overview of recovery console

Thursday, July 16, 2009
When you use the Windows Recovery Console you can perform the following actions.

Use, copy, rename, or replace operating system files and folders ,
Enable or disable service or device startup the next time that you start your computer ,Repair the file system boot sector or the master boot record (MBR)
Create and format partitions on drives.You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to run the computer in Recovery Console.Only an administrator can obtain access to the Windows Recovery Console. This prevents unauthorized users from using any NTFS volume.

Restrictions and limitations of the Recovery Console

When you use the Windows Recovery Console, you can use only the following items.
  • The root folder
  • The %SystemRoot% folder and the subfolders of the Windows installation that you are currently logged on to
  • The Cmdcons folder
  • The removable media drives such as the CD drive or the DVD drive
Note - If you try to access other folders, you may receive an "Access Denied" error message. This does not necessarily mean that data that is contained in those folders is lost or corrupted. It only means that the folder is unavailable while you are running the Windows Recovery Console. Also, when you are using the Windows Recovery Console, you cannot copy a file from the local hard disk to a floppy disk. However, you can copy a file from a floppy disk or from a CD-ROM to a hard disk, and you can copy a file from one hard disk to another hard disk.

Reminder - If you use an incorrect password three times in Recovery console, the Windows Recovery Console closes. Also, if the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database is missing or damaged, you cannot use the Windows Recovery Console because you cannot be authenticated correctly. After you enter your password and the Windows Recovery Console starts, type Exit to restart the computer.When you use Windows XP Professional, you can set group policies to enable automatic administrative logon.

Available commands within Windows Recovery Console

The following commands are available within the Windows Recovery Console.The commands are not case-sensitive.please keep in mind that Some of these commands can make your system inoperable. Read the whole explanation of any command before you enter it onto the command line.

commands are
  • attrib
  • batch
  • bootcfg
  • cd
  • chdir
  • chkdsk
  • cls
  • copy
  • del
  • delete
  • dir
  • disable
  • diskpart
  • enable
  • exit
  • expand
  • fixboot
  • fixmbr
  • format
  • help
  • listsvc
  • logon
  • md
  • more
  • mkdir
  • more
  • map
  • net
  • rd
  • ren
  • rmdir
  • rename
  • set
  • systemroot
  • type

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