Questions tagged [boot]

The process and events beginning with power being supplied to the processor and ending with the operating system fully loaded and ready for use. Questions about specific parts of the boot process should be tagged with, e.g. [bios].

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Cloning/copying a complete PC

My home has a high end Home Theater controlled by a small PC with two separate drives (C and D). I will be selling the house some time in the near future (I am 83 years old). I designed the theater ...
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Windows 10 messes up the dual boot of SSD w/ UEFI firmware failing to detect it

My SSD drive on an HP desktop with UEFI firmware [Nov 2016] is loaded with dual boot of Xubuntu and Windows 10, but when Windows 10 shuts down and is booted again, it boots directly to Windows 10 ...
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Fix Invalid disk for bootable flash drive without admin rights

I'm trying to re-install Windows 7 Home Premium from a flash drive. I have no admin rights. Please don't ask why - it's the main thing in the question. I know about Rufus, but it requires admin rights ...
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System disk error, but only on restart

I have a functioning Windows 10 system dual booting with Ubuntu Linux. After replacing the system drive, I can start the system from a cold boot just fine, it finds GRUB, and allows me to choose the ...
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Arch Linux Booting issues

I just installed Arch Linux using https://archlinuxgui.in/ But, when I am booting normally nothing shows up but a black screen. I restarted my system multiple times and nothing happens and I am stuck ...
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Pixel 3 stuck in fastboot loop after flashing factory image [migrated]

The problem After trying to flash a factory image of Android to my (previously working) Pixel 3, I can now no longer exit the bootloader, nor can I boot into the system. The bootloader simply reads no ...
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What file in the Windows boot Manager loads the disk driver to then load windows on the c:\

we had a Nutanix Windows VM boot directly into the recovery partition as it could not see its system partition. After a quick google which came up with this troubleshooting guide, I can see that I ...
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How to reset Windows10, remove Ubuntu from dual boot, and change boot mode to UEFI?

I have Windows10 + Ubuntu in Legacy Boot Mode. I would like to do the following things: Remove Ubuntu from dual boot, so my ONLY OS will be Windows. Delete all my files and software, really reset ...
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Computer keep restarting continuously no display

I just set up the new computer, the PC is turned on but it keeps restarting after a second with No display Here is the config: Motherboard: BIOSTAR TB360-BTC PRO https://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/...
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Laptop booted to blank screen after opening uefi firmware settings during windows installation

I had to install a fresh copy of windows 10. I tried to install it but it was stuck at copying windows files. I restarted the windows installation and went to Repair my computor and clicked on open ...
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How do you make Windows 10 only use SSD for booting and default to another drive for everything else

For years I've done the hack of "Move everything manually" (e.g. move appdata via directory junction, move documents folder, change install drive for software etc.) but it makes resetting my ...
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Is BIOS a first-stage boot loader?

My understanding of the traditional BIOS booting process is the following: Firmware (i.e. the BIOS) chooses a device to boot from and executes the boot code stored in the boot sector (MBR) of that ...
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EFI/boot partition no longer recognized by UEFI/BIOS

Context/Goal: I have my laptop that was dual-boot, one M.2 SSD for each machine (Windows and Arch Linux) and everything worked as it should. I bought a new higher capacity drive for my Windows machine,...
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"bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off” when booting Linux based Lupu (Lucid puppy 528.005)

So, as the name suggests, i'm tring to boot Lupu (Lucid puppy 528.005) installation from a vhd inside a USB on a virtual machine. When i use only the VHD works like a charm, but when i try to run it ...
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Can't find Windows in my Grub BootLoader

I installed Kali Linux next to Windows in dual boot mode, then I updated Kali. After rebooting my laptop to return to windows, it does not appear as an option in the grub boot loader anymore, even ...
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Hardware Error Upon Swapping RAM

I was testing new sticks on an HP Elitedesk 800 GI board. Everything booted successfully until I placed the old sticks back in. Upon doing so, the board cannot pass POST, and external USB boots do not ...
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Laptop doesn't detect USB Bootable

I'm trying to fix my laptop because the EFI partition went missing suddenly. And I bought a USB Drive to boot to installation mode, but when I inserted the USB it doesn't work. I tried inserting it ...
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Halp...soft-bricked A40 after uninstalling apps ADB [migrated]

I may have just messed up my smartphone and really need your help. I wanted to get rid of some of the bloatware on my A40 and read online that one can actually uninstall many apps via the Windows ...
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Monitor blinks multiple times before successful booting

Monitor blinks/flickers 1 to 7 times before booting successfully. Entering the BIOS settings after pressing DEL triggers this again. I have tested every component individually in another system and ...
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Which version of Windows 10 is on my USB flash drive installer?

I have a Windows 10 InstallUSB and I'd like to know which version of Windows 10 it is. Searching online, I found this technique in many places, with the file [install.<esd||swm||wim>, boot.wim] ...
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What is "Check for installed LCU, Error code 0x17" (Win10pro doesn't start after power loss)?

We had a storm that knocked up power (maybe twice in ~10 sec).  Some PCs at work do not have UPSs, most are set to keep Off after power loss.  Next day Win7 machines simply started without any issues. ...
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Custom secure boot with .WIM file

I am trying to take ownership of the secure boot process of a Windows platform. I have followed some online resources like: https://linuskarlsson.se/blog/secure-boot-when-dual-booting-arch-linux-and-...
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I am stuck in grub

Ok , i was running windows 7 dual boot with ubuntu , everything was fine.I tried to install windows 10 (while dual booting) i ran setup.exe everything went fine it installed about 30% , it restarted (...
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GRUB menu will not appear unless I set admin password on BIOS

After many hours of debugging, I finally got the GRUB menu working on my Windows 10 / Ubunutu 20.04 dual boot setup. However, the GRUB menu will only show up if I enable an admin password in the BIOS ...
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Bit-perfect duplication of sd-card that is used as boot and storage device [closed]

I have here a computer running the Linux kernel (fitted with an e-ink display and buttons (a pocketbook touch lux 1)). The thing mostly works, except that any changes to the memory is not remembered: ...
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How to start a computer that has been off for years

I have a desktop computer (circa 2011?) that has been turned off and unplugged for five years. My memory is it worked fine when I shut it off. The hard drive (HDD/spinning disk) is partitioned to dual ...
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Cloned NVMe drive not being recognized as a bootable drive on an Asus Q525U laptop

I have an Asus Q525U laptop with Windows 10. It originally came with a hard disk drive, but has an empty slot for an NVMe SSD, which I wanted to use to increase system performance. I opened the system ...
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Having to switch between secure and unsecure boot all the time

I've recently dual booted Manjaro and Windows 11, and have run into a conflict that seems impossible to solve. I've read that one can not boot Manjaro on secure boot. At the same time, an online game(...
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WoeUSB error when writing to disk

I'm getting this error when I try to write a Windows 10 ISO file onto my 32GB USB: Installation failed! Exit code: 256 Log: WoeUSB v3.3.1 ============================== Mounting source filesystem... ...
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Installing windows 11 from a bootable USB but SSD HD not showing

I have an asus tuf 17 laptop with a 512GB SSD hard drive. For some reason the windows 10 installation got corrupted so I formatted the SSD hard disk from command line after restarting windows using ...
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Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device but I cant access the boot configuration or BIOS

I've tried everything, i pressed every key and watched every tutorial but all include having to open the BIOS or boot configuration but I cant.
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What's the sense of Windows Service Dependencies?

I have created a computer program, which I have installed as a Windows service, and I have added a dependency towards another Windows service, the "KEPServerEX 6.9 Runtime", as you can see ...
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Can I incorporate TrustedGRUB code into GRUB2?

We have a TPM on our box and GRUB2 needs to unseal the keys in the TPM during boot time. We have a UEFI-based box. But, GRUb2 doesn't have support for unsealing the keys. However TrustedGRUB has ...
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Windows fail to boot

When I switch on my PC (no matter I chose normal start, safe mode or using last successful login setting), the Windows loading screen appeared and then after a few seconds the PC switches off (hence, ...
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Bios recognizes USB drive and partitions, but won’t boot from it

I bought a mini PC that had no ram or ssd and obviously no OS. I added my own 8gb ddr4 2400mhz and ssd connected by SATA. I can boot into the bios and it recognizes the ram. I created a bootable ...
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Computer always enters BIOS

I have a Computer running Windows 11, with a Gigabyte Z690i Ultra DDR4 motherboard and a Samsung 980 PRO 2TB SSD. It's been working perfectly for months, but a couple of days ago when I started it up ...
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A USB keypad slows Windows wakeup time to minutes

I bought this cheap USB keypad. Nothing fancy. Not programmable, no LED lights etc. Just numbers and Enter. When it is connected and I put the PC to hibernation for a night, next morning waking up ...
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Surface Laptop 3 recovery gets to 100% during 'Reset this PC' process then fails

I have a Surface Laptop 3 that fails to boot and reports BCD errors that I haven't been able to fix. Recovery Your PC/Device needs to be repaired the boot configuration data for your PC is missing ...
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How to boot again with Windows 95 after a byte-by-byte HDD copy?

Background I have a very old PATA HDD (1998 Fujitsu 3.2GB) plugged into a very old computer (Pentium 2 / Asus P2L97 motherboard) with one bootable partition (Windows 95 and Fat32 file system). As ...
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uefi/gpt install grub on several external usb disk

My computer uses UEFI I have several external USB disks, each with a GPT partition table, a small partition flagged 'bios-grub', and each has an Ubuntu 22.04 installed on an other partition. My ...
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If my PC doesn't "turn on" randomly, what is that a sign of?

2.7 years ago, I bought a HP Z240 tower workstation PC. Recently, I have begun noticing that, when I press the power button in the morning, it doesn't "fully power on", or something similar. ...
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Dell XPS 15 9560 Ubuntu Slow boot / WIFI problems

I have problems with my Dell XPS 15 9560 Ubuntu 20.04. First, the WIFI started to have connection problems. Then reboot started to get slow (minutes instead of seconds). Also when you wanted to log in ...
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Repair Boot does not have Recommended Repair option

So, I may have messed up the EFI partition by not completely removing GRUB and installing Debian (forgot to restart after removing the directory in the EFI folder). And now, Debian won't install and I'...
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Windows can't be installed after instalation of ubuntu (boot loader got destroyed)

From the start: I am an app developer. I recently installed a new SSD on my laptop. There was a problem while coding in windows so I installed ubuntu 21.04 LTS. Before its installation I deleted all ...
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Can't boot up with ddr3 2400mhz ram set to 2400mhz

I have ddr3 Ram 2400mhz (F3-2400c11d-16gab) but I can't boot up with preset xmp set to 2400mhz but I can boot up when I set frequency to 2200mhz. Motherboard: P8Z77-V DELUXE CPU: I7 3770 Please help. ...
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Delete in a secure way MBR from Mac formatted external drive (APM)

I was trying to restore my old external hard drive (Disk 1) with mac files (APM), but when I connected it to windows I accidentally added a MBR boot partition. I do not currently own a Mac computer. ...
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Failure In Name Resolution On Startup After Incorrect VPN Uninstall

I uninstalled OpenVPN Server after not being able to set it up correctly and finding a working alternative solution. However, I think I uninstalled it incorrectly. Every time I restart my machine, I ...
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"Cannot initialize conversion" when formatting boot partition while installing arch linux

I'm trying to install arch linux but when I run mkfs.fat -F32 /dev/vda1 to format my boot partition, it returns: mkfs.fat 4.2 (2021-01-31) Cannot initialize conversion from codepage 850 to UTF-8: ...
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Save BIOS settings and make a backup

I want to save the BIOS settings and make these settings the default version of the BIOS in the gigabyte motherboard
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BIOS update on Asus without battery

I have an Asus laptop (model ASUS ROG zephyrus S GX531GWR) running GNU/Linux (Debian Stretch) with a non-functional battery and I want to update the BIOS. How can I update the BIOS without WinFlash ...
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