Grub2 and Windows

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I’ve just installed grub2 on my Debian laptop, and I wanted to write a quick note on how to get dual booting working. Grub2 seems to have a far more complex configuration system than grub, this may be a good or a bad thing. One feature of this is a /etc/grub.d directory which contains a set of scripts to configure what items should be listed on the boot menu.

$ ls /etc/grub.d/
00_header  05_debian_theme  10_linux  30_os-prober  40_custom  README

The scripts get run in order, each adding features to the boot menu. To dual boot Windows you can acheive this in two ways.

  1. Write a script which manual adds windows
  2. Use the os-prober script.

I opted for option 2 since it seemed the easiest. However, this os-prober script does not work unless the package os-prober is installed. So:

$ sudo apt-get install os-prober

Once that is installed you can reconfigure grub by doing:

$ sudo update-grub2
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found Debian background: moreblue-orbit-grub.png
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.30-1-amd64
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.30-1-amd64
Found Microsoft Windows XP Professional on /dev/sda1

When you reboot you should now have Windows on your boot menu.

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