Geek 2.0 - April 11, 2020
Do you know the recovery console? Several ways to access it are given in this article. Read carefully.
In some earlier versions of the Windows operating system there is an advanced diagnostic feature based on the command line called the recovery console. A number of operating system issues are solved by it and it is also useful in repairing or replacing important operating system files.
Starting the recovery console will restore the files in case the files do not work properly, sometimes causing Windows to fail to start at all.
How to access and use the recovery console
Generally the recovery console is accessible via boot from a Windows installation CD and sometimes also accessible from the boot menu only in case it has been preinstalled on your operating system. The recovery console has commands known as recovery console commands whose specific use can help in solving specific problems.
Executing a command from the recovery console can resolve a serious Windows problem such as:
• Repair the Master Boot Record in Windows XP;
• Restore Hal.dll from the Windows XP CD;
• Restore NTLDR and Ntdetect.com from the Windows XP CD.
Recovery console commands
Certain commands available in the recovery console are exclusive to the tool and their use can be simple like copying a file from one place to another or complicated like repairing the main boot record after a major virus attack. Despite the similarity of the recovery console commands to the command prompt commands as well as the DOS commands, these are completely different tools with different capabilities and options.
This is a complete list of commands in the recovery console with links to the use of each command:
Attrib: has the objective of modifying or displaying the attributes of a file or a folder.
Batch: use to create a script to execute other commands from the recovery console.
Bootcfg: its objective is to create or modify the boot.ini file.
Chdir: it modifies or displays the drive letter and the folder from which you are working.
Chkdsk: it often identifies and corrects some hard drive errors (aka check check).
Keys: it clears the screen of all the Orders entered previously and of all other text.
Copy: it copies a single file from one location to another.
Delete: it deletes a single file.
Dir: it displays a list of folders and files contained in the folder from which you are working.
Deactivate: it deactivates a system service or a device driver.
Diskpart: it creates or deletes hard disk partitions.
Activate: it activates a system service or a device driver.
Exit: it ends the current session of the recovery console, then restarts the computer.
Expand: it extracts a file or a group of files from a compressed file.
FixBoot: it writes a new partition boot sector to the system partition that you specify.
Fixmbr: it writes a new main boot record to the specified hard drive.
Format: it formats a drive in the file system that you specify.
Help me: provides more detailed information on one of the other commands in the recovery console.
Listsvc: it lists the services and drivers available in your Windows installation.
Connect: it is used to access the Windows installation that you specify.
Card: displays the partition and the hard disk to which each drive letter is assigned.
Mkdir: it creates a new folder.
Plus: it is used to display information in a text file (identical to the type command).
Net use: it is included in the recovery console but it cannot be used.
Rename: it changes the name of the file you specify.
Rmdir: it is used to delete an existing and completely empty folder.
Set: it activates or deactivates certain options in the recovery console.
Systemroot: it defines the environment variable% systemroot% as the folder in which you are working.
Type: it is used to display information in a text file identical to more commands.
Recovery console availability
The recovery console is a feature that is available in Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows server 2003 not in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista. The latest Microsoft operating systems containing the recovery console are Windows server 2003 and Windows XP.
System recovery options are a set of recovery tools software that replaced the recovery console in Windows 7 and Windows Vista but in Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft has created probably more powerful advanced startup options as a central place to diagnose and repair Windows problems from the outside of the running operating system to replace and The recovery console and system recovery options.
In this article you will learn in depth about the recovery console. You learn how to use it and how to access it, we give you several commands available in the recovery console. The recovery console is available in several operating systems and unavailable in others. Despite this, in this article we have based ourselves on the Windows XP operating system.