This tutorial shows you how to easily change grub boot order to make Windows as default OS in Windows-Linux dual boot.
Several people prefer to install Linux in dual boot mode with Windows. Some of them use Linux as their primary OS while some prefer Windows as their primary OS.
When you install Ubuntu or Linux Mint or elementary OS along with Windows in dual boot mode, Linux becomes the default OS. At the boot time, on the grub screen, if you do not choose Windows for login within 10 seconds (default Grub timeout), it boots up into the Linux.
This grub behavior creates problem if you prefer to have Windows as your primary OS. You have to wait till the computer boots up and stay close to your computer to choose Windows for login. This is inconvenient, I can understand.
You can change the grub behavior to make Windows your default OS in dual boot by editing the grub configuration file. While this is my preferred way, I can understand that as a regular Windows user you might not want to use the command line and would prefer a tool with graphical user interface.
I was asked by a few readers to provide a tutorial on using a GUI tool to change the boot order to make Windows default OS instead of Linux. And hence, I came up with this article to show you how to change grub boot order in Linux.
How To Change Grub Boot Order with Grub Customizer:
I have used Ubuntu in this tutorial but you can use any other Linux distribution based on Ubuntu such as Linux Mint, elementary OS, Linux Lite etc. The tutorial should also work on all Ubuntu versions including 12.04, 14.04, 15.10 and 16.04. All Windows versions including Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7 should work fine.
Until Ubuntu 12.04, Startup Manager was the best GUI tool to configure grub. The void of Startup Manager is (somewhat) filled by Grub Customizer. While Startup Manager was just focused on giving you few option to configure the boot menu, Grub Customizer focuses on all the aspects of customizing Grub, and hence it is a little complicated for beginners.
Install Grub Customizer in Ubuntu with following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grub-customizer
How To Use Grub Customizer:
Once installed, search for Grub Customizer in Unity Dash and open it.
It required admin password of course. After that you’ll present to a screen where you can see the configuration. You can see that Windows lies at the bottom after so many Ubuntu options.
All you have to do is to move Windows over the first Ubuntu. You can use the arrow option from the top menu for this task, once done, you can save this configuration. You can see the changed boot order at the next restart.
I hope the tutorial helped you to change the grub boot order in Ubuntu (and other Linux distribution) and make Windows the default OS in your dual boot system. Questions, suggestions, a word of thanks are always welcome.