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I use a shared computer, so I need to make it user friendly for my-less-than-computer-knowledgable friend

currently have Ubuntu 12.10 installed

I would like to change the GRUB menu so that Windows 7 is at the top of the list (thus allowing the automatic timeout to automatically select it on startup) and Ubuntu down below

I've already used the information used at { How do I change the grub boot order? } and that didn't work.

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You can change the default boot by editing the grub config:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Change the line *GRUB_DEFAULT=0* so that it reflects which grub boot line is the one you want to boot off: eg *GRUB_DEFAULT=2* etc.

You will then need to update the grub boot menu so that this change takes effect:

sudo update-grub

Having to select the correct OS from a men is hardly unfriendly, but if you really have to...

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I altered the GRUB_DEFAULT=0 line to GRUB_DEFAULT=5 as that is the line Windows is on, did update-grub and update grub2. still has cursor on Ubuntu (first line) –  Kyle Payne Dec 8 '12 at 19:11
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Edit /etc/default/grub and change GRUB_DEFAULT value from 0 to the number of your friends Windows 7 in grub boot menu.

Then Run sudo update-grub2

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