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    Default How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    Hi all. I'm a fairly recent convert to the linux system and I'm currently dual booting Windows XP and OpenSuSE 10.3. However, I notice that once GRUB starts up and presents me with a menu to select the OS to boot, OpenSuSE standard mode is the default Operating System. I want to change this to windows as the default. Is this possible? Thanks.

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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    at the top of your menu.lst there is a line default=x, you just need to change the x..

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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    or if you prefer gui to editing, YaST - system - bootloader. highlight the entry you want to be first/default & click on the arrows to move up or down.then click save/accept/finish

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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    Quote Originally Posted by cintra2 View Post
    at the top of your menu.lst there is a line default=x, you just need to change the x..
    I do not want to be a pain in the ass and I know it is difficult to try to look at problems as a noob, but menu.lst in fact is /boot/grub/menu.lst. Any guru would know, but not a beginner.

    And BTW as a beginner: use deltaflyer44's way.
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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    I do not want to be a pain in the ass and I know it is difficult to try to look at problems as a noob, but menu.lst in fact is /boot/grub/menu.lst. Any guru would know, but not a beginner.

    And BTW as a beginner: use deltaflyer44's way.
    AND ... wait for it .... It has special permissions rw------- so you can't even read it unless you are root. So it would be better for a new user to use deltaflyer's method EXCEPT ... wait for it ...... he forgot to mention to click the button in lower right corner labelled "Set as default".

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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    Wow, a bunch of sleepy heads here tonight
    I have no excuse, it is midmorning here, the sun is shining, lazy day
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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    he forgot to mention to click the button in lower right corner labelled "Set as default".
    sheesh, forgot that one, /me mumbles, need to read up on noob stuff

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    Default Re: How to select the default system to boot in GRUB?

    And since it was mentioned that the change could be done directly in menu.lst rather than through YaST . . .

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