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Old 08-13-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Dual boot Vista and Pc Linux OS


I already had upgraded my xp to vista prem. (had better parental controls). I lost my hard drive with everything so i reinstalled xp, then vista again on a clean new 1tb sata internal hd.Everything went well. I also had purchased Pc Linux OS 2009. I figured i had such a big drive I would have dual os. I installed linux.That installation went well also (and much faster that the upgrade to vista). Now I am not able to boot vista back. It seems as if linux has made itself the default. Any help would b app.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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There will be a file named menu.lst under the /boot/grub directory. Open it with a text editor (must be root user to edit this file). Count the number of 'title' entries until you get to the one you want to boot as default. Enter the number after the word 'default' near the top of the menu.lst file. Grub counts from zero (0) so if you want the third title entry to boot as default, make the entry: default 2.
 
Old 08-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #3
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thanks where would i find this boot/grub/directory i am new to linux??
 
Old 08-14-2009, 12:17 AM   #4
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

You would need to open a terminal or console then become 'root' by issuing the 'su' & password. If you do a 'ls /' you would see the '/boot' directory. Then 'cd /boot/grub' to the grub directory. You can then use a text editor such as 'vi' or 'nano' to edit the 'menu.lst' to make the changes.

You can look at 'Rute Tutorial & Exposition' to get some familiarity or background to aid you in the future.

Just a few more useful links;

Linux Documentation Project
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux

The above links and others available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 08-15-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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Thanks that info was helpful.
 
  


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