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

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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 ...
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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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Slow Windows 7 bootup after grub dual boot

I have a 1.5TB SATA drive with a fresh (working) installation of Windows 7 Ultimate. I decided I'd like to dual boot with Ubuntu. I have a separate 500GB drive that I wanted to use. Previously, my ...
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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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How to remove the windows 7 bootloader from my OEM partition?

I have a laptop with an OEM partition containing the files for a recovery of Windows XP. In the past I've used this OEM partition by setting it active and let the computer boot it. It would ...
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“Disk read error, press ctrl+alt+del” message on bootup HP NC8000

I've upgraded my computer from Compaq Evo N1020V to HP NC8000 and also moved my half-year old HDD drive Samsung HM160HC to it. I've got one partition. It was working fine for 2 days and then after ...
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Windows 7 Bootloader on restart and Windows 8 bootloader on Shutdown

Recently i had 3 OS on my system . First i installed Windows 7 . Then windows 8 rtm. then fedora. Everything went great. I always saw windows 8 bootloader. ( ofcourse it didnt show fedora in it ). So ...
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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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Boot windows 7 from a disk image of custom format

Windows 7 has an ability to boot from alternative sources besides plain disk partitions - for example it can boot natively from VHD or WIM. Is the handling of above mentioned formats hardcoded into ...
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How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?

I installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 in EFI mode on a hard disk some days ago. Today, the bootloader got missing/corrupted. I currently have the Windows 8 installer on a flash drive and tried using ...
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windows 8 release preview and GRUB

On my pc I have Windows 7 on the primary partition, Linux Mint 12 on a logic partition and windows 8 release preview in an extended partition. When I installed w8 it has overwritten GRUB and ...
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Why is my Windows 7 installation failing when a new bootable Linux drive is inserted?

Ok so I just got a new SSD for my laptop. I have installed Windows 7 on the SSD and can successfully boot into Windows 7. I took the SSD out and put in the normal hard drive and installed Ubuntu onto ...
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Dual boot with 2 Hard drives

I have 2 old hard drives (they are both ATA) and I have one ATA ribbon cable with 2 connector. I install Linux on one harddrive and Windows 7 on the other. I can use them by switching the harddrives. ...
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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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Windows doesn't boot, Ubuntu does

I needed more space on my Ubuntu partition so I shrunk my Windows 7 partition by 25GB and then went into GParted on a live USB so I could extend my Ubuntu partition. At the same time I deleted the ...
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GRUB will not work

I am having trouble with my hard disk. Previously, I had a working Linux Mint Debian Edition partition and a Windows XP partition, all working and bootable through GRUB. However, I decided to replace ...
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SSD missing boot record

I just bought an OCZ 120gb Agility 3 SSD for my Dell XPS 15 (L501X). I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional and had no issues for about a day or two. After doing some Windows updates, ...
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Missing boot files in Windows 8

I had a partition with Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows' System Reserved partition and the empty space of the beginning of disk. I moved two partitions to the beginning of disk using Ubuntu Live CD ...
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Confused about boot.ini

I recently read a little bit about boot.ini and I am a little confused. From what I understood, boot.ini works kind of like menu.lst for GRUB (or any of the other files that GRUB needs). So, if ...
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Dual Boot - OS on Workstation with 6 TB (4 Independent HD's) [closed]

I have a great high end HP Workstation with 6-TB (4 Independent HD's) I would like to add the latest Linux os desktop and Ubuntu 12.04 - in addition to the 2 Windows 7 OSs I have, and if possible to ...
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How to boot directly into Vista and Windows 8 from Grub without the Microsoft boot manager?

I have Vista and Windows 8 installed each on a primary partition and use Grub as boot manager. The problem is that Grub can no longer directly boot into Vista after the installation of Windows 8, as ...
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Why there is a partition type in GUID Partition Table?

Why there is a partition type in GUID Partition Table? What are they using for?
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how to enable caches in u-boot for imx boards?

Since I am working on boot time optimization for imx boards , I heard enabling caches(D-cache or I-cache) in u-boot causes improvements in boot performance.Can any one suggest the way to enable ...
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Boot Linux from DOS (with loadlin.exe etc)

I have been using the latest version of loadlin.exe (version 1.6e). It works on some machines but on others I get "no place after kernel for initrd". The kernel is about 5MB in size (non-modular) and ...
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Make winXP live USB or at least bootable USB from OpenSuse to play Diablo 3 from that USB

I bought Diablo 3 (windows and Mac game) and I want to play it on my notebook, but I have only OpenSuse installed on it and I can't dual boot, because I can't backup the files and have the maximum ...
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How can I create a bootable SD card with linux kernel?

I just order an ARM Cortex A8 development board with preinstalled Android, but instead of the preinstalled OS I would like to use Linux, so I compiled the kernel with success, but I don't know how can ...
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Need help making a bootable portable USB hard drive. [Utility I need will only create bootable CDs or USB flash drives]

I've got a copy of Spotmau's Bootsuite 2012, which is an utterly fantastic tool. It has completely replaced Bart PE for me, and I relied on BPE for YEARS. Anyway, the issue I'm having is that the ...
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How to boot an WIM image?

Is it possible to boot from a Windows WIM image or is that not possible? What's the difference between ISO and WIM?
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Windows XP ruined my Windows 7 bootloader and rescue disc doesn't works, what do I do now?

I have 3 HDDs, one for Windows 7(x64), the other for Ubuntu(x64 too) and XP, and the 3rd for Ubuntu's SWAP and storage. XPs bootloader copied itself on top of both 7s and GRUB. No biggie at first, I ...
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Restore the windows bootloader without the CD

I will be giving my desktop to my brother soon. He is a gamer, so he has no need for a dual-boot Linux install. I can easily remove the Linux partitions and re size the Windows partition, but this ...
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Dual Booting with 2 HDDs & Syslinux

I've recently installed Arch linux and I'm using Syslinux as my bootloader. I'm using the following option to attempt to boot Windows on a separate disk to the disk Syslinux is on. LABEL windows ...
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BIOS flash can load grub but not an OS

I have a Gigabyte motherboard with Award BIOS. After flashing the BIOS to the next revision, I noticed that GRUB 2 loads perfectly fine, but starting an OS (Windows 7, Arch Linux) fails to startup ...
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Boot options screen

Is it possible to create something more sleek? So like all you see is two boxes, one with the Ubuntu logo and one with the Windows logo? Any software for this or anything? Would it be something about ...
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Can't boot into Windows 7 from GRUB

So a while ago I installed Ubuntu. I was hoping I would be able to use Windows boot loader to choose between Windows 7 and Ubuntu every time I booted, but no Linux had to install GRUB. After a while ...
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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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Hidden bootloader

I need a bootloader that will work as described: I want my computer to boot Windows, that is my main OS installed on a primary bootable partition. However, I'd like to have a 2-3 second span with ...
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Is possible to load Windows 7 from the eSATA drive, even if it's not supported in BIOS?

I'm using a laptop which has eSATA connection. I would like to install Windows 7 on the external disk (to have it completely separated from the OS on the internal hdd). According to the manufacturer, ...
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Why do we need a boot loader?

After the BIOS, or something similar that serves as a firmware, is started, the control is passed to the bootloader, as far as I know. Why can't the BIOS load the OS kernel directly? Also, the ...
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Boot menu that allows you to select boot partition

I'm sure this sounds like a question that's been answered a million times, but I can't find anything related to what I need. What I have is a USB drive that, as far as I can tell, has been formatted ...
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Unetbootin and Windows 7

I use Unetbootin on WinXP and I have a Windows 7 iso that I want to make a USB bootable with. Everything works fine. I can boot the USB, but then I come to bootloader screen and I only see one option ...
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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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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 ...