Cannot choose which kernel I want to boot via Manjaro Settings Manager


The UI for managing kernels does not display any buttons for switching to the installed kernels. I can only install/remove kernels.

$ mhwd-kernel -li                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Currently running: 6.6.19-1-MANJARO (linux66)
The following kernels are installed in your system:
   * linux61
   * linux66
   * linux67

$ pacman -Q linux                                                                                                                                                                                                    

linux61 6.1.80-1

Is there any other UI way of triggering the kernel version change?

No, there is no such functionality as far as i am aware.
Hit ESC early in the boot to show grub and switch from there. I think the default is that it remembers what was booted. Otherwise you can change the options in /etc/default/grub and update with update-grub

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My memory must be making stuff up then.

For my previous upgrades I never had to do any terminal commands, so I’m guessing it was done as part of the updates.

But I assume then I need to go through these instructions then?

If so, my system doesn’t show the grub view upon startup, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to select any kernel.

As i said, if you cannot hit ESC fast enough, you can edit the grub file and regenerate. I personally use micro as default console editor, you can install it if you do not have it. Then
sudo micro /etc/default/grub and make sure you edit the lines to show


Save, exit, sudo update-grub and reboot.

Topic title edited to reflect what you actually want to do. :wink:

FYI, choosing 6.1 LTS, 6.6 LTS or 6.X stable is neither upgrading nor downgrading. They’re all different kernel series. See

p.s. and inexperienced users should really stick to the recommended LTS kernels, that is 6.1. or 6.6 in your case.

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By the way, I just remembered I added a useful program that can help with dual-booting and/or switching kernels called grub-reboot-picker to the AUR awhile back. It worked fine the last I tested it.


you need to boot grub > select advanced > select kernel to boot and nothing else
MSM only installs kernels

by default ,
grub boot on high version Kernel , or last choice ‘*’ boot confirmed

Thanks for all the responses all, I’ll give it a go.