This tag covers questions/posts pertaining to creating/using/configuring/troubleshooting "bootable" media as well as system files and options related to loading/accessing/entering system distributions, operating systems in the context of their current and intended usage environment.

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Unable to create Kali Linux bootable USB with Windows10/Ubuntu

I am trying to Triple boot Kali Linux with windows and Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Windows 10 are both already installed on my Dell-Inspiron. I was following the tutorial at this page to make the Bootable Kali ...
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How to add Android x86 to Yumi!

Is there any way to add android to Yumi? I want to be able to boot my computer from a USB stick and install android. So, how can I install Android using Yumi or any other multiboot USB creator?
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SliTaz, usb stick, unable to mount iso or to find a filesystem on it rootfs.gz

I deleted every partition on my system, even the partition on my USB stick. Then I created a partition with SliTaz which I'm currently on. But then I found out that my USB stick didn't get discovered ...
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Extlinux.conf on separate partition?

I'm trying to configure a system with separate boot partition, booted with U-boot and extlinux loader. Could I locate extlinux.conf on separate partition, but kernel (zImage) and device tree on root ...
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Create a UEFI bootable USB stick from an ISO image with GParted

I am aware that the issue of creating a UEFI-bootable USBs has been covered far and wide. However, from the first round of research I ended up feeling that the information gained is either ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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Copying “live usb” install from USB stick to portable Hard Drive

I have a bootable install of Linux Mint on a usb stick (ie a "live usb" install). It has a writable partition so that i can have persistence between one session and the next. I've copied off the sdb1 ...
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Kali Mint Fail Boot

So I am currently dual booting Linux Mint and Windows. I successfully installed Linux Mint. However, I want to add on a third boot, Kali Linux, but the USB Live Stick I made does not seem to work. The ...
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Installing Linux on hard disk that will be used by another computer with different hardware

I was given a laptop with a totally dead display. I do not want to pay to replace the broken display, but I would like to use the laptop as a server and connect to it via SSH to control it. I have ...
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How do I boot from ISO file stored on hard disk?

I know that I can create/burn bootable CD/DVD or live USB and can boot/install from it. But suppose I am currently running GNU/Linux and I've ISO file of another GNU/Linux that I want to install on my ...
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Is there any way to boot from iso while running system from live disk?

This is bit complicated question let me explain what is expected: I know that we can add GRUB menuentry with location of ISO file and boot from ISO using GRUB entry. (i.e this method) But suppose ...
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Why doesn't my blockdev config change execute from rc.local on reboot

I am (probably obviously) a relatively new Linux user, so I'm already bracing for the barrage of "why aren't you doing it this way instead..." comments. I'd love to hear them...but I would also really ...
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Create Windows 10 USB stick on Linux

Unfortunately I will need to install this OS on my new PC. Since I only have Linux right now, I'll need to create media to boot from on my PC. I'd prefer it to be USB, since currently I have no access ...
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Multiboot USB with extra first partition

I would like to create a 64GB multiboot usb drive. I want the first partition to be a 32GB fat32 partition so that I can use it for accessing files from windows. (Windows only displays the first ...
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uninstalled kernel cannot boot anymore

So, basically I messed up I tried updating debian wheezy to debian jessie and at some point aptitude wanted to uninstall the kernel, I got a warning but I had faith and allowed it. now I only have an ...
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grub2 cannot see filesystem on alternate /boot partition

I have 2 (soon to be more) independent OSes. Right now it is just CentOS 6.6 and 7, but will be adding several more. I can boot CentOS 7 cleanly, but 6.6 will not boot. The error is: error: no such ...
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Linux Multi Boot USB Kali

I am trying to fix a problem I have on my multi-boot USB drive. I had it working with Backtrack R3, but now would like to use Kali since that is the latest version. I cannot get my Kali menu option to ...
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Making persistent USB with minimal OS on os x

I am looking to turn a 8Gb USB into a bootable drive with a minimal OS. All I want is an OS that will allow me to use vim, nothing else (no internet/any other services). I basically want to turn a USB ...
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Dual boot windows 10 on mSATA and keep ubuntu on the HDD, on a Dell Inspiron 17r 5720

I currently am running ubuntu 14.04 on my Dell Inspiron 17r 5720, on a 1th HDD. It's a great computer, but I really could use another storage drive, and solid state drive, and windows OS( for school ...
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Live Fedora 22 on flash drive fails to boot

I downloaded the fedora 22 iso, and used WindowsXP-Rufus to make a flash drive bootable and put the iso onto the flash drive. Unclear if relevant - I had to manually download ldlinux.bss and ...
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Yumi, shows an error when I run it

I installed yumi on Linux Mint 17.2. When I run yumi,it shows the following error: This application has raised an unexpected error and must abort. [43] Access forbidden. FMain.INSTALL_SYSLINUX.252 ...
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Want to write my own High Level Language! [closed]

I want to write my own kernel, just like Linus or Bill gates did. I mean, why should i write an operating system based on Windows or Linux and be heavily restricted by their standards. I would rather ...
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Saving state and config data in bootable usb

My system hard disk has crashed, So now I want to run the OS(Linux mint or Ubuntu) from a bootable usb, but I don't know how to configure to save any config data so that it persist after rebooting ...
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How to create a bootable Linux installation USB from an ISO in OS X?

I downloaded the ISO for Debian's net installation to a computer running OS X. I want to put the data from the ISO onto a USB, so that I can install Debian on another laptop (not an Apple laptop). ...
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Install Kali on USB for UEFI and legacy-bios simultaneously

Here is the prologue: I just purchased a new tablet, called Wintron 10.1, made by trekstor. It is shipped with a solded 32 GB ssd-similar harddrive and preinstalled Windows 8.1-Bing. I already have ...
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How to apply grub theme to a live usb?

This is my setup, I Have installed grub on the usb using grub-install command in the /boot directory. I copied 3 iso's on the usb Manually created a grub.cfg file to boot into the iso's. So I want ...
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replacing windows 8.1 with CentOS 7

A new computer came pre-installed with Windows 8.1. It is an Acer Aspire T desktop. I would like to completely erase windows 8.1 forever from the machine, and replace it with CentOS 7. How can I ...
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Live Media that tells me where a (regular) boot gets stuck?

I can't reboot my system, even after restoring from a backup it gets stuck during the boot process. It does not show any boot log while booting, and nobody has ever found a way to make it show. ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a USB drive ext4 partition?

I have a 32GB USB drive with 2 partitions, Partition 1: FAT32 used as storage Partition 2: ext4 intended to be a bootable live Ubuntu 15.04. How can I install the Ubuntu ISO file to the ext4 ...
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Protective master boot record boot flag - GPT

On an HP Elitebook 8760w, the BIOS does not support GPT well and I have found that it does not like GPT formatted boot disks which is default for many *nix platform installers. FreeBSD and OpenSuse ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...
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How to install Linux Mint from DOS?

I want to install Linux Mint 17.2 on my computer. Unfortunately, my computer doesn't have a CD-ROM (so I can't boot from Live CD). It does not have a capability of booting from USB drive (so I ...
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Linux from Scratch to bootable disk image

I competed LFS 7.6. I want to know is it possible to make it into a bootable disk image that can boot in to different systems?
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How to move a PC's Debian to a USB and remain fully bootable?

I have a 64 GB USB 3.0 drive, to which I'd like to transfer (in terms of file system and grub2 bootability) the Debian Jessie installed on the SSD of my retina MacBook Pro. I am looking to do this in ...
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Creating a Debian ISO by merging all 3 iso parts to one for booting via usb

I've downloaded the Debian DVD installation images from Debian, that's been split into 3 parts. I want to create a USB installation disk by merging all the 3 ISO to one ISO. Here's the list of the ...
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how do I do a command line only boot of CentOS 7?

Can someone please explain how to trigger a command line only boot of CentOS 7 from a USB boot stick? I want to boot the terminal only and then use the normal CentOS 7 terminal to swap out the ...
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FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi2

I want to build FreeBSD custom Image for my Raspberry Pi2. I have read about the boot process in RPi2. I also went through the chrochet build instruction document. I learned from some websites that ...
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Create a Bootable (UEFI GRUB) USB for Ubuntu & Windows 7 Install

I want to create a Bootable EFI USB to install Ubuntu & Windows 7 (maybe with utilities like PartedMagic). I did that using MultiSystem previously. However, I am using GPT and Windows install ...
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Why will a linux usb boot on my personal pc but not on school computers?

I'm enrolled in a linux class right now and one of our assignments was to make a bootable flash drive. My friend is also in this class but he didnt know how to do it so I just made one for him. It was ...
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Writing ISO file to USB

I need to write a windows7 iso file on my usb stick. I had been used to this task. I usually either use the dd tool, or unetbootin. Surprisingly both don't work today. With dd I did the following : ...
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How to Install Fedora (not create bootable USB)

I have searched Google for how to download Fedora, and all I find is how to create bootable USB. Once I load Fedora from bootable USB how do I permanently install Fedora from USB onto my laptop?
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boot from usb flash drive

I have a Sony Vaio SV-E14A2M1E with Win 8.1; and I just created a bootable USB with Linux mint 17.1, but I can't boot from it. I've done a bit of research, but I'm not sure with what I've found.
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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how can i assemble my components (kernel, initramfs, rootfs) into a single bootable image?

I have created a compressed rootfs, kernel, and initramfs. I have a syslinux configuration that boots my rootfs/kernel to RAM. It works. However, I'd like to have something like image1 which ...
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Boot from virtual usb drive in qemu-kvm

I want to create multi-bootable USB with GRUB2. But I don't want to use physical USB stick to experiment with. How can I create virtual USB to play with it as it is real device using qemu? I want to ...
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How to I diagnose and repair “not booting” in an existing installation?

I installed Mint 17.1 on a fresh SSD, along with Clonzilla in another partition, and rEFInd in the EFI System partition (more details vide infra). It worked on the bench, but now put together in the ...
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What is the “Bootable flag” option when installing a distro?

Is the "bootable flag" needed in today's distributions? If not, then Why is it still in the installers? What is it exactly?
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Need help creating a Live SD card

I'm having a bit of of a nightmare. I'm trying to create a bootable SD with Arch on it after failing miserably earlier today in VirtualBox fdisk output : Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 32.0 GB, 32010928128 ...
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How to create multi-bootable OS from USB drive in Mac OS X

While Googling and tried with some instruction from many website introduction including Youtube and also been get through this article http://apple.stackexchange.com/q/130221/116741 but still can't do ...
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Making bootable media from a running OS

I have a Kali Linux installation (VM) which I customized so much with custom bash & python scripts plus installing quite a few additional software, I would like to know if it is possible to take ...