GRUB2 Bootloader Editor v0.5.0

GRUB2 Bootloader Editor version 0.5.0 was just released. Highlights of this release are:

Easily recover GRUB2 (from a Live CD):

Installing(=Recovering) GRUB

Are you unable to boot your Linux installation because you accidentally installed Windows after Linux? No problem! Boot from a Live CD of your Linux distribution, install the GRUB2 Editor using one of the many provided packages and restore GRUB in just a couple of seconds. It’s really easy! (More info)

Disable memtest entries:

Disable memtest entries

You may now further customise your GRUB2 menu by selecting whether or not memtest entries will be generated.


In this release you will also find translations for the following languages, thanks to the corresponding KDE translation teams:

  • Danish
  • German
  • Estonian
  • Hungarian
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Swedish
  • Ukrainian

Other features:

Other new features include:

  • Warn the user when trying to uninstall the current kernel.
  • Manually find missing configuration files which are needed.
  • Recover initial settings (undoes all changes performed by this tool).

I estimate that the next release will be in about 2 months from now, due to restraining schedule.

As always you may get binary packages for most major distributions (Arch, Fedora, Mandriva, openSUSE, Ubuntu) from our page. Enjoy 😀

Changelog Quote:

v.0.5.0 (09/05/2011)
*ADDED: Recover GRUB2 (from a Live CD).
*ADDED: Option to toggle generation of memtest entries.
*ADDED: Manually find missing configuration files which are needed.
*ADDED: Restore default settings.
*FIXED: Warn the user when trying to uninstall the current kernel.

*I18N: Added 9 new translations: Danish, German, Estonian, Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Ukrainian.


Recovering GRUB (The Easy Way)

It’s well past midnight over here so I’ll try to keep it short. I will present you a new feature of the GRUB2 Editor: recovering GRUB (from a Live CD). A new feature that hopefully many user-friendly distributions will adore because it bypasses the intimidating console when trying to recover GRUB, for example when installing Windows after your Linux distribution; an action that will erase GRUB from the MBR(=Master Boot Record) and render your Linux setup unbootable. I’ll let some screenshots do the talking:

Live CD Welcome Screen

Recover Screen

Installing(=Recovering) GRUB

Job Done!

So, firstly you are presented with two options when launching the GRUB Editor from a Live CD (screenshot #1); choosing the recovery option provides you with a list of detected partitions along with some information to help you determine where your previous installation resides (screenshot #2), picking a partition and Applying will initiate the installation process (screenshot #3) which will hopefully lead you to screenshot #4.

This post was published in hoping for feedback before making the next release (which will happen anytime soon). So any suggestions/insults are more than welcome 😀

PS: Screenshots and testing done on a Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Live CD.