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

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GRUB Bootloader not loading

I had 2 partitions Partition 1 - Ubuntu Partition 2 - Empty So I installed Windows 8 on 'Partition 2' and now I can't load the Ubuntu OS as it directly loads Windows. How do I get back the Grub ...
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What partitions do I need to install Arch Linux on my Macbook

I have a ~2006 Macbook (1,1) that I am trying to resurrect as a Linux machine. I no longer want nor need OS X, so I want to install Arch as the only OS on this machine. I have tried several times to ...
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How can I create a bootable DVD iso from a USB drive?

There seems to be a lot of questions / answers about doing the reverse, but not as much info for USB -> DVD. Problem I created a bootable USB drive using YUMI. The USB drive is working great, and ...
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April 2015 Windows 8.1 Update: winload.efi error 0xc000000f

I have an Acer V3-772g: Intel i7 4712MQ, NVIDIA 750m 4 GB I installed the newest Windows 8.1 updates a couple days ago; however, the update failed. I left the computer to update and then went to ...
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Awful beeping sound on boot

I formated the entire hard drive and installed Ubuntu 14.04 in a Macbook 5.2. Ubuntu boots decently fast, however there is a disconcerning garbled image on screen: After that Ubuntu runs fairly ...
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shell script to change bootloader background

I'm trying to create a shell script on openSUSE to change the bootloader background from the files /etc/default/grub line: GRUB_BACKGROUND=/boot/grub2/themes/openSUSE/background.png with the new ...
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How do I create the Microsoft bootloader on the EFI partition? [duplicate]

I have Linux and Windows installed in a dual boot configuration. The Windows bootloader is corrupt. I want to reinstall it using the Windows recovery partition but I do not know how to boot to it ...
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Unable to access UEFI BIOS setup or boot into Windows after setting MBR with EasyBCD then resetting it

I can't exactly remember what the menu items were called (because I can't boot into my computer), but I'll try my best. Earlier I tried using EasyBCD with Windows 8 on a UEFI Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 ...
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GRUB shows up unexpectedly when booting after CMOS Reset

Basically, my computer has 3 hard drives. 2 HDDs, 1 SSD. Years ago, I installed a Linux partition on one of the HDDs, but decided to move back to solely using Winodws(gaming pc) and removed Linux from ...
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Ubuntu bootloader stuck at restoring resolver state after upgrading to 14.04

I upgraded after Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04. However after the upgrade, the system restarted. But got stuck with a black screen displaying the message: Starting VMware services: [OK] Virtual machine ...
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rEFInd mountvol incorrect parameter

I had Ubuntu 14.04 on a single drive. Then, I felt like installing Windows 10 along side with Ubuntu. I resized the main Ubuntu partition and unallocated half of the safe. Then, I installed Windows 10 ...
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Windows 8: BFSVC Error: Could not open the BCD template store. Status = [c000000f]

I have installed a new hard disk drive on my Acer Aspire 771. I made a USB recovery stick as well as recovery cd of the Windows 8 64 bit running on the former HD (which got corrupted, so no cloning ...
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Moving linux boot loader(s)

I recently resurrected one of my old laptops as a home-server. I decided to get rid of the original windows install and get linux up and running. The laptop has two harddrives: One SSD (/dev/sdb), ...
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Windows 8.1 Won't Boot, Swapped Drive Letters on Disks

I bought a Dell XPS 8700 which came with a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. I bought a Samsung SSD 850 Pro (128 GB) and added it to the config as the primary drive. Everything was working good, but I had ...
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How do I remove Grub and restore the XP bootloader without access to XP setup/recovery media?

I have a Lenovo T430, with Windows XP (32-bit). I tried to remove Ubuntu from my HDD by deleting the partitions in Disk Management. Now, when I restart my computer, I get the following message: grub ...
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Recover Windows 8.1 MBR without a working Windows system available

I just screwed over my MBR and Windows won't boot. I don't have a working Windows system available to create a recovery USB disk. My laptop doesn't have a CDROM drive. How do I create a recovery disk ...
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Booting a BIOS bootloader from UEFI mode

I have a Linux setup that I boot in UEFI mode with GRUB. I want to try out OpenBSD, which unfortunately doesn't support GPT or UEFI yet, so I partitioned a drive with a traditional MBR table and ...
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Kali Linux and Bootloader problems

At first I was using Windows 8.1... I downloaded Kali and put it on flash memory. The options got me to either: -Browse live -Install I browsed it live a little then went to installation. Grub ...
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Does Windows NT before version 4 (also) have built-in dual-boot support?

The Windows NT flavour of Microsoft Windows has had the built-in ability, without needing third-party add-on "boot managers", to dual boot with other (Microsoft) operating systems since at least ...
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How can I move the boot sector to another drive?

When I installed Windows 7 on my new SSD it seems I messed some parts up during the partition selection, and now I have my system partition with the boot sector on another harddrive, and the boot ...
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Multiboot 32GB flash drive (Windows + Linux + Tools)

I am searching and testing various methods for days now, and I haven't found any straight forward guide on how to make Multiboot USB flash drive that is capable of booting following: Windows 8 ...
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Dualboot Linux Mint & Windows 8.1 (GRUB Problems)

I've been trying to make a dualboot configuration with Linux Mint (17.1 Rebecca) and Windows 8.1. These are the steps I followed in installing this setup: Install windows 8 Run all available updates ...
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Regenerating a winload.exe

If one is missing or has a corrupted winload.exe - and winload~1.exe, winloadOLD.exe, etc. do not work - what can you do to regenerate it? (Such as after a failed logon screen customization.)
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Error opening BCD Registry/Windows 7

Still need help if there's anyone out there that can help me. Thank you! I have been stuck in the Windows 7 update "failure to configure/reverting changes" loop for several weeks now. Finally, I ...
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Schrodinger's Bootmngr

so. a few days ago my laptop started bsod'ing on every boot, whilst it was loading the windows kernel. after some attempts to fix it, i finally decided that it might be simpler to start with a fresh ...
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Uninstalling Hyper-V on a dual-booted machine?

I am on Windows 8.1 (dual booting with Crunchbang) and would like to remove Hyper-V. I have tried unticking Hyper-V under "Turning Windows Feature on/off" as well as typing in the command below with ...
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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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Can't Get Rid of Mac/Linux Malware or Hardware Bug

My MacBook now has a permanent back door for some hacker that I can't seem to get rid of. I even tried booting from a Linux USB stick, wiping everything including the EFI partition, but every time I ...
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Windows boot loader on a Pen Drive (Chain-loader)

I want to convert my hard disk to GPT and install windows 7. Which is now giving an error while installing. What I am planning to do is, Install the boot loader in MBR Partition of a Pen Drive. ...
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How to manually boot with grub or: how to boot a 32bit Linux OS on a 32bit only UEFI firmware computer?

I want to install a 32bit Linux (e.g. Ubuntu) on my Intel Atom Bay Trail tablet, but I fail to get it to boot. The device's firmware only supports 32bit bootloaders. There are guides that somewhat ...
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Choose where to put bootloader when installing Windows 8

Say I have an existing Windows 7 installation on physical Disk A (just 1 partition). I add a second physical Disk B and install Windows 8 on it. I can now dual boot and the Win 8 bootloader has ...
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rEFInd boot-manager - 'volume' as GUID?

How can I properly set a volume setting on a boot option in 'refind.conf' by using an GUID of it's partition? My current setting is but 'refind' fails telling me that the specified file was not found ...
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Run JVM From CD Instead of Installing to Hard Drive

I need to make a software application that I know how to create quickly and easily in java. But I am not allowed to install the JVM on the target machine or any other software, for reasons that are ...
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GRUB disabling timeout if PC reboots too often

I have a multi-boot enabled system that has a few operating systems installed on it, and the booting of the actual OS is handled by GRUB initially. I have the following options in my boot menu: [*] ...
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What is “bootsect.bak” file?

What is Bootsect.bak backup file? Is this file a copy of boot loader or boot sector? if it's a boot sector's copy, why it's needed? because MBR is a fixed sector.
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Graphical Grub/Bootloader Menu

Does anyone know of a boot loader that use graphical indicators instead of just a command line menu? (preferably grub or grub2 compatible, I don't really know much about the, or my, tech stack for ...
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Windows 7 boot manager not localized on UEFI system

I'm running an Italian version of Windows 7, which includes a localized boot manager. However, I recently replaced my motherboard with a new one based on UEFI firmware instead of BIOS (Asus Z87 ...
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Windows 7,8 dual boot- winload.exe error: “could not verify digital signature error”

I've a Asus G73Sw that has Windows7 Home pre-installed. I recently added a new 120GB SSD and installed windows 8.1 on it. Everything was fine till recently when the original Win7 on my other HDD, got ...
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Cannot restore Windows MBR

I was trying to dual-boot with Windows 7 and LMDE. I've done it before without issue, but it seems that this time around neither then MBR nor GRUB will work. I've deleted the Linux partition so that ...
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How to delete the 2nd bootloader created by EasyBCD and leave GRUB?

I have two bootloaders now; I have the GRUB and the EasyBCD that I've created before the Linux was installed properly. After reinstalling Ubuntu for the 2nd time, the GRUB came right, but now that I ...
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How to delete the bootloader

I dualboot my pc, windows 7 64 bit, and some linux distro, nowadays i'm using crunchbang. I once had a problem, i lost my bootloader so i created one using easybcd. Later on, i installed a linux ...
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Can I transfer a Windows installation from one disk to another by simple file copy?

I have a virtual hard drive (.vhd file) with a Windows 8.1 installation, and a physical hard drive with data. Can I transfer the 8.1 installation from one drive to the other without re-formatting ...
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Bootloader not recognising Windows 8.1 installation

So, for some ungodly reason my computer's bootloader got corrupted, and every time I tried to boot the computer, it loaded a "Boot device not found" screen. After a bit, I installed a new Windows 8.1 ...
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No EFI boot possible with Clover EFI

So I have this Vaio Duo 11 sitting next to me, and it works very nice. But to have some sort of bootloader which also is compatible with Hackintosh, I wanted to install Clover. I used my MacBook Air ...
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grub-mkconfig generating a shell script instead of grub.cfg

I had some problems with Ubuntu installation, I couldn't install GRUB, so I installed syslinux. Syslinux also had some problems with booting, so I just downloaded and burned super-grub2-disk and ...
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Boot Acronis true image and Clonezilla ISO image alone side windows 7 , Ubuntu 14.04.1

I want to create boot menu it can be boot from my (installed OS) Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04.1 I can add Windows 7 alone side Ubuntu in "Grub 2" with "Boot-Repair" but i can't boot Clonezilla and ...
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Best first steps for a hard drive?

I volunteer my time to service my schoolmates, fixing their problems, but conversations have come up about surveillance and hacking. I've been watching DEFCON's videos, and have learned that even ...
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How to recover windows 8 after accidently installed Kali linux

I have accidently installed Kali Linux 1.0.6 from pendrive on my windows 8 PC. i can still see the icons of my installed programm on my windows 8 but cant access them. Now I want to get back my ...
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How to only install Windows' Bootloader on a partition?

My plan is to do a Native Boot -which is more a powerful version of Boot to VHD- setup, but without having an extracted bootloader from the "guest". This is because I don't want to depend on an UUID ...
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Windows 8.1 using Win7 style bootloader after boot entry change in EasyBCD

I recently installed Xubuntu in a dual-boot environment with Windows 8.1. Following this guide I was able to use the Windows 8 bootloader instead of GRUB to boot into Xubuntu. However, recently I ...