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Thanks for your help but I don't know what you mean - lilo, grub? what are these - I don't use any of these - could you please explain what you mean and provide further instructions on how to change this.
Grub and Lilo are bootloaders, and yes, you have one installed. You might be running grub. I'm not sure about grub, but its config file should be in /etc. If you're running Lilo then it's /etc/lilo.conf Just edit the file and put the OS you want to boot first on the list.
when u use linux u really use bootloaders like grub or lilo to boot the os in the system. the default boot loader will be grub. so u have to take a terminal console and execute the command "vi /etc/grub.conf". after that edit the line " default=0" to 1,2 etc....
usually 0 denotes the default or first os which is given in the menu. linux counts everything from 0 onwards. that is 0 means 1, 1 means 2 etc... so if windows is listed as the second os change it to 1. now after changing it save the file by typing ":wq". now reboot the system. your default os will be the one you specified . if this helped u click on the thanks button. ...... always feel free to contact and send any of ur doubts bye
If you have grub, it can be in several locations, but I usually find it in /boot/grub/menu.lst.
To find where you have menu.lst, you can search for it. Try this as root:
find / -name menu.lst -print
If that finds something, particularly if it is in /boot/grub/menu.lst or /etc/grub/menu.lst you probably have grub. If that search finds nothing, or the file doesn't have kernels or operating systems listed, then you may have lilo. To find lilo, use the same command as above, modified to now read:
find / -name lilo.conf -print
Once you figure out what you have, you edit the grub or lilo menu as mentioned above, then the boot choices will be in a different order.
You should also make better use of the search feature, all of this has been asked many times by many people.
Yes, you need to change it to whatever label has been used for your windows partition. It'd be easier to help if you posted the "load of text" which popped up. You need to edit the file /etc/lilo.conf as root, make the change, then run /sbin/lilo to effect the changes.
Google is your friend As is the search feature on this site.