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DriveImage XML DriveImage XML will do the job. It runs from within Windows and it can copy directly from drive to drive. A lot of people rave about it after good experiences with the software. DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives. Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume ...


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With modern OSs, practically none. Linus Torvalds reportedly said its task is to "just load the OS and get the hell out of there". Older operating systems like MS-DOS relied on the BIOS for many tasks (e.g. disk access), by calling interrupts. With modern OSs, the bootloader quickly switches into 32- or 64-bit mode and executes the OS kernel. The kernel ...


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From the Building Windows 8 blog: Now here’s the key difference for Windows 8: as in Windows 7, we close the user sessions, but instead of closing the kernel session, we hibernate it. Compared to a full hibernate, which includes a lot of memory pages in use by apps, session 0 hibernation data is much smaller, which takes substantially less time ...


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The biggest problem with booting an ISO file is that ISOs that are designed to be booted are almost always designed to be booted from a CD. As explained on Marco's blog regarding Grub 2 (emphasis mine): GRUB can read ISO9660 (”iso”) images. It can for example load the first few sectors and boot it. But most people do not realize is “what then?”. What ...


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Windows 7 uses what's available on the box ... out of the box. You should not twiddle around with the boot process except when you know what you are doing, otherwise things will become slower / more unstable, etc. And you should not believe what you read on the Internet. That said: To tell Windows 7 to NOT use of all the cores that are available ...


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The fastest way is to use Bootchamp. It adds an option in the Mac menu bar where you can just click and choose "Restart in Windows". Q.E.D.


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Open the Registry Editor, and add the filename as string to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce when you are logged in as that specific user, or to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\... which opens that file for ány user.


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You can also use quser to see the login time.


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The BIOS provides a number of services to the Operating Systems, most of which are related to power management: modifying the CPU and bus clocks enabling/disabling mainboard devices expansion port power control suspend-to-disk and suspend-to-RAM resume event settings Suspend-to-disk is implemented in the OS most of the time as the OS can restore its ...


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GParted GParted on the Ubuntu (and I'm sure other Linux distros) Live CD will do exactly this. I've used it to successfully migrate entire operating systems from one dying drive to another new drive. GParted is a free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions. GParted is useful for tasks such as: creating space for new ...


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In the console, you could write: sudo update-rc.d -f apache2 remove sudo update-rc.d -f mysql remove ... For additional information read Ubuntu Bootup How to.


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A service marked as Automatic (Delayed Start) will start shortly after all other services designated as Automatic have been started. In my experience, this means that they are started 1-2 minutes after the computer boots. The setting is most useful in lessening the "mad rush" for resources when a machine boots. Note that when you have 20 services all being ...


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For Windows, see this article : Boot your USB Drive in VirtualBox. For Linux, the same approach is described in : How to boot from USB in virtualbox on Ubuntu. The approach is to attach a physical drive to a virtual machine using the VBoxManage command-line tool that comes bundled with VirtualBox. You can then boot your virtual machine from the attached ...


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When you are at the GRUB menu where you select which OS to boot (if this menu don't appear, press ESC while you get the "Booting CentOS in X seconds"), press e to edit your boot commands. You should see a screen like this: (parameters may vary) Look for the line that begins with kernel. Choose it and then press e again. You will be at a simple editor, add ...


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You should install Windows XP first. After that, install Windows 7; its bootloader will take care of XP as well. Also, Windows 7 considers whatever partition it's on as C:\ (at least that's what happened to me). Lastly, install Ubuntu. Its bootloader will detect all the other 2 operation systems. Have fun!


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Clonezilla You could try out Clonezilla Live. Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. It doesn't perfectly meet your requirements, but ...


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The BIOS in a PC was meant to fufill a similar function as the BIOS in an 8-bit CP/M system, popular before the PC took over in the mid-80's. The BIOS was intended to contain a minimal bootloader and hardware-dependent low-level routines to do input and output to a few devices (screen, disk, tape, COM port). Knowledge to do this was built into the ROM - no ...


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Computers are state machines. The problem is that the initial condition the computer starts with (which is, literally, instant) is not very useful to you and me. (Even after the first electron moves). What's useful to you and me is many millions of steps further down that state machine. The easiest way for developers to describe that state is define it in ...


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Step By Step: Start Menu Control Panel Hardware and Sound Under "Sound" click "Change System Sounds" Uncheck "Play Windows Startup Sound" Apply & OK. If using Explorer Classic View: Start Menu Control Panel Sound Sounds Tab Uncheck "Play Windows Startup Sound" Apply & OK. Sound Dialog Example:


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Check out the StarupSound prefpane. It allows you to control the volume of and mute the chime. Note: I have not used its on leopard yet, so I'm not sure if it works. But I can confirm it works in 10.4 Edit: I forgot to mention that you could just hold the mute button on you're keyboard when you hit the power button to disable the sound for that boot.


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Although fsarchiver is quite an underrated allround (offline) non-gui Linux tool (from the creators of PartImage that iirc doesn't support Ext4), I agree that DriveImage XML is the best answer so far. But also try MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition. Next time. ;) Here's a summary of tools for partition cloning I have used in the past: MiniTool ...


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Because the power is turned on to the fan, before the BIOS loads any real time controllers that will base the speed of the fan on the temperature of the processor. This also keeps the processor from getting excessively hot if you were to try the alternative... which would be to keep the fan off until those controllers were loaded and basing the fan speed on ...


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There are several potentially helpful answers here, but I think there are two important points that haven't been made: No, it is not possible to programmatically determine that Windows and all startup programs have finished booting. This is essentially the Halting Problem and no program out there will be able to answer the question "For this arbitrary ...


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Assuming you're asking about the options passed to the current-running kernel? If the /proc filesystem is in use, /proc/cmdline tells you exactly what options were passed to the kernel. $ cat /proc/cmdline root=UUID=3630dd43-f9f9-40b1-8a5f-72c13f2b309c ro quiet splash If there's no /proc filesystem, you can get an idea by finding the current kernel's ...


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There is a freeware program called Soluto which is claimed to speed up Windows boot time. It works for Windows 7. I haven't experienced it but I think it is worth trying in your case.


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Soluto is an excellent boot-analysis product. For more info see: Soluto Figures Out What’s Bogging Down Your PC (And Tells You How To Fix It)


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How can I tell if my problem is because of my hardware? Does the problem happen before your operating system loads? Does the problem happen on different operating systems on the same machine? Do the errors seem like they have no cause (i.e. random crashes every few days/hours, not linked to any particular program running or time spent with the PC on? ...


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Use TransMac, which has a 15-day trial period and works flawlessly. In the left pane, right click the USB Drive and select Restore with Disk Image Point to your .dmg file and click Open. It will take a few minutes depending on size of .dmg and speed of USB drive, but once done you can pop it into your mac, hold down the option key when turning on the ...


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The tools XPerf and XBootMgr from the WPT (available in Windows SDK or below) are great for troubleshooting any performance related problems on Windows; whether it is at boot or hick-ups during a Full HD video, these tools help you to pinpoint the problem. They are free and from Microsoft. :-) Performance Analysis Troubleshooting of slow systems can be ...



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