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

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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 ...
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Grub rescue, unknown file system. Can't boot into Windows 7

I am confused, so I am also going to use this question to get clarification and fix my computer. Some background: I had Windows 7 on a 1 TB HDD and decided to partition my hard drive into two ~500 GB ...
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Dual-booting Windows and Linux: Why install Windows first?

I've read that, when configuring a dual-boot system, you should install Windows first to avoid any issues. However, I have not read an explanation that makes sense to me. Some questions: I'm ...
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Moved Windows 7 partition, now it doesn't boot

This is my current partition structure: (Full size version here.) Previously that green free space was on the left side of L: I had XP first and then installed Windows 7 to L:. So the L: is the C: ...
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Booting ubuntu from grub after reinstall [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can't boot to Ubuntu after installing Windows 7 Hello all, I recently added another partition to my hardrive where ubuntu was installed to and afterwards when I ...
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Is there a software in windows that enables you to boot from a specific partition?

I use acronis true image to mount images to my primary partition and it works great. lets say I have 3 partitions on my hard disk and all of them each is 600 GB. In the 3rd partition I keep files ...
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Modify Windows Bootloader to boot to SDCard

Is it possible to modify the windows bootloader to boot another OS installed on a sdcard. The computer I have does not detect the sdcard as a bootable device in the bios. Are there any other ...
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Need alternative to booting from bootloader. Dead HARD DRIVE

The hard drive in my computer is dead and the Xubuntu installer is saying that it cannot install a bootloader on the external hard drive on which I am attmpting to install Xubuntu on. What is a fix? ...
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deleted suse 11.2 now my computer wont start

I originally had Windows 7 installed and later installed SUSE 11.2 on a different partition. After later deleting the Linux partition my PC now won't start. Is there a way to install both without ...
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Fix windows xp bootloader from existing windows installation

I have copied my Windows XP installation to a new hard drive. Now, the bootloader needs to be fixed, which can be done with a recovery disk. However, I would like to do it from another existing ...
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How to get back dual -boot options after GRUB has made it linux only

I installed RHEL 4.0 on my PC which already had Widows 7 on it. it installed GRUB boot loader without giving dual -boot option -- it only gives the option to go to RHEL 4.0 . Is there a way for me to ...
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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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Dual Booting with GRUB

I currently have Ubuntu and XP as dual boot using GRUB. The Ubuntu version is old and I want to blow it away and do a fresh install of a modern version. I want to keep XP and GRUB. It seems every ...
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Dual-booting Ubuntu and Pardus with GRUB2…Pardus no show?

I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed and used to dual-boot Fedora, but I replaced Fedora with Pardus. After the install, I went into ubuntu, and did a sudo update-grub. It detected my Pardus 2011 install ...
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How do I update grub2 on USB drive?

I have a usb drive with grub2 installed to the MBR. I'd like to add some custom entries to the boot menu but I can't figure out how to run sudo update-grub and have it affect the USB drive and not the ...
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How do I install the Windows 7 boot loader?

I have 2 hard disks, on first I have installed win xp. I boot into xp and run setup of win7 and installed it on second hard disk. Now the problem is that win7 bootloader is installed on first ...
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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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Can I format a USB key in GUID mode in windows 7 to make it Mac OSX boot friendly?

I have a macbookpro that wont boot properly. I've tried resetting the PRAM (holding down option - alt - P - R), but it doesn't work, it gets halfway through the boot process and says "You need to ...
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How to remove Ubuntu partition and fix the Windows bootloader

I have a Laptop with Windows Vista 32 Home Edition and Ubuntu. I'd like to remove Ubuntu, but I'd also fix the Vista bootloader, so I can start it without any error. How can I do it? Of course, I ...
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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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grub hidden menu, like lilo did it

In the old days of lilo we could set it to boot with timeout=0 but if shift was pressed at boot time the menu was displayed. Can this be done with grub. I am using grub 1.98
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Is it correct if I dont make the system partition (100MB) for the Boot loader on windows 7 during format?

Is it correct if I don't make the system partition (100MB) for the boot loader that Windows 7 setup automatically creates when a hard disk is not preformatted?
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Migrating Windows XP BOOT.INI Settings to Windows 7 Boot-loader

Two months ago my motherboard died, so I bought a used computer that came with Windows 7. I have since installed my old hard-drive, which had Windows XP on it, in this system. What I am trying to do ...
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What needs updating when moving a bootable Windows 7 (or Vista) partition?

When I move a bootable NTFS partition with Windows on it to a different block offset, what needs updating to make it bootable again? Background: I plan to write a program that performs the necessary ...
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Chameleon Bootloader: Install Ubuntu Netbook Remix from USB flash drive?

hi there i have an Dell Mini v10 and tried to install OS X onto it. Wasn't too happy with the performance and so I want to install Ubuntu. Problem is: I have installed Chameleon Bootloader and when I ...
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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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How to place TueCrypt bootloader on CD?

Context I want to encrypt my entire OS according to this tutorial, which involves a decoy OS and a hidden one. The problem I have with this setup is that the bootloader could be compromised with a ...
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Stumped by boot time corruption

I have a home build computer that has data corruption problems at boot time. I have exhausted all the troubleshooting steps that I know to try. Do you have any additional troubleshooting techniques ...
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How does one tell u-boot to tell the Linux kernel which runlevel to boot to?

I would like to order u-boot to enter a specific runlevel lower than the one the system boots to. How does one accomplish this? Thank you.
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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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Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image

Here is the situation I am in: I currently have a Windows drive that boots XP. The BIOS does not support PXE booting so this is out of the question. Therefore, I was thinking I could install a ...
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Windows XP: error loading operation system

I was trying to dual boot my windows machine with ubuntu 10.04. While I was making swap space, something bad happened and my system automatically restarted. Now it shows, "Error loading operating ...
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Remove entry from Windows 7 bootloader

After making an error installing windows, I now have two entries in the Windows 7 boot loader, one of which is incorrect. How can I remove it? I've seen some entries recommending EasyBCD, but can't ...
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Add another OS to list at start

I have installed Windows, Fedora and Slackware on my laptop ( lilo is on mbr, and grub for Fedora is installed on first sector on sda6). How to add sda6 to show on beginning when I turn on computer, ...
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Make isolinux 4.0.3 chainload itself

I have a bootable iso which boots into isolinux 4.0.3 and I want to make it chainload itself (my actual goal is to chainload isolinux.bin v4.0.1-debian, which should start up the Ubuntu10.10 Live CD, ...
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How can I force the Startup Manager to load on Mac OS X?

I have a Mac Mini with Windows and OS X installed on it. The Mac is connected to a KVM and the keyboard that I use is a regular PC keyboard. When I try to load the Startup Manager by pressing the ...
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How to switch between Windows XP on two drives

I've two Caviar Black drives on SATA0 and SATA1, with Windows XP on the former which is the boot (system) drive. I plan to put an Intel X-25M SSD on SATA0, and the Caviar Blacks on SATA1 and SATA2. ...
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How to copy windows recovery iso to usb in linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can windows 7 recovery iso be used to create a bootable recovery usb? I'm trying to restore my windows bootloader after deleting ubuntu. I have windows 7 recovery iso ...
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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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Failing to load rootfs: Ubuntu 10 + grub2 + rootfs ext4 w/ RAID1

I am having problems booting a new Ubuntu 10 (server) install. My primary HD (/dev/sda) is laid out as follows: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * ...
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Can I dual boot Linux and Windows 7 but use the Windows bootloader instead of GRUB?

Is it possible to have the Windows bootloader point to Windows 7 and a Linux partition instead of using GRUB to point to Windows 7 and Linux? Any links to tutorials, guides, or how-tos would be ...
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How to remove Windows Vista bootloader?

I just removed Windows Vista from my computer by simply formatting the partition (as described here). But - as I guessed - this does not change anything with the Bootloader. So, when I start Windows, ...
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How do I modify the boot menu for Windows 7?

I'd like to add an entry to the Windows 7 boot menu, but it seems that it is not as simple as editing the boot.ini file. How to I add a new entry? I'm trying to install xPUD using the instructions ...
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How can I put a bootloader on my flash drive so that I have the option to boot Flow OS when it's in?

Currently I have GRUB on my Hard Drive, which gives me the option to boot into Ubuntu, Windows, etc. When I put in my Flow OS flash drive, however, it boots into it without asking, which makes sense. ...
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Third party boot loader

Can I separately install a third party boot loader which can boot both Windows and Linux (Ubuntu) . I want to use a boot loader other than the boot loaders which come with these operating systems. I ...