Ubuntu – Add windows to the boot menu


I have windows installed on /dev/sda3 and running Ubuntu 11.10 on /dev/sda5. The boot loader points to /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2. Both are parts of the recovery system for my laptop.

How do I edit the boot menu so that it points to /dev/sda3. I've tried following the directions, but I'm confused by them and many are outdated as things changed, apparently with 11.04.

Can someone help me, please? I just need to add the one entry.


It turns out that /dev/sda2 was my windows loader, but it was failing to boot. After a helpful comment (in an answer below), I re-installed windows and it fixed the issue. thanks for the help.

Best Answer

update-grub should automatically detect and add Windows partitions. What's the output of this command?

This page is long, but the directions here should work for adding a custom menu entry:


It would be something like:

menuentry "Windows" {
set root=(hd0,2)
chainloader +1

You might need to twiddle the numbers to get the right partition.

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