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eyescovered
April 28th, 2009, 01:06 PM
hey all. i recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 along side Vista. when i turn on the computer, the default OS that's highlighted is Ubuntu. I want it to be Vista until i get Ubuntu the way i like it. is there a way to change the order?

i tried searching for this, but didn't see anything. thanks in advance!

alphacrucis2
April 28th, 2009, 01:14 PM
hey all. i recently installed Ubuntu 9.04 along side Vista. when i turn on the computer, the default OS that's highlighted is Ubuntu. I want it to be Vista until i get Ubuntu the way i like it. is there a way to change the order?

i tried searching for this, but didn't see anything. thanks in advance!

See item 10.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GrubHowto

b@sh_n3rd
April 28th, 2009, 01:15 PM
You can. I haven't done it for windows "Vista" though. But there shouldn't be a difference. Only difference there would be is the name of the OS on the GRUB bootloader file. Type:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst in a terminal. Then find a statement that says something like; "title windows xxxxxx". Under that, see if you could find something like "default x". "X" is a number, Change it to the order you prefer. (eg: ubuntu would be 1 and vista 0) The problem is I haven't done this in a while and I can't remember how I did it. If you run into problem's show me your "menu.lst" file and I will remember in a jiffy! :D hope this helps.

EDIT: The above linked site is quicker, its the same as I mentioned but is graphical, so it's easier to follow.

alphacrucis2
April 28th, 2009, 01:20 PM
You can. I haven't done it for windows "Vista" though. But there shouldn't be a difference. Only difference there would be is the name of the OS on the GRUB bootloader file. Type:
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst in a terminal. Then find a statement that says something like; "title windows xxxxxx". Under that, see if you could find something like "Default x". (this is not the "default" located at the top of the file). The problem is I haven't done this in a while and I can't remember how I did it. If you run into problem's show me your "menu.lst" file and I will remember in a jiffy! :D hope this helps.

Just a note. I'm told you aren't supposed to run gnome programs like gedit using sudo to get admin rights. The recommended way to do it is:


gksu gedit ...

pokogr
April 28th, 2009, 01:20 PM
In order to avoid terminal you may install a useful application called startupmanager from synaptics package manager. Then use this application to select the os you want to be the default on each boot.

dLeon
April 28th, 2009, 01:23 PM
Check/edit your /boot/grub/menu.lst as root (use sudo). I will not into details because the menu.lst filled with comments to do what you want. If still not clear, read 'grub man page'. Still not clear, come back here.

Warning: Please becareful when editing your grub menu.lst. Don't touch anything that look cryptic for you.

b@sh_n3rd
April 28th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Just a note. I'm told you aren't supposed to run gnome programs like gedit using sudo to get admin rights. The recommended way to do it is: "gksu gedit ..." Hey, coo. Thanks for that. I'll recompile my "ubuntu_command_list" under my cranium. ;)

eyescovered
April 28th, 2009, 01:32 PM
wow. thanks for the fast responses!!! got it working! thanks for the all the help!