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    Changing startup priority

    I am brand new to the Linux operating system, I know next to nothing about it, so this may be one of many questions I ask here.

    Ok, you know how you start your computer up normally, and then you get the list of which OS to load.

    I have the Linux, and 4 other linux things to choose from, and Windows XP (which I use primarily). Anyways, it by default chooses Linux, because it's at the top of the list. How do I get it to have Windows XP first, and Linux second?

    I hate having to restart the computer again, because it restarted into Linux and I didn't want it to.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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    Do you use lilo or grub as a bootloader?

    If you use lilo. Go to a terminal screen. type su then enter your root password.

    then type the following command:

    vi /etc/lilo.conf
    This will open the bootloader file for editing.

    You should see a line near the top that says default=linux.

    Press ESC then I.

    This will allow you to edit the file. Replace linux with whatever linux has called your Windows partition... I think it may be NT.

    Then press ESC then :wq!. You will notice the output of this command at the bottom left of the terminal screen.

    It should look like this:

    Then press enter. This will quit and write the file.

    When back at the command prompt type /sbin/lilo

    This will write the new settings for the Lilo bootloader.

    For Grub open /etc/grub.conf and change the default=0 to whatever number partition Windows is on. You don't need to run any command after this to update grub.


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