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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.)
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...