Wher restarting a Windows Server 2008R2, shutdown tracker asked me to choose the reason, and I (by mistake) selected an Operating System recovery, or something like that, and when it rebooted, it took me to System Recovery Options and I can't get out of it, on every reboot it takes me there. I thought Shutddown tracker was only for documenting purposes and I didn't pay attention to it, but it seems it actually altered the way system starts up now.

  • When you restart the system try to hitting the del or F8 key to choose the booting option. – avirk Oct 7 '13 at 14:43
  • This might be better on ServerFault. Voting to migrate so do not post there as well. – Dave M Oct 7 '13 at 14:44
  • I tried F8, but the same happens in every case, safe mode, last known good config, etc, no matter what I choose, this thing forces me into recovery options – Sergo Pasoevi Oct 7 '13 at 15:06
  • @fremmedehenvendelser May be a worth to update the boot-loader using this tutorial. If it doesn't work, backup your files using command prompt or UBUNTU disk and then reinstall the OS seems the fix. – avirk Oct 7 '13 at 15:14

You can use BCDEDIT to change the default option from the recovery to the normal boot.


to list the entries, and

BCDEDIT /default {guid}

to set the new default startup. You must have a timeout value to be presented with the options, however.

You could also try hitting F8 and then choosing "last known good" configuration.

  • The last known good takes me to Recovery Options as well, and that's very strange. The problem is, system has no problem at all, it only thinks that I want this Recovery Mode, because I selected it as a reason of shutting down the system. – Sergo Pasoevi Oct 8 '13 at 7:05
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    @fremmedehenvendelser - selecting a reason for a previous shutdown does not make that "reason" the boot option. You will need to look deeper to find out why it's going in recovery mode. – ETL Dec 20 '14 at 14:47

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