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DUAL BOOT WINDOWS / MINT - SOLVED

Postby bicky on Wed May 27, 2009 11:18 am

This is probably a very basic question - however I am a complete newbie when it comes to Dual Booting operating systems. I have Windows XP installed on my system , I want to install Mint 6 as a secondary system but I want to have Windows booting first as a priority - asking me to boot Mint as a secondary.This is very important !!. Can someone guide me thr'o the instalation process - do I set any priorities at the guided partitioning stage ?? etc
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Re: DUAL BOOT WINDOWS / MINT - Windows PRIORITY

Postby emorrp1 on Wed May 27, 2009 11:45 am

You can do this post install. Open /boot/grub/menu.lst in a text editor with root privileges e.g.
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gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Scroll down to the line that says "End Default Options". Now count the number of lines starting with "title" before you get to the one with windows in it (which should be under the line that says "END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST". For instance, you probably have 4 lines beginning with title, with the last one being windows, thus the number you're after is 3. Then you need to find the line higher up in the file which says "default 0" and change the 0 to the number you just counted to. This will set the default boot to windows, and you have to actively change it in the menu to boot to mint.
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Re: DUAL BOOT WINDOWS / MINT - Windows PRIORITY

Postby bicky on Wed May 27, 2009 2:34 pm

Thanks for that - problem solved.
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