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Old 02-11-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Question How to change dual-boot order in Ubuntu 10

I have a dual-boot setup in which Ubuntu 10 LTS is the default choice on the menu, followed by 2 or 3 alternate choices and finally Win 7. I would like to know how to change that order, making Win 7 the default. Solutions I've looked at mention editing menu.lst in the /boot/grub directory, but this file does not exist anywhere as far as I can tell. There is a /boot/grub/grub.cfg but it's unclear how that alters the menu sequence.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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In Ubuntu 10 they have started using grub2 which does not use menu.1st anymore. Instead you would have to edit /etc/default/grub and then run 'update-grub' in order for your changes to take affect.

Specifically you would change the line:

to the stanza that represents your desired OS.



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Old 02-11-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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To elaborate just a bit:

1. Older systems used "grub". Changing boot options/boot order was as simple as editing "menu.lst".

2. Newer systems often use "grub2". There's no longer a "menu.lst", and you cannot edit "grub.cfg" directly.

3. Instead, you must:
a) Edit /etc/default/grub
b) (Optionally) edit and/or create "custom steps" in /etc/grub.d/*
c) Update the whole shebang by running "update-grub"

4. Here's a link with many more details:

'Hope that helps .. PSM
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I'm no expert, but I use Mint 10 which is based on ubuntu, and I have an application called startup-manager in my menu. it gives a gui option to change the boot priority. Just putting in my 2 cents worth.
Old 02-12-2011, 09:54 PM   #5
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OK, this may sound like cheating, but the easiest way I have found to modify Grub 2 is to download Ubuntu Tweak from
Open it and go to "Source Centre" and enable "Grub Customiser PPA"

Use the synaptic package manager to install "grub-customizer"

This will appear under the "System Tools" menu and you can change the order, the background and the font colours easily


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