Dual booting tutorials here –  part1  ,  part 2part 3

Once the dual booting process is completed , on restarting system your boot up screen may have many unwanted entries.

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These unwanted entries can be safely removed using a PPA software called Grub Customizer.

Before starting with the Customizer please ensure whether to keep or remove an entry  by clicking on each entry & finalize the list to be displayed.

Grub Customizer is a graphical interface to configure the GRUB2 settings and arrange the menu entries.

With GRUB CUSTOMIZER you can
– move, remove or rename menu entries
– edit the contents of menu entries or create new ones

–  set default operating system, kernel parameters, background image and text colors .* changing.

 

Enabling “Independent” Software Sources for PPA installation

 

Ubuntu accepts installation of third party software.This is called Personal Package Archive (PPA), & are  distributed by individuals .

Individuals like you & me can  Create our source package, upload it and Launchpad will build binaries (.deb files) and then host them in our own apt repository.

That means Ubuntu users can install these packages in just the same way they install standard Ubuntu packages and they’ll automatically receive updates as and when the creator makes them.

Boot Repair is one such PPA we’ve seen in previous post.

GRUB Customizer is another useful PPA & we shall see how to install & use it.

To enable third party software installation ensure that under Settings –> Software Sources  –> under  “Other Software” Tab , sources like Canonical partners & Independent are selected.

 

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Install GRUB customizer in Ubuntu 13.10

 

Open the terminal and run the following commands

 

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

 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

 

 

Once the installation is completed, click on the DASH icon & type in Grub to see the GRUB CUSTOMIZER icon. Click that to start customizer.

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The software performs, automatically at the startup, the detection of the different partitions on the computer. After a few moments you will see within the program the various entries in GRUB.

There are 3 tabs List Configuration , General Settings & Appearance Settings

Under List Configuration tab you can see all the entries in GRUB (which is displayed on the initial start up boot screen). Now you can start arranging the entries.

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Right click on any unwanted entry & select Remove.

The unwanted entry will now move to the right pane.Later you can restore this if you want the entry back.

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On my system ,I’ve kept only the 3 entries and removed others as seen in the screen shot below :

 

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Under the second tab “General Settings”  you can :

  • set the default boot entry, select the item number or its description;
  • show or hide GRUB2 boot time;
  • set some kernel options;
  • set the number of seconds before the default operating system boot;

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And the last tab is for the Appearance Settings.

  • Change the resolution.
  • Set a custom look by choosing from different combinations of colors.
  • Set your custom background for the menu.

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Once finished, you must click the Save button to apply the changes and generate a new grub.cfg file.

Remember ,if any thing goes wrong you’ve to do a Boot Repair as seen in part 3. So be cautious in removing entries.

On restarting the system you can see a list of only 3 entries we’ve selected in the List configuration.

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Watch this support video :

 

 

Organize the dual boot start up boot screen
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