I've just finished installing Ubuntu, and now have Ubuntu in one partition and Windows 8 in another. I was under the impression that when my computer starts, I would be able to choose from a menu which one to run. However, what happens instead is that Ubuntu runs automatically if I don't press anything, or if I press escape I get a menu which includes only ubuntu and something called memtest - no Windows.

How am I supposed to run Windows?

Please avoid too much technical language and give me step by step instructions wherever possible.


Try using the command sudo update-grub.

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I think you need to reinstall grub loader in order to display both Ubuntu and Windows at startup.

You can do it with boot-repair software, it will install grub on your system.

Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+t and give following command to install and run boot-repair software.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && (sudo boot-repair &)


Then click the "Recommended repair" button. When repair is finished, reboot your system and check that you can access both Ubuntu and Windows or not.

For more information visit this link.

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