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

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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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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 ...
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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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secondary SATA drive in SATA1 vs SATA3 - EFI booting and BIOS problems

I just got a new PC (HP P7-1380T) with Windows 7 preinstalled. The machine is set up for EFI booting without 'secure boot'. I had planned to install my old SATA drive (dual-boot XP and Linux with ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Grub loading, please wait. . . Error 22

Yesterday I got a problem which I posted here. Trying to solve it, I installed slitaz live CD to desktop. After that I tried to use boot other live CD's (Ubuntu, Tiny core) but they didn't boot. So I ...
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Writing an MBR from inside windows

I assumed that this would be simple, but it turns out not to be the case. I wish to create an MBR/bootloader record that simply points to the installation of windows that is actually running at the ...
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How do I pick the right kernel arguments to boot from the FILES on a linux LiveCD USB?

I think I've been through just about every post on this site about this and can't find anyone who will shed light on all those mysterious arguments that get passed to the linux kernel by grub! What I ...