Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Grub Customizer : Set default OS and customize your GRUB looks

I use both Windows 7 and Ubuntu (dual-boot) on my ThinkPad. Since Ubuntu using Unity, I started back to using Windows 7 as my primary OS :-(

The problem is at boot time, Ubuntu was take place as the default OS on the list and I have to always move the cursor to Windows 7 entry. And to be honest I never like the purple background on  GRUB.

To customize your GRUB to look more personal, tidy, and set the default OS to Windows 7, here I give you a simple tips to change it:

  • Boot into your Ubuntu OS (I use Ubuntu LTS 12:04 - 64 bit)

  • Open a terminal, then install Grub Customizer with the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

  • Run Grub Customizer (you need to enter your administrator password here)
  •  In the appeared list, uncheck the entries that you do not want to be displayed. 

  • Click the Preferences toolbar, the Settings dialog will shows up
  • On the General tab, line Default Entry, select the OS Windows 7 on the dropdown menu
 
  • Move to the Appearance tab, you can customize the GRUB screen like color and font type, and can put a background image

  •  Close and Save. Please reboot, and you'll get a more personalized GRUB screen, neat and of course the default OS option on Windows 7
Do have a try, and show me your GRUB :-)

Thanx for Daniel Richter for making this great tool