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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How do I change the OS name in the Boot menu - Windows bootloader?

I have installed ubuntu 11.10 with Wubi (windows installer) and when i boot my computer it gives me the option of windows 7 home premium and Ubuntu. I want to change the name of Ubuntu to Windows 7 ...
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Opening Syslinux to make a USB bootable?

I don't understand how to open and use Syslinux so that it can create a bootable USB. I am not familiar with a lot of the language on the standard answers, so less tech is better. I downloaded version ...
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Boot Manager missing HELP! [closed]

Trying to try out ubuntu 16.04. I'm not trying to dual boot. I'm trying to install it on another hard drive. I have the iso file copied onto a DVD drive. When I go to boot from my dvd drive the grub ...
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Is this simplified flow chart of how the ubuntu fire up is correct ?

I am trying to understand the way that Ubuntu starts what is being runned or started. Can you please confirm if my simplified flow chart is correct ? First we power on a computer with linux ...
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HDD boot repair

I just used boot-repair tool in Ubuntu and I applied MBR option … and when I reboot my laptop, it won't boot hard drive. A black screen appears with a cursor beeping and my whole system stucks there … ...
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Recover windows 10 EFI Boot from dual boot with ubuntu

I made my window 10 system system in dual boot with ubuntu. I would like to remove ubuntu and install it in virtual-box within windows. I am afraid to remove ubuntu partions fearing windows may not ...
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Computer won't boot without external hard drive (now won't boot at all “Boot Device Not Found”)

The hardware involved is a HP Spectre x360 laptop (running windows 10 - at least it was :[ ) and 1TB WD Passport Ultra External Hard drive. Scenario: I am attempting to create a external hard drive ...
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Howto setup seperate ssd for EFI partition and bootloader for dualboot linux and macosx

Im currently struggling with new hardware and installing ubuntu in a first step on it (16.04 daily builds), where macosx will follow. Hardware: Supermicro x10DAi dual xeon firmware: UEFI The ...
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Install Ubuntu with other linux distributions on same machine

I have brand new machine. I want to install Ubuntu and one more Linux distributions on same machine. When the machine is up I want to have the option to choose which Linux to load. Is it possible? ...
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Package 'grub-pc' has no installation candidate

I'm trying to make a dual boot with Windows/Ubuntu, but after I installed Ubuntu I can't boot from USB anymore! I'm trying to use Boot-Repair, but the problem is it asks me to run a command that ...
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ubuntu does not boot up

I have a computer with ubuntu 14 and windows 10. I logged on windows, restarted the computer but the grub boot loader did not come up. I have tried pressing Shift upon bootup but no boot options show ...
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Bootloader problem

I don't know why or how... But my boot loader have been destroyed. In this moment I have installed on my PC Windwos 8, Ubuntu 15 and Ubuntu 14 but just Ubuntu 15 have visible on bootloader.. I've try ...
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Isn't it possible to REPLACE IOS BOOTLOADER to install Ubuntu Touch? [duplicate]

I don't know much about that topic but wouldn't that be a possibility? I mean an iPhone is just a phone with components in it as any Phone that runs Ubuntu Touch. Wouldn't it be pobbible to replace ...
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Help needed recovering erased boot disk label

I dun goof'd. Up until about an hour a I had a working installation of 14.0 on my 2013 Macbook Air, with full disk encryption as set up in the standard installation process. But tonight, in the ...
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Toshiba satellite radius not loading bootable usb

I recently bought a Toshiba satellite radius (model: L15W-B1120). I already read countless of posts. In the posts they recommend to disable secure boot and also fastboot, I already did. I created a ...
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Easiest way to get GRUB bootloader to appear first

so here's my problem. I'm running a dual boot Win8/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS setup, I forgot to install the GRUB bootloader when I was partitioning for the Ubuntu 14.10 installation. This forces me to boot ...
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how to add win to boot menu

I have 2 hard drives, 1 wit win and 1 with ubuntu how to easly add win to boot menu? I've installed grub customizer, can it be done by that program?
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Cant boot OS from USB/DVD after deleting linux partition [duplicate]

After trying in google for almost 2 days I came here to post this. I had Windows and linux in my hard disk. I tried to format linux but mistakenly deleted the partition. It got hung and forcefully ...
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How to triple boot windows 7, ubuntu 14.04, and ubuntu 14.10 (keeping windows loader if possible)

I want to be able to play around with drivers and updates without putting my primary work in danger so I want to add ubuntu 14.10 to the possible OSes I can boot into. I already have windows 7 and ...
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cant boot after opening 2nd partition on hard drive

have ubuntu 14 and opened another partition on hard drive, i checked the box making this partition boot able and restarted computer, now can't get computer to boot any ideas how to fix? have tried ...
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uninstall ubuntu [duplicate]

I am trying to uninstall ubuntu to install windows. when I tried to boot it is taking me to grub prompt. is there any other ways to boot without using grub or if using grub is compulsory then what is ...
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unable to boot ubuntu after refreshing windows 8 [duplicate]

Ubuntu was installed in disk H and windows 8 in disk C. Now, I refreshed windows 8 and I am not able to get the option to boot to ubuntu when I start my laptop.
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GRUB not starting default system

My system doesn't boot until I press enter on grub. cat /etc/default/grub # If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update # /boot/grub/grub.cfg. # For full documentation of the ...
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No option to boot windows after installing ubuntu

I already have windows installed and I just installed Ubuntu and I was expecting that it will ask me which OS to boot after startup but it didn't. I refer the link but didn't work Windows 7 not ...
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Windows 8 dual-boot: bootloader problem (grub)

I currently have a dual-boot system with Windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04, on separate hard disks. I have installed the Grub bootloader using the Boot-Repair tool; however, it seems that whenever I boot ...
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Ubuntu Bootloader Help

I'm thinking of installing Ubuntu on my PC (quite old) alongside Windows 8.1. My BIOS mode is Legacy BIOS so no worries about UEFI settings. I have a separate partition (Local Disk E: 30GB) for ...
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Upgraded to 14.04 but have a problem editing grub

I am trying to edit this file to add "nomodeset" to the end of the line. Is there any way to edit a buffer? Is there a work-around for this?
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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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Recover Windows 7 Boot Loader

I have mistakenly removed Windows 7 boot loader from my primary drive, when I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I would like to have both OSs on my machine. At this moment, Windows 7 is on SDA2, Ubuntu is ...
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SSD is not showing up in boot loader installation device list while installing ubuntu 14.04 alongside windows

I've windows 7 installed in my SSD and trying to install ubuntu 14.04 in same SSD drive. But when I try to install ubuntu alongside windows it shows only HDD in the drive selection list. If I try to ...
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GRUB doesnt detect my Windows Partiton

I recently mounted the tmpfs in /dev/sda1 where the windows partition was supposed to be at so since then i got a invalid signature when i clicked the windows in grub menu. later I used boot-repair ...
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How do I tell GRUB to ignore other bootloaders?

I want to keep my bootloaders separately and I am wondering how to tell GRUB not to add the Windows bootloader on kernel/grub updates. I am using 14.04 and Win 8.1 on UEFI. Thank you!
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New bootloader for Ubuntu? [closed]

Challenging it is to get Ubuntu to boot right with single Ubuntu install since the introduction of (U)EFI BIOS. I have had, and am having difficulties getting a new PC boot to from an SSD disk. It ...
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BootableUSB Stick created for installation, doesn't working on Ubuntu13.04

I also Download a ubuntu-14.04-desktop-i386.iso file and also created a live USB stick by Startup disk creator. It's status said, Live USB disk creation complete. Then I did restart but nothing happen....
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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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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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Ubuntu installation unsuccessful in Windows 8

I installed ubuntu from USB flash drive. I partitioned drives for swap, ram and home directories. I also partitioned 700 MB separate space for device bootloader. when nearing installation, I got an ...
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Set Ubuntu partition back to active and boot with Chameleon

I recently installed OS X (Hackintosh) on my PC on a partion, alongside Windows and Ubuntu. After some try with settings bootloader and other, my Ubuntu partition is no more active. Grub has been ...
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How to set Grub Password [duplicate]

Red Hat Linux has grub-md5-crypt for setting up a grub password. How to do the same in Ubuntu 13.10 ?
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How to resolve bootloader problem in Ubuntu 13.04?

Yesterday, I did something that damaged the bootloader of my Ubuntu 13.04. Then I had to install Lubuntu 13.04, and I'm now using the Grub of Lubuntu. The problem is in the opening screen Ubuntu gives ...
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Bootloader not working

With not apperant reason when I booted my computed today I got to a Grub command line screen. As far as I read it seems that the grub might been defected. I've downloaded the Ubuntu live CD and ran ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...