menu.lst doesn't exist and grub.cfg uneditable!

Asked by Simon on 2010-01-28


I have succesfully installed Ubuntu v9.10 onto my computer, alongside Windows Vista. Currently Ubuntu is the default selection when grub boots up. However, I would like to make Windows Vista the default and have used your FAQ section on the Ubuntu website to guide me. It tells me that if I change the default setting in menu.lst in the Boot directory then this should solve the issue. However, there is no file called menu.lst in the boot directory. I did however manage to find grub.cfg which seems to house the same data. However, when attempting to change the default and then save the file I'm told that the disk is read only?!

Am I accessing the correct file or do I need to change the default in another one?


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Philip Muškovac
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Mathieu Comandon (strycore) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Philip Muškovac (yofel) said : #2

Please see
on the meaning of the new grub2 configuration files and how to edit them.

Best Philip Muškovac (yofel) said : #3

Also please note that grub2 doesn't understand 'savedefault' yet. Either use
in /etc/default/grub

or another way:
The enties in your grub.cfg are sorted by the order of the scripts in /etc/grub.d/ that create them.
You could rename /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober to /etc/grub.d/09_os-prober with
sudo mv /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober /etc/grub.d/09_os-prober
and run 'sudo update-grub' after that

This will move the Windows entry before the Linux entry.

Simon (simon-woods) said : #4

All sorted! Thanks for your help!