Let the Grub boot Windows as default

If you dual boot Windows and Ubuntu it could be that (for whatever reason) you want Windows to be the default choice to boot instead of Ubuntu.

Now, that is pretty easy to do.

You can do it by modifying some obscure text file, but it’s easier to use a GUI tool.

Fire up synaptic package manager (system -> administration) and install “startupmanager”.

You can find “startupmanager” in the “system -> administration” menu.

The choices the program gives you are pretty obvious.

In the first tab you can set the “default operating system”.

To give you an idea what the program can do besides that:

If you are wondering why my “root applications” don’t look like win95, click here.

  1. Damn, and all this time I’ve been using vi to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst in order to tweak my boot settings. I didn’t know about this little tool, thanks!

    • RyanT
    • July 4th, 2008

    There’s also something like QGRUBEditor, apparently now KGRUBEditor, although doesn’t contain boot loader colours and stuff as this does. Shall have to try it.

    • riley
    • July 5th, 2008

    Great little program 🙂

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