I am dual-booting Fedora 16 and Windows 7, and using grub to handle booting. The default is set to Fedora, and I have a real problem with getting distracted during boot and having it boot into Fedora when I want to go to windows. I would like it to, instead of timing out and booting to the default, to just sit in GRUB until I choose one. How can I make it do that?


According to the Grub2 wiki, if you set/add the GRUB_TIMEOUT directive and change the value to -1, you will cause GRUB2 to pause until you make a decision, which seems to be what you're looking for.


Setting the grub time value to -1 will cause it to be disabled. Alternatively, you can hit any key (like a cursor key) to disable the current boot menu countdown. Editing the grub2 config file is documented here. Remember that manual updates to the cfg file are overwritten by update-grub.


Think you can either remove the 'timeout' entry or set it to -1

  • Agree, set it to -1 – Raystafarian Feb 29 '12 at 16:51
  • Where do I set that? – SaintWacko Feb 29 '12 at 17:20

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