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1) ive installed ubunutu eee but i want to keep win xp as the default os to load.
2) if i wanted to uninstall all traces of other partitions and os’s apart from xp in the future is there any way of doing it from xp ?
1) I assume that you are using the bootloader which came with Ubuntu (GRUB), if this is the case you should be able to change the default OS by either editing GRUB’s menu.lst file of through an application.
On Fedora Linux under Administration there is a Bootloader application which allows you to select which OS you want to be the default, Ubuntu should have a similar application though it may not be installed by default.
The other option is to edit the menu.lst manually, to do this you do the following:-
a) From Ubuntu open up the Terminal application
b) Type in
c) Type in
it will ask for your password.
d) gedit should open with a configuration file, with the various boot options.
e) The line you need to change should be
though the number may be different.
f) There will be several entries starting with
where 0 refers to the first entry, you need to change the 0 to be the number for your Windows boot option, it may be 4.
g) once you have finished editing the file, save it and reboot your computer.
Be careful when modifying the file. As far as I’m aware the instructions are correct however I use Fedora rather than Ubuntu.
2) I know you can do this using a Windows XP disc, though I’m not sure you can from within XP.
i’m using openSUSE and yast has it’s own boot loader modification program.
i’ve set the default boot OS as ‘None’ ‘sda0’ which is invalid so it doesn’t boot, which means I must selec the correct OS to boot from. THis is a handy trick rather then putting a timer on the boot menu screen.
Isn’t it easier to just comment out the timeout line with a ‘#’ ?
EDIT: Admittedly you do need to edit a text file, rather than use GUI to make changes to the text file for you.
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