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NoOp glgxg at
Fri Feb 5 22:25:04 UTC 2010

On 02/05/2010 10:37 AM, Israel David wrote:
> Hello,
>> Is there a possibility to inverse the order in Grub i.e. windows on top and
>> ubuntu bottom on startup?

Others have mentioned that you can edit /boot/grub/menu.lst, however
that no longer applies if you are using grub2 (installed karmic 9.10
fresh). Unfortunately it's no longer easy to do that with grub2.

These may be of help:
 - for older versions (pre-karmic)

If you're new to Ubuntu/linux/grub, then perhaps the easiest solution is
to install the startupmanager:
While startupmanager is missing some key features in the grub2 version
that were most useful for grub, it will still allow you to easily select
which OS/kernel to default to from a gui (graphic) application.

  To do the same from a command line (cli):

$ grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg

that will show you the entries in the menu... count down to the windows
entry and set it as the default by modifing /etc/default/grub. So for
example if your result looks something like this:

$ grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-19-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-19-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-18-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-18-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-17-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-17-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-16-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-16-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-16-386" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-16-386 (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-15-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-15-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic" {
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)" {
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda1)" {

I can see that my Win menu entry is 16 (0 thru 16). So I would edit:

$ gksu gedit /etc/default/grub

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.


and change to:

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.


save the file and then:

$ sudo update-grub

Now if I reboot, the Win item will be automatically selected.

I've still not figured out a way to actually rearrange the menu items in
grub2 (ala put the Win entry at the top), so hopefully someone will come
along with that answer.

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