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How do I set Windows to boot as the default in the boot loader?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 with Windows XP using GRUB 1.99.

I'm trying to make Windows XP boot up as default. However, when I tried using Start-up manager or edited the /etc/default/grub file, it still booted up Ubuntu.

I would like to try grub customizer but I'm not sure how to extract the file nor does my software center detect the repository when I add it.

Is there a way I can reorganize the options in grub or make Windows the default?

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Did you run ` sudo update-grub` after modifying the ../default/grub file? –  Bruno Pereira Jan 31 '12 at 22:18
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Grub Customizer may work for you. To install Grub Customizer open a terminal window (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy+paste the following lines:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

To start Grub Customizer click on the Applications launcher in the launcher panel (or press Super) and type grub-customizer. Then move the XP menu entry to the top of the list. When done save it and in a terminal window type:

sudo update-grub

When done reboot to see if the changes work... good luck :)

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Yea I managed to download and install grub-customizer and it works great, better than start-up mananger. Thanks a lot. –  KoVo Feb 4 '12 at 18:08
    
No problem.. glad it helped you! I had some grub problems in the past and the only working tool is grub customizer. –  tinuz Feb 4 '12 at 20:29
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I use Alt+F2 then type:

gksu nautilus

to edit boot/grub/grub.cfg and put the Windows menu entry first.

This needs to be done after each update-grub.

I'm not sure this is the best way.

See also:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/43471/how-to-configure-the-linux-grub2-boot-menu-the-easy-way/

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