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Thread: Adding Windows XP to Grub2???

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Adding Windows XP to Grub2???

    Hi everyone

    I've recently created a multi boot system with Windows XP on the first partition of my SATA hard disk (sda1) and have Linux Mint on the second partition (sda2) and Windows 8 DVP on a slave IDE (sdb)

    I installed both Windows operating systems first and then Mint last, however Grub2 does not pick up XP? And picks up Windows 8 as "Windows Recovery Environment?"

    How do I go about adding in Windows XP and changing the names of the entries?

    I could do it on Grub Legacy but haven't a clue on Grub2?
    Don't fix it if it's not broken

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Mataro, Spain
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Adding Windows XP to Grub2???

    This is no fault of grub. When you install more than one MS OS, it combines the boot files together. That's why grub detects only one set of boot files and creates only one entry in the boot menu.
    When you select it, the windows bootloader should offer you options for both windows OSs.

    As for the name, win8 is still too new and I guess it detects it as recovery environment. The title is just a title, there should be no problem what ever it's called.
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64bit & Windows 10 Pro 64bit

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Adding Windows XP to Grub2???

    I do not use grub customizer, but I think it can change the name. Or you can do it manually with some of the guides drs305 has posted.

    HOWTO: Grub Customizer

    drs305 wrote a Grub 2 Tweaks guide but it's pretty geeky stuff. If you are interested in editing the Grub2 scripts to rename a title, see Section 7 of the "Tweaks" link
    includes line to limit display to two
    Grub 2 Title Tweaks Thread -drs305
    Grub 2 Title Tweaks-drs305
    The Grub 2 Guide - drs305 also link to grub customizer
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