Set windows as default boot in grub bootloader

Last updated on December 4th, 2020 at 08:11 pm

This tutorial shows you how to easily change grub boot order to make Windows as default OS in Windows-Linux dual boot with the help of Grub Customizer.

Many 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 behaviour 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.

Install Grub Customizer in Ubuntu using a PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer 
sudo apt update
sudo apt install grub-customizer

After successful installation of Grub Customizer, search Grub Customizer in Ubuntu Menu. It will ask you for admin password and it will present you the following screen

Grub Customizer Interface

Select Windows Boot Manager from Advanced options for Ubuntu and then, use up arrow key from menu bar to move the Windows entry to the top. After that, save the configuration.

And that’s all, simply reboot your system and you will be presented with default boot system as windows.

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