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

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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 ...
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Bootloader on USB flash drive, data on USB HDD

It might sound absurd, but I'd like to configure a bootloader on a USB flash drive to load from a removable HDD. The reason why is that the data fits on the HDD (where it has its own partition) but it ...
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Booting Linux live CD from USB?

I'm using the Ultimate Boot CD, and I've added a bunch of customized .iso's to it. I can boot into those .iso files fine, but most of them are mini-versions of Linux that are designed to run off of a ...
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how to broadcast a PXE server like Trinity Rescue Kit

I would like to set up a portable PXE server for diagnostic purposes. The issue is that I won't always have access to the DHCP server, or the router itself (sometimes a home router) doesn't have an ...
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How can I repair Windows Vista after installing Windows XP on an external drive?

I now know that this was stupid, due to Windows ability to screw itself over beyond all repair, but I was trying to fix a dead hard-drive from a laptop by connecting it to my desktop, formatting it, ...
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Are there any discs that boot directly into safe mode out there?

I've got a new HP laptop, and once I removed all the default HP junk that's on there, it now has trouble booting. I'm intended to just reformat the thing completely and start fresh with a real ...
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Add Windows Vista to the grub menu

I had Windows Vista installed on my computer and created a partition to install Fedora 15. I chose the option to install fedora on any free space, so it should have installed on the empty partition. ...
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How to make a floppy image and overwrite the MBR

I am trying to make a floppy image with a working file system so that I can test a 2 stage boot loader. When I attempt to mount the floppy and then cp the second binary over to it, mount gets all ...
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How to manage/create multiple partitions (for multiple OS'es)?

How do I divide my hard drive into multiple OS'es/partitions for my test machine? For example: Win XP Win 7 Gentoo Ubuntu Storage Can Linux'es share swap area? I was told to leave the first ...
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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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Uninstall Ubuntu from a XP/Ubuntu dual-boot without XP-cd

I have a laptop with XP SP2 and Ubuntu dualboot. I want to remove Ubuntu from the dualboot. This is pretty trivial (remove the Ubuntu partitions), the problem is fixing the MBR. Currently the laptop's ...
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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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Where does the Boot-loader reside?

Here are 2 questions I want to ask. Where does the Boot-loader reside? Is it in the MBR (Master Boot Record) or the Partition Boot sector? Suppose I installed Windows OS in my "D" drive, then where ...
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How to restore WindowXP loader within running Windows?

How can i restore WindowXP loader after installation of boot manager(GRUB, LILO,..). I can boot to windows, so it may be restored within windows enviroment.
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What differences are between firmware and software/OS?

I was wondering what differences are between firmware and software? What differences are between firmware and OS? Are boot-loaders firmware? Bios is. How about GNU grub? Is grub software or firmware? ...
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Problem with grub loder after updating to Ubuntu 10.10 from 10.04

I have installed Ubuntu 10.04 from Windows using the Windows Installer provided by Ubuntu. Then I tried to update to 10.10 and installed the GRUB loader that came with 10.10. Now I can't see either ...
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LFS 6.8 not booting into right kernel

(Full disclosure: I am a no linux expert, but not a complete novice.) I have been following along with Linux from Scratch 6.8 and everything has been going well. I got past an issue with GRUB ...
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Problems with Grub 2 booting priority

Right now I have this setup: /dev/sda1 is NTFS where I store my cross-platform accessible pictures/videos/etc. /dev/sda2 is my Windows 7 boot partition /dev/sdb1 is ext4 partition with Ubuntu 11.04 ...
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How to embed-assign a catalog assigned driver?

"Drivers can be signed in one of two ways: catalog signing (which includes the signature in a catalog file) or embedded signing (which embeds the signature in the driver file)." I was looking over a ...
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Laptop gets GRUB error 21 when turned on without external hard drive (w/ Linux) attached

I have Windows Vista on my notebook's internal hard drive and Kubuntu Linux on the external hard drive. My notebook has lost all portability because it cannot boot into Windows without the external ...
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Some questions regarding PXE servers and multi-booting

I currently work in a technology help desk for my college, where we fix the personal computers of all the students. We have hundreds of DVD's and CD's that we use to boot into all kinds of different ...
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Windows 7 edit the boot menu (Remember selection from boot to boot)

I've installed a computer with Windows XP and Windows 7 each in a different hard disk. Boot menu works great, but... is it possible to make boot menu remember the selection from boot to boot? I ...
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Reinstalling Windows 7 Bootloader

On a computer running windows 7, I created a new partition and installed Ubuntu on the empty partition. Then in windows, I deleted the partition that ubuntu was installed on. After restarting my ...
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Boot from USB stick, with old bios (no usb-boot option)?

Are there any ways to boot from USB stick on old PCs, whose BIOS doesn't have any USB-boot option? do you know of any workarounds ? ps: the BIOS is up-to-date.
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Will reformatting second drive affect my bootloader?

I currently dual boot Windows 7 and XP. I know XP was installed first, and then at some point, I added a hard drive with Windows 7. I used EasyBCD from Windows 7 to setup the bootloader. Now, I would ...
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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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Configure bootloader for usb bootable Linux?

I've installed CentOS 5.5 64-bit on an external WD 500GB HDD. I went through the installation setup, and formatted the external HDD normally. (100M /boot, 250GB /, 248GB /tmp , 2.8GB swap). I also ...
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My Dell latitude d610 will not boot up

I have a Dell latitude d610 which for some odd reason will not boot up or let me reinstall Windows 7. It keep asking me to load drivers but is not showing any drivers to load. I tried putting Windows ...
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How can I boot multiple operating systems without choosing the OS at the physical machine?

Sorry for the hard to understand title but it's difficult to describe in one sentence. What I'd like to do is install Windows and several different versions of Linux on the same system. After ...