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How to install and use the Windows XP Recovery Console

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    Invisible Admin Staff Member

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    The Recovery Console is useful in situations such as removing malware, spyware and trojans, that start in both Safe mode and Standard Mode and thus not allowing you to delete the infection or to recover WindowsXP, when your computer does not start correctly or does not start at all. This method of system recovery for advanced users only! This method allows you to access the files, format drives, disable and enable services, and other tasks from a console prompt. Also, learn about the WindowsXP Recovery Console command prompt, command actions, rules, how to install, use and remove the WindowsXP Recovery Console. The Recovery Console is to only be used only after Safe mode and the other standard startup options do not work.

    How to install Windows XP Recovery Console


    • Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM drive.
    • Click the Start button.
    • Click the Run menu option.
    • In the Open: field type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons , where d is the drive letter for your CD reader, and press the OK button.
    • After pressing the OK button a setup window will appear. The dialog box describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm the installation, click Yes.
    • After installing, press the OK button and remove the CD from your computer.
    • Restart the computer. The next time that you start your computer, you will have an option (Microsoft Windows Recovery Console) to start the Recovery Console.
    How to start the Recovery Console


    • Reboot your computer and as Windows starts it will present the startup menu.
    • Select the option listed as Microsoft Windows Recovery Console and press the Enter.
    • The Recovery Console will start. If you have multiple Windows installations, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console, press a number of installation and press ENTER. If you have just one Windows installation, type 1 and press Enter.
    • When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. If you do not know your password then see below.
    • When you see the prompt for %SystemRoot% (generally C:\Windows), you can start using Recovery Console.
    How to start the Recovery Console directly from the Windows XP CD or Windows XP startup disks


    • Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive or insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive.
    • Restart your computer. Don`t forget select booting from CD or floppy drive. Read bios manual
    • When the Welcome to Setup screen appears, press the R to start the Recovery Console.
    • The Recovery Console will start. If you have multiple Windows installations, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console, press a number of installation and press ENTER. If you have just one Windows installation, type 1 and press Enter.
    • When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. If you do not know your password then see below.
    • When you see the prompt for %SystemRoot% (generally C:\Windows), you can start using Recovery Console.
    How to remove the prompting of a password


    • Click Start - ) Run and type regedit.exe in the open field. Press OK button.
    • In the left panel navigate to the following keys by expanding the + at left of each key at left:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
      SOFTWARE
      Microsoft
      WindowsNT
      CurrentVersion
      Setup
      RecoveryConsole

    • In the right panel Right click SecurityLevel, choose "Edit".Change the value of SecurityLevel value to 1.
    • Close regedit.
    • Reboot your computer.
    How to use the Recovery Console

    The following list describes the available commands for the Recovery Console:
    Attrib
    Changes attributes on a file or directory.
    Batch
    Executes commands that you specify in the text file, Inputfile. Outputfile holds the output of the commands. If you omit the Outputfile parameter, output appears on the screen.
    Bootcfg
    Allows you to modify the Boot.ini file for boot configuration and recovery.
    CD
    (Chdir) Change directory. Operates only in the system directories of the current Windows installation, removable media, the root directory of any hard disk partition, or the local installation sources.
    Chkdsk
    Checks a disk for drive problems or errors. The /p switch runs Chkdsk even if the drive is not flagged as dirty. The /r switch locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. This switch implies /p. Chkdsk requires Autochk. Chkdsk automatically looks for Autochk.exe in the startup folder. If Chkdsk cannot find the file in the startup folder, it looks for the Windows 2000 Setup CD-ROM. If Chkdsk cannot find the installation CD-ROM, Chkdsk prompts the user for the location of Autochk.exe.
    Cls
    Clears the screen
    Copy
    Copies one file to a target location. By default, the target cannot be removable media, and you cannot use wildcard characters. Copying a compressed file from the Windows 2000 Setup CD-ROM automatically decompresses the file.
    Del
    (Delete) Deletes one file. Operates within the system directories of the current Windows installation, removable media, the root directory of any hard disk partition, or the local installation sources. By default, you cannot use wildcard characters.
    Dir
    Displays a list of all files, including hidden and system files.
    Disable
    Disables a Windows system service or driver. The variable service_or_driver is the name of the service or driver that you want to disable. When you use this command to disable a service, the command displays the service's original startup type before it changes the type to SERVICE_DISABLED. Note the original startup type so that you can use the enable command to restart the service.
    Diskpart
    Manages partitions on hard disk volumes. The /add option creates a new partition. The /delete option deletes an existing partition. The variable device is the device name for a new partition (such as \device\harddisk0). The variable drive is the drive letter for a partition that you are deleting (for example, D). Partition is the partition-based name for a partition that you are deleting, (for example: \device\harddisk0\partition1) and can be used instead of the drive variable. The variable size is the size, in megabytes, of a new partition.
    Enable
    Enables a Windows system service or driver. The variable service_or_driver is the name of the service or driver that you want to enable, and start_type is the startup type for an enabled service. The startup type uses one of the following formats:
    SERVICE_BOOT_START
    SERVICE_SYSTEM_START
    SERVICE_AUTO_START
    SERVICE_DEMAND_START

    Exit
    Quits the Recovery Console, and then restarts the computer
    Expand
    Expands a compressed file. The variable source is the file that you want to expand. By default, you cannot use wildcard characters. The variable destination is the directory for the new file. By default, the destination cannot be removable media and cannot be read-only. You can use the attrib command to remove the read-only attribute from the destination directory. The option /f:filespec is required if the source contains more than one file. This option permits wildcard characters. The /y switch disables the overwrite confirmation prompt. The /d switch specifies that the files will not be expanded and displays a directory of the files in the source.
    Fixboot
    Writes a new startup sector on the system partition
    Fixmbr
    Repairs the startup partition's master boot code. The variable device is an optional name that specifies the device that requires a new Master Boot Record. Omit this variable when the target is the startup device.
    Format
    Formats a disk. The /q switch performs a quick format. The /fs switch specifies the file system.
    Help
    If you do not use the command variable to specify a command, help lists all the commands that the Recovery Console supports.
    Listsvc
    Displays all available services and drivers on the computer.
    Logon
    Displays detected installations of Windows and requests the local Administrator password for those installations. Use this command to move to another installation or subdirectory.
    Map
    Displays currently active device mappings. Include the arc option to specify the use of Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) paths (the format for Boot.ini) instead of Windows device paths.
    MD
    (Mkdir) Creates a directory. Operates only within the system directories of the current Windows installation, removable media, the root directory of any hard disk partition, or the local installation sources.
    More/Type
    Displays the specified text file on screen. More will display a text file one page at a time, while Type displays the entire text file at once.
    Rd
    (Rmdir) Removes a directory. Operates only within the system directories of the current Windows installation, removable media, the root directory of any hard disk partition, or the local installation sources.
    Ren
    (Rename) Rename a file or directory. Operates only within the system directories of the current Windows installation, removable media, the root directory of any hard disk partition, or the local installation sources. You cannot specify a new drive or path as the target.
    Set
    Displays and sets the Recovery Console environment variables.
    Systemroot
    Sets the current directory to %SystemRoot%.
    Deleting the Recovery Console

    Warning: For removing the Recovery Console you should modify the Boot.ini file. Modifying the file incorrectly can prevent your computer from starting properly. It is important to follow exactly.

    • Click My Computer twice, then double-click on the drive you installed the Recovery Console (usually the C drive).
    • Enable Show hidden files and folders.
    • Open drive and delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.
    • Right-click the Boot.ini file and then click Properties option.
    • Uncheck the Read-only check box and then click the OK button.
    • Click Start - ) Run, type notepad.exe c:\boot.ini and press the OK button.
    • Remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It will look like to this:
      C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
      Make sure you only delete that one entry.
    • Save it(click File - ) save) and close the notepad.
    • Right click the boot.ini file and select Properties option.
    • Put a checkmark back in the Read-only checkbox and then press the OK button.
     
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    Kichakoro JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu Invisible nataka kurecover ila tatizo ni PC so the OS program ilikua pre installed na sio kwamba ninayo CD. Nitafanya nini? Nilishift kutoka XP to vista na sasa nataka kurudi kwenye XP, je inawezekana?

    Pili nimenunua PC kwenye local market na nilipewa password bahati mbaya niliyempelekea Laptop kaipoteza kabla ya kulog inn. Nimeambiwa kuna two possibilities moja ni kununua OS mpya na kureinstall itamaliza kila kitu.
    Option ya pili ambayo ndio niko interested nayo ni kureinstall same OS kwa kureboot then I have to press some keys(sifahamu ni F... )then nitaweza kureistall na nitakuwa nimeovercome tatizo. Naomba msaada wenu
     
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    Mkuu naomba kujua namna ninavyoweza kubadilisha Window ya Computer yangu kutoka Windows Vista kwenda WindowsXP.
     
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    Shy JF-Expert Member

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    kabla ya yote hakikisha utaweza kupata driver za windows xp kwa ajili ya hiyo model ya computer yako bila hiyo unaweza kuondoa vista ukaweka xp ukakosa driver ambazo ni compatible

    njia nzuri na rahisi ni kupata cd ya windows xp and install upya operating system yako lakini kama ulinstall vista juu ya xp yani upgrade angalia katika add/remove kutakuwa na option ya windows vista remove

    zaidi ya hapo hakuna njia nyingi rahisi kumbuka kuondoa data zako na vitu vingine muhimu kabla hujafanya hivyo ingawa kuna programu za kurudisha data zikifutwa ila hamisha na hakikisha ziko salama

    mwisho kama wewe sio expert nakushauri upeleke kwa expert akufanyie shuguli hiyo hapo mjini dar es salaam kuna workshop nyingi tu za computers hakikisha anatumia os ambayo ni genuine

    mchana mwema
     
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    angalia katika computer yako hiyo kama ulinunua mpya basi kutakuwa na product key ya microsoft ukiwa na product key hiyo utaweza kutumia cd yoyote ya windows xp ila utumie keys zilizoandikwa katika komputer yako .

    Mbili hujasema ni pwd ya aina gani kama ni startup au windows pwd startup ni ile inayowaka kabla windows haijaanza kuload na windws pwd ni ile unayotakiwa kuingiza user name na pwd katika windows yako

    sasa kama ni startup tafuta dealer wa aina ya computer yako kama ni toshiba nenda toshiba hapo elite tower watakutolea pwd bure kama ni dell nenda inforsys op na british council kama ni hp nenda upanga karibu na mindu street hao ndio dealers wanaotambulika wa brand hizo ukienda uende na risiti ya mauzo

    kama ni windows pwd basi washa halafu bonyeza f8 chagua safe mode halafu login kama administrator mara nyingi administrator watu wengi husahau kuweka pwd kama hiyo pia inashindikana unaweza kuintall operating system mbili halafu utatumia hiyo moja kuondoa pwd ya account hiyo ukishantall ntaweza kukuonyesha pia utaweza kutoa data zako zote ukisha inherit permisions

    nakutakia mafanikio mwana jamii
     
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    ChiefmTz JF-Expert Member

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    Ahsante Mkuu kwa maelezo yako yanayoeleweka. Hata hivyo kazi hiyo nilimpa mtaalam akashindwa licha ya kuwa cd ya XP ambayo current. Labda unisaidie kwa maelezo zaidi.
     
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