Questions tagged [bootloader]

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

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Will a Windows 10 installation on a seperate drive cause it to overwrite GRUB?

I have an Ubuntu system (UEFI) and I want to run a Win 10 installation on a separate disk. My goal is to switch between operating systems by changing the boot order of disks from BIOS. However, I'm ...
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removing and reinstalling windows 10 along side linux

I have installed Arch Linux on nvme0n1p5 and windows 10 is on nvme0n1p4. Also as far as I remember I installed the grub bootloader on nvme0n1p2 i.e. boot/efi along with windows boot Now I want do a ...
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Fedora 34 can't install the boot loader configuration

The Error is: "The following error occurred while installing the boot loader. The system will not be bootable." I have a problem installing Fedora 34, every time it tries to install the ...
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sometimes i get stucked in boot menu

after i deleted ubuntu from the bios i get stucked in boot menu. i formatted my hard drive and installed a fresh windows and it worked fine, but when i turn off my computer and turn it on i get stuck ...
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Extra entry in Grub menu

My Toshiba laptop came with Windows 7 pre-installed. I installed Xubuntu on dual-boot (BIOS not UEFI). When Windows 10 came out, I upgraded to it, but now Grub shows two entries for Windows (besides ...
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How to burn a boot loader onto a USB drive (boot-loader as a .bin)

I have created a very small boot loader in assembly and am wanting to test it on my physical hardware and so I am using a USB drive to do this. I have converted the assembly to machine code and to a ....
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how do i boot from my pen drive whithout rebooting the system?

I have windows installed and a bootable USB drive which has live ubuntu 20.03 os. I just want to plug and boot to Ubuntu operating system without restarting or rebooting. how is it possible? any BATCH ...
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Kernel file not found error?

I am was installing PrimeOS(android os) and it came with a installer after installation the system restarted and an error came while booting "error: no such device: //android/kernel", the ...
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“linux” grub loader can't detect android

[volume][1] I had installed Android(Bliss OS) in New Volume(D). When I successfully installed it, I noticed that it was asking me to use or reboot. I was using few moment. When I reboot after using ...
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Can I use Grub as my boot manager on a HDD drive installing Kali? When I put in the USB(live) or not it says I have no boot manager [closed]

I have two hard drives. One is an SSD with windows. The other I am trying to put Kali on. I figured the easy way was just to take out the SSD with windows temporarily. Now when I try to run my install ...
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How more secure is using Shim/PreLoader than having Secure Boot disabled?

I have my doubts on how secure is using Shim/PreLoader to allow booting Linux with Secure Boot enabled. My doubt comes from the fact that it seems to me Shim's MokManager and PreLoader's HashTool can ...
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Dual boot windows/linux forever boots to GRUB loading

I have a dual-boot PC running Windows 10 and Linux. Something got jacked up and now it's impossible to boot to windows. The PC always boots to this prompt no matter what I do: GRUB loading. Welcome to ...
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Replacement of SSD on a Macbook Pro 2015 13inch and install macOS and windows

Last week, I as faced with abusive trackers on my windows installation on a MacBook Pro 13inch 2015 and had to format the SSD to clean all the mess and garbage! To add to the challenge I had forgotten ...
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Issue with installation of bootloaders on Dual boot setup

I have a laptop with a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. I used to have an Ubuntu and Windows dual boot but I wanted to change to a different distro. So I wiped the Ubuntu partition and tried to install ...
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Fixing bootloader from windows 10 installation on another drive?

I used to have a dual boot linux mint / windows 10 setup on my PC, but I recently deleted the entire linux partition, and with it grub. I've tried using the built in windows boot repair from a flash ...
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Grub2/Debian10 change root partition on boot

I have a headless NAS system that ran out of disk space on it's system partition. It's running Debian 10, usually managed via OpenMediaVault 5 with a grub2 bootloader on an EFI system. Apart from the ...
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Bootable partition is not shown in the boot picker or the BIOS

So i couldn’t find my USB drive anywhere, and i thought i’d install Linux from my internal hard drive. Created a new partition, formatted as FAT32, and dd-ed the image onto it. I rebooted, and the ...
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Windows stuck in “Preparing Automatic Repair” after an unplanned power-down while disabling WSL

I'm running Windows 10, updated to it's latest version as of writing this on an Acer Predator Helios 300. Boot times for the laptop have been getting longer, and the system has been slower and laggy ...
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Chromebook Bootloader Broken?

I want to be able to install linux mint onto my chromebook to dual boot and I enabled developer mode and all the other settings (crossystem usb boot) and I shutdown the chromebook and boot it up, I ...
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Could not set BootOrder: No space left on device

When I boot my HP computer, these messages appear: System BootOrder not found. Initializing defaults … Could not create variable: … Out of resources After 2 failed attempts (Out of resources), Grub ...
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In a dual OS PC, How to make the second OS invisible when running the boot loader and how to restore it when needed

In my pc, there are two operating systems in two partitions. Thus, the boot loader shows all of them when starting the PC. I want to make the boot loader run one OS in order to hide the existence of ...
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How to boot back into Linux after Windows 10 install

Preface On this computer I had Windows 7 installed. I accidentally broke it, so I installed Linux Mint (since Linux is free and I didn't want to pay for Windows). Recently I was able to install ...
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Fix windows 10 drive

Basically I have an image of my windows 10 installations c drive, plus images of all the other microsoft restricted partitions etc, I would like to know where to put them on a fresh disk to get it to ...
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Having installed Win&Ubuntu dualboot, can't boot Ubuntu

I've installed Win10 first Ubuntu linux was second installed Now, I can only boot into Windows, Ubuntu, despite it's there installed, I can not boot. I have very old pc with primitive bios. Only thing ...
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Computer doesn't turn on, but power LEDs and fan do

I have an Ideapad 330s with Windows/Arch dual boot. I booted Arch today and my touchpad wasn't working (it does that sometimes) so I rebooted. However after the screen went off, the power LED stayed ...
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Black screen instead of “Choose an operating system menu”, then normal boot (probably after the 30 seconds)

I had Windows 10 installed on one partition, and then installed Windows 10 on another partition. The first time I restarted the laptop after the installation finished, I got the "Choose an ...
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repair windows boot loader after cloning to SSD

I bought my PC with Windows 10 on it, later installing Ubuntu for dual-booting. Recently, I wanted to replace the HDD inside with an SSD of the same size, so I copied all the partitions to the SSD (...
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Change name of “ubuntu” boot entry

I have a multi-boot system with Windows 10 on my main drive and Linux Mint 20 and Ubuntu 20.04 on an external drive. Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint use the same bootloader, which is stored on the ESP on ...
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Dual boot to one OS by default, and to other OS upon keypress

I am planning to UEFI dual boot Windows 10 and Arch Linux, currently I have one machine booting with the Windows boot manager and another to Arch through EFISTUB. On the new machine I would prefer to ...
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Hide Plymouth message “cryptsetup: luks-…: set up successfully” at boot

I am using Debian 10. I encrypted partitions (root and boot) and added the luks-keys to the initramfs so that the decryption happens automatically. When the system booting, the message "...
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how to remove win 7 boot loader after upgrading to win 10

I did an on line upgrade of win 7 laptop to win 10. Everything works as it should but I find I have both the boot loader for win 7 and win 10 on the HDD,. How do I remove the boot loader for win 7 it ...
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How do I put my bootloader back onto the system drive?

As you can see in the image, the partition for the bootloader is on a different drive than the actual system. I had installed Manjaro and later chose to format the drive and reinstall windows, which ...
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Why do I get errors of select proper boot device when using a cloned SSD?

After cloning a new SSD with Windows 10 installed on it using EaseUSTodoBackup, I removed an old SSD with Windows 10 installed on it and put it the new clone. The computer boots up fine. After a day ...
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Why do Linux distros use both the grub and syslinux bootloaders?

Whenever I open a Linux distro iso file there is always a grub and an isolinux bootloader, I realized they use isolinux to boot the installation. Can't we use grub for that? is isolinux faster and ...
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UEFI Boot options menu at every boot : how to make it work?

I have a Asus Strix X99 gaming motherboard with a I7-6800K CPU https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/ROG-STRIX-X99-GAMING/ I have two M.2 NVME SSDs attached: SSD N°1 = Samsung SM951 512G M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 ...
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Can syslinux chainload an EFI file?

I am looking to integrate provisioning by PXE-booting from a RedHat Satellite Server with a Windows Deployment Server. To do that, I want the (non-UEFI) syslinux bootloader from WDS to load another ...
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dual boot 2x windows10 on UEFI/GPT

As I am quite used to dual/multiple boot-options (boot-managers etc) in BIOS/MBR environment, but not in UEFI/GPT, I wonder if and how the following can work: I copied (cloned) my windows-system ...
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How to properly add GRUB to load from Windows Boot Loader?

I have a windows installation with BitLocker, it asks me to enter recovery code each time when I load it from grub, but if I press ESC and choose Windows boot loader at UEFI - it works properly. I am ...
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Accidentally deleted all boot options on my laptop. What next?

I accidentally deleted every boot entry on my laptop. I cannot boot from USB. It doesn't boot anything useful by default. There are no options for selecting what to boot or boot priority. I think I ...
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How to add boot entries for Linux LiveCDs in Windows Boot Manager on Windows 10 when EasyBCD refuses to run?

How to add boot entries for Linux LiveCD's on Windows 10? I used to use EasyBCD 2.4 to achieve this, trouble is I can't use it right now, tried uninstalling it and then reinstalling it, it just won't ...
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Dualbooting Linux and Windows: PC boots to GRUB shell when selecting Linux

I am trying to make a dualboot setup with Kali Linux and Windows 10 (using the Windows metro bootloader and EasyBCD). I can get it working using GRUB, but when I use EasyBCD to write the MBR (with 2 ...
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My android x86 wont boot from hard disk

I feel weird. My pc is really old. Those the specs: -Windows XP sp3 -2GB Ram -Intel Pentium 4 -80GB HDD I have complete install androidx86 on my HDD, but when i want to reboot, it says system disk ...
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Dual boot with 2x Windows 10 on a single drive (UEFI): why is one Windows instance doing a complete boot cycle?

I just setup my HP Notebook with 2 instances of Windows 10, installed on a single drive, and using UEFI style dual boot (i.e.: the bootloader starts that blue option screen letting me choose between ...
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Grub doesn't boot windows 10

I installed Elementary OS next to Windows 10 on a separate partition. After starting in the bootloader menu - Grub - I can choose both Elementary OS and Windows. Linux starts correctly, but selecting ...
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How to fix Windows 10 boot?

I am trying to repair my Windows 10 installation and I can't seem to find a viable solution to it. When I try and select the drive from the BIOS to boot, I get the Error Code: 0x000000e. However, ...
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triple boot 2x Windows10 + Linux with EFI - using grub or Windows Bootmanager

on my HP notebook I just setup a triple boot system with 2x Windows 10 + Linux Mint partitions (there are reasons why I don't use virtual machines here). In my BIOS I had to enable UEFI custom boot ...
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Query, modify, or replace existing bootloader (after dual-boot installation)?

I recently figured out that I may have done my dual boot installation 'incorrectly'. I first installed a Linux distribution and then Windows. Apparently that is bad practice? My main issue right now ...
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Use a graphical boot manager, like the one in Windows 10, for Windows 7 GUI

I have a hard disk that has two partitions, one with Windows 7 and the other with Windows 10. I use Windows 7 mainly as a system operating system, but when I select this option by default, I lose the ...
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How can I hibernate and switch between Windows 7 and Windows 10 on different SSDs?

I've got 2 OS, 3 drives: ssd1 with Windows 10 ssd2 with Windows 7, plus hdd So here're a couple of questions: How can I quickly switch between these OSes, using hibernation and rebooting? I heard I ...
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grub2 does on actually boot LUbuntu + detailed explanation of grub2 cfg & installation

I have installed LUbuntu using LVM on a machine can only boot using EFI. It already had /dev/sda1 as EFI partition. LUbuntu installer used the rest HDD to create LVM Physical Volume with one single ...

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