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Configuring the Boot Menu in Ubuntu
If you install Ubuntu as a traditional dual-boot with Windows, Ubuntu will make itself the default operating system to boot up (you get a few seconds to switch to Windows with the arrow keys). If you would like to change the boot order, you can do so by editing the Grub boot menu.
Before you edit the appropriate file to change the boot order, notice first the current boot order as it appears when you first boot up your computer. It will probably look something like this.
Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-paeNumbering for Grub starts at 0 instead of 1. So, in this case, Ubuntu is the 0th entry, recovery mode is 1st, the first memtest is 2nd, the second memtest is 3rd, and Windows 7 is 4th.
Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-pae (recovery mode)
Memory test (memtest86+)
Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
gksu gedit /etc/default/grub
Save the file and exit out of the text editor.
The next time you reboot, Windows should be the default operating system!
Note: there used to be a graphical program for this called Startup Manager. It no longer appears to exist for Ubuntu 12.04, and it was a bit buggy in 11.10, but if you're using Ubuntu 11.04 or 10.04, you may have some luck with it.
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