Paul O'Malley - gnu's not unix - ompaul at
Sun Nov 23 12:59:38 UTC 2008

Michael Falkenburg wrote:
> Hello,
> Back when I installed Heron the question was asked if I wanted to 
> install from within Windows.
> Ok, why not?
> So time has continued, and now I'm running Ibex but I'm(showing my 
> "laziness")getting really tired of scrolling down the Grub menu to XP, 
> opening that, and then choosing Ubuntu.
> I know it's only a matter of seconds, really, but you know how it can be 
> :-) .
> Here's the BIG question:
> Is it possible to move the Ubuntu folder O-U-T of Windows (I'm not 
> looking for drag-&-drop), so that when all is said and done I can have 
> Grub just showing 2 choices right from the get-go and both will still 
> work as they do now?
> Thanks-in-advance,
> Mischa Falkenburg
firstly an obviousness ;-)

you can't change what you have and keep it the same ;-)
and it would be against good practice
but ...

let us backup your existing settings before a mistake is made

you can then use a live cd to work out how to get out of that one ;-)

in a terminal do this
sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst.backup

that is a lower case L not 1

to edit grub in ubuntu do this
sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst

again that is a lower case L not 1

then you will see "default NUMBER"
the number is 0 is the first bootable partition
0, 1, 2, 3 is the order of events

count down to the grub entry for your ubuntu

the problem with what you suggest comes from introduction of new kernels 
after security fixes

so what I suggest you do is choose the highest kernel number from ubuntu

don't change the order of things or you risk breaking your machine in a 
really uncomfortable way

count to that and make that the "default number" remembering to count 
from 0, for the first bootable program in your menu.lst

you could of course remove windows and do a new clean ubuntu install and 
have lots of fun that way


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