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When I boot my computer, I get the Windows Boot Manager with Vista selected and Ubuntu as the other item in the list.

If I choose Ubuntu, I get the GRUB menu. I have updated GRUB menus before so I know how that works, but since Windows Boot Manager comes first, I don't know how to change the default.

I looked at this question: How do I make Windows 7 the default OS instead of ubuntu?
But it seems that that uses GRUB, but the default I want to change is before GRUB even comes up. Any ideas?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

OK, so I found the answer almost immediately:

  1. Boot to Windows
  2. right click on Computer and select Properties
  3. click Advanced System Settings
  4. click on the Settings button under Startup and Recovery
  5. select the operating system you want to use

Easy stuff. You could also use the bcdedit command to do the same thing from the command line, but it’s probably easier this way.


After doing this, you will not be able to boot Windows again if the timeout is set to zero seconds, without repairing the boot-loader using a repair disc. See this question.

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You can use EasyBCD, a gui application, to do it.

Examples with screenshots here.

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