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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UEFI detection (ESPs)

Does the UEFI boot manager detect the ESPs inside the GPTs on every storage device, based on the global-scope variables (boot-configuration) stored in NVRAM? Reading the UEFI booting from Wikipedia:...
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Can I recover my HDD data after clean installing Win 7 on SSD, after the installation created System Reserved Partition in the HDD instead of the SSD?

I can't find the solution by searching the forums because I lack too much knowledge about partition tables functioning. I've found this quite similar situation Recover or recreate partition after &...
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Triple boot 3 OS's on 3 separate SSD's

I am attempting to set up a system with 3 separate OS's (Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 TP) all on three separate SSD's. I can currently boot into each one if I use a boot override via the UEFI BIOS on my ...
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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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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 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 grub,...
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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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Moving Windows 10 bootloader to another drive

Here's the situation. I have 2 SSD hard drives in my system, a 128GB and 500GB. Currently, my partition structure is this: 500GB - Ubuntu 16.04 Install Device Start End Sectors ...
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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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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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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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Booting Windows and Linux across two physical drives

I'm trying to get Windows 7 and Kali Linux bootable on an old laptop, but there are a few considerations that are making it difficult: 1) Windows 7 is on an SSD, while I installed Kali on the ...
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Force DnX Mode on ASUS Android Tablet/Intel Cloverview

I have an Asus MeMo Pad 7 (ME70CX KO1A, Intel Cloverview Chipset) which is not bootable. The device sticks at the bootloader splash screen and no button combination will force the device into ...
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Where is the UEFI boot order stored?

I know the UEFI boot loaders are stored on a FAT32 partition on my (usually GPT) drive, but where is the boot order stored? My reasoning: It can't be stored as part of the firmware settings, since ...
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Dell E6410 UEFI

I'm having problems with my laptop using UEFI. What happens is, I can boot a UEFI operating system only if I go into boot options and manually select it. It will not automatically boot into any UEFI ...
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Unchaining grub2 and windows bootloader(s)

I would like to find out if it is possible to unchain grub2 and windows boot-loader and I could not find a convincing answer anywhere, perhaps it is just not possible... The situation is as follows: ...
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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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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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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 XP covered up by Windows 7 Bootloader

I have two hard drives in my system, one for Windows 7 and one for Windows XP. I had to reinstall Windows 7, and after the re-install, the Windows 7 boot loader started showing up. This did not show ...
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GRUB: no such device

I had to reinstall Mint recently and after reinstalling, I get an error in GRUB: error: no such device: *hex-hex-hex* Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> I have tried a bunch of things, such as ...
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How To Re-install FreeLoader For Restored ReactOS Installation?

With Windows if you want to backup and restore (or deploy) you use the deployment tools to create a .wim image of the operating system, then write the image to the desired computer's drive, and then ...
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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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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 user-...
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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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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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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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Windows 10, no Bootloader no Microsoft reserved partition

Let me tell you that I have tried many remedies in this forum and elsewhere but none of them worked for me. The problem is this: I have a Thinkpad x200 (I mention it in case it matters), until ...
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“No boot device found” after removing Ubuntu from dual boot with Windows 7

Background information My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L50-B with Intel Core i7 and AMD Radeon R7 M260. It came with Windows 8 pre-installed when I first bought it, but I soon wiped the disk to ...
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How to chain windows bootloaders in a GPT / EFI / VHD boot scenario

I will try to be as clear as possible, but realise I might need to refine the question as it can be confusing. Here is my current setup: HDD is GPT, it has 3 partition. Partition 1 is EFI ...
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grub not loading - bit different to most grub questions i can see

I know there are a lot of questions about this and I'm sure people are sick of seeing them but I can't see one that quite fits my situation so here goes. Originally, I was running the Win 10 upgrade, ...
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Disable Advanced Options entry automatic generation in GRUB

Is it possible to instruct GRUB to not include the Advanced Options entry while it routinely updates? I mean this snippet in /boot/grub/grub.cfg which I forced to remove manually every time some ...
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Can I restore a Win10 bootloader with a Win7 DVD?

My friend's struggling with a Windows 10 installation he cloned from a HDD to a SSD. He tried to create a Win10 stick but it failed. So I would like to know if it's possible to restore the MBR/...
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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 ...