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Personally, I prefer the look of the Ubuntu boot loader over the windows boot loader. Might seem strange, but I like things simple I guess. I installed windows 8 and then Ubuntu, with a partition scheme as follows:

  • sys reserved - 350mb
  • windows- 250gb
  • /boot - 250mb
  • logical drive -
    • / - 10gb
    • /home - 30gb
    • shared drive (yet to format) - about 400gb
    • swap - 10gb

I don't know if this would help at all, but anyway, is it possible to use grub2 as the default starting boot loader and then when I choose Windows it will boot straight to windows? sorry if this was already addressed. I've only ever seen grub to windows in my research.

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If you installed Ubuntu after Windows, then you should be already using Grub2. Am I missing something? –  Andrea Corbellini Aug 27 '13 at 14:05
    
well yes if I boot Ubuntu. but I want to be able to skip the windows boot menu. when I start my computer it goes straight to windows, or I can set my windows boot menu to have both and then get the the grub2 menu –  Jack Boucher Aug 27 '13 at 14:10
    
can no one help with this or –  Jack Boucher Aug 27 '13 at 15:22
    
Where did you install the grub2 boot loader? It should be installed to the MBR or first sector of your drive sda. <br/>If you are booting Windows from BIOS you must have the Windows boot loader in the MBR. –  oldfred Aug 27 '13 at 17:18
    
When installing Ubuntu you should have answered Yes when asked if you want to install Grub to the MBR. –  dan08 Aug 27 '13 at 19:20
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