A bootloader is a small program that gets executed at startup time. The bootloader loads data and other startup process into RAM where they can be executed.

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Can't boot to Windows anymore after removing Grub on a Netbook [duplicate]

Today I decided to try out Fedora by booting it from USB. I liked the OS, and decided I wanted to install it to my hard-drive. I couldn't complete the installation because I needed to free up a ...
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What is the correct way of removing a linux partition in a dual boot system?

I have setup a dual boot system in my home computer with XP and Ubuntu in that order. I want to know how to remove the linux partition without screwing up the bootloader? I want to know this because ...
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How to enable the Boot Splash Screen?

After hitting enter from GRUB, the screen displays a blinking cursor. How can I enable the loading screen, so that the boot splash screen displays instead of a blinking cursor??
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How to set up GRUB2 password in an easy way?

I need to setup password for GRUB2 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS amd64. The setup I am trying to reach is to have [e]dit and [c]onsole options protected by password, but booting of operating system entries (...
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Can the bootloader be stored outside the HDD?

If the Ubuntu boot loader is stored on the Hard Drive, is there an alternative to loading the boot loader from the hard drive? Can it be stored on alternate storage such as a CD or even an external ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 bootloader doesn't start windows 7

I just installed ubuntu 11.10 alongside with Windows 7. Ubuntu starts and work fine. Instead, when i click on the last option: windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1) the bootloader reload itself and ...
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Where to install bootloader when installing a second Linux OS?

I want to try Bodhi Linux (which is very close to Ubuntu) beside the already installed Lubuntu Quantual (which was in a dual boot with WinXP). So, I want a 3-boot: to chose between these three at boot....
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Dual Boot Ubuntu and Windows 7: BOOTMGR is missing when I tried to boot in Windows

So, I don't know what exactly how I managed to delete the MBR record on windows partition. But let me explain what I did next, I ran the ubuntu boot repair tool and now Windows is not even listed in ...
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If I uninstall ubuntu, will Windows Boot Manager still be there?

I want to get rid of my Ubuntu partition, because I never use it on my laptop, only on my desktop. If I remove Ubuntu (I'm assuming GRUB will go with it), will Windows Boot Manager still allow me to ...
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GRUB install error

Whenever I try to install Ubuntu, I get a fatal error that reads: Executing'grub-install /dev/sda' failed. This is a fatal error. Its the same as this, but my graphics appear to be running fine. ...
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Windows 7 suspend failed after Ubuntu 12.04 installation

HP 6235.fr - 2 Hard Disk - 1 NVDIA GT220 Clean installation of Windows 7 on first hard disk. Windows 7 suspend/wake up is working. Clean installation of Ubuntu 12.04 from web ISO image on second ...
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Formatted Ubuntu partition & now grub says “error: no such partition” - can't enter windows

I had installed Ubuntu (current version: 11.xx) alongside Windows Vista. Now I formatted the Ubuntu partition & merged it with another partition (without thinking, obviously). Now, when I ...
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How do I access a WUBI install after installing a third OS alongside Windows?

I have never got my head around the boot loaders and stuff. I have three partitions C:, D: and E. I installed Ubuntu inside Windows (wubi) on the second drive D:. Yesterday I made an another ...
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How to install MBR with Maverick or Karmic

I have been using Ubuntu since 9.10. Now Maverick crashed and my MBR is wrecked. I have run dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 on advice from another Ubuntu user but now I can only install any ...
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Restoring GRUB2 on Software RAID 0 using LiveCD after Windows 7 wiped it

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my system. However, I need to install Windows 7 back, and I expect that it would alter GRUB and it did. Right now, my partition on my Software RAID 0 looks like this: ...
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Install without installing boot loader

I'm trying to install ubuntu 10.10 without installing any linux boot loader (grub, lilo etc). I remember prior 10.10, there's an option for disabling install boot loader. I couldn't find this option ...
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Deactivate an Ubuntu LiveUSB, make it unbootable without reformatting

In a previous life I used a certain USB drive to install Ubuntu on a server. After installing I deleted all the files and started using it for storing copies of backups. Some time later I rebooted ...
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rEFInd Question: Remove multiple boot items?

Just installed Ubuntu on a separate drive (not partitioned with any other OS), as well as rEFInd, on my Mac Pro. I managed to get it all to start up properly and can boot to any of the locations from ...
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GRUB (or rather BURG) takes 30 seconds to load

I installed a new drive today in my old computer. I'm running Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 using BURG as my bootloader. On my old drive grub/burg would load up instantly. However, now that I've replaced ...
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Cannot boot Windows 7 after installing Ubuntu 13.04

So I boot up my computer after installing Ubuntu 13.04. Grub correctly shows me all available boot options and I am able to boot to Ubuntu. However, when I try to boot into Windows 7, grub hangs at a ...
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How do I boot from a grub menu?

I recently added another partition to my hardrive where ubuntu was installed to and afterwards when I booted ubuntu I got sent to the grub rescue> terminal. The fix for that was that I had to ...
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How did someone disable my Ubuntu bootloader?

I recently installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 on my Thinkpad. However, some idiot (who didn't know my password) accessed my computer while I was gone (after I hibernated it) and must have messed ...
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Issues with Ubuntu/Win7 dual boot

Hi I'm a newbie to Linux and have been interested in trying it out. My wife has no interest in it so I'm forced to create a dual OS situation but I've really run into a brick wall here. I've done as ...
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What location to put bootloader, when running multiple drives and partition

I have Win8 on my desktop, where a 120G SSD is used to run windows and some select applications, while I have a 2TB HDD to provide basic file storage and where possible, install applications instead ...
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Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10 on UEFI laptop

I have a notebook pre-installed with Windows7 and I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on it following the standard installation steps in the installation image. The only problem is that on reboot the machine ...
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Can't boot into Win7 since Update to 12.04

I had dual boot, Win7 64bit, and Ubuntu 11.10 I updated to Ubuntu 12.04 Now I am not met with the prompt asking which OS to boot into (setup via EasyBCD in Windows while I had Ubuntu 11.10) Is ...
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Grub loader always takes 10 seconds

The default grub loader is always runing 10 second countdown before launching Ubuntu 14.04. This is how it looks in etc/default/grub: GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=...
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What are Different Bootloaders Available for Ubuntu? [closed]

We are familiar with GRUB2 which is the next generation of the GRand Unified Bootloader (GRUB). It is the default bootloader since 9.10 (Karmic Koala). It would be good to know about what are other ...
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UEFI bootloader alternative to GRUB

I'm having trouble with my current bootloader GRUB on Ubuntu 12.04. Sometimes it takes forever too boot, other times it wont find the kernel image. My system uses UEFI to boot, is there a UEFI ...
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How to change the menu order of BURG

I have BURG installed with GRUB2 to provide nice GRUB themes on my GRUB loader. I have it all setup right but I want to know if it's possible to change the order of my menu icons. As of now, I ...
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After installing Ubuntu from USB, GRUB2 can't be installed!

Hello ladies and gentlemen! I installed Ubuntu alongside with Windows 7 using live USB. It wouldn't let me install GRUB, it says there's a fatal error with the partition chose. I literally chose ...
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Dual-boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu, separate HDD, Win8 boot failure from GRUB

Background: I installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my desktop, well, after April last year. I upgraded in November to 11.10. Around a month ago, I popped the SATA and power cables for the hard drive Ubuntu is ...
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How do you recover from formating your partition with grub?

I had my laptop's HDD separated in 3 partitions: NTFS - Win XP install (primary) NTFS - common space (extended) ext4 - Ubuntu 10.10 (extended) Running out of space, I deleted my 2nd partition, and ...
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Why can't I choose Ubuntu at boot?

I installed Ubuntu along side windows xp, and at the choose OS screen my keyboard doesn't work. I can't even hit enter to just start xp I have to wait for the count down. Any ideas?
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Unable to boot Into Windows 7 after Ubuntu 10.04 update

I'm running a dual boot Windows 7 / Ubuntu 10.04 system. I ran the Ubuntu update last night, and today when I tried to boot into Windows 7, it goes straight to the windows recovery on my Acer 5517 ...
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Windows Vista disappeared after installing Ubuntu10.10?

I had Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 160 GB HDD, 1GB RAM,INTEL DUAL CORE One of my friend told that UBUNTU is also a better OS and is an open source programme and u can use alternately both Ubuntu or ...
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Does the UEFI partition either “MUST” or “SHOULD” be first for some reason? If so why?

In a non-English Ubuntu-it.org wiki page it's stated that the UEFI partition MUST be always placed at the start of the disk. This is not the case in the English Ubuntu Community Help Wiki page. So ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not booting before Windows 8.1

I try to boot my computer into Ubuntu, but I end up having to manually select Ubuntu from the devices menu, even though it was supposed to boot first. Instead Windows 8 boots up like Ubuntu isn't even ...
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UEFI and “reserved bios boot area”

I purchased a new notebook, which has a pre-installed Windows 8 (upgraded to Windows 8.1). Configuration: UEFI Secure Boot SSD + HDD I downloaded Kubuntu 13.10, prepared a bootable USB stick and ...
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How does the grub bootloader know?

I am not understanding how it comes to know which kernel image to load? I have so many. Once I had created my own kernel and recompiled. How does it come to know that this is the one to load?
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Bootloader Issue

I had a system with dual booting of Windows and Ubuntu. Windows was Installed First and Ubuntu Second. Now Windows is all virus- Virus and I want to format it. but once I format and reinstall windows ...
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Where do I install the bootloader for a dual-boot system?

This may be an odd question, but whenever I start up 12.04 installation from my flashdrive, it finishes installation. Then, at the end of the installation it says "Failed to install bootloader, would ...
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Wiped Ubuntu files, bootloader still there, how can I remove it and restore Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove Ubuntu and put Windows back on? I had Ubuntu installed through the Windows 7 dual boot option. Not knowing exactly what I was doing, I just deleted the files ...
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How to install Ubuntu from a USB key using syslinux?

I'm making a bootable USB key for myself, and one function of it is to install Ubuntu. I have downloaded the ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso file. There is a pretty good method for installation of ...
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Can I make grub2 boot from a CD in an external USB CD drive?

I would like to boot from an external USB CD/DVD drive on a Toshiba Portege which can't. I've tried with plop, but haven't had any luck.
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Contents of Grub Menu On Booting

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 alongside Windows 7 in a different partition. Then I formatted the partition where Windows 7 was installed.Now i want my grub menu to display only Ubuntu for Booting. But it ...
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How to use GRUB as default bootloader while dual booting Win7+ubuntu

I installed windows 7 first and then Ubuntu, booted back into windows and used EasyBCD to use the Windows 7 bootloader for dual booting. So when the system is rebooted Windows bootloader comes up ...
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Cannot boot Windows 7 or boot from any bootable media

I deleted the Ubuntu partition via Windows 7. I rebooted the machine and I it drops to a Grub rescue prompt. I tried to boot from Ubuntu live DVD, USB and Windows 7 Repair CD, but didn't succeed. I ...
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Updating to Windows 8 on dual boot with Ubuntu

I dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows Vista on separate partitions. I want to update Vista to Windows 8, but I'm worried that it will mess something up. How should I prepare for the update? How can I ...
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I installed Windows 7 after Ubuntu, how do I get the Grub menu back?

I want to install Windows7 on my system with pre-installed Ubuntu 11.10 to play some games in my relax time. But after installing Windows7 over Ubuntu my computer doesn't show OS chooser (GRUB) in ...