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Old 05-18-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
stulluk
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Question How to select boot OS before restart in a Dual Boot Environment?


Dear Friends;

Sorry for my poor english.

As my title explains, I have such problem:

I have a WinXP Home + Mandriva2009.1 dual boot system.

And the PC is at an almost unreachable location.

I have VNC access to both partitions.

Boot loader is GRUB. Default boot OS is WinXP.

Now, since I have the access to PC via VNC, I want to be able to select which OS to be boot on.

For example: Currently WinXP is working, and I can access to system via VNC. Now, I want to go to Mandriva OS. So I need to reboot the machine. But before reboot, can I tell system: "Hey, on next boot, let linux to load"

Is there such software for Windows?

Thanks for answers.

Regards
 
Old 05-18-2009, 02:59 PM   #2
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I suppose the easiest would be to edit the grub config file and change the boot order.

You can do that in Linux to change to Windows as default.

On windows, I think there is a program that allows you to view the ext3 filesystem and edit the file from there. See this link.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 05-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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I suppose the easiest would be to edit the grub config file and change the boot order.

You can do that in Linux to change to Windows as default.

On windows, I think there is a program that allows you to view the ext3 filesystem and edit the file from there. See this link.

Hope this helps.
Thanks my friend, it seems interesting that there is no such application out there...

Ok, I decided to write mine by using your idea.

Thanks again.

Regards
 
Old 05-18-2009, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks my friend, it seems interesting that there is no such application out there...
Well, perhaps not an application, but you could certainly use colinux to access the linux filesystem and edit grub from there with any of the normal linux tools.
 
  


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