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I have recently installed Linux Mint along with my Ubuntu. The GRUB has replaced Mint as the default OS. How can I set Ubuntu as the OS that loads automatically again?

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Boot Ubuntu, open a terminal window (ctrl-alt-t), and run

sudo grub-install /dev/sda

PS: dev/sda would, almost always, be the correct device to use if Ubuntu is installed on a single internal hdd. In case you have more the one internal hdd, or if Ubuntu is installed on an external one, verify the correct device name by running mount | grep ^/.

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I have needed to do this before, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GrubHowto/ChangeDefaultOS

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Eliah Kagan Jan 15 '13 at 19:52
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I used to edit grub's configuration files by hand back when Ubuntu used grub 1. I find grub 2's configuration files to be way too messy to try and learn all of their intricacies, so I simply use the available GUI programs instead.

I highly recommend startupmanager and/or super-boot-manager (you might have to add a ppa for the latter).

Once installed, you simply fire up the GUI software and configure your grub (super-boot-manager can be also used to configure burg, which is a grub-based alternative with a some very good-looking themes). If all you want to do is change the default OS for booting, then all you have to do is select it from a roll-down list and press OK.

If you want to configure grub's config files directly, you're not supposed to be touching /boot/grub/grub.cfg. That file is supposed to be generated automatically based on what's written in a slew of files in /etc/grub.d/. Editing grub.cfg does work, and it is the easiest (from the non-gui ways) quick and dirty solution, but it's discouraged because it will break once you update your kernel.

Good luck!

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