Solved: Does Windows 7 have something like WinXP's Recovery Console?

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Hi all.

Pretty much, the title says it all. I am wondering if Windows 7 has something like the Recovery Console of Win2K/XP, not only from the boot CD, but also if you can install those functions to the hard drive, so it comes up in your boot options?

Thank you in advanced.
 
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I don't think Recovery Console is available in Windows 7 or Windows Vista like XP
 
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Yes it has from the CD but techkid I think wanted to know if you could install it like you can with XP........so you can access it not using the disc.
 
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Yes, You can access it without the disc.
Some version of W7 create a hidden 'system reserved' partition that contain the Recovery/Startup Repair files, partition is usually about 100MB or so in size.
The lesser version of W7 dont create the partition but instead have the necessary files located in a hidden folder on the system drive called Recovery.
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If Startup Repair is a preinstalled recovery option on your computer:

  1. Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.
    Click the Start button
    , click the arrow next to the Lock button
    , and then click Restart.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If your computer has a single operating system installed, press and hold the F8 key as your computer restarts. You need to press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, you will need to try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears, and then shutting down and restarting your computer.
    • If your computer has more than one operating system, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system you want to repair, and then press and hold F8.
  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Repair your computer, and then press ENTER. (If Repair your computer is not listed as an option, then your computer does not include Startup Repair as a preinstalled recovery option.)
  4. Select a keyboard layout, and then click Next.
  5. Select a user name and enter the password, and then click OK.
  6. On the System Recovery Options menu, click Startup Repair. Startup Repair might prompt you to make choices as it tries to fix the problem and, if necessary, it might restart your computer as it makes repairs.



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Theres plenty of info on it if you care to research it. use WINRE as your search criteria.
 

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No worries, that was a pretty interesting read. With that, if ever someone does have serious issues booting to Win7, at least there is at least one way to get it working again.

Thank you both for your help.
 
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