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Modifying the dual boot list

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:51 pm
by EOY
I have just downloaded and installed Mint 17.1 Rebecca, my first use of Linux The installation process was awesome, even the dual Linux Windows booting. However I would like to shuffle the order on the boot list so Windows is first and will boot automatically for my wife. I have been unable to find the table that drives the selection screen. Please can someone advise me where to find it? Can it be changed easily?

Re: Modifying the dual boot list

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:05 am
by marvinudy
Review your current boot menu and count down the list to the 'windows' entry. Start the count at '0'. Open a terminal as root and edit the /etc/default/grub entry. The 'nano' command should work for editing. Change the 'GRUB_DEFAULT=0' entry to 'GRUB_DEFAULT=(what ever the number windows is in the boot order). Save the changes. As the instructions indicate, as root run 'update-grub' and reboot. When you now boot, the 'windows' entry should be highlighted. You can now use the 'enter' key to launch windows or just wait for the default time-out to occur and launch windows. It is possible that you may have 'hidden' entries in the boot menu that you will have to take into account when you determine 'windows' position in the boot order.

It is also possible to 'move' windows up to the top of the order by editing the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file but you will lose the setting every time you 'update-grub'. This approach is not as 'simple' as the first option. My advice is to follow the KISS principle.

best regards,

marvinudy

Re: Modifying the dual boot list

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:13 am
by jimallyn
I use Grub Customizer to modify my Grub setup.


https://launchpad.net/~danielrichter200 ... customizer

Re: Modifying the dual boot list

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:55 am
by EOY
Many thanks, problem solved