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

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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 ...
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Can I install DOS as a lui frontend bootloader?

Hi I was wondering if it's possible to install DOS as a lui frontend bootloader? For example, let's say I have Windows XP, Windows 7, and Ubuntu linux all installed, I want to have my computer boot ...
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Laptop will boot to some usb flash drives but not others

Laptop: HP Compaq 6710b I can boot from usb just fine with the following usb flash drives: Cruzer micro 4GB HP 4GB The flash drive that will not boot: Flash Voyager 8GB To knock out ...
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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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Installing LILO on rEFI on Macbook which has 3 partitions: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux

My Macbook has Windows and Mac OS X installed already. I try to install Ubuntu on the unused partion and the installation is done. However, the Linux partition does not appear on the rEFI boot ...
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booting to windows using grub

I was dual booting fedora and windows 7 (installed fedora second). After installing ati drivers, the fedora installation completely broke (would hand right after the progress bar). I wanted to ...
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Effect on factory setting after installing linux

I have a basic question in my mind about the dual operating systems. I bought a new lenovo laptop G450 which is shipped with Windows 7. Now I want to install Ubuntu Linux as a second operating system ...
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adding System to linux bootings

I've got linux installed on disc with BLoader but last time I added new disk on SATA which got windows on it. What should I do to add it?
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How to repair boot in a dual boot setup with two Windows 7?

I installed a second Windows 7 installation on a separate hard drive on a computer that already had a Windows 7 installation. Initially all worked great - each time I restarted I received a boot menu ...
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Restoring Windows XP in bootloader after Windows 7 installation?

I'm trying to restore my Windows XP installation by making it bootable again. Windows 7 took control over the bootloader. I'm using EasyBCD to update the Windows 7 bootloader however I cannot make ...
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Problem with Windows Boot Manager after using GParted

I Get the follow: Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem: Insert your windows installation disc and restart your computer. Choose your ...
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How to edit menu list on muktiboot usb flash drive

I used this guide here to create a multiboot usb: The code below is found in the menu.lst file on the flash drive. How do I edit to remove the unwanted items, eg Tiny Core: # This Menu Created by ...
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Do I need grub?

I installed Arch Linux on my iMac in its own partition. I'm using rEFIt to choose from Snow Leopard, Windows 7 and now Arch as well. I already install grub on Arch's partition when I installed Arch, ...
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grub4dos not booting on Windows Vista/7

Here are the following steps to experience this problem. 1) download grub4dos 0.4.4 here: http://download.gna.org/grub4dos/ 2) copy grldr, grldr.mbr, menu.lst to C:\ 3) some commands here: ...
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Marking boot manager ( bootmgr) in Windows 7 as not compressed from within Linux

Here's my problem: While choosing to compress certain folders from within Windows 7, I marked the boot manager as 'compressed'. Now, when I try to boot, I'm not able to boot into Windows 7, or any ...
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Windows 7 boot process is completely dead

It's been eight hours now that I try fixing my windows system. After I uninstalled ubuntu, and moved the windows seven partition to fill the space freed by the operation, I tried to fix the Windows 7 ...
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Mistakenly edited something while booting Windows. Now it doesn't boot

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10.. I had just finished a session on Win7 which was extremely slow, and I decided to restart in safe mode to uninstall some ...