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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update-grub Not Respecting Preferences from /etc/default/grub

Following the advice from an answer to How do I remove or hide old kernel versions to clean up the boot menu or free space?, I found myself having to put up with the GRUB boot menu every time I ...
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Replace Mac OS X boot loader with Ubuntu

Currently, I have my MacBook Pro's SSD filled with a Mavericks installation, and after some frustrating hours, an external HDD loaded with Ubuntu 13.04 (soon to be 13.10). As of now, the only way for ...
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Problem with boot after Ubuntu touch

I wanted to try out Ubuntu Touch so I downloaded and installed on my laptop. Now Ubuntu won't boot! Please help. The screen shows: Couldn't find data partition. Spawning adbd ...
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After Dual Ubuntu Installation the boot screen doesn't updated?

Today I tried to install lubuntu13.10 on ubuntu10.04 by creating a separate partition(/dev/sda3). But after installation the boot screen doesn't updated. ie it only shows ubuntu10.04... While ...
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Windows 8.1 Screen Crash After Boot From Grub

I Have a Lenovo Y510, and I installed windows 8.1 alongside Ubuntu 13.04, both in Legacy mode. Now, when I select Windows, Windows boot animation is damaged and the screen shows incorrect colors. ...
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Ubuntu not seeing Windows 7 in bootloader

While I was installing Ubuntu I unplugged my Windows 7 HDD so I wouldn't accidentally partition it. I installed Ubuntu, shut off my computer, plugged back the HDD, rebooted (and using the BIOS boot ...
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Mac efi bootloader doesn't show ubuntu, and GRUB load automatically

Right now when I start my computer GRUB loads, and then I can select if I want to start either OS X or Ubuntu, and if I start the computer holding down the alt-option key to load Mac's efi bootloader ...
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Removing Grub2 and reverting back to windows 8 boot loader

I'm new to stack exchange and Ubuntu. This question might be repeated but none of the solutions worked for me. I have Ubuntu installed on my external hdd. I could boot it fine without any issues. ...
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installing the OS twice on same hard disk drive

I plan to install Ubuntu 13.10 twice on the same HDD. The reason is each installed OS will have filesystem tweaks different from the other. Below is my plan: First primary (bootable) partition will ...
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Cannot re-master Ubuntu's iso image unto a usb drive

I know the topic might be confusing but the problem itself seems bizarre to me. if i'll take ubuntu's iso file (on this occasion i'm using 12.0.4-2 server) and apply it to a usb drive with the ...
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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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Graphical GRUB Menu

As you know, when dual booting on OSX you get a nice looking boot menu, something like: I was curious as to whether there is a way to replace the textual interface of GRUB with something a little ...
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Installing Ubuntu 13.10 alongside, 13.04. Potential boot loader issues

Below is an image of my hard drive partitions as they exist currently. /dev/sda4 is Windows 8 /dev/sda9 is Ubuntu 13.04 /dev/sda5 is where I plan to install 13.10 as I am currently not using it ...
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Operating System loader

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with the option to keep Windows 7. The installer indicated I could choose the OS to load on startup. However, only Windows 7 loads when the computer is restarted, with no ...
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Ubuntu Windows 8 Bootloader Not working [duplicate]

I have another to add to the list of Ubuntu/Windows 8 bootloader problems. I installed Ubuntu, but the computer continually loaded Windows 8 without giving me the GRUB menu option to choose between ...
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Can't Dual boot ubuntu 13.10 using USB or CD

This is my first question, so I hope you can help me. fist I have windows 8.1 pro and I dual booted Ubuntu 13.10 before using USB (using Unetbootin), then I had to remove Ubuntu, But when I wanted to ...
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Should I install bootloader on hard drive with Windows or hard drive which's gonna get Lubuntu installed?

/dev/sda1 has windows and Im installing Lubuntu on /dev/sdc. Where should I install bootloader? (Im just takin "the plunge" and hopefully Ill like Lubuntu more than laggy bloated Windows)
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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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Uninstall Grub and use Windows bootloader

I have Windows 8 pre-installed and then installed Grub with Ubuntu. Ubuntu is not my thing so now I want to remove it along with grub. From what I have learned, with UEFI, Grub does not overwrite the ...
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Need help regarding dual booting windows 7 ultimate and ubuntu 13.10

My PC: Amd Phenom 2 X4 Asus m4a8tm-le board 6 gb ram Nvidia 2gb gt520 card hard disk : 500gb I have a 300GB partition for windows (i already have windows 7 ultimate 'service pack 1' - ...
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OS-Uninstaller saying I will need to update my bootloader?

I am following these instructions to remove Ubuntu 13.10 from my system: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OS-Uninstaller But when I run os-uninstaller instead of just saying it will remove the ...
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How can I install grub4dos to my USB stick?

Though I searched for web I could not find a guide to install grub4dos into my USB stick in Ubuntu. Is it possible in Ubuntu? If so, how can I install it into USB stick as a bootloader?
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problem about dual boot

first of all i am a beginner...so please bear me..... i have installed ubuntu 14.04 while windows 7 already installed at this point everything is ok but problem begin when i installed windows 8.1; now ...
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How to remove GRUB and boot Windows?

I have tried the other suggestions such as bootrec.exe /FixBoot and bootrec.exe /FixMbr But on restart it still boots to the grub command line. I have also tried startup repair using the Windows 7 ...
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Boot takes long time: “switching to clocksource tsc ”

I am working on Pxeboot server. I installed Pxeboot server in one virtual machine and I start my Pxeboot client it takes time to boot while it got this message "switching to clocksource tsc" How to ...
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grub Refresh or Resolution Too High. How can I adjust it?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 using the Windows installer while in Windows XP. When I reboot and select Ubuntu as my boot option my monitor tells me "Out of range" I believe at this point I would be ...
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Ubuntukylin Desktop 13.04 wouldn't boot after changing Windows 8 bootloader settings [closed]

Yesterday I installed Ubuntukylin 13.04. Everything was fine until today I changed Windows 8 metro bootloader settings to Ubuntu as default and waiting time 5 seconds. Now when I boot into Ubuntu, ...
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Dual Boot issue Ubuntu and XP

I partitioned a drive and loaded Ubuntu 13 on an XP machine. I am learning about the operating systems and trying to make them play together. My current boot executes as follows: System powers up, ...
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how to fix “out of range” problem

I have a dell dimension 4550 with ubuntu 12.04 installed along with Windows Xp. Before the GRUB screen appears, I get the out of range message on my monitor. After a few seconds a dialog box appears, ...
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How to reinstall Ubuntu with UEFI in a correct way?

I decided to migrate from Ubuntu 13.10 to 12.04 LTS, so I have downloaded .iso image and wrote it to my USB-stick. During the installation, on a stage of partitioning hard drive, I met one problem. I ...
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Recover grub from grub-rescue

I was using Ubuntu normally and suddenly the system went haywire and I had to do a hard reset. After that I got a couple errors trying to load Ubuntu, so I switched to Windows trying to find an ...
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Ubuntu cant boot up

I was using my Ubuntu happily and suddenly it starts behaving weird, icons disappear and becomes half-unresponsive, so I do a hard shutdown. When I start it again, the first weird thing I notice, the ...
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HP ML330 G6 not booting - sbin/init not found

1 of 4 drives failed - replacement installed and logical drive rebuilt successfully - no other hardware faults. Ubuntu 9.10 server installed. On boot, 1 logical drive found, but following messages ...
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How to use a pre-installed Ubuntu, which is on an external drive to boot from any computer?

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my external hard drive and it works fine on the computer it was originally installed from. But when I attempt to boot the external drive from another computer; all ...
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How to unlock Boot-loader of android Phone?

i Want to unlock boot-loader of android phone. Actually i want to dual boot the android phone with android and Ubuntu . For that i have to unlock boot-loader first . Whenever i run fast boot oem ...
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BUC - Just One Click Unavailable BURG

Some months ago, I installed and customized BURG in my Desktop using the SBM and BUC (Just One Clic). Now, I've bought a Laptop and I installed Linux Mint 16, with Cinnamon. I was trying to install ...
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Boot Wubi in another bootloader

I have a MacBook Pro 9.2, with 2 partitions (3, considering Mac OS Recovery), one with MacOS X and another with Windows 8. I have installed Ubuntu through Wubi in Windows and I'd like to, if possible, ...
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Cloning and partitioning

I am trying to turn some partitions into extended so that I can install windows as I am trying to learn asp.net (as I cannot exceed 4 primary partitions). I am thinking of: --> Cloning /home and / ...
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Disk failure and bootloading problem

I have the next problem , every 3 minutes a little message tells me there is a hard disk error. So when I asked it to tell me more it said there is a risk for my hard, failure. I don' t know why, as ...
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Dual HDD, Win7 & Ubuntu

I have a pc that has Windows 7 on it, and a hard drive that I recently installed and put Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on. The problem I encounter is that grub does not load Windows 7, and gives me an error when ...
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Ubuntu does not boot after installation

I have solely put on ubuntu onto a laptop that had windows vista and seven on. I installed Ubuntu completely both 12.0.4 and 13.10, but it dies not start after installation. The restart stalls or is ...
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How do I make my native Windows 8 Lenovo laptop boot grub?

I like to think I'm not a novice on this issue but this situation is proving me wrong. I've been trying for about two days to figure out a way for my Lenovo S415 to install Ubuntu. I have disabled ...
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Disable Grub bootloader's GRUB_TIMEOUT=-1 after failed startup?

My title may be incorrect, but I hope I get the idea across... You know, when you have a failed startup and Grub decides next time it starts up it'll disable the countdown and give you indefinite ...
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Can't install from bootable USB or ISO for Ubuntu [duplicate]

Booting from USB flashdrive fails in my attempts to replace Win7 Home Premium which has two partitions, C: and D:, on my hard drive. I also attempted the boot from USB (in all the USB slots I have) ...
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Grub on boot partition using raid0 and swap partition question

I'm new on this linux stuff and english isn't my language so have some patience please. =) Question 1: *When a boot partition is created during or before a installation of Ubuntu, is Grub bootloader ...
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Can't get Windows to boot from GRUB

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 and am having some issues getting GRUB to work with me. Whenever I want to get to GRUB (to boot Ubuntu), I have to manually select it: . Then I can select Ubuntu ...
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Fix bootloader after removing Ubuntu from a dual boot system?

I have installed a Ubuntu alongside Pre-installed Windows-8... And now I have uninstalled Ubuntu. But the problem is that after removing Ubuntu and typing "bootrec/Fixmbr" in Command Prompt, there is ...
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How to change boot image

How do i change the image that appears during boot back to the ubuntu default? I had installed gnome desktop before and after uninstall it had left it like that.
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Boot problem after installing Ubuntu 12.04.3 alongside Windows 8 - only get to grub prompt

I tried to install ubuntu 12.4.03 (64bit) alongside the pre-installed windows 8 (64bit) from a live DVD. The hard drive is HP 110-13 EG desktop computer with intel Core i3-324oT and NVIDIA GeForce ...