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Installing and Removing The Recovery Console

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by Bold_Fortune, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. Bold_Fortune

    Bold_Fortune Thread Starter

    Jan 2, 2003
    This can be a timesaver for those of you who use your Recovery Console. I use it all the time to run Chkdsk. This will place a folder named "cmdcons" onC:\ It's about 7.66 MBs. But it really beats inserting your Installation CD, and the waiting time it takes to load each time you want to use the Recovery Console.

    Installing Recovery Console...

    Insert you're XP CD in the drive and type the following in RUN.

    G:\i386\winnt32 /cmdcons (replacing G: with your drive letter.)

    The Recovery Console will now appear on your boot menu selection screen
    at startup.

    Also a good idea to make a boot disk in case your boot files corrupt.
    Full format a floppy in XP.
    Then copy NTLDR, BOOT.INI, and NTDETECT.COM to the floppy.
    This will boot your computer to the GUI or the RC.

    Removing the Recovery Console

    Restart your computer, click Start, click My Computer, and then
    double-click the hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console.

    On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.

    Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected
    operating system files check box, and then click OK.

    At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.

    At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click

    Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.

    WARNING: Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your
    computer from restarting. Be sure to delete only the entry for the
    Recovery Console. Also, it is recommended that you change the
    attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you
    complete this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows
    Notepad, and remove the entry
    for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:

    C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

    Save the file and close it.
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