This is not going to be easy, if you are a first-timer.
1. The file in question has privileges to be edited only
by root - that's the Linux equivalent of Administrator. This is a good thing, as normally you do not want to mess with this file. In your case you need to change it.
- Open a terminal - command prompt. You can find it under Applications > Accessories > Terminal
- Type in: sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
- It will ask for your password
- When it opens, you will be able to edit the file.
- If you make a mistake, you could make you system not work!!!!!!!!!
2. GRUB is the system that runs on your computer before
the operating system runs. Windows also has one, you just don't know it. You need to tell GRUB about all the operating systems that you have on your computer. Unfortunately, GRUB has a sick way of looking for things - they are working on GRUB2, but that is neither here nor there.
- First, I assume you have something like this in the file, probably near the end:
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title Linux Mint
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=/dev/sda2 ro quiet splash
Don't worry about the vmlinuz numbers, yours will probably be different (I am running only Mint 5). The important one is the "root" line. I am only guessing, but I think yours will be same as mine: (hd0,1). This means that Linux is installed on the second partition of the first physical hard drive. This suggests, that Windows will be on the first partition.
- Next look for a block like this:
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# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# chainloader +1
You need to delete the hashes (comments), save the file, and just reboot your computer. If I am right about all my guesses, when your computer boots up, the boot menu will show a new entry: "Windows 95/98/NT/2000" (don't worry if you have XP of Vista, it's only a human-legible label, nothing more)! Select that, and it should just work.
If not, if I am wrong, then we need to do some more work. Post back what you did and what happened. Also, the entire contents of the following:
Good luck man!