There seems to be a lot of info on the web on how to turn off grub menu on a dual boot system (Ubuntu 14.04/Windows7) and a whole lot of answers which all seem to end in "It didn't work"!

Is there a way to do it???

I have done all the things suggested and "It didn't work"!! APPARENTLY there is NO way to correct this problem currently.

  • what do you mean by turn off? you mean hide it? – Ron May 6 '15 at 16:37
  • Do you think about restoring (or installing) new Windows bootloader? You can do it with any Windows installer cd, but I'm not sure that it will read Linux. Other way is to install bootloader through windows or linux, but you do it for your own risk. – Ubuntu-man May 6 '15 at 16:48
  • You can install Grub Customizer and set timer 0 askubuntu.com/questions/135113/… – LyndaOlexandr May 6 '15 at 17:34

To hide the grub menu follow the steps:

  1. In the terminal, type:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

  1. Find the line that says:


and change it to GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

  1. Find the line that says:

GRUB_TIMEOUT=<some number here, eg: 10>

and change it to:


This will show the menu, but for just a second and after that it will boot the default entry. If it is set to 0, still you will see it for 10 seconds as a security measure. So put 1 there.

  1. Save and close the file.

  2. Run sudo update-grub

Try and post back if there are any errors.

  • Tried it, and it did'nt work. got this error :~$ sudo update-grub /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig: 9: /etc/default/grub: 4: not found – Bob Cressman May 6 '15 at 16:53
  • Edit your question to contain the output of cat /etc/default/grub – Ron May 6 '15 at 17:01
  • GRUB_DEFAULT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true GRUB_TIMEOUT=0 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" – Bob Cressman May 6 '15 at 17:05
  • put the complete output in your question by editing it. – Ron May 6 '15 at 17:08

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