How do I edit the boot order in the GRUB menu to have Windows first?

  • I have a dual boot on my computer of Windows 7 and Xubuntu 12.10. The Linux boot is 1st and the Windows 2nd. I would like to reverse the boot order in the GRUB menu. I need to know the steps to go about editing GRUB. I do most of my work on Windows and need it to be 1st so I can boot up and not watch it.

  • I dont know if you can change the order of the menu in an easy way, but you can set the default entry.

    In terminal

    sudo -H gedit /etc/default/grub

    I don't know what your grub menu looks like but let's say you have:

    • Ubuntu
    • Memory test
    • Windows 7

    in this case, if you want Windows 7 to boot by default you replace GRUB_DEFAULT=0 with GRUB_DEFAULT=2

    Save the file and in terminal:

    sudo update-grub

    and reboot

    should be `gksu gedit`

    also 13.10 doesn't have etc/default/grub?

    Is there a way to know the number assigned to the OS without having to reboot and see the order at boot?

    This doesn't allow you to edit menu entries, just things like the timeout. The other answer has what you want.

  • The menu entry of "Windows 7" in /boot/grub/grub.cfg may look like this:

    menuentry "Windows 7 (/dev/sda1)" { #it's depend on your config

    You can also write GRUB_DEFAULT="Windows 7 (/dev/sda1)" to /etc/default/grub to avoid the order problem in grub.cfg.

    Just what I was looking for today! Thanks a lot bro :)

    The grub.cfg file is auto-generated, is it really advisable to edit it?

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