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Thread: Automatically boot to another OS?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Automatically boot to another OS?

    Thank you for reading my post
    Is there any way to automatically boot to another operating system?
    My default (first boot option) is Ubunut 8.04 but I need to schedule the computer to restart and load Windows in an specific time. problem is that I should be with the computer to choose windows from the list in order to make it load windows instead of loading Linux after the XX seconds interval.

    I thought maybe a program is already developed to let the use choose which OS to load after the restart.

    Ubuntu 10.04
    ATI 3470
    4 GB RAM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Bangalore, India
    Ubuntu Studio 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Automatically boot to another OS?

    You can use start up manager

     sudo apt-get install startupmanager
    here you can set up different timeouts

    Specify default o/s to boot.

    make your grub password protected.

    Customize your grub look etc.
    "Those Who Can, Will Finish It.
    Those Who Can't Will Justify/Complain the reasons."

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Sunderland England
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Automatically boot to another OS?

    You will have to change the boot loader that can be found at Filesystem>Boot>Grub and edit the file Menu.lst you will need to be a root user so in a terminal window enter sudo gedit then load in the boot file and edit and save that but make sure that you save a backup copy before you start I think you need to change the option root (hd0,0) to wherever your windows boot option is but I'm not 100% sure.

    Hope that helps
    Microsoft Windows
    A complete waste of perfectly good space on a hard drive

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Re: Automatically boot to another OS?

    you will find the menu.lst in /boot. first make a backup of the menu.lst file. nearly at the end of the file you will find the list of boot options...copy the windows part of it and paste it at above all the other options..that ought do the trick


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