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

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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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About install Windows alongside Ubuntu

My situation is: I have 1T harddisk. I used first 300G for Ubuntu. And remain 700 has nothing on it now. Right now. I want to install a win8 preview version on spare space. BUT, I have bad ...
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Remove grub and restore WinXP bootpage

Is there any way to remove grub and restore WinXP's bootpage? It is on netbook so I have no possibility to boot any CD, which didn't come with this netbook anyway. BTW, does deleting the Ubuntu ...
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How to get the Windows 7 bootloader back after installing XP, as well?

So I installed XP on a partition alongside Windows 7 and I have lost the Windows 7 bootloader. I'd like to have it back, even if it means getting rid of XP, as I no longer need it. How can I ...
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How can I choose my OS from the bootloader without a keyboard?

I've partitioned the hard drive on my Surface and installed Ubuntu on it. Touch works perfectly in Ubuntu, but the Grub bootloader still requires the keyboard, preventing me from choosing my OS ...
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Multi-Boot: How to repair Windows 10 boot after Linux Mint upgrade?

I have an triple-booting iMac (Linux Mint, OSX, WINDOWS 10) with rEFInd installed. The following partitions listed using sudo gdisk -l in Linux Mint 17.3: Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size ...
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Arch-Win7 dual boot laptop freezes, and then is unable to boot

I have a Dell Precision laptop, with a Arch-Windows 7 dual boot, 64bits systems, GRUB2 as boot loader, and a single SSD. I found myself browsing around for reasons which I will not explain to this ...
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Restore Windows bootloader on Virtual Machine [duplicate]

I recently p2v'ed my old Computer into a virtual machine. Since it had a dual-boot and I only copied the Windows partition this broke GRUB. I can still boot Windows with Rescatux though. So my ...
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rEFInd boot-manager - 'volume' as GUID?

How can I properly set a volume setting on a boot option in 'refind.conf' by using an GUID of it's partition? My current setting is but 'refind' fails telling me that the specified file was not found ...
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How can I change my BIOS startup screen? How can I backup my BIOS?

I want to know all the safe ways to change the bios startup screen for my lenovo Y500. Instead of lenovo's logo can I have a GIF? Can I have sound with it? Can I time it such that the screen is blank ...
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When installing linux how does the root file system get created in disk?

I understand the Linux boot process fairly well. But the first time installation is pretty vague to me. How does the root file system (/etc, /bin, /sbin etc.) get created in the disk with the ...
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Installing Windows on an external hard drive without interfering with bootloader

I want to install Windows on an external hard drive (connected via USB). Then I want to connect this drive to another computer via SATA. The problem is that when I did the same thing with Ubuntu I was ...
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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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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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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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GRUB config file booting issue

I have installed Linux and Windows on same system, Linux is loaded by default on system startup and from Linux I restart the OS. What I want to do is on next restart I want to automatically load ...
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How should I get my bootloader working for my Ubuntu, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on VHD?

I have a dual-boot system - 2 partitions - 1 Windows 7 and 1 Ubuntu 11.04 - using the Windows 7 boot-loader, with the Ubuntu boot option added via EasyBCD. I also installed the Windows 8 preview on a ...
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Bootloader problem - Windows XP and Windows 7, dropping Linux

I have a fairly new PC. When I first bought it, I set it to dual boot Windows XP and OpenSUSE Linux. When OpenSUSE died (strictly just X and/or KDE) for no clear reason, it was the final straw that ...
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How to restore bootloader or bootsector for Windows Vista?

I've restored NTFS containing Windows Vista. But the bootloader or bootsector got corrupted. How can i detect what of them got corrupted? How can i restore bootloader if it's corrupted? How can i ...
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Can I format a disk from GRUB?

Opensuse 11.4 seems to be creating problems with booting from USB devices. (I have read in a couple places that people are having similar problems.) Every time I try to boot from a different live USB ...
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How can I repair a Windows 7 bootloader without a Windows 7 disk?

My boss's laptop is unable to boot. He told me it had hard crashed so he removed the battery. After inserting the battery again and turning on the machine it gets past POST ("The Toshiba Screen") but ...
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Is it possible to run TrueCrypt bootloader on a Sony Vaio S?

We run TrueCrypt bootloader on Sony Vaio E series laptops and it runs fine requiring users to enter a password before the machine will load the OS. However, on the Sony S series laptops, TrueCrupt ...
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NTLDR missing Windows XP [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: missing NTLDR / no CD drive recognition I have a Windows XP system and the NTLDR error appears. Any advice?
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Installing WinXP after Win7 but on different partitions - comments wanted

I would be installing Win XP 32 Bit SP3 on the second partition with Win 7 on the 3rd partition. The 1st partition is the 100MB system partition that the Win 7 installation creates. The first issue ...
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Boot computer from a Windows XP VM Image?

It seems as this isn't impossible but I haven't found any software that does this, except this one, but it isn't even released yet: vBoot. My objective is: Install Windows XP in a VM and save it as ...
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How do I recover from a grub renaming issue?

I am currently dual-booting Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 with grub 1.98 as the bootloader. I recently decided to edit the grub menu to remove the old Ubuntu kernels, so I followed the instructions of ...
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Copying to a USB boot sector on Ubuntu

How to copy a file (boot file) to address zero on a USB flash drive? I am using Ubuntu.
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Restoring any kind of Boot Loader to a non-booting multi-partition Vista/XP machine

I have a Dell 1210 laptop that was dual booting Vista (80Gig Primary Partition) with XP (20Gig partition). I recently used GParted to try and shrink the Vista Partition size and increase the XP ...
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Fedora lost from bootloader

Initially I had Windows10 on one of my primary partitions. Then I installed Fedora on one other primary partition. Till then both Fedora and Windows were showing up in bootloader. Recently I formatted ...
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Windows 8 removes grub2 as default bootloader

I have a dualboot setup where I keep Linux distros in separated partitions on one SSD, and my Windows drive on another. Recently, I had to wipe my Windows drive and reinstall Windows, which was great ...
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Ubuntu installatiion on external usb hard disk doesn't load

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04.3 on a usb external hard disk using this youtube video tutorial: Tutorial: Install Ubuntu 13.04 To An External Hard Drive I have windows 10 installed on the common ...
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Install bootloader for Windows 10 after Ubuntu installation

I installed Ubuntu on an external drive following a tutorial and the tutorial said that I had to install the bootloader into the external drive. After the installation finished I could boot to Ubuntu ...
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Can't boot windows from a clone of my working harddrive

My goal: Clone everything on C: to my SSD drive f:, then use the old "c:" for data. Some threads say I need GPT (on one? both?) I think it's already set to F: bedcause the convert button is gray in ...
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How to manually setup grub on a seperate boot partition with LVM over LUKS full disk encryption?

I've installed Linux Mint 17.2, with a hard drive partitioned as follows: sdc1 - 100MB ext2 for boot sdc2 - rest of disk as LUKS -> Physical Volume -> LVM Volume The logical volumes are: / /...
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Repair bootloader for fedora 22 after install windows

I already have fedora 22 and windows 7 in my machine , i wanna to upgrade to windows 10 but in fact i'm afraid to losing fedora i have read the fedora documentation but still afraid to start this ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu

I just got a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I am flabbergasted on dual booting -- having the record in the boot manager. Cliff Notes It came with Windows 8.1. I shrunk the Windows partition (within windows ...
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PC won't start after editing fstab

I have a box with Intel P5LD2-X/1333 motherboard. I installed 2 GB RAM. The box was working as it should, no problems basically. I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on it. After editing the fstab file, I tried ...
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GRUB Bootloader not loading

I had 2 partitions Partition 1 - Ubuntu Partition 2 - Empty So I installed Windows 8 on 'Partition 2' and now I can't load the Ubuntu OS as it directly loads Windows. How do I get back the Grub ...
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Awful beeping sound on boot

I formated the entire hard drive and installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a Macbook 5.2. Ubuntu boots decently fast, however there is a disconcerning garbled image on screen: After that Ubuntu runs fairly ...
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CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE set but hardcoded vga-boot-parameter ignored?

I have build a custom linux kernel with the options: ... CONFIG_CMDLINE_BOOL=y CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE=y CONFIG_CMDLINE="initrd=linux_os.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/sbin/init ramdisk_size=25600 ...
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How to enter Advanced Boot Options menu on Windows 7 without bootloader?

I need a way to enter the Advanced Boot Options menu of Windows 7. The computer is dualbooting with Linux, so GRUB2 has taken the place of Windows bootloader. So pressing F8 on boot won't do anything. ...
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MBR bootsector that boots the active partition

I have the burg bootloader currently installed on my mbr (+ the following sectors), and I would like to install it on the boot partition, and replace the mbr with a simple one that will boot the ...
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Trouble with installing Ubuntu in HP ProBook 4530s

I installed many times Ubuntu in my ProBook 4530s along with Windows 8.1 but I can't boot that when I start the system, and also I fully installed the Ubuntu on my pc. But when the installation got ...
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Parts involved in starting PC and making it usable

Going from the most basic to most abstract what is the order of things that are used when a PC is powered on? Is the BIOS loaded first? I heard the BIOS is responsible for loading the bootloader and ...
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Booting From VHD Windows 7 Stop Error 0x0000007B

I have created a a boot entry with EasyBCD 2.2, and I used a VHD that is on my C: partition. The VHD is Windows 7 Pro x86. Then I went to the edit boot menu to check that it was showing, and I hit ...
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Recover Windows 8.1 MBR without a working Windows system available

I just screwed over my MBR and Windows won't boot. I don't have a working Windows system available to create a recovery USB disk. My laptop doesn't have a CDROM drive. How do I create a recovery disk ...
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My Toshiba laptop restarts again and again

Please help on how to fix my Toshiba laptop. After reformatting, all data has installed properly, drivers are perfectly installed and no error. After installing I restarted my laptop as the ...
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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 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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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 (...