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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After installing Ubuntu I no longer have the option to start Windows 7 Professional [duplicate]

I have just installed Ubuntu for the first time. I followed the steps for partitioning and root directories as recommended. However, when I partitioned the /dev/sda1 was green and the disk did not ...
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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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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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Missing operating system message after installing Ubuntu 12.04 on Windows 7 and Windows 8

Initially, I had Windows 7 and Windows 8 running on the same system.(dual boot). And I wanted to install Ubuntu for my work. I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 and burned it on a disk and installed it. While ...
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How do I fix a fatal error at installation?

I tried reinstalling 12.04LTS x64 to my Laptop and the grub boot loader is giving me a fatal error at installation. Error: Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' failed
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Grub2 BootLoader not loading

I previously had Ubuntu 12.04. Then I installed Windows on another partition. Since then, the BootLoader did not start showing up when booting, and Windows started up asking me to log in. Then I made ...
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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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In dual boot PC, the boot/GRUB menu suddenly disappeared (Ubuntu option is not appearing anymore)

I have been using Ubuntu 13.04 as my primary OS for quite sometime on Sony VAIO laptop with other OS being windows 8 (never use it). Till today, everything was fine. In the evening I had shut down ...
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Error saving to MBR

I get the following error when I try and save to MBR in Grub Customizer. It used to work OK, it there something I need to do to make changes to the Grub Menu stick?
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Installed windows 8 and it replaced BURG bootloader [duplicate]

Hey guys I was using Windows 7 with Ubuntu 12.10 and not installed windows 8 on the same partition as windows 7. But its replared my BURG bootloader and now its just loading windows 8. So what can I ...
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GRUB Issues Acer Aspire v5-513

OK, this laptop is pissing me off. I did a dual-boot install of Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu 13.04. I've done this many times on other systems, and never had a problem. I am now. The installation went ...
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Choosing bootloader (dual boot)

I have removed Ubuntu on My Laptop Because I hate the way of GRUB bootloader. I completely prefer windows8 bootloader instead of Ubuntu (grub). I want to Install Ubuntu again when I know how to ...
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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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Flash Drive Boot Issue

I tried to install Ubuntu 13.04 onto a flash drive and everything seemed to go smoothly, but after it told me to restart (and I did), it said t insert a boot device (which should be the flash drive, ...
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Remove the additional entries in grub [duplicate]

I was trying to get a dual-boot set up with Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04. After installing Ubuntu, it wouldn't let me go back into Windows 8. So I ran boot-repair and it fixed it self. Now I have all ...
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how to uninstall any other OS without uninstalling Lubuntu [duplicate]

i have installed 2 OS on my computer. Linux Mint and Lubuntu 13.04 ( No windows ) now how do i uninstall Linux Mint ? keeping in mind i've no windows OS so no bootloader issue i guess.
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burg error after removing entries

Hi I installed burg lately using commands sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes sudo burg-install /dev/hda sudo update-burg and later ...
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Multiple OS's, several drives, need a working boot manager

Okay, so I have several drives with various operating systems on various partitions. the main drive is a 200GB sliced into a primary for Ubuntu a swap and some storage. the other drives 2x350GB are ...
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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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My Ubuntu Boot behavior is Random

My newely installed Ubuntu on an HP Pavilion G7 is behaving weird in the loading (Booting) process. It sometimes loads from the first time, it sometimes stucks at a purple screen for over 4 minutes. ...
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Why cant I load Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10. [duplicate]

Every time i try burn onto disk or usb, it comes back with errors or missing files, i really want to use Ubuntu, but this keeps happening everytime, please help!!
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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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Install on Second Hard Drive with startup boot option?

In theory, what I want to do is very simple, but I've done some google research and read some posts on this site and I'm still confused. I want to keep win7 on my primary C:\ drive, and install ...
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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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How to deactivate grub after fresh installation?

Short version I have a system with Windows 8 and in a working but undocumented state and next to it an Ubuntu 12.10 with the Grub2 bootloader, which doesn't recognize Windows correctly. I want to ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 does not start on MacBook Pro: Black screen

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 on my MacBook Pro running OSX 10.8 (the laptop itself is brand new as of March 2013, if that tells you something about the model.) However, when I boot Ubuntu, I'm ...
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Dual Boot Windows 7 & Ubuntu 12.10. Managed to boot in Win7 but not in Ubuntu

http://paste2.org/p/3270871 Hi all, Thanks In advance. Because I know people over there is very knowledgeable and able to help me out. I just started to use my first linux based operating system as ...
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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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ubuntu uefi boot issues

After quite a lot hurdles I got the ubuntu 12.04 installed on my machine in uefi mode but still one issue. It has created a separate boot option in uefi boot mode. So everytime I need to run ubuntu I ...
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where is my ubuntu 12.10?

i have 4 partitions. 1 system part of windows. 2 windows installed(7 x64). 3 i common drive for temp files. 4 my drive for my personal data. i downloaded ubuntu 12.10 x64 shrinked my windows ...
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GRUB is absent after re-installing Windows XP [duplicate]

I formatted my XP drive and installed XP again, and now I can't boot into Ubuntu. I just need the option of selecting Ubuntu while the system boots. Thanks in advance for replies.
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where to install bootloader

New to ubuntu here and am trying to set up 12.04 alongside my windows7 install. I got the iso onto a flash drive, managed to install everything just fine, but when I restart the computer after ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 boot disk not being read

I have a copy of Ubuntu (11.1 and 12.04), both on CD and on USB key, but I am unable to boot from any of them. The CD drive in the machine is fine and will happily read Windows and Acronis boot disks, ...
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GRUB error while trying to run fully installed Ubuntu 12.04 from SSD

Due to my laptop having a RAM problem, I removed its SSD(which contains an Ubuntu 12.04 installation, with my personal data) and attempted to boot it from my old P4 machine lying around. This P4 ...
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Problem when generating grub.cfg

When I ran update-grub in terminal it gave me this message: root@ThinkPad-W520:/dev# sudo update-grub Generating grub.cfg ... Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-25-generic Found initrd image: ...
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Windows 8 no longer boots after Grub wiped out the Windows Bootsector

I was using Win8 and installed Ubuntu 12.10... There is an entry in GRUB for W8, but when selecting it - GRUB comes back again, so Windows never boot up. I can only launch my Ubuntu. /dev/sda1 * ...
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How to make a proper Ubuntu/Windows 8 dual-boot using the Metro Bootloader? [duplicate]

I'm the owner of a UEFI PC and I would like to make a new setup of windows 8 and ubuntu 12.10 both in x64. I' don't know if that's possible, I've made some searches, I've followed some tutorials like ...
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Help installing Ubuntu alongside Mac in an external drive (using rEFIt)

I want to install Ubuntu on an external USB hard drive (in a blank partition already made in mac) and then use rEFIt to alternate between operating systems. The problem is that, when running the ...
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Removing System Reserved to use GRUB2

Today I was reading a lot about the boot process. I have win7 ubuntu multiboot, grub2 is the loader. My question is: Is it safe to delete System Reserved (BOOTMGR in it), as I use GRUB2? I mean: Does ...
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Nexus 7 installer gets stuck on 'Erasing Boot Partition" help what to do next?

I have tried installing the Ubuntu Touch with the Nexus 7 Ubuntu Core installer on Ubuntu 12.10 64bit in a VMWare virtual machine. It looks like its stuck on Erasing boot partition. I have read ...
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Grub boot problem on dual boot machine

I have three systems on my computer. I have had Windows for ages, than I installed Linux Mint and recently Ubuntu. Bootloader is using Mints Grub. How do I change it so it will be using Grub from my ...
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Repeating Error: invalid environment block. Press any key to continue

During start up I get Error: invalid environment block. Press any key to continue... I have done the steps of the first answer from the following link Error: invalid environment block. Press any ...
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How do I get WUBI to show?

I am running Windows XP, inside BOOTMGR (I don't know why it isn't NTLDR, the PC just came like that), and have installed Wubi. When I boot up, BOOTMGR (Windows Boot Manager) still shows only Windows ...
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Graphical Themes for GRUB

I am a fan of BURG because it makes GRUB look pretty. However, it hasn't been supported in ages and doesn't work properly on UEFI systems. Has anyone out there made something similar recently?
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12.10 suddenly bricked luks ssd

There is luks-encrypted instance, no raid, no lvm. I often look through logs and that allows me to state that everything worked fine until reboot. However, laptop had ~3 days uptime. The drive is SSD ...
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Windows not working properly

Hey guys I booted into my windows 7 after a month and there is some error. Not able to do any work on it properly. I dont have any problem in reinstalling windows but the issue is that it will ...