Linux Software

How to Add A Windows Partition to GRUB

A while ago, I installed Linux on my laptop along with Windows. I used GRUB instead of the Windows Boot Manager to switch between both installs. However, when Linux updates GRUB, it won’t detect the Windows partition and as a result, won’t add it to the GRUB boot menu list. So to fix this, we’ll need to install OS Prober.

To install the software, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install os-prober

After it installs, we’ll need to run the program so it can scan the drive for the Windows partition.

sudo os-prober

Next, we’ll need to add the Windows boot entry to GRUB. To do this, just run the command below.

sudo update-grub

And that’s it. When you restart, your Windows Partition should now show up in the list of boot options.

By Marc Woodyard

System Admin by day, developer by night. Web dev somewhere in between.

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