Booting is the initial set of operations that a computer system performs when electrical power is switched on. The process begins when a computer that has been turned off is re-energized, and ends when the computer is ready to perform its normal operations.

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Windows Server 2003 stuck on animated loading screen

One of my web servers has failed to reboot. Its suck on the animated Windows Server 2003 loading screen. Prior to reboot it was showing a degraded drive in the array, but not allowing me to rebuild ...
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How do I recover a WinXP system from Norton Systemworks Save & Restore?

I'm helping a friend with a dead hard drive on a Windows XP machine. He has full backups with Norton Systemworks' Save & Restore. Our hope is to restore a backup to a new hard drive without having ...
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Create a cleanup cd/floppy disc? [closed]

I need to be able to do the following: Boot from said disk delete all C:\documents and settings\jafdkjewi folders (Excepting All Users, Default User, and Select Few others) reboot ...
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Acronis True Image EE Server taking over network PXE booting?

I have about 5 servers that I run Acronis True Image EE server on for image backups on a company network. For a few weeks now, I've received reports of company desktop end users booting up their ...
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X4500 harddrive to device name mapping

I have to manage a couple of X4500 boxes. We have some automated install script (using SUNWjet) which assumes root disk is c5t0d0 and mirror at c5t4d0. These are the only disks the X4500 can boot ...
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Hardware to remotely reset a server which doesn't have a built in IPMI module?

I work for a hosting company, where we offer colocation services. Since we offer colocation for client hardware which we don't own, a lot of the client devices don't have an IPMI module to allow ...
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CHKDSK hangs on Vista boot while verifying indexes

I recently dual-booted under Vista x64 and Ubuntu 9.04. Instead of using Vista to re-partition before installing Ubuntu, I just let the Ubuntu installer re-partition the drive. Now when I boot into ...
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Odd memtest86/boot problems on linux machine

I run Debian Lenny 64-bit on an HP server with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It boots with LILO rather than GRUB because it has an XFS root partition. Up until today it had 3 GB (2x 512MB and 2x ...
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How to measure boot time?

I was wondering what is the "proper" or "most significant" way in which to measure the boot time of a client machine: From turn on to login prompt From turn on to login prompt (HDD light off) From ...
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Ubuntu Server: Running processes at boot time

How do I make Ubuntu Servers run services at boot time, in a specific order? I have read a bit about Upstart, init.d and inittab, and I'm not sure what's the right approach for doing it. Thanks, ...
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OS Boot Menu Problem

I had Windows xp in c: and windows 2003 server in d: now i newly installed Windows Vista on my c: while installing i format my entire c: so now there is no option to enter in to my windows 2003 server ...
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Script errors when run by launchd at startup, but not when run in Terminal

I'm attempting to create a RAM disk that loads the previous contents when the system starts up, and every six hours writes the contents to a disk image. Currently, when you run the script from the ...
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How to boot Linux from a 16gb USB flash drive

I'm trying to install Linux on a single partition of a USB flash drive that's larger than 4gb. The first place I went to is http://pendrivelinux.com. I can follow these instructions for installing ...
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Windows 2003 Boot Password

I inherited a Win2003 Dell Poweredge server. When booting there comes up a box asking for a password to make the server available. It is not an BIOS password nor the windows session login box. it is ...
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PXE booting with TFTPD32 For windows Server 2008

Perhaps, I'm missing some basic step in PXE booting, but I have TFTPD32 running and when the computer connects via PXE it seem to load fine and then nothing. What file do I need to point to as my ...
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Windows 7 - Boot from XP VHD

I was wondering if it is possible to boot a Windows XP VHD from Windows 7. I know it is possible to boot a Windows 7 VHD or a Windows Server 2008 VHD but i'd like to do so with an older O/S. Is there ...
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Slow Boot After Changing Configuration

One of our company's IBM NetVista computers had a faulty CD-ROM drive. I replaced it with a new DVD-ROM drive and the start-up BIOS sequence started being very slow, up to 3-4 minutes, before booting ...
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Options for booting server to an ISO

I have a server with only a CD Rom drive. From what I can tell the bios doesn't allow booting to USB devices. I want to load an OS which is red hat linux. I have the bootable DVD for the ...
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IBM x346 won't POST

I've got an IBM x346 that was (supposedly) working fine in the past which will no longer post now that I've taken it back out of storage. When I power it up, it seems to be permanently stuck in an ...
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SBS 2003 Can't Boot after restore from backup

I have a problematic SBS 2003 installed on a Dell PowerEdge SC430 server. The server has two SATA drives originally configured as a RAID-1 mirror using software RAID (i.e. no RAID controller). After a ...
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How can I get my License Key from a boot CD?

We recently acquired a server that's been in use for a while, but no associated software, logins, etc. We attempted to blank the administrator account password, but that didn't work. We also tried ...
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BSOD on bootup or Windows CD boot

I screwed something up with a hard drive, and now I'm trying to get it bootable again. I had Windows working fine, but it somehow assigned H:\ to the system disk on installation. In trying to edit ...
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Auto-booting and Securing a Linux Server with an Encrypted Filesystem

I'm setting up some new Ubuntu servers, and I'd like to secure the data on them against theft. The threat model is attackers desiring the hardware or rather naïve attackers desiring the data. ...
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What causes a Windows XP (32-bit) CD not to boot?

Trying to install a fresh copy of Windows XP w/SP2 onto a system that was recently upgraded with a new motherboard (ASUS P5Q Pro), 8GB RAM, and a Core 2 Quad (why aren't these called 'Core 4s?). The ...
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How do I get a detailed vista bootlog?

How can I get a detailed report of what/when things are getting loaded during vista boot? The basic reports found in the event viewer are @ too high of a level. Someone must've needed more ...
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Copying Windows to a second drive and booting via grub?

Here is my situation: I have a netbook with an 8gb SSD as its first drive and a 32gb drive as its secondary drive. I was hoping to install windows xp on a 20gb partition and then share the remaining ...
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Does the VMWare Server 2.0 BIOS support USB?

I have a VMWare Server 2.0 installation. I have a USB hard drive plugged into the host and the USB device attached to a VM. I would like to be able to boot from one of the partitions on my USB ...
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Access Windows Boot Manager selector when timeout is set to 0?

I've installed Wubi onto a Windows Vista computer. I've also set the boot timeout to 0: bcdedit /timeout 0 However, now I can't figure out how to get the menu to come up at all! I read on the ...
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How to configure “On-Access Anti-Virus” for a faster boot?

I am in the process of trying to optimize the boot process of our 700 Windows XP workstations, we regularly have complaints about the start-up and login times on site workstations. Looking at this in ...
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Access single user mode from the ubuntu live cd boot menu

I have an ubuntu live image booting onto on my eeepc. I copied it onto one of the harddrives. I can't log into it. However, there's a file from another partition I want on it. I thought I could log ...
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How do you make a WinXP bootable USB drive?

How do you make a WinXP bootable USB drive? I've seen a bunch of instruction here on ServerFault but they are specific to Vista or Linux, so again - I'm using WinXP. I've also tried unetbootin, but ...
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Flash ROM from USB drive with DOS?

My home server PC has a P4 processor. Windows seems unable to control the processor speed, so the processor heats up and the PC fan is running at full speed all day. The event log says there is a ...
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Will Ubuntu 9.04 install as a dual-boot-with-XP straight from the .iso, or will I need a separate install of GRUB or LiLo?

The target machine has XP (SP2) installed, and the goal is to install Ubuntu 9.04 as a dual-boot. Ten years ago, this would require preparing the disk with something like Partition Magic, but I think ...
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Broken ubuntu installation doesnt booting

My local Ubuntu 7.10 dev server was unresponsive the other day so I rebooted it and now I can't boot into it. I can boot into the Live CD and mount my hdd so I can have a look at the logs and what ...
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OS X Boot DVD (for imaging and recovery) [closed]

It is possible to create a Boot CD/DVD for Mac OS X? What I would like would be a disc I can put in and boot up into something with a few utilities. We often, for example, have NetRestore NetInstall ...
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Boot Linux from big (1.5TB) USB external hard drive

I would like to make a backup solution to be a computer with a single external USB hard drive from which the (1) system boots and (2) stores backups. So in case of any problems with the box, we just ...
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Boot image to inspect NTFS volumes

Occassionally Windows computers crash badly so it cannot even do a safe boot. If you do not have access to the Windows install media (preinstalled PC), which boot image would you recommend to start a ...
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Help fixing GRUB for linux/winxp dual boot scenario

a long story here, but basically I had windows xp on sda1 aka (hd0,0) and ubuntu on sdb5 aka (hd1,4) and they were booting fine. Something messed up with ubuntu, I reinstalled, and tried to fix grub.. ...
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inaccessible_boot_device after p2v Windows 2000 Pro SP4 to Workstation 6.5

I am using the latest VMware Converter Standalone to p2v a physical Windows 2000 Professional SP4 PC. The PC is a standard Pentium with IDE disk from circa 2001. The disk is 20GB partitioned logically ...
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Boot Debian Linux from image on external USB drive

I have an external USB hard drive with one big VFAT partition. In order to run Linux occasionally on a Windows system, I'd like to maintain a Debian Linux installation in one big file (say ...
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How to create a folder on linux that contains my windows C drive

If any of you have ever installed Ubuntu via the program Wubi, you'll have noticed an extra folder on your partition named "host". When you open this folder, you get to see the contents of your ...
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Why does Ubuntu 9.04 reset my Windows clock?

I've got a rig with 2 hard drives. I've put Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) on one of the drives and Windows Vista SP2 runs on the other drive. I went with this approach rather than dual boot since I wanted to ...
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Dell Laptop randomly stops booting after ATA HD Upgrade

The standard laptop here is a Dell D600 with XP SP3, which came with an 80 GB drive originally. One of them was upgraded to a 160 GB internal drive. Ghost was used to transfer and expand the ...
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How to troubleshoot slow Windows XP boot?

I have a Windows XP x64 SP2 machine that used to boot up really quickly, but now takes a very long time. If I enable the /sos boot switch it gets to the bit where it says: 2 system processors [8191MB ...
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Tips on speeding up boot time on Mac OSX [closed]

I have seen a few pages discussing this and some scripts that I won't run because I don't understand them, so would be great if the experienced users can share some tips or scripts (and perhaps ...
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Need Vista x64 boot disk to access hard drive & external drive

I am evaluating drivesnapshot (www.drivesnapshot.de) for backing up and restoring disk images for Vista PCs. I have drivesnapshot backups working on 2 Vista PCs, but on the x64 PC, I cannot get a boot ...
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Linux/Windows dual boot

I have a system running Ubuntu 9 and would like to install Windows 7 RC on it in a dual-boot configuration. Is there a way to make Windows play nice with grub or am I going to have to install Ubuntu ...
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Why isn't my shell script executing on startup

I'd like my openSuse 11.1 server to run a small shell script on startup. I've created a the script and put a symbolic link to the script in /etc/init.d/rc5.d/. Yet, the script does not get executed. ...
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How to make a bootable USB drive out of a bootable DVD or CD

Is there a "universal" way of how you can make a bootable USB drive out of a bootable dvd or cd? What makes a USB drive bootable? What makes a dvd and cd bootable? For example there is a program ...
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windows 2003 software raid - booting secondary disk with no FT floppy

I have a Windows 2003 Server machine, using the built in software RAID-1 support with two SATA drives. If the 2nd drives fails (that is, when I pull out the drive connector) everything works ...