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Old 05-05-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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How to change default O/S from Ubuntu to Windows 7?


I have a dual booting set up with Ubuntu as default O/S and Windows 7. wish to have Windows 7 as my default O/S. I tried by clicking Alt+F2 and entering 'Sudo gedit/boot/grub/menu.lst' but nothing happens. Please help.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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Check the Ubuntu forums site below which has multiple ways to do it:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1308665
 
Old 05-05-2011, 10:11 AM   #3
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Have you got access to "Startup Manager" in Ubuntu? Probably under Administation or Preferances. If so, set the default OS to Windows 7 in the drop down and close and that should hopefully be it.
I got this info from the picture here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grub_2

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Old 05-05-2011, 11:11 AM   #4
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Have you got access to "Startup Manager" in Ubuntu? Probably under Administation or Preferances. If so, set the default OS to Windows 7 in the drop down and close and that should hopefully be it.
I got this info from the picture here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grub_2

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If you don't have it, it can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center, and yes it works.
 
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I have a dual booting set up with Ubuntu as default O/S and Windows 7. wish to have Windows 7 as my default O/S. I tried by clicking Alt+F2 and entering 'Sudo gedit/boot/grub/menu.lst' but nothing happens. Please help.
It's "sudo", not "Sudo", and also there should be a space between "gedit" and the path (the way it is now, it's trying to look for for the "menu.lst" command in the directory "gedit/boot/grub", which of course doesn't exist).
 
Old 05-05-2011, 12:37 PM   #6
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I have a dual booting set up with Ubuntu as default O/S and Windows 7. wish to have Windows 7 as my default O/S. I tried by clicking Alt+F2 and entering 'Sudo gedit/boot/grub/menu.lst' but nothing happens. Please help.
The latest version of Ubuntu use GRUB 2 .
Grub 2 do not have a menu.lst .
But do have grub.cfg .
It is use full to read about the difference between grub 1 and grub 2
 
Old 05-05-2011, 03:42 PM   #7
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The latest version of Ubuntu use GRUB 2 .
Grub 2 do not have a menu.lst .
But do have grub.cfg .
It is use full to read about the difference between grub 1 and grub 2
True, however, grub.cfg is a read-only file. While one can change permissions and edit it manually, the changes will be overwritten the next time update-grub is executed. To properly change default menu settings, you need to edit the /etc/default/grub file, then run update-grub to add the changes to grub.cfg.

Code:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
then

Code:
sudo update-grub
or install Startup Manager from Ubuntu Software Center.
 
Old 05-05-2011, 04:06 PM   #8
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True, however, grub.cfg is a read-only file. While one can change permissions and edit it manually, the changes will be overwritten the next time update-grub is executed. To properly change default menu settings, you need to edit the /etc/default/grub file, then run update-grub to add the changes to grub.cfg.

Code:
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
then

Code:
sudo update-grub
or install Startup Manager from Ubuntu Software Center.
Yes you're solution works no doubt at all .
But in my opinion still OP should learn the difference between GRUB 1 and GRUB 2 .
Next time he runs again to a problem he has good a change to solve it on his own .
 
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Yes you're solution works no doubt at all .
But in my opinion still OP should learn the difference between GRUB 1 and GRUB 2 .
Next time he runs again to a problem he has good a change to solve it on his own .
Very true, as there is quite a difference. Another example- to manually add a new entry, you no longer edit an existing file, but rather, write a script, make it executable, add it to the /etc/grub.d folder, then again run update-grub to place the changes in grub.cfg. One needs to know the proper layout, syntax, and naming convention of the script for it to work correctly.
 
  


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