows' System Reserved partition and the empty space of the beginning of disk. I moved two partitions to the beginning of disk using Ubuntu Live CD ...
1
vote
3answers
296 views

Confused about boot.ini

I recently read a little bit about boot.ini and I am a little confused. From what I understood, boot.ini works kind of like menu.lst for GRUB (or any of the other files that GRUB needs). So, if ...