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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Repairing windows loading

Recently I installed windows 7 on my laptop.Now windows works fine,but I do not know why before windows loading,I see this list of options: I tried to remove this step according this page,by using ...
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Windows 8.1 EFI Graphical Bootloader: Change OS Thumbnails

I've just used EasyBCD to tweak my Windows 8.1 EFI graphical bootloader, adding entries for Windows XP and Ubuntu. Both of them have a boring thumbnail of a window, while Windows 8 has a thumbnail of ...
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Windows 8.1 UEFI x64 is not able to boot-up UEFI Images

The question appeared after asking this one. It seems that the Win8.1 UEFI x64 Boot Manager is unable to boot anything other than the windows itself (winload.efi). Trying to launch any other UEFI ...
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Multiboot by UEFI boot manager for Win8.1, Mac OS X and Linux

I am trying to build a hackintosh and want to multi-boot 1) Windows 8 2) Mac OS X and 3) Linux. Each OS will be installed on their own harddisk. If the motherboard and display card are fully ...
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Windows 8.1 cannot be started from grub2

today I decided to use linux again after installing Windows 8.1... I've tried to boot one of the already existing Linux partitions on my computer but I wasn't successful. So I installed PinguyOS (A ...
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Does msconfig's boot setting show for Windows Bootloader entries?

I noticed on msconfig a boot tab. Currently, it has just one entry--Windows 8.1. If I were to dual boot Ubuntu into the computer, and use Windows Bootloader as my bootloader instead of GRUB, using ...
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winlogon.exe corrupted. Regular fixing methods do not work

In the morning, when I switched on my computer, I was faced with an error saying that winlogon.exe is missing or corrupted. I logged on to my USB OS and replaced the winlogon.exe on the computer ...
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Boot Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview with Grub

On my computer, I have two hard drives: one that contains Windows 7, and another that has Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. When I turn on my computer, Grub prompts me to select ...
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Grub2: “Invalid partition table!”

I have recently had to change bootloaded from my old syslinux to GRUB2. Since I have installed GRUB2 bootloader I am getting the following message on every boot: Invalid partition table! The ...
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How to restore Windows bootloader and still have Kali Linux

I installed Kali Linux 1.0.9a on my Windows 8.1 system today and installed it, but I don't want the GRUB bootloader menu. I want to use the original Windows bootloader. How can I do this?
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How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?

I installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 in EFI mode on a hard disk some days ago. Today, the bootloader got missing/corrupted. I currently have the Windows 8 installer on a flash drive and tried using ...