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Post by Xenos on Fri 28 Aug 2009, 9:56 pm

hey..... is its the first time i have ever used dual boot as normally i use a second HDD instead of partitioning

Dual boot : XP + 7
but my problem is, when i turn the PC on i dont have a option to choose either XP or seven, it just auto loads XP

any idea how i can fix that?

thanks

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Post by skilldegree on Fri 28 Aug 2009, 10:49 pm

Judging from your other post, you had vista installed first and then installed xp?
you will need to modify your vista boot loader, this article is pretty handy, page 4 should be helpful to you.

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_and_xp_with_vista_installed_first__the_stepbystep_guide.htm

Hope that helps you.

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Post by Xenos on Fri 28 Aug 2009, 11:22 pm

yeah I had vista installed, but a few days ago I did a clean install of windows 7 (totally removing vista)

Then found out a driver that is essential for me, wouldn't install on seven . So I created the dual boot with 7 and XP. And now I only have access to XP

Thanks for the link I will have a look at it

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Post by Xenos on Fri 28 Aug 2009, 11:49 pm

UPDATE:

skilldegree, it worked like a charm. took about 30 seconds to do, so easy. i Just had to repair and add XP to the bootloader

Thanks

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Post by skilldegree on Sun 30 Aug 2009, 2:37 am

No worries, glad to help

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Post by dozoclown on Sun 30 Aug 2009, 5:15 am

I have Vista and Ubuntu as a dual boot. I want to have Ubuntu as the first choice since I use mostly Ubuntu and I'd like to turn the computer on and have it boot to Ubuntu.

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Post by Xenos on Sun 30 Aug 2009, 6:19 am

Within Ubuntu

Copy this line into the terminal and press enter, it will back up your menu.lst and you can use the backup to restore your default settings.

Code:
sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup

Edit the menu.lst file with one of the following commands (depending on what version of Ubuntu you're using):

Ubuntu

Code:
gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

Kubuntu

Code:
kdesu kate /boot/grub/menu.lst
Xubuntu

Code:
gksudo mousepad /boot/grub/menu.lst

Find this line in the document that was just opened, it will read like this:

Code:
## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
...
default    0
...

Replace the 0 with the number on the startup list corresponding to the option you want, counting from 0. For example, if you have a list like this one and want to change to Windows XP Home:

Code:
title      Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.15-27-amd64-generic
...
title      Ubuntu, memtest86+
...
title      Other operating systems:
...
title      Microsoft Windows XP Home

...you would change the number to 3. It is important to note that each lines such as "Other Operating Systems" should be counted as well.

Save the edited file

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