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What is the Windows XP Recovery Console

Posted On 2005-11-1 by FortyPoundHead
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In Windows XP, what is the Recovery Console?


When Windows cannot boot from the hard drive, you will need some
alternate method of getting the computer into a usable state, even if
only to a DOS or a command prompt. For Windows versions
previous to Windows XP, boot floppies (95,
98, and Me) or Emergency Repair Disks
(NT and 2000) were used. In Windows XP, however,
you can boot from the Windows XP installation CD and go to the
Recovery Console. Following are the instructions:

  1. Insert the Windows XP installation CD, then restart your computer.


  2. When prompted, press  r  to enter the
    Windows Recovery Console.


  3. Select the Windows installation that you want, and when prompted,
    enter the administrator password. In most cases, there will be only one
    Windows installation to choose from.


You will now be at a command prompt. For a list of commands available,
enter help at the prompt.


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