dual boot Ubuntu and Win7 - Want it to default to Win7

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I installed Ubuntu along side of Win7.  The boot process goes to the Ubuntu bootup and defaults to Ubuntu.  I have to arrow down to Win7 to boot to Win7.  I would like to have it default to Win7 so that when I turn my computer on it will go directly to Win7.
Question by:northernknight
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    Accepted Solution

    First Login to Ubuntu Operating System.

    Go to System -> Administration -> Startupmanager

    It will ask you for the password as it is an administrative task. Enter your Password and press Enter.

    In the Startup Manager window, you’ll see the below options

    Timeout: Timeout in seconds which is set to 10 seconds by default (you can change it as your wish)
    Default Operating System: Ubuntu (by default it is set to Ubuntu. Click on the tab and you’ll get 5 options)

        Ubuntu with Linux generic
        Ubuntu with Linux generic(Recovery mode)
        Memory test (memtest86+)
        Memory (memtest 86+, serial console 115200)
        Microsoft windows xp professional (on/ext/sda1)

    and now you move your cursor to Microsoft windows xp professional (on/ext/sda1) and click it.

    Now the default OS will change from Ubuntu to windows. Simply press close tab and Restart your system.

    That’s it!
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    Expert Comment

    by:Gerwin Jansen
    Of course, here's how to change it.
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    Author Comment

    So Todar.  Your answer seems like it would be an easy way to go, but I can't find System, Administration, or startup manager in Ubuntu.  How do I get to it?
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    Author Comment

    gerwinjansen - I tried your option.  It opened the menu.lst file but it was blank.
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    by:Gerwin Jansen
    >> menu.lst file but it was blank
    My mistake, your Ubuntu version uses grub2 so you can use the startup manager that Todar is pointing to but since you can't find it, you have to install the startup manager first.

    Install the startup manager by using synaptic or running the following command:
    sudo apt-get install startupmanager

    Open in new window

    Now launch System > Administration > StartUp-Manager and you can change the boot order using graphical interface.
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    Author Closing Comment

    Ok, that is pretty cool.  I installed the startup manager using synaptic and then changed the default boot.  Thanks for the help.

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