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Old 15. Feb 2011, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Bought a new CPU (preinstalled with Win7 Starter), and I installed Mint onto it.

Booted up the PC and it showed a multi-boot menu to Win7 and Mint, but it also included a boot item reads as "Windows Vista (loader) on sda1, which is actually booting into a Restore partition pre-configured by the manufacturer.

I needed to hide this item from the boot menu to prevent my shared users from unknowingly restoring the PC system.

Then I tried Grub Customizer, which seems to be quit easy to use.

Installation steps:

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


Then go to Menu > Applications > System Tools > Grub Customizer, run it and untick that boot item, click Save.

Restart the PC, and this boot item is hidden. Very handy and helpful.

I've not tried its other settings. How is your take on this software?
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Old 16. Feb 2011, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Grub Customizer's preference setting for predefined default boot entry didn't work perfectly when I tried. For this feature, Startup-Manager seems doing a better job.

Further, Grub Customizer allows for moving up or down the entries but that doesn't seem to represent that the boot menu will be arranged in that way. In this respect, manually renaming the files seems to do the trick. In the folder /etc/grub.d, I have files 10_linux and 10_os-prober. With the file 10_os-prober renamed to 09_os-prober, and sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg, the boot menu then shows up Win7 boot entry before Linux boot entries.

For the features in the current version I tried, Grub Customizer is good for hiding boot items and Startup-Manager is good for setting the default boot entry. Re-arranging boot menu items, manual.
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Old 16. Feb 2011, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the clarification

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