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

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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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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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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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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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Boot loader in pxe

I´m setting up a pxe/tftp server. I´m for now setting it up with pxelinux, from syslinux system. I saw this table wich make me doubt about if I made the right choice. I need to know wich of those ...
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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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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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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 ...
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I need to hold the power key for 15-30 seconds to power on my MacBook Pro Retina

Starting after installing rEFInd on my Macbook Pro Retina (10,9) I need to press and hold the power key for a long time before even the blank which screen and boot up sound. How can I fix this? Here ...
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How to boot to a second device if the first fails to boot

Image a system with 2 harddrives (non-raid). If the first disks fails to boot then the second should take over. I can do that using the bootsequence in the BIOS, but that would only work if disk 1 ...
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Windows 8 Boot Manager switches between Graphical and Text versions

I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Mountain Lion and am using the Windows 8's Boot Manager. The Boot Manager appears in text version if I restart my computer from mountain lion and in graphical version ...
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Lilo bootloader is removed, sytem halts after turning it on?

I wanted to change my Debian to testing, but lilo was not booting my usb although setting was set to be usb as first booting option, then I installed grub (as it has more options and more advanced) ...
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Clean up or repair Mac OSX bootloader?

I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed in a Bootcamp partition on my iMac. A couple of months ago, I restored an image of my harddrive, which I've done multiple times before with success, but on ...
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How to create WinXP style multi-boot for WinXp and Slackware 14.0 on a single harddisk?

I want to create a multi-boot boot loader for Windows Xp and Slacware 14.0 that will look like a Windows Xp boot loader. After Slackware installation I was unable to install lilo an HDD because 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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How to make a device bootable only from a specific Micro-SD card?

How to make this device bootable only from a specific Micro-SD card usind Debian Wheezy? I don't care to let a 1-to-1 clone boot, but I don't want people to extract the unique signutare (or whatever ...
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Boot to Windows XP from GRUBFORDOS

I have a system that boots to windows xp fine. I have a thumbdrive with GRUBFORDOS that I am attempting to boot to the windows xp partition (hd0,0). Here is my menu.lst file on my thumbdrive. ...
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Boot Loader Issues

I have a Gateway NE series laptop originally running Windows 8. I've had it since November and each time I turn it on a black screen with a blue box appears that says, "Windows Boot Manager, Boot ...
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“Geom Error” when booting into Scientific Linux

I currently have 2 500GB drives configured with RAID0 that boots Windows 7 and an additional 2TB data drive with a single partition for storing files. I am trying to dual boot my current Windows ...
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Recycling the CD boot image for an USB drive

Is it possible to use a CD boot image (the bin file) as a bootsector for a partition of an UFD drive? Can I use dd for this task?
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How do I revert changes made by BootRec.exe?

I have a 32GB flash drive that I've loaded up with a bunch of different bootable operating systems, tools, etc. I used YUMI to put everything on there. Today, I was attempting a repair on a Windows ...