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As frankly the computer I'm trying to adjust is in a very difficult and public place so the less keystrokes the better!

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Remote administration ftw. –  womble Jul 26 '11 at 10:02
    
I'm not going to downvote you, I'm not going to vote to close the question, but I AM going to suggest you rephrase it. The more jaded among us may be inclined to think you're trying to circumvent someone's network security / default configuration... –  voretaq7 Jul 26 '11 at 18:14
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is there any reason you cant let it boot manually into the correct OS, then ssh'ing into to the system and editing /boot/grub/menu.lst to change the default settings

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ah that's a good idea, i'll do that. –  chrism2671 Aug 5 '11 at 9:07
    
dont forget to reboot after for them to take effect –  anthonysomerset Aug 5 '11 at 10:34
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