Force Grub to Reboots into the specified OS

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Well these days multi-booting is common. GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot-loader software package from the GNU project. I have three operating system installed at work:
* Debian Linux


* FreeBSD 6.0

* Windows XP

As per my requirements, I keep rebooting into different oses. Recently I discovered grub-reboot command. As name suggest it reboots into the specified OS entry in Grub configuration file (menu.lst or grub.conf).

grub-reboot entry [options to grub]


  • entry: Is the entry number in menu.lst / grub.conf file.

For example, if you wish to reboot in FreeBSD then you can type command (3 is entry for FreeBSD):
# grub-reboot 3
This is also useful to force remote computer to reboot in specific OS over ssh session.

Read the man page of grub and grub-reboot for more information.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

4 comment

  1. I have installed fedora 6 on my computer. I would like to Install windows Xp so that i will be dual booting. I am, however unable to boot from Windows disks. i have tried to remove the partitions with Gparted and SystemrescueCD but it will still not boot Windows. what should I do?

  2. hello, it would be helpfull if you add the information that you must

    1) change the traditionnal ‘default 0’ by ‘default saved’
    2) force, in the entry you want to choose, savedefault 0 in order to re-initialise the number which is saved

    example :


    # Windows 98 Boot avec Ghost
    title Norton Ghost – Sauvegardes

    root (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1
    savedefault 0

    thanks a lot for this post

  3. Thanks….Please help me I installed linux mint 9 inside windows xp successfully. And restarted now a black screen comes with GRUB< …..What to do I am new to LINUX….?

  4. please help me, im constantly getting this error caused by a virus which is 0xc000014c and i am unable to boot my pc no matter what option i choose. then i stumbled upon using grub dos prompt by constantly pressing escape button. the last time that this happened i got a 0xc0000248c error i think and i found a set of codes from the net which i inputted in the grub command line. luckily i was able to boot my laptop back then.. but now, i cant seem to find the codes and i am really helpless and tired. it has been 2 days since this happened. sadly, i don’t have the windows 7 installation disk. so if anyone could give me the grub commands to boot my window, it would really be appreciated and it would be a great help for me.. pleasee help meee

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