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

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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 ...
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How do I recover from a grub renaming issue?

I am currently dual-booting Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 with grub 1.98 as the bootloader. I recently decided to edit the grub menu to remove the old Ubuntu kernels, so I followed the instructions of ...
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How do I make a boot loader load the existing boot loader from the first partition

I installed ubuntu using wubi and then I tried installing grub 2 but it failed. I need a way to reinstall the mbr sp it will load the windows 7 loader from the first partition.
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Remove Windows boot loader

I recently changed from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 10.04 as my default OS. I formatted the hard drive with Windows 7 on it, but it still shows the boot loader at startup. How do I remove the Windows 7 ...
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Cannot access Ubuntu 10/04 after reinstalling Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: No GRUB after re-installing windows Windows 7 upgrade and Grub boot loader I had Windows Vista Home Premium on HP pavilion desktop. I partitioned the disk for Ubuntu ...
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Copying to a USB boot sector on Ubuntu

How to copy a file (boot file) to address zero on a USB flash drive? I am using Ubuntu.
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lilo.conf questions

I use lilo, and have two different kernels. One is newer and use KMS with it. What I would like to do, is to be able to set vga=xxx for only one of the kernels. Is this possible? I would also like ...
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Truecrypt - I lost my booloader and recovery drive but know my password.. any help?

So earlier today a not-so-thought-out install of Ubuntu overwrote my MBR and destroyed my TrueCrypt bootloader. On checking, it turns out that my rescue disk is only 2mb and doesn't contain any ...
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How to move the Windows 7 bootloader to the Windows 7 partition?

I recently installed Windows 7 in a triple boot setup alongside XP and Linux. When I was finished and was in the process of restoring the bootloader for Linux I discovered something strange about what ...
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Install GRUB bootloader without installing Linux

I have Windows 7 installed on the system and I want to create a separate WinPe bootable partition which system can fallback when things go wrong. Now Win7 does give this option and i might also edit ...
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How can I simplify my boot-loader-chain into a single menu? (ubuntu windows)

I've installed Windows XP Proffesional, Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10. On every boot my system nags me with 2 menu´s. Ubuntu Grub2 Bootloader (Ubuntu or Windows 7) Windows 7 Bootloader (Windows 7 or ...
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Suggestion for boot manager in external hard disk

I just bought an 1TB External Hard drive with eSATA, USB, FW400/800 (LaCie if you are interested). I already put the windows 7 installation in a FAT32 active partition so i can plug the HDD via USB, ...
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Why does GRUB load after I select my Ubuntu Partition from Windows Boot Manager?

So first of all I'm running Windows 7 on one drive, and Ubuntu 9.04 on another. I downloaded and installed Easy BCD 2.0, which I have to say is an excellent piece of software. I used to have grub as ...
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“Reinstalling” the Windows 7 boot manager

I've run into an interesting predicament. I've got two HDD's, one running Windows XP (Primary) and another running Windows 7 (Secondary). I recently installed Gentoo over the XP installation and used ...
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Help with Grub Error 21?

I have a computer with a 640GB Raid 0 as my primary hard drive, running Vista Home Premium 64-bit and a (later added) 1TB drive with Windows 7 on an 800GB Partition and I just installed Ubuntu 9.04 ...
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Linux: Advanced Grub Bootloader configuration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Aesthetically editing grub.cfg Make grub keep its default boot under kernel updates Hello, I want to use the Grub bootloader to boot up my system with my triple boot. ...
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Bootcamp doesn't boot after resize

I just resized my Windows 7 NTFS partition on my macbook using GParted. Now, when I hold down the option key at startup, this partition doesn't show up. My OS X partition shows up normally. So I can't ...
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How to get the Windows 7 bootloader back after installing XP, as well?

So I installed XP on a partition alongside Windows 7 and I have lost the Windows 7 bootloader. I'd like to have it back, even if it means getting rid of XP, as I no longer need it. How can I ...
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Installing bootloader (GRUB) on a logical partitions?

Is it possible to install GRUB on a logical partition? The partition is just 200 to 400 MB space?
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Why SuperGrubDisk won't boot up anything?

I burned a SuperGrubDisk by going to http://developer.berlios.de/project/showfiles.php?group%5Fid=10921 and downloading grub-rescue-cdrom.iso which is ...
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Linux partition deleted, GRUB no longer boots

My notebook computer came with Vista and I installed Ubuntu on 2 partitions and kubuntu on another partition. After a while, I wanted to delete one of the Ubuntu partition, so I did it in Vista's ...
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IDE disk displaced SATA as 'secondary' or disk 1, Chameleon MacOS loader doesn't find com.apple.Boot.plist file now

I have a SATA and an IDE disks, when I added the IDE disk, it was recognized as disk 0 and the SATA disk became disk 1. Everything works perfectly, I can change the boot order from setup so it's ok. ...
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How to fix GRUB after Windows breaks it, and how to edit the GRUB menu

I had Windows XP and Ubuntu both installed. I could easily boot into either until Windows "fixed" the bootloader so that it now only boots into Windows. I guess there is no way to prevent Windows ...
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Good OS (gOS) instalation from USB key

I would like to install Good OS from USB key. I have found a nice instructions http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-gos-install-from-windows/. Everything is OK while USB key is being prepared. But when ...