I installed windows XP Home on a new built machine. The boot from CD was not working so to get the Ubuntu 9.04 disk to run I installed the Ubuntu 9.04 boot/autorun/start utility.

The installation went well and I have now upgraded to 10.10. However, now on boot I have to choose which OS to boot to twice.

Once with grub and then with what looks like the utility I installed from Ubuntu 9.04. How do I get rid of the Ubuntu 9.04 utility?


Try downloading EasyBCD for Windows and installing it. Once installed open it up (need admin privileges), then go to boot loader menu entries. Delete the Ubuntu one (dont worry this will not lock you out of Ubuntu), save then reset.

What is happening is that the machine is booting to GRUB, and when you selecu Ubuntu, it boots directly with the parameters specified under that option. Select windows, and it will simply refer you to BCD (the Microsoft equivalent to GRUB), since GRUB cannot handle windows entries directly. If BCD has only one entry, or if it has been given a default, that can only be overridden via F8, then it will boot straight into windows without any visible indicators taking place.

It sounds like your 9.04 was installed via Wubi, inside of windows, but your 10.10 was installed via LiveCD. The Wubi installer does not install GRUB, but merely puts a link into BCD. The LiveCD installer, on the other hand, installs GRUB, leaving BCD for Windows entries, thus creating the choosing twice problem you have now. The one in your BCD is actually a separate installation.


This is more of a question for windows experts, but basically you need to uninstall the program on windows. If you cannot find how to do that, try running msconfig and editing your boot entries.

  • The utility thing, could it be Wubi? – Oxwivi Jun 5 '11 at 15:05

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