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Posted on 29-04-07 03:23
i have this laptop with fedora and windows and my mom will need it for work soon so i need to change it so the default OS is windows when booting the computer.

could someone help me with how to do this?


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Posted on 29-04-07 03:27
The simplest way to do this and great if your Mum does not want to use fedora atall is to go into the BIOS and set it to boot from the Windows Partition first which will then totaly bypass the pedora. Your mum proberly wont even know it is there Smile. Unless the GRUB (which allows you to select which OS to start) is installed on the Windows partition but this is not comman.

Hope this helped if you need any help in doing this just PM me.

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Posted on 29-04-07 04:26
I used to have the exact same setup, and thought I'd give you some of the commands I've used to make my system boot directly to Windows. I was dual booting with Fedora Core 7 (beta).

What you need to do is straightforward, really.

Change your current root directory to your real root file system with:
chroot /mnt/sysimage


Probe your device map, even if it already exists using:
grub-install --recheck /dev/hda


Find some info on your partitions using grub:
info grub
[ hd0 /dev/sda ]
[ hd1 /dev/sdb ]


Then install grub on the Root directory of the drives:
grub-install --root-directory=/ dev/sda
grub-install --root-directory=/ dev/sdb


You can simply Reboot your computer and it SHOULD boot into windows.
If not, then you might need to change the boot order manually, using:
cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

That was just to see the "menu.lst" file contents.

And go in either with "nano" or "vi" editor and edit:
default #

changing "#" with the number of partition you want to boot into by default.

You can also change the "wait time" in for your bootloader, in the boot screen at restart by pressing ANY key to go into the options (GUI) and changing it there. Shouldn't be that hard. If you still have question, then keep posting them here.


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Posted on 29-04-07 04:35
And also, look into customizing boot configuration of grub in the file:
/boot/grub/grub.conf


http://www.redhat. . .oader.html

By the way, for your repository packages, I'd recommend configuring them during install ... when asked to add Additional Software Repositories fill in:

Repository Name: rpm.livna.org
Repository URL: http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/6/i386


And when the installation is finished, go to your shell and type in:
rpm -ivh htpp://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-6.rpm




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Posted on 29-04-07 04:58
thanks very much


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Posted on 29-04-07 04:59
The question is, "Does it work?".


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Posted on 29-04-07 05:02
i will tell you that tomorrow when i actually do it because now its too late for that. but im confident it will =)


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Posted on 29-04-07 16:37
It should, the only thing you need to do is change the boot priority in the grub.conf file to make Windows the default boot.


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Posted on 04-05-07 06:36
What is your partition table like? Can you provide, as close as you can, how it is layed out on your hard drive (s)?

More information means more help. :vamp: