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

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Recover truecrypt partition without MBR + recovery disk?

I destroyed my mbr and have no truecrypt rescue disk. However, I do know my password and my encryption setup (e.g. hashing functions and ciphers used). This happened after an upgrade to version 7.0a ...
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Linux bootloader on USB-stick, load different kernel depending on hardware

I'm experimenting with a setup where I keep my kernel and initrd on a USB stick, and thus I can keep everything on the actual computers fully encrypted. Nothing is stored in clear text, and nothing ...
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Custom MS-DOS / FreeDOS

Goal : Build a custom DOS to boot into. To automate tasks like formating a drive, or doing recovery. I've been using Grub4DOS to boot into these images. So far I've looking into taking a windows ...
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Windows 7 Boot Loader does not show

I've recently installed a 32bit Windows7 in my computer. My old OS is Windows XP, and now I want to have the option to choose what OS I want to load, I've used the easyBCD to create the boot loader. ...
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GRUB will not work

I am having trouble with my hard disk. Previously, I had a working Linux Mint Debian Edition partition and a Windows XP partition, all working and bootable through GRUB. However, I decided to replace ...
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unetbootin (syslinux?) — adding memtest86 to my bootable USB drive

The only way I have been able to reliably load a windows install disc onto USB is using Unetbootin and a FAT32 formatted drive. I do this because it is significantly faster to install windows this way ...
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Bootloader on USB flash drive, data on USB HDD

It might sound absurd, but I'd like to configure a bootloader on a USB flash drive to load from a removable HDD. The reason why is that the data fits on the HDD (where it has its own partition) but it ...
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Use GRUB/GRUB2 to PXE boot OS image

Here is the situation I am in: I currently have a Windows drive that boots XP. The BIOS does not support PXE booting so this is out of the question. Therefore, I was thinking I could install a ...
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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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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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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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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 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 Windows 8 Bootloader within Ubuntu

I was trying to boot Ubuntu from the Windows bootloader using EasyBCD, but it ended up removing Windows from the menu. I ended up reinstalling Ubuntu and now I have Grub with Windows 8 as an option. ...
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Grup graphics lag

I've just set up Ubuntu 13.10 on a new laptop. It's a thinkpad T540p and grub is having some really strange problems. After the bios flash screen grup starts to load. The screen goes black and the ...
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How to remove Grub Rescue?

Okay, before you flag this as duplicate, let me explain my exact situation. I had Win 7 installed on HDD1. I then installed Ubuntu on HDD2 as dual boat using unetbootin. Then, I installed a fresh ...
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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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Startup disk creator crashes in Ubuntu 12.10

I have been using this tool since the time I started using ubuntu. But, suddenly startup disk creator crashes as soon as bootloader files are added to the usb stick. I dont know why it crashes. Is ...
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Can I tell GRUB to boot into a Windows OS that exists as a virtual disk on a Linux system?

I know that GRUB (and GRUB2) can chainload a Windows OS if you specify the hdd that it is contained on. Is it possible to tell GRUB (or GRUB2) to boot into a dd image-file of a Windows OS that is ...
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-kernel option like in QEMU for BOCHS

I am working on creating my own kernel using C/Asm. I have always used QEMU as my emulator mainly because I can specify -kernel and it boots the kernel directly without a boot loader. I wish to switch ...
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Windows 8 bootloader doesn't pick up Windows 7 installation

After installing Windows 8, its booloader picked up my Linux partition but it didn't pick up my Windows 7 partition on a separate disk. I've looked in the Windows 8 bootloader options and advanced ...
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grub refuses to install to raid array

I have a software raid 0 setup with dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. The GRUB bootloader that is already on the hard drive seems to work fine. However, since the latest package update for ...
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How to remove redundant grub from a GPT hard drive?

I once installed Debian onto my hard drive with GPT so there is a grub on it. Recently I erased Debian and install Windows Server 2012. But the grub is still there (which can launch nothing and I am ...
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Windows 7 Bootloader on restart and Windows 8 bootloader on Shutdown

Recently i had 3 OS on my system . First i installed Windows 7 . Then windows 8 rtm. then fedora. Everything went great. I always saw windows 8 bootloader. ( ofcourse it didnt show fedora in it ). So ...
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Boot an Eee PC from USB? Or handle grub prompt?

My Eee PC (ok, not mine ... my friend's) is suddenly stalling in the grub bootloader . It was running Ubuntu. He says "nothing changed" but I'm not totally convinced because that makes no sense. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boot Linux with ELILO from EFI & GPT

Last time that I tried to create Ubuntu/grub2 dual-boot on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8, I almost stoned it. So, I'm thinking to use ELILO as my bootloader for my new ...
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Dual booting CentOS 6.4 and Ubuntu 12.04.03 LTS

First, I install CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) on /dev/sdb3, and subsequently CentOS install the bootload in /dev/sdb itself. Bootinfoscript indicated that the bootloader is legacy0.92 grub. Fine. Next, I ...
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How to remove Windows 8 bootloader (or arrange for Grub not to detect it)

I have a dual-boot system with Windows 8 and Linux. I have two Windows partitions: one 64-bit and one 32-bit. The 64-bit partition is the one I wish to boot; the 32-bit partition is there as a ...
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rEFInd doesn't recognize menu options from config file (specified in menuentry)

I have just installed Windows 8.1 and LinuxMint in a dual boot configuration and am using rEFInd. Everything works fine with the OSs (although Windows notes that secure boot isn't setup properly...I'm ...
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Computer Screen Showing Lines, not even hitting bootloader

Here is what the laptop looks like right after hitting the power button (only a second delay to get to this point). This is all it shows, and goes to nothing else. Laptop would not display on an ...
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Need to move boot manager, but I cant access it

Ok, so I have a Windows 8.1 laptop with a 500GB HDD, and an mSATA slot. I put an ssd in the mSATA and installed Windows 8.1 to the new ssd. Now I want to wipe the old HDD and use it for storage, but ...
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Remove Windows 7 bootloader from second drive

I have a Windows 7 installation on a PC with a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. I installed the OS on the 128GB SSD but I forgot to remove the 2TB HDD befopre installing Windows 7, so it installed the ...
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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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Why booting Linux works only on specific computer with specific USB drive?

I have 3 USB flash discs Transcend (worked on all computers except HP Desktop and OLD ASUS desktop) Sony 8GB (worked on all computers except HP Desktop) Kingston 8GB (worked on all computers except ...
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Trouble installing Grub2 on virtual disk

I'm trying to create a virtual disk with grub2 on it. I'm doing this because I'm going to be writing a multi-boot compliant loader. I want to test this on a VM, so I need a virtual disk with grub2 for ...
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Bootloader doesn't work after installing Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7 (with Novell Client)

I'm working at an university in Germany, and I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit alongside Windows 7 64-bit on a desktop PC which is in the university network. We are using the Novell Client for ...
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Modify BURG boot entries

I have configured BURG on my machine to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux. There are 5 options on my boot screen, 2 of which are for Windows 7 and Linux - the other 3 being for things like recovery modes. ...
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How to switch to current OS's GRUB bootloader in multi-OS system?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 along with a bunch of kernels in /dev/sda1. Later I installed Debian 6 to /dev/sda5 along with some other kernels. Recently, I installed another Ubuntu 12.04 in /dev/sda8. ...
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Can I force my bootloader to load windows 7 instead of Asus Express Gate Cloud

I have an ASUS netbook that I dropped recently and now the power button isnt working. The only way I can boot up is by booting into Asus Express Gate Cloud (which is a different button) then pressing ...
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Network-controlled dual-boot?

How can you set up a boot-loader so that it queries a network server to ask which hard disk to boot from? (as opposed to prompting for keyboard input) [For computers with 2 SATA hard disks, and a ...
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Can't Reinstall Grub on Ubuntu Server 12.04

The bootloader seems to exist only on the flash drive (/dev/sdb in my system). I've been looking at posts on superuser, but none on them seem to be working. Computer (Zotac ZBox) will not boot ...