I would like to change the order of the items in the grub start up menu

Asked by James Tyler on 2013-10-27

I have windows xp and ubuntu 12.04 lts installed on a desktop PC. I would like to move windows xp to the top of the boot order list above ubuntu. What steps do I need to take to accomplish this. I am new to linux and need step by step instructions.
How do I know if grub customizer is on ubuntu? If it is how do I open it or run it? My problem is I don't know how to use the terminal function or how to get the manual and learn to use it. Is there a beginner site that I should be going to and ask these questions? If I am on the wrong site to obtain help please let me know.

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Daniel Richter
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Are there concrete problems?

In general:
Just run Grub Customizer, select the menuentry named like "windows xp" and click the up bottom as long as it's not on top of the list. Then click save.

The terminal can be found by running the unity dash (the icon on the topleft corner) and searching for "terminal".

Then run the commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

Then open the unity dash again and search for "grub". You should find "grub customizer". Just run it and enter your password (this is required to to give root permissions). Then continue as described above.

A forum for beginner questions is http://ubuntuforums.org/

James Tyler (jgtbt2) said : #3

I was able to get the grub installer installed but I was not able to move windows to the top position and what ever I did wrong ubuntu boots into an older version and windows is no longer even in the menu. The good news is now I can reinstall windows xp and them try installing ubuntu. this is on an old computer I am using to learn on so no real harm done.

James Tyler (jgtbt2) said : #4

I was able to open the grub customizer again and find windows xp and move it to the top of the boot menu. Thank you very much for your help and patience Daniel and I will check into the site for beginners.