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    Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Hi all, Is it possible to change the default boot from Ubuntu to XP when starting up?

    Doug...

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    depends what pc you have

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    The computer is a bogg standard laptop running windows XP.

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Can you post the output from
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    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Quote Originally Posted by amilojohnson View Post
    Hi all, Is it possible to change the default boot from Ubuntu to XP when starting up?

    Doug...
    Yes, it's a simple matter of editing your menu.lst file so that Xp is top in the list.

    Here's how, scroll down to "Changing the default (operating system booted by the timer)"

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Quote Originally Posted by Idefix82 View Post
    Can you post the output from
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    cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
    I entered the line above using the terminal and only got the error "file not found"???

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Quote Originally Posted by gn2 View Post
    Yes, it's a simple matter of editing your menu.lst file so that Xp is top in the list.

    Here's how, scroll down to "Changing the default (operating system booted by the timer)"
    How do i do that?

    Doug...

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    Quote Originally Posted by gn2 View Post
    Yes, it's a simple matter of editing your menu.lst file so that Xp is top in the list.

    Here's how, scroll down to "Changing the default (operating system booted by the timer)"
    I just spotted the hypertext and had a look, sorry thats far too complicated for a beginner.

    Doug...

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    install startupmanager. it is a GUI for boot functions and more. Open a terminal and run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install startupmanager
    or use Synaptic to install startupmanager. Once installed you can open it by System > Administration > Startup-Manager or open a terminal and run
    Code:
    gksu startupmanager
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    Multi-boot: Arch linux, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 & Windows 8

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    Re: Dual booting, Ubuntu and XP

    If Presence hadn't beat me to it, that's exactly what I was going to suggest. Startupmanager will configure quite a few things in GRUB and works quite nicely.

    You can even configure GRUB to automatically start with the last OS booted.
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