Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows XP

November 13, 2006 at 09:56:55
Specs: Win XP, 3GHz/2048mb DDR2 533Mhz R
I have XP and Ubuntu in dual-boot. However, my system defaults to loading Ubuntu (It runs Ubuntu's boot sequence) and I have to select Windows XP in order to boot from it. Otherwise, it loads Ubuntu by default after 10 seconds or so.

How can I change back to Windows XP's boot sequence, so that the other OS in the menu is Ubuntu? I tried going into msconfig, but everything looks fine in there.


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November 13, 2006 at 10:09:37
Your need to got to my coputer properties. Right click on my computer, Properties, Advanced, Click on settings under startup and recovery and you can change the system startup.

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November 13, 2006 at 10:38:32
that will not get you anywhere, because the GRUB boot loader installs itself BEFORE windows XP (thanks be to jesus for the small mercies :-)

boot into ubuntu and do the following:

Copy these two lines into the terminal and press enter.

1. 'sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup'

2. 'gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst'

(without quotes)

Find this line in the document that was just opened

... default 0 ...

Replace the 0 with the number on the startup list corresponding to the option you want, counting from 0. For example, if you have a list like this one and want to change to Windows XP Home:

Ubuntu Recovery
Ubuntu Kernel
Windows XP Home

... you would change the number to 3.

Save the edited file

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

icq 10183575

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November 13, 2006 at 14:11:01
I suspect mattie is correct. Check that GRUB is what is selecting the OS's.

Consider using a virtual machine application in the future to avoid all this. MS's VirtualPC is free as well as VMware's VMPlayer. Both are almost as fast as a real machine and much less trouble.

I read it wrong and answer it wrong too. So get off my case you goober.

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