Comments on: Set Windows as the Permanent Default OS when Dual-Booting with Ubuntu Tech Tips, Reviews, Tutorials, Occasional Rants Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:50:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Marek Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:42:50 +0000 I’m new to unbuntu linux and i have a question. How do I “scan” for that selection? Also, when I open the menu.lst file there is nothing in there. Help?

By: Brayan Habid Mon, 13 Apr 2009 07:05:37 +0000 Thanks for this, I was about to get crazy after every kernel update. And thanks for Finch’s revision. I just mark windows as default, as the pc is used by many people here, and they may ask “what is this thing called tubuntu that shows up on screen and doesn’t let me use windows”

By: Finch Sun, 01 Feb 2009 12:33:22 +0000 Thanks for the helpful description – it just has a little mistake.

You write: “The saved option works because Ubuntu so kindly already specifies Windows as the default”.

No, that’s not the point. It does exactly what it does in the comment/documentation you also posted: “You can specify ’saved’ instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command ’savedefault’”.

THAT’s what it does. It REMEMBERS the last option you chose (provided it is marked with “savedefault”) and uses the same one.
That means you can add “savedefault” to one or more of your “Ubuntu options” as well and every time you boot, it takes the same one as last time. This is VERY useful in my opinion.

It’s also the explanation for your last sentence: “Don’t be alarmed if your computer does not immediately default to Windows. I found that I had to manually switch it to Windows once, but then GRUB remembered my choice after that.”

Exactly 🙂 The first time you do it, the (new) default option is saved/remembered. As long as no other option is marked with “savedefault”, it’ll stay that way forever…

Other than that, great and helpful description 🙂