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Hey, I was wondering if I would be able to set up some sort of OS selection screen that appears after boot to go to either my Windows installation or my Ubuntu installation. The two operating systems are installed on seperate hard drives. Both operating systems are as up to date as possible. Can you help me?

 

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Which hard drive has priority? You can either boot into Ubuntu and update GRUB (sudo update-grub), or boot into Windows and use the free version of EasyBCD to set up a new boot menu.

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Normally Grub (which is installed with Ubuntu) is used as the bootmenu. Windows also has a boot menu but in the opinion of most who have tried, I have heard grub is the way to go. Grub should already be installed on the Ubuntu drive, Connect up both drives and in the bios set your Ubuntu harddrive to be the default boot drive (or at least higher on the list than the windows drive).
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This is something Iiked to do as well, how ever I'd like to start off with CrunchBag or a more customizable Linux UI, I'm open to options as to what would be best, and I'm currently enrolled in a Basic Linuix Command class, so I should learn enough to be able to use really anything... My Professor is... cleary a Linux master... he just has a passion for it and I'm sure I can learn what I need from him to be able to have basic use for any Linux system, trying to keep an open mind ofc
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Originally Posted by benpack101 View Post

Normally Grub (which is installed with Ubuntu) is used as the bootmenu. Windows also has a boot menu but in the opinion of most who have tried, I have heard grub is the way to go. Grub should already be installed on the Ubuntu drive, Connect up both drives and in the bios set your Ubuntu harddrive to be the default boot drive (or at least higher on the list than the windows drive).

Yea I had Ubuntu and Windows on separate drives at one point and Grub handled it no problem.
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Which hard drive has priority? You can either boot into Ubuntu and update GRUB (sudo update-grub), or boot into Windows and use the free version of EasyBCD to set up a new boot menu.

EasyBCD ( or trying to use the Windows bootloader in general ) is a great way to ruin a good Linux experience. Makes the job 100x harder and more confusing when grub and the install process of Ubuntu will easily find and place any Windows entry into the grub configuration.
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EasyBCD ( or trying to use the Windows bootloader in general ) is a great way to ruin a good Linux experience. Makes the job 100x harder and more confusing when grub and the install process of Ubuntu will easily find and place any Windows entry into the grub configuration.

 

Sort of agree. My experiences with EasyBCD have always been hassle free (it has its uses), but reconfiguring GRUB is definitely more straightforward and clean.

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Hey, I was wondering if I would be able to set up some sort of OS selection screen that appears after boot to go to either my Windows installation or my Ubuntu installation. The two operating systems are installed on seperate hard drives. Both operating systems are as up to date as possible. Can you help me?

Thanks

If the OS are installed on separate drives, you can probably press a BIOS hotkey to open the Boot Selection menu, and pick the one you want to boot from. That's how I do it - F11 key on boot up presents me with a boot menu, I can pick the device I want to boot and off it goes. Al UEFI bios should have something similar in them.

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Does Ubuntu not need osprober to find the Windows partition?
 
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Does Ubuntu not need osprober to find the Windows partition?

Comes with it I believe.
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