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

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Proper way of installing new SSD in a dual-boot machine

I've recently purchased a SSD where I plan to install Windows 7 from scratch. I't has a SATA 6Gbps interface. The machine where it is going to be installed is a dual-boot PC with a single HDD ...
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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 ...
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Boot an Eee PC from USB? Or handle grub prompt?

My Eee PC (ok, not mine ... my friend's) is suddenly stalling in the grub bootloader . It was running Ubuntu. He says "nothing changed" but I'm not totally convinced because that makes no sense. I ...
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Safe to shutdown by pressing power button 1. in bios setting mode 2. in bootloader?

Is it safe to shutdown my PC by pressing the power button while it's in the BIOS setting mode? while it's in a bootloader (in my case grub), without a timeout? If not, are there any good way to ...
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Creating bootable USB drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? I'm wanting to install another OS on my network with no CD drive and wondering how to create a bootable ISO on a USB drive. ...
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How to boot linux kernel without bootloader?

By default to boot image bzImage of a Linux kernel you need to use the bootloader. If you try to boot the image directly it will give the error: Booting from Hard Disk... Direct booting from floppy ...
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Change windows 7 as the primary bootloader

Uh, I'll first tell you the history of OS Changes that have ever occurred to my computer : First I installed Windows 7 on a partition (333 GB). Next after Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released, I ...
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Restoring the Windows 7 boot loader after uninstalling Windows 8?

A while back I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my PC. As expected, I quickly grew bored of it, and uninstalled it. I removed the whole partition on which I had installed the OS, and ...
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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 mobo won't boot from USB flash drive

I am trying to boot BAMT, a Linux distribution based on Debian via USB on a brand new Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 motherboard. I tried various flash drive and various OS. I never had this problem with ASUS ...
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Restore a bootloader with no accessible partitions?

I recently deleted my openSUSE partition, and before deletion was using the default SUSE bootloader whenever I wanted to access my other partitions, such as Win7. When SUSE went, so did the bootloader ...
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I used windows 7 in dual boot with opensuse, I deleted the partition on the opensuse, but how can I delete grub bootloader?

I already tried using a windows 7 disk for repair, and I tried the bootrec.exe commands in command prompt as well but they don't work, the automatic repair also does not work. Is there any way to ...
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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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Fastest way to restore Windows 7's original MBR?

I have removed GRUB's partition, and I wanted to restore the original Windows boot part. WinToFlash failed again to make my pendrive bootable, thus I'm in a bit of a trouble now. I looked all ...
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install GRUB onto a CD

I have got about 10 Linux installation ISOs. I want to put them all onto 1 CD/DVD, so that when the CD/DVD gets booted, it will give me a GRUB menu asking which Linux I want to install. How do I do ...
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Lock files on LiveUSB

This is kind of two questions in one. I have Hirens on my 2GB flash drive. Somehow, while tweaking and adding files to the list, I killed the bootability. I had used unetbootin to create the usb. ...
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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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Is there a utility to create a multi-Windows bootable USB stick?

After reading this article on the SuperUser blog I set out to create a (primarily) Windows boot/install USB, with hopefully a few utilities on it as well (see my answer here for examples). I've ...
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Windows 7 won't load unless other harddrives “disconnect”ed in UEFI shell

I have three disks, one GPT partitioned containing Windows 7 and Debian, the other MBR partitioned containing CentOS, and the other one MBR partitioned, empty. It used to work (loading Windows boot ...
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Copy existing Ubuntu drive to partition on new hard drive

I have a new laptop with two partitions, one is currently loaded with Windows 7, the other is blank. I'm pretty familiar with using dd to backup/copy drives, but I'm wondering how I will deal with ...
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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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How do the 'EFI system partition' and UEFI *.efi files relate?

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Extensible Firmware ...
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Realtime Bootloader?

Does there exist a bootloader which can scan your disks for operating systems on startup, rather than requiring manual setting up of the bootloader? This would make it very easy for a layperson to ...
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Can't boot into Windows after removing Linux

I had Linux Ubuntu and Windows dual booting from my computer. I used Gparted to remove the Linux Ubuntu partitions, now I can't get into Windows. I think it's got something to do with the Linux ...
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Recover truecrypt partition without MBR + recovery disk?

I destroyed my mbr and have no truecrypt rescue disk. However, I do know my password and my encryption setup (e.g. hashing functions and ciphers used). This happened after an upgrade to version 7.0a ...
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Install a Bootloader to Boot Another Partition

I currently have an external hard drive that is partitioned to 3 parts: dev/sdb1 - Files dev/sdb2 - Kubuntu 11.10 dev/sdb3 - linux-swap I'm using GRUB on my built-in HDD in order to boot ...
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Fresh install Windows 7 bootloader with Command-Line tools only [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get the Windows 7 bootloader back after installing XP, as well? How can I freshly reinstall the bootloader? Using the tools bcdedit.exe, bootrec.exe, and/or ...
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How to boot from DVD when BIOS doesn't seem to give the option to change the boot source?

Have just bought a 2nd hand PC with Windows 7 Ultimate installed. I want to boot off DVD, but when the DVD is in the drive Windows still boots up. I hit < f2 > to get into the BIOS menu, and it ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 doesn't boot after installation, only boots into Windows 7

Windows 7 was pre-installed on my machine. Ubuntu 11.10 doesn't boot after I installed it. Once Ubuntu finished its installation, I restarted. After that, it just boots straight to Windows 7, no ...
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How do I make my Boot Camp partition bootable again?

I needed to resize my Boot Camp partition so I used Gparted to move and resize it. This seemed to work, except that now I can't boot into Windows. I can boot into OS X just fine. OS X can recognize ...
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I got an “NTLDR is missing” on Win XP and fixed it, but why did this happen and how did this fix work?

So, believe me, I've read all the related posts on how to fix "NTLDR is missing" issues on SuperUser and this is not that question. I actually did manage to fix my problem, but I don't entirely ...
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Recovering GRUB/Arch Linux after installing Windows 7

So on my desktop I have Arch Linux installed but I need to dual boot with Windows 7. After installing Windows 7, it's bootloader takes over and the original GRUB is gone. Now, I've done this before ...
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How do I set C:\ drive as active after marking my D:\ drive as active?

Hi all I was reading through this article which warns us: I was wondering what does it mean by "stop working" ? If I mark my D:\ drive as active, how will I be able to change it back to C:\ drive ...
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Need to fix Windows MBR without using a CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need to fix Windows MBR without using a CD I have a laptop which was Linux/Windows 7 dual-boot. I need to get rid of the Linux partition so that it only boots into ...
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Windows 7 Boot Loader — modify boot options while booting?

While booting with the Windows 7 Boot Manager, I have, by accident, triggered a screen which allows me to edit the boot command line, before the OS boots (similar to how GRUB allows you to press E and ...
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Why does my Gentoo installation DVD stall on the boot menu?

I am trying to boot Gentoo from a DVD on an old laptop of mine that has Windows 98 on the existing hard drive. The BIOS comes up fine, finds the bootable DVD and launches the Gentoo menu which asks ...
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Does Windows system image include the boot partition?

I'm planning to switch my boot drive to an SSD. I've reduced the size of my C:\ drive so it would fit on the SSD, and made a system image via Windows Backup and Restore. I'm not certain if the 100MB ...
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Full disk encryption on dual boot system using TrueCrypt

I'm thinking about encrypting my whole harddrive for example using TrueCrypt, which I've used for encrypting file containers for a while. It is possible to encrypt the whole harddisk through the ...
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Run Ubuntu Linux on a MacBook Pro

I'm trying to run Ubuntu Linux on my Mac but it doesn't work. When the system starts, a black screen appears with the message "Unable to find a medium containing a live file system." I also tried ...
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Ways of cloning a USB key without use of dd?

I am trying to clone a bootable USB key. Obviously dd would to the trick nicely, but since the actual size of the files on my drive is ~15MB I end up waiting for a bunch of minutes while dd copies ...
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Changed arch linux boot manager to burg…cant boot now

Here is my setup (which worked fine with grub, and fine with burg when I was using Ubuntu): sda1 -/boot sda2 -/root (encrypted with LUKS sda3 -/win7 I replaced grub with burg this afternoon and ...
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GRUB error: unknown filesystem

I replaced my old laptop drive which was win7 and ubuntu dual boot with an SSD. Now I connected the old drive through a USB adapter and I want to boot from it. But this comes up: unknown filesystem ...
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Multiple boot loaders

I know this isn't necessarily practical, but from a purely academic standpoint, I'm wondering if it is possible to install multiple boot loaders on a disk. Would it be possible to install several ...
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How can I remove the bootloader from a Windows XP partition?

My laptop was originally setup with Windows XP a few years ago. When Windows 7 came out I turned it into a dual-boot PC, but the bootloader still resided in Windows XP. Then a few months ago I got a ...
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Custom file in Grub 2

I have a image file which needs to boot along with my Ubuntu. When I open /etc/grub.d/10_linux for example, I see a lot of code written there. What is the typical format for writing a custom file ...
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Most painless way to restore Windows 7 bootloader?

What is the most painless way to restore the Windows 7 bootloader without a Windows DVD?
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Help fix grub rescue

I have windows 7 netbook. I repartitioned 100GB size and I installed Ubuntu 11.4 on it and boot master is GRUB. Today, I accidentally chose Windows Recover Partition, it loaded up and I exited it ...
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Multi Boot USB Stick [duplicate]

I have several Boot CD's/DVD's where I'm able to make a bootable USB-stick and put into it. But I can do this separately only. Is it possible to merge several bootable CD's/DVD's into a single ...
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unetbootin (syslinux?) — adding memtest86 to my bootable USB drive

The only way I have been able to reliably load a windows install disc onto USB is using Unetbootin and a FAT32 formatted drive. I do this because it is significantly faster to install windows this way ...
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Windows 8: Boot to non-Windows OS

I previously had an install of Windows 7 on one drive, and an install of Fedora on the other hard drive. I have a partition on the second drive for GRUB, and the normal Windows bootloader partition on ...
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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 ...