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When the computer loads up, it shows a list of what to boot from. Is there a way to hide this and automatically boot from Windows unless a key is pressed?

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Are you running on dual-boot? Or have Ubuntu installed inside Windows with WUBI? –  Peachy Nov 5 '12 at 23:53

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You can use the Grub-Customizer application to set the default boot option as follows:

  1. Follow this guide to add the following Source to your Software Sources.

    ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer

  2. Let the refresh happen. (Will update the index of apps)

  3. Using the Softare Centre, install Grub-Customizer.

  4. Open Grub-Customizer, under the General Settings tab, select the Default Entry as Windows.

  5. Then you can hide the menu and change the timeout to something like 3 seconds.

  6. Save and reboot!

  7. While booting, hold SHIFT to present grub (boot menu)


Steps 1 - 3 can be accomplished using the Accessories > Terminal by running the following three commands:

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

Editing the /boot/grub/grub.cfg and /etc/default/grub files manually is not usually recommended... BUT if you must: Have a look at this Question.

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Grub Customizer is a graphical settings manager for GRUB2 and BURG.

You can set Windows as default. Among the other Grub Customizer features are:

- edit the menu entries (reorder, rename, add or remove entries)
- change the default boot entry
- change menu visibility and timeout
- disable recovery entries
- change GRUB resolution, menu colors or background image
- GRUB repair & configuration using a Live CD
- Advanced options like booting an ISO, changing kernel parameters and lots more

A new Grub Customizer version has been release: 3.0, which brings the following new features:

- entries can be moved free now
- integrated settings dialog
- new partition chooser
- context menu
- multi selection
- trash instead of checkboxes
- entry editor
- graphical error handling
- reset functionality
- warning when trying to remove script - or system entries

Grub Customizer is considered a stable application, but be very careful when using it and make sure you know what you're doing! Messing with GRUB2/BURG can cause the system not to boot!

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