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OS Boot Order Messed Up

I have Macrium Reflect Server Edition on an XP PC.
During bootup the default OS was always ... 1 - Windows XP
with 2 - Macrium Reflect PE being an option
Everything worked fine until .......

I used Macrium to clone a 99% full 2TB hard disk
It couldn't do it in the windows XP environment so it rebooted into PE
It cloned the disk perfectly in 11 hours

However, since then, the default bootup OS  for the PC is   2 - Macrium Reflect PE
I have choose XP every time.

How can I get it back to the way it was?
There are no relevant settings that I can see within Macrium.
MSCONFIG
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Eirman
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Michael-BestCommented:
Have you tried system restore?
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vmaganCommented:
Are these OS installed on different hard drives? If so, can we change the boot menu from the bios?
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
I have to press 1 every I boot, so it's no big deal (Just a nuisance if I forget and have to reboot).

When one installs Macrium, it adds a boot option.
When the main OS is damaged, you boot into Macrium running in the PE environment
and point to the macrium image file to restore everything.

Everything is on C:
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joinaunionCommented:
Sorry are you saying the option to choose OS at boot is no longer working for you? You now only have 1 OS?
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
A quote from my question ....
default bootup OS  for the PC is   2 - Macrium Reflect PE
I just want the default to revert to the way it was, namely XP to be the default.
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joinaunionCommented:
You will need to edit the boot.ini and add Macrium Reflect PE as #2

This may help you.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/289022
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joinaunionCommented:
Oh. What do you see when you click on check all boot paths? On the image you posted.
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nobusCommented:
what says the boot.ini file of the XP OS?
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
I have 2 choices at DOS level
1 - XP
2 - Macrium (PE)  (Default OS)

I want what I had previously ....
1 - XP  (Default OS)
2 - Macrium (PE)
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joinaunion - that link is not working but I think I found it anyway.
This is my boot.ini
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

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nobusCommented:
is it the sal-me in the macrium and XP OS?
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joinaunionCommented:
So Macrium is a recovery program?

Open the program in windows then choose other task then choose "add a boot menu option to start the reflect recovery environment".
This option is only for registered users.
http://www.macrium.com/webhelp/Windows_Boot_Menu.asp
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BillDLCommented:
<EDIT AFTER POST>
Whoops, I see that joinaunion posted a comment about an hour ago before I went to put my dinner on.

Eirman

From what you have posted so far, Macrium (PE) (Default OS) IS showing on your black screen boot options, but it IS NOT showing in your boot.ini file.  If so, it is loading from somewhere else.
Macrium-Boot.gifHere's my boot.ini, which includes options to boot into the Recovery Console, Logged, and Diagnostic Boot, however "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" is the default.
[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Pro Logged" /bootlog /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Diagnostic Start" /basevideo /sos /noguiboot /bootlog

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Were you ever previously aware of a line in boot.ini for Macrium PE, or have you never looked inside this file before?

If you have a hidden file named "BOOT.BAK" in the root of the C: Drive, then copy it out to a neutral folder like the desktop, rename it as a TXT file, and open it.  I can't be sure whether this was automatically created when I modified boot.ini, or whether I created it as a backup before doing so, but it might be worth checking what yours contains if it exists.

Do a Start > Run > SYSEDIT.  Are there any lines relating to Macrium PE in the top two files?  I doubt it highly, but check anyway.

Start > Run > NOTEPAD C:\MSDOS.SYS
Anything relevant in there?

Going back to a previous suggestion, what do you see when you click on the "Check all boot paths" button while on the boot.ini tab of MSCONFIG?

I wonder whether it might be worthwhile uninstalling Macrium Reflect, rebooting, and then reinstalling it again.

I'm off to check the macrium PE Knowledgebase to see what this does to your system:
http://kb.macrium.com/Knowledgebase.aspx
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks BillDL. That screen is exactly what it see during bootup. (Plus a 10 second countdown)
XP used to be highlighted and it automatically booted when left unattended for 10 seconds.

=} I have no Boot.bak
=} Nothing even vaguely relevant from SYSEDIT files
=} MSDOS.SYS is an empty zero bytes file.
=} Check all boot paths button says ..... all paths are okay.


I wonder whether it might be worthwhile uninstalling Macrium Reflect, rebooting, and then reinstalling it again.
That would most likely work, but there must be a less drastic solution. I remember when installing Macrium, it downloaded/installed the 80 MB windows PE. I wonder where that's installed? Would that retain settings if macrium was uninstalled.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi joinaunion,
I tried this and the boot order remains unchanged (I had been here before)

No Difference With This Option
Then I tried No menu followed by Windows PE 3.1 again.
It rebuilt the boot menu in 10 seconds and everything is back to normal.

Thanks
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Resolved following your suggestion joinaunion - Thanks

Some useful tips/shortcuts that I never knew Bill - Thanks
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BillDLCommented:
Excellent.  Glad joinaunion's suggestion resolved the issue.  Thanks.  I saw a screenshot of that same dialog while looking for answers, but the "No Menu" sounded a bit risky.
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joinaunionCommented:
Glad to be of help. :)
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