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I installed Ubuntu 10.10 with Windows 7 Ultimate in dual boot configuration. Everything seems to be working fine. I have a small doubt, is it possible to Re-arrange the Boot menu that appears when you start your machine? Currently Ubuntu is at top and Windows is the very last one. If we dont make a choice for some seconds, it automatically boots Ubuntu(Default). Can I swap this with Windows being default in case user doesnt make any choice?

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I found this on the forums, it is a little old, but the process should be the same. I just tried it and it does work as it should.

First install startup-manager via Ubuntu Software Center, you can find the package by searching for startup. alt text

Then, open the startup manager and select Windows 7 as the default, close, restart and it should work. alt text

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your first screenshot shows a different package selected - can you update it to highlight startup-manager? – ImaginaryRobots Nov 5 '10 at 15:28

Yes you can. Just edit /etc/default/grub file and change the value of GRUB_DEFAULT to the value you want. 0 is for first os in the grub list (I hope windows 7 in 4th position in your grub, if then the value of GRUB_DEFAULT should be 3). and then run update-grub command.

in short

open a terminal

 sudo vi /etc/default/grub

change the value of *GRUB_DEFAULT*

save and exit vi editor ( you can use this key combination :+x) then run the command

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Thanks aneeshep – t3ch Nov 5 '10 at 14:47
@t3ch - you can say thanks on this site by clicking the upwards pointing chevron next to the answer :D . Also, click the tick next to the answer you think is the best. See the faq. – dv3500ea Nov 5 '10 at 14:54
@dv3500ea :D will do – t3ch Nov 5 '10 at 18:10
So what happens when Ubuntu releases an updated kernel and Windows shifts from position 4 to position 6? Is there a way to specify "the last one"? – Marius Gedminas Feb 2 '11 at 22:58

Alternatively, you can

sudo mv /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober /etc/grub.d/09_os-prober && sudo update-grub
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AFAIK this is the only method that will work even upon installing a second kernel – Joril Dec 30 '10 at 10:47

StartUp-Manager install StartUp-Manager

StartUp-Manager can be used to select the default operating sytem for grub. Once installed, run it through System->Administration->Startup-Manager then choose Windows from the drop down menu.

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Thanks dv3500ea – t3ch Nov 5 '10 at 14:47

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