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Boot Repair Fixes Frequent Ubuntu Boot Problems

To customize Ubuntu boot options by managing GRUB Manager, Plymouth and Burg, you can use the previously reviewed Super Boot Manager for Ubuntu. However, tweaking too much with boot options can lead to several issues, including, the inability of the operating system to boot after another OS is installed, loss of access to GRUB  boot loader and issues with boot sector MBR.

Boot Repair is an Ubuntu tool which can easily resolve such issues. As this is a GUI based application, therefore, you will require being logged into your operating system for it to work. Therefore, despite the boot issues, you should be able to get access to your desktop for this app to resolve the boot issues. Having said that, the issues which it resolves mainly do not cause the inability of a system to loose boot functionality. For example, the GRUB boot problems may be causing inconsistency in allowing you to boot from your OS. Similarly, if you have installed another operating system, you might not be able to login from Ubuntu by default.

To get started, open a Terminal Window and enter the following command lines;

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install boot-repair-ubuntu

Launch Boot loader from Applications Menu and select options which may resolve your issues. For example, you may select a default OS to boot from (in case of multiple operating system installed on your machine), manually purge GRUB or place GRUB into SDA. Click Apply, OK to continue.


A confirmation prompt will inform you that the boot options were successfully resolved. You will require restarting your system for the changes to take effect. Boot Repair is a good application for resolving minor boot issues such as the ones mentioned above. It serves as a one stop repair mechanism to fix GRUB and associated boot issues in a few clicks. You can also Download Boot Repair from the Launchpad link given below.

Reboot computer

Download Boot Repair


  1. Please update : the package to install is not “boot-repair-ubuntu”, but “boot-repair”.

    More informations are on https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

  2. Hi Farshad,
    thanks for your interest in Boot-Repair. I think you forgot to mention important points :

    (1) Boot-Repair can also be installed on any Ubuntu live-session (live-CD, live-USB, when choosing “Try Ubuntu”), so that you can repair your PC boot even if you don’t have access to your usual operating system !

    (2) there is also a Ubuntu CD that already includes Boot-Repair, so that you can use it directly : Ubuntu Secured Remix. (look for it on Ubuntu forums) By the way, this CD also includes Clean-Ubiquity (automatic MBR backup) and OS-Uninstaller that you could also review 😉


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