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

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Windows 10 refuses to boot

Running Windows 10 upgrade on Windows 7 for months. Gigabyte mobo, AMD processor. Not sure when. May have powered down without shutdown... Windows 10 fails booting, displays the spinning dots then ...
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Windows 10 fails to boot after HDD clone to SSD

I have been trying to migrate a laptop from a HDD to an SSD. I initially cloned the drive with TODO Backup and then tried with Macrium Reflect. Both have the same problem. The drive clones fine and ...
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Arch Linux UEFI dual boot on BIOS-MBR(msdos) Windows 10

I am trying to dual-boot Arch Linux in UEFI mode with Windows 10 (BIOS-MBR) mode, but I don't know how to correctly partition it or use the GRUB boot loader. What I've read in a beginner's guide ...
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Restoring Windows Bootloader

Upon trying to install another operating system that used the Clover Bootloader and failing, I now can not boot into my Windows installation, getting boot0ss: error. I never had access to the failed ...
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How can I move Windows 10 bootloader (GUID) only to SD card?

I have been trying to upgrade my laptop from a AHCI SSD to a much faster NVMe SSD without much success. I've pretty much concluded that my six month old Dell XPS 13 9343 doesn't have BIOS support for ...
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Can GRUB2 be installed to USB and used to select between 2 HDDs with Windows 7?

I have recently acquired a second SSD, and decided I would utilize a multi-boot setup to increase my productivity. One drive is for "work" (only contains Windows 7 and software needed for work) and on ...
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How does the mbr transfer it's control to the bootloader

What i know is the following Upon start-up, the BIOS goes through the following sequence: 1.Power-on self-test (POST) 2.Detect the video card’s (chip’s) BIOS and execute its code to initialize the ...
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Grub not installing in uefi mode

I have windows 10 installed and i want to dual boot ubuntu with it. I have the bios in uefi mode and my ubuntu live usb is in uefi mode because i get the black grub looking menu instead of the ...
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from what I read, “grub>” is a linux-thing, so how come it appeared on my pc?

Ok, here's what I get when trying to boot into my Windows 7 Ultimate installation: First, there's something about SLIC LOADER v 1.4.6, followed by a bunch of non informative information and a ...
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Windows 10 flashing screen after login

I copied the Windows 10 partition and then in the original used the command "bcdboot e:\windows" to add the second Windows 10 OS. It shows up fine and it even boots, but after I log in I get a black ...
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Add windows to efi

I duplicated the windows 10 partition. I want to be able to choose which windows partition to boot into but the second windows copy wont boot. Is there anyway to add the second windows 10 to efi so i ...
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How to get rEFInd working with FileVault 2 on OSX 10.8

I installed rEFInd on my new Macbook Air which I planned on using to do a dual boot to Linux, but prior to installing Linux, I decided to encrypt my drive. I knew I was going to do this, so I had ...
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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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Android bootloader not loading [migrated]

I want to unlock the oem to test other android versions but when I try to reboot the device in bootloader it shutdown the device and the bootloader doesn't load.I tryed to reboot whit adb and manual(...
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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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Repair BCD for a Windows Installer on Grub2 Portable Hard Drive

I have created a external hard drive contain GRUB2. This drive can boot the following: Windows 10 PE Ubuntu 16 Many ISO files. Now I want to include Windows installations. My problem is I want to ...
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Windows Installation Files from Root, BCD Error Fix?

I have a situation where I need to take the installation files of Windows 10 off the root of the flash drive and inside a new directory called windows10x64. Old Directory of BCD: /boot/BCD New ...
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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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How to copy windows recovery iso to usb in linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can windows 7 recovery iso be used to create a bootable recovery usb? How can I create a Windows bootable USB stick using Ubuntu? I'm trying to restore my windows ...
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GRUB boot loader(Ubuntu) not working

I have a system with ubuntu-14.04.2-desktop-amd64 installed. It has stopped booting up after updating. As I power on it, screen glows for 1 sec and it shuts down. While booting as I power on nothing ...
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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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How to deal with EasyBCD while multi-booting in EFI mode?

I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 systems together. My boot manager is GRUB. I don't want to use GRUB anymore, I want to use Windows boot manager. I found I can use EasyBCD to achieve this, but when ...
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Grub will not boot to windows

I recently installed Ubuntu with the grub boot loader that comes with it. After the install Grub fails to find the Windows. My setup: HD1 & HD2 -> Samsung SSDs in Raid0 via Motherboard ...
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Boot in different OS with different button

I now have a dual-boot system on my Sony Vaio laptop. I have this "assist" button next to my power button, it would boot up in an different environment than Windows 10. I now have Linux and Remix OS ...
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Unable to boot Windows 10 installer from an original usb thumb drive

I'm unable to boot Windows 10 installer from an original usb thumb drive (from Windows 10 Home FPP package we just bought) on our machine. On one hand, our machine is a bit old already: ...
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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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Accidentally deleted Windows 10 boot partition

Today, I wanted to install Kubuntu alongside Windows 10, but I got an error that had something to do with an existing GRUB on one of my hard drives. I removed the partition which I thought was GRUB, ...
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Grub boot loader not detecting Android X86 5.1 RC1 NTFS file system

I'm trying to install Android X86 5.1 RC1 on VMware workstation. so far the Android OS boots up when I choose "boot to the Android 5.1" instead of "reboot" directly at the end of the instal, but when ...
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How to boot Snow Leopard bootable usb with Clover or any other hackintosh bootloader?

So I followed the tutorial in this question answer and created a "bootable" USB from my OS X snow leopard '.dmg' installation media. The problem is that my Clover EFI bootloader doesn't seem to ...
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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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I need to fix my windows boot loader with a 2 GB USB drive

Here's an interesting problem for you guys. I've installed Linux in a partition on the same hard drive with Windows 10, intending to dual boot. But now I can't boot into Windows because the boot-...
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Explanation of Chain loading in Boot loaders

I have a question. What chain loading in Boot loader means? Could you simply explain? Best Regards, Michael
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how to load jffs2 image in mpc8309twr

I am trying to load the jffs2 filesystem through uboot in powerpc mpc8309twr board, while uncompressing the kernel image it is showing Wrong Ramdisk Image Format Ramdisk image is corrupt or invalid ...
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My hp ProBook 4540s is stuck in hp logo

I was trying to delete Ubuntu 14.0.4 system from my laptop using windows 7. So I ran Windows 7 and i opened disk management and i deleted a disk that has the size of 58 GB wich is supposed to include ...
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Reoccuring Issue with Windows Fails to Start After Shutdown

Recently I have completed data migration from Intel i330 120GB SSD to Intel 535 240GB SSD using Intel Data Migration Software. Intel i330 was my first SSD which I also used for data migration from my ...
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FreeBSD 10 hangs on CD Loader

I'm having some problem with FreeBSD 10 installer, I've recorded two DVD's, but when they boot, show: CD Loader 1.2 Building the boot loader arguments Looking up /BOOT/LOADER... Found / ...
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Repair Ubuntu boot loader from Windows

My windows 8 is installed on the C drive. I installed ubuntu on the D drive. By mistake I chose the boot loader to load from the C drive while installing ubuntu. Then, restarted and it directly booted ...
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How to rename a special entry of systemd-boot?

Bootctl will automatically check for "Windows Boot Manager" (\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\Bootmgfw.efi), "EFI Shell" (\shellx64.efi) and "EFI Default Loader" (\EFI\Boot\bootx64.efi). Where detected, entries ...
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Prevent chainloading by grub after rEFind

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, ...
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Is it possible to boot Linux on a x86 machine with uboot?

This is my understanding: BIOS does the basic initialization of the chipset and starts the boot loader which fires up the OS. And most advanced OS like Linux doesn't use BIOS. Also, embedded platforms ...
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Recover windows 10 EFI Boot from dual boot with ubuntu

I made my window 10 system system in dual boot with ubuntu. I would like to remove ubuntu and install it in virtual-box within windows. I am afraid to remove ubuntu partions fearing windows may not ...
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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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Installing Windows, Going back from “Copying Files”

I wanted to completely reinstall my windows 10, and in my haste I messed up somewhere, and I couldn't figure it out. The problem is I am able to boot from my USB and go till select partition to ...
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Why can't I load an EFI shell anywhere?

So I recently found out I had EFI instead of BIOS and went to experiment with different .efi programs to see which one I would want for full functionality. From 3 bootloaders I have used, I get the ...
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Fedora lost from bootloader

Initially I had Windows10 on one of my primary partitions. Then I installed Fedora on one other primary partition. Till then both Fedora and Windows were showing up in bootloader. Recently I formatted ...
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dual boot arch linux with windows 10

In my Acer laptop I have Windows 10 installed on /dev/sda4 and the ESP partition is /dev/sda2. As described in the Beginner's Guide I installed Arch Linux on a newly created partition /dev/sda5 and ...
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Clover bootloader is missing bootable hard drives

I have two installs of Clover EFI Clover on my SSD Clover on my USB The SSD Clover - Loads clover properly, no option to boot from hard drive I want to fix this. The USB Clover - Loads clover ...
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Move Windows bootloader from one disk to another (preserve files)

I have bought a new SSD (call it Z), put it in my computer, and I have installed a windows 8 on it. My previous disk (call it X) also has a windows 8 installed, but now I want to reformat it for other ...
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Dualboot Windows Linux (Fedora) - Boot Problems

just installed Windows 10 on a seperate HDD on my home computer and ran into problems. Till yesterday I was able to boot my Fedora system which was the only installed OS, now I installed Windows 10 ...
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RAMDisk + SSD = Raid 1? Boot OSX

Is it possible to create RAID 1 with RAMDisk and SSD in OSX? Something like: Boot Mac, OSX-Partition will be loaded from SSD in RAMDisk. Boot to RAMDisk and use it like any other system-drive. ...