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Old 11-26-2011, 06:27 AM   #1
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dual boot with ubuntu 11 and xp

hello all, ive installed ubuntu last night, i need a few pointers.

firstly, wheres the admin tools in ubuntu 11? i know where system settings are.

2nd, i need to change the boot sequence, but cant find menu.lst
is this because im running a new version?

I want to make xp the default OS on bootup. What is the easiest way to acheive this?
Old 11-26-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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Hello, and welcome to LQ.

1) I'm not sure what do you mean by admin tools. Most of settings for standard users can be found using GUI tools - which are available in "System settings". If that's not sufficient for you, you can always edit configuration files directly. (It might, however, require some "true linux skills", and I wouldn't recommend this to you unless you know what are you doing).

2) Newer Ubuntu versions use grub.cfg as replacement for menu.lst configuration file. You can edit it by hand, but it's no good in long run, as this file is dynamically generated by grub scripts (usually located at /etc/grub.d/). Take a look at some Grub2 tutorial - this one seems to be good for Ubuntu:

Good luck


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Old 11-26-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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In addition to what Skyer said above:

I want to make xp the default OS on bootup. What is the easiest way to acheive this?
As root, open the /etc/default/grub file in a text editor and change the default entry at the top. You will need to first go to the grub.cfg file and find your xp menuentry line, count the menu entries down to xp. Count starts at zero (0) so if xp is the third menuentry put:



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