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Update GRUB List Order


After you installed Ubuntu alongside Windows in your computer, now you should change the highlighted text when you want boot into Windows because after Ubuntu installation the default operating system will be Ubuntu, like the picture below.

There are two ways for updating GRUB list order in Ubuntu. I try it in Ubuntu 12.04 and I think it also can be done in nearest older version before it. First is by changing the name of the file in “/etc/grub.d/” and second is by changing the default value in “etc/default/grub”. First way is to change the first text in the list become Windows. Second way is to change default highlighted text into Windows (the last text). You should choose one of the ways, the first or the second way.

First way, change the name of the file in “/etc/grub.d”.
1.      You must be root user for editing the file. Go into terminal and type it.
$ sudo su

2.       Go to directory “/etc/grub.d”.
$ cd /etc/grub.d

3.       If you type command ls, you will see some file with some number as prefix.


4.   File whose name is “30_os-prober” is file which contains data to boot into Windows. You can rename this file into “06_os-prober” so its position will be after “05_debian_theme”. To rename this file you can type.
$ mv 30_os-prober 06_os-prober


5.       After that you must update the “grub.cfg” file by type.
$ update-grub


6.       When you restart your computer, the result is like the picture below. The first text is Windows.



Second way, change the default value in “/etc/default/grub”.
1.     You also must be root user for editing file. In this way, you must know what position of Windows text in the list is. You can see and know it when booting.


2.       Like the picture above, Windows text is at the sixth position or the text with number 5. So we will change the GRUB_DEFAULT in “/etc/default/grub” into 5.
$ nano /etc/default/grub
Change “GRUB_DEFAULT=0” into “GRUB_DEFAULT=5”.


3.       After that you must update the “grub.cfg” file by type.
$ update-grub


4.       When you restart your computer, the result is like the picture below. The default highlighted text is Windows which is in the last position.


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