I have noticed that after using tools like Paragon Hard Disk Manager, Macrium Reflect, my default boot menu gets overridden and replaced with another type of boot menu. Specifically, I notice that, after using these tools to copy partitions and/or restore my full hard disk from backups, the following happen:
1) The GUI Windows 8.x boot menu gets replaced with a standard text boot menu from Windows 7.x.
2) It takes more than 2-3 seconds for the original boot choices to show; often as long as 1-2 minutes.
3) After selecting VHD native boot entries, it takes 20+ minutes to boot into the entry, as opposed to seconds!
I have not been able to figure out at exactly what point my boot process gets corrupted. I have lost a lot of time on this, chasing red herrings - more than three weeks as of now!
Is there a way to restore the contents of my three hidden boot partitions to their default state, such that I get the proper Windows 8.x GUI boot menu that works without huge stalls during the boot process?
Alternately, is there a partition copying tool that would copy my backed up partition onto a fresh install of Windows (with the proper boot menus freshly created), *without* mangling the existing boot menu infrastructure?