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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Want to detect Android x86 in Ubuntu GRUB menu

I was using Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 in my Lenovo G560 laptop. Later I installed android x86 4.4.2 (KitKat) but the problem is GRUB is not detecting android x86 in GRUB menu. I had also done the sudo ...
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What is the difference between boot loader and bootstrap loader?

how boot loader is different from bootstrap loader. According to me bootstrap loaders are stored in ROM and boot loaders are in hard disk in MBR (please correct me if I am wrong). bootstrap loader is ...
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How to launch windows on default and Linux by choice?

I'm using Windows for everything, but I want to check and learn Linux also. My computer is also used by my family. Is there any possibility to run Windows by default (without any choosing) and Ubuntu ...
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reinstalling boot loader after linux partition removal

The process: I had a Windows 7 partition and an Ubuntu 11.04 partition on the same HDD. (35GB Windows 7, 400GB data, 15GB free for Linux). Windows 7 was installed first, then Ubuntu with GRUB loader. ...
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Where to install the bootloader? Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04

So I have decided to attempt to install Ubuntu alongside my Windows 8.1 Lenovo E545. I was following this guide http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/dual-boot-windows-8-ubuntu.html. I was looking at my ...
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installing the boot loader in a seperate pendrive

I want to install ubuntu 14.04 desktop in a PC in which there is two hard drives 1TB and other is 80GB Windows 7 is Installed in the 1TB HD so i am not going to touch it and install ubuntu in the 80Gb ...
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Black screen when bootloading Windows 7

I am new to Ubuntu 14.04. Previously, I had Saucy Salamander and Winfows 7 on my PC and all qas running well. I recently formatted my PC and after installing Windows 7 I preferred to install Ubuntu ...
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burg working, but themes aren't

It worked before, but for some reason now I can't change the booting visual anymore. When I run burg-emu on Terminal, this appears: This is exactly how it looks like when I boot the PC. But I ...
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burg returns to default after running “sudo update-burg”

I made 2 custom icons for the burg bootloader-1.A custom icon for Bodhi linux and 2.Gnome linux....I placed these images in the correct folders and changed their classes appropriately....I then start ...
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Boot loader won't load

I think it is the OS boot manager because it is the first item on "Boot Order". Any ways when Ubuntu loads the first screen I get has purple edges around it (this must be the boot-loader). I don't ...
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grub bootloader + windows

Okay so like 2 days ago I installed Ubuntu on my hp nootbook dm1 (it has no cd-drive). Then, today i deleted my linux partiton (not knowing about grub bootloader) and it just boots fine into windows ...
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Dual-booting Ubuntu with Refind from an external hdd on a MacBook Pro

I'm dual-booting a late-2013 Macbook Pro with Ubuntu 14.04 x64 (vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic) and OSX 10.9.2 with Refind. This worked well after I installed Refind's ext4 driver. I also have the ...
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Problem Installing ubuntu via usb in ASUS R510C

My boot loader doesn't recognize the usb for booting and installing ubuntu. I already disabled the secure boot and it still does not recognize the usb. If there is anyone that has encountered the ...
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Laptop not booting

I've got a Vaio laptop that used to work with 13.10. I did an upgrade to 14.04 and since then it does not want to boot any more, that is it doesn't seem to reach grub: I'm stuck on a "BIOS" screen ...
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Ubuntu booting problem

I have installed Ubuntu 12 alongside Ubuntu, but when I start my PC there is no option to enter Windows 7 or Ubuntu. Please help me out. I have a lot of my university assignments. Thanks in advance.
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Delete the boot partition

Boot configuration is on NTFS partition and I have Ubuntu side-loaded on my computer. I want to delete the NTFS partition completely and format the drive as ext4 file system. But, I assume that ...
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Installed Proprietary AMD Graphics Drivers from Settings, Rebooted, and Display Always Turns Off After Decrypting Partitions on Boot Screen

I did a fresh installation of Ubuntu 13.10 on my system, fiddled around a bit until I was comfortable with the system, and then went to the Settings window and elected to installed the proprietary AMD ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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boot cd problem

I installed ubuntu 13.10 on CD, in the boot turned on only reading from the disc, but at startup I get the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device ...
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Grubs manual installation on windows

Should I install a boot loader before I install Ubuntu? If so, how can I install it manually from windows 7?
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Basic multiboot USB guide

There are some Question here on askubuntu about this. but they mostly use GUI, and or cli. What am looking for is, a basic guide on how to install grub or other on my 16GB USB, and a simple guide on ...
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ubuntu boot issue

So I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 x64 on my laptop that already has Windows 7 x64 (a dual boot installation) and after restarting my laptop i get the following message. error: no such partition ...
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Ubuntu is still on rEFIt

I just used a Ubuntu Live DVD to uninstall ubuntu from my mac by formatting both ext4 and linux-swap partitions to fat32 and then deleting them (so I could resize mac's partition later using apple's ...
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Ran auto-updates on Ubnutu 12.04 and grub2 lost Windows 7

I have a dual boot system with two hard drives -- one for Windows 7 and the other for Ubuntu (now 3.5.0-43). I ran the most recent Ubuntu updates and lost my Windows 7 entry in grub. I've attempted ...
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Ubuntu touch flashing failed/taking to long. Black screen! Redeploy help!

So i'm brand new to the whole unlock, root and flashing thing. I just tried flashing Ubuntu touch on my Galaxy Nexus (international GSM/HSPA+) and everything seamed fine until the very end when i got ...
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Installing ubuntu server 13.04 amd64 over RAID1 won't show grub boot loader

There was a Windows 2008 server R2 machine with a 500GB raid 1 via Intel hardware. I'm installing Ubuntu Server 13.04 amd64, over the raid 1... The installer recognizes the RAID, and I confirm to ...
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How to install Syslinux on Ubuntu 13.04?

I really searched a lot in Google, but i don't found anything. I want to replace my GRUB with Syslinux. I just installed syslinux with sudo apt-get install syslinux (alias, it seems it was already ...
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Can't Boot Windows (Gives “Repair Windows” Option)

I have a few extra hardrvies without anything on them. So about a week ago I created a "Live" Usb to see if my system was compatible. After a week of testing and playing I liked it enough to install ...
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Windows 8 doesn't appear in the bootloader after installing Ubuntu 13.04

On my windows 8 PC I installed ubuntu 13.04 through USB. After that no option to select Windows 8 was in the bootloader. How can I add Windows 8 to the bootloader?
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Wubi: Hide Windows boot manager unless I want to boot Ubuntu

Some time ago I installed Ubuntu through Wubi for learning and testing purposes. After that, every time I start the PC the Windows boot manager shows up and asks me which OS I want to boot into - ...
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Booting to grub from rEFInd

So I currently have arch linux(64 bit), Lubuntu(32 bit), and Windows 8(64bit) all installed on my Laptop(Thinkpad t430). I instaled arch before lubuntu and was using rEFInd to boot into it and ...
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How can I get my old bootloader back?

I installed something and now I have bootloader from Debian. It's not my screenshot!! I have Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7. ->Ubuntu 12.04 ->Ubuntu 12.04 (recovery) ->Previous versions... ...
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dual booting ubuntu without affecting recovery disk

I bought a new laptop with genuine windows 8 with a recovery partition built in. I need to install ubuntu without affecting to the current configurations. This is how my partition table looks in ...
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Where I should install GRUB bootloader, and chainloading bootloader?

I wanted to install Ubuntu Studio, and I'm confused where I should install GRUB. I wanted to chainload bootloader (because I want to dual-boot) and keeps Windows Bootloader, because I'm using EasyBCD. ...
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Dual-booting Windows 8 and Ubuntu Studio

I have experience failed to boot system after installing Ubuntu, and I won't that happens again. I wanted to install (again) Ubuntu, but this time Ubuntu Studio. So I just ask a few questions: ...
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Do I boot from a Live CD now that I'm stuck on grub rescue>

I've read all the details on how to fix getting stuck in grub, but I think I may have wiped out Ubuntu and somehow grub is still there. I get: grub rescue> error: unknown file system ls give me: (hd0) ...
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unable to get bootloader on Ubuntu12.04

I have dual boot Lenovo laptop g580. I have already Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit installed . I want Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit that's why I tried to reinstall Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit in place of 32 bit. ...
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How to access the NTFS partition where I've installed BOOT-LOADER of ubuntu 9.04?

I have two HDDs>> hd0 is internal , hd1 is external. I installed Ubuntu 9.04 in the external hdd as follows: "\home" ext3-partition in (hd1,2) "\root" ext3-partition in (hd1,3) "swap" ...
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Broken install of Ubuntu Studio 12.04LTS

I am a budding Linux enthusiast who seems to keep running into problems, but am determined to fix this one. Hopefully someone here can help:) I was having some problems with an install of Ubuntu ...
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Boot Loader doesn't offer windows 7?

I have two HDD one has windows 7 and I installed ubuntu on second HDD when I reboot there is no windows 7 option?
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How to get out of grub error and stop it from happening again?

I have a Windows 8 laptop. I ran Ubuntu through a live USB and installed it (secure boot doesn't let WUBI otherwise). When I used boot repair to boot back into Windows, it worked. I restarted to go ...
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windows bootstrap loader lost

I recently formatted my windows and re-installed it in a separate partition. Then I deleted the recovery partition. Now when I rebooted my system, it did not show any grub menu. Then I booted the ...
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How to empty Grub Customizer Trash?

I have customized Grub using Grub Customizer (version: 3.0.2). I have deleted some entries which are now in Grub Customizer Trash. Since I have no problem with Grub boot loader, so I want to empty ...