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FIX: Windows 7 boot option doesn’t appear after installing Ubuntu via WUBI

You’ve decided to install Ubuntu using WUBI – all went well during the install and now it’s time to reboot and…. YOU GET BOOTED AUTOMATICALLY INTO UBUNTU! You were expecting a menu to appear with both Ubuntu and Windows 7 options….

Fear not – I had this happen to me and here’s the easy answer:

  1. In Ubuntu, go to Terminal (can be found in “Dash Home” and typing “terminal”)
  2. Type “sudo gedit /etc/default/grub”
  3. Ubuntu will ask you for you user account password (the one you login to Ubuntu with)
  4. Put a “#” infront of both “GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT” & “GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET“, e.g.
    #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
  5. Change “GRUB_TIMEOUT=10” to some higher value (I set it to 30)
  6. File > Save
  7. File > Quit
  8. In the terminal window type “sudo update-grub”
  9. Although the message might indicate that it hasn’t worked (you might see something saying Windows 7 skipped), this is fine.
  10. Reboot your PC and shortly afterwards the boot menu with both OS’s will appear.

Searching the interwebs there were some other variants of this issue, but basically it comes down to GRUB not configured to show the bootloader menu option – which above typically solves.