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

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how to skip grub dual boot option menu entirely (without picking an OS to boot)

I'd like to skip the entire Grub 2 interface, where I have to decide booting Linux or Windows im running linux ubuntu lastest version (14.04.1 LTS) and windows 8.1 both 64 bit versions. I've ...
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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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EC2 AMI instance store backup grub utility required

I am working on backup of whole ec2 volume and image to upload to s3. I'm trying to use RHEL7 and it internally uses Grub2 as bootloader. EC2 AMI tools requires grub legacy loader and I'm struck up in ...
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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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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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Forgot the password to truecrypt boot loader 7.1a

Hy please help i'm a total knob at this and i forgot password of true crypt boot loader i have a dell vostro any idea what to do ?
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New Mainboard Z97-K and OS is only bootable with the usage a LiveCD

I have a new Mainboard, CPU, Ram for his PC - a Asus Z97-K other components like PSU, SSD, HDD are taken from the old Bios based Core2Duo PC The OS is Linux Mint 16 and the LiveCD also - there is no ...
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How do the 'EFI system partition' and UEFI *.efi files relate?

I read that there needs to be an EFI system partition. The EFI System partition is a partition on a data storage device that is used by machines that adhere to the Extensible Firmware ...
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Windows on a Chromebook

I heard that it would be possible to install Windows on a chromebook in this blog article and I found a tutorial for installing Windows on the older model CR 48. I own the newer model Samsung Series 5 ...
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Multiple Operating Systems or ISO's Bootloader for a USB Stick?

I have no idea how to do this. I have 7 iso's that I want to be able to easily boot from using a USB Stick and they are: Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Windows 8.1 x64 Hirens BootCD ...
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Checking NVRAM on BootUp

I've recently encountered with my desktop the other day. the problems were like this Computer boots up. and Shows this Message F1 for Setup and Configuration F2 to load default values ...
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Unix BIOS/Boot Record on USB Flash Drive

I have been trying to learn a bit more about USB drives, and am curious about their MBRs. Essentially, I open up the device file of the USB drive and give a hex dump of the first 496 bytes of the ...
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Why does GRUB 2 give me a recovery command line unless I reboot from that command line?

When I boot my computer, whether it be from the OS software reboot button or the physical power button on my laptop, GRUB gives me a command line. That, by itself, isn't so strange. I'd just assume ...
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USB multi-boot bootloader key with Whole Disk Encryption

My goal is to have a multiboot system(OSX and Ubuntu) on my MacBook Pro while utilizing whole disk encryption(WDE). However the tricky part that I haven't been able to solve is that I want the ENTIRE ...
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Dual booted HP Pavillion 23 isn't loading windows 8.1

I have an HP Pavilion 23 that I partitioned and loaded up with Ubuntu Server. Server had trouble installing, and Windows 8 (The pre-installed OS) wasn't loading up right either. So I formatted the ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04 with Windows Metro Boot Loader

I'm having a laptop with 4 Partitions, [1] 350 MB Windows System Reserverd [2] 40 GB for Windows Installation [3] 25 GB for Ubuntu Installation [4] 400 GB for Data Storage I have installed Windows ...
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Move Windows bootloader to another disk

So i am planing on copying my C: drive to an SSD however my bootloader is on a secondary hard drive somehow. I have used the bootrec function with no luck. Any ideas?
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Grub cannot find root disk on VirtualBox

I've built myself a boot image of a variant of Arch Linux for writing to USB sticks. It uses grub with default values, and it works just fine when booting a physical box from USB. (This question ...
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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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Loading freedos no kernel sys

I have tried using testdisk for many times on several external drive, however, this time I accidentally rewrite the MBR on the system drive itself that result to my computer unable to boot to its OS. ...
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Clone Windows 8.1 and bootloader (Which is on another drive) to SSD

Ok so I recently purchased a new SSD and would like to clone my Windows Partition (drive 1) and its bootloader which is located on drive 2 [Different Hard Drive]. Whenever I try to copy the System ...
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Unable to install Windows after installing openSUSE and Ubuntu

I had a Windows machine then I decided to try openSUSE so I burned into a USB and I was presented with a long list of partitions and stuff. I deleted EVERYTHING and it seems I messed up the ...
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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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How can I make GRUB bypass Windows bootloader?

I have two hard drives, one with fedora and another with Windows XP and 7 on two partitions. When I boot my machine, GRUB sees Windows 7 bootloader and allows me to boot windows by going through ...
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CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE set but hardcoded vga-boot-parameter ignored?

I have build a custom linux kernel with the options: ... CONFIG_CMDLINE_BOOL=y CONFIG_CMDLINE_OVERRIDE=y CONFIG_CMDLINE="initrd=linux_os.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/sbin/init ramdisk_size=25600 ...
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Fix Windows 8 bootloader after converting MBR disc to GPT

I bought a new MoBo, processor, and some 3TB HDDs last week and am currently setting up a clean installation of Windows 8 on the machine. The MoBo is an Asus RoG Maximus VII Ranger (What?! It was ...
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Error 0xc000007b when trying to start \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi (Ubuntu) through Windows 8.1 Bootmanager on an UEFI System

Error 0xc000007b when trying to start \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi (Ubuntu) through Windows 8.1 Bootmanager on an UEFI System EFI Entries During Ubuntu Setup, Ubuntu automatically created an EFI start ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installed but not loading in Lenovo z570

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 in my lenovo z570. during the installation i choose to erase all partition to remove my windows 8 from computer. the installation completed successfully and asked to reboot ...
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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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Repairing UEFI Windows 8 Boot with Linux

I got my laptop a few months ago, and it's just stopped booting. I don't know if it's the Bootloader but I'll give a boot repair a try. It just freezes with the Windows 8 boot loading spinner and the ...
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Boot Loader for windows 7

I asked I have Windows 7 and opensuse 13.1 and Windows boot loader is replaced by grub 2. Now I want to format opensuse how can i restore my Windows boot loader over grub 2. How can I format ...
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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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How can I modify the default bootloader for XCP guests?

I want to automatically set the hostnames of my XCP-created centos VMs during build. The xe-edit-bootloader only works when I specify an already-existing VM. But I want to set my VMs as DHCP - so I ...
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Is it possible to repurpose a Trend Micro IGSA (Cisco 1113) appliance server?

I have a practially unused Trend Micro IGSA appliance without any valid license. It's not hyper fast or anything but it is a x86 box with the same motherboard as in a Cisco 1113 and sports a ...
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Backup windows 7 boot loader

I have windows 7 ultimate and planning to install ubuntu as second OS. Is there any way by which I can backup my windows 7 ultimate boot loader so that whenever I want to get rid-off ubuntu just run ...
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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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Removing OS X on Windows PC to make Windows bootable again

I have installed OS X by following this video, on an Intel Core 2 Duo machine with an ASUS motherboard. However, I am now unable to boot into my Windows. I'm getting a "boot file missing" error. Is ...
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Windows XP bootloader issues

How to repair bootloader I was looking through this post and feel like this is the process I need to be following. I'm working with Windows XP and need to rebuild the "BOOT.INI" after deleting it. ...
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Computer sometimes load grub not Windows bootloader

Sometimes my notebook loads grub instead of windows bootloader and I do not know why. Before I reinstalled Windows 7 32 bit I had ubuntu on it (windows installation). I have not installed another ...
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Prevent chainloading by grub after Efit

I triple booted my Macbook 4,1 with Mac OSX 10.5.8, Lubuntu 14.04 and Windows XP SP3 and installed rEFInd as my bootloader. Now what basically happens is, first the Mac bootloader loads invisibly, but ...
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Trouble with installing Ubuntu in HP ProBook 4530s

I installed many times Ubuntu in my ProBook 4530s along with Windows 8.1 but I can't boot that when I start the system, and also I fully installed the Ubuntu on my pc. But when the installation got ...
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where are the second stage bootloader and partition table is stored in the case of multiple bootable hard drives

I have some doubt on the booting process. Lets suppose I have two bootable hard drives and each hard drive has 3 partition, having 3 different operating system installed. Now my questions are: How ...
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Ubuntu - Booting black screen with purple border

I have a problem when I boot the pc. After the installation of Ubuntu, a black screen with a purple box appears without letting me see the choices of GRUB. The screen then becomes black and Ubuntu ...
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What is difference between U-Boot and BIOS ?

What is difference between U-Boot and BIOS ? Are both these devices present on a particular CPU or once a single device can be present at a time? It would be nice if someone provides examples.
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How can I make Windows' bootloader aware of an older installation?

This morning, I accidenatally deleted the Reserved System Partition while I was installing ubuntu on another partition, and windows was unable to boot anymore. The startup repair program on my Windows ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 dual booting problems

I think I have destroyed my PC system and now it won't even boot. I was trying to configure dual boot with Ubuntu installed after Windows 7. However it always booted into Windows, bypassing the dual ...
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Is it possible to boot Windows 8.1 without its own bootmanager?

I have been trying to come up with an easier way of installing Windows and Linux dual booting on my laptop, not necessarily in that order. What we generally have to do is install Windows first, and ...
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How to enter Advanced Boot Options menu on Windows 7 without bootloader?

I need a way to enter the Advanced Boot Options menu of Windows 7. The computer is dualbooting with Linux, so GRUB2 has taken the place of Windows bootloader. So pressing F8 on boot won't do anything. ...
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Booting Windows from HDD when bios doesn't recognize it

I bought a new SDD for my laptop. It is SATA3, compatible with SATA2 but the BIOS doesn't recognize it. On the other hand, if I boot a Linux Live CD I can access the contents of the SDD. So I can be ...
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MBR bootsector that boots the active partition

I have the burg bootloader currently installed on my mbr (+ the following sectors), and I would like to install it on the boot partition, and replace the mbr with a simple one that will boot the ...