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    Using Windows' powerful Recovery Environment


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    Using Windows' powerful Recovery Environment


    By Fred Langa

    All current versions of Windows offer a built-in, independently bootable command-line environment that you can use for heavy-duty troubleshooting and maintenance tasks.

    This specialized system isn't for everyone; there's no graphical interface and scant built-in help. But if you're an experienced user, you might find that this relatively obscure option offers faster and more extensive troubleshooting than more traditional methods especially when standard Windows won't boot.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/best-practices/using-windows-powerful-recovery-environment/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    Great article. Thank you, Fred

    Good, useful, critically important information about WinRE, clear and well explained. Thanks very much, Fred.

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    Fred,

    Why cast around for drive letters when you can use a simple one liner at the command prompt?

    Code:
    echo list volume | diskpart
    Sample Output:
    Code:
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.10586
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: MININT-ELAVT5E
    
    DISKPART> 
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     G                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media           
      Volume 1     C   System Rese  NTFS   Partition    100 MB  Healthy            
      Volume 2     E   Win10Off201  NTFS   Partition    103 GB  Healthy            
      Volume 3     F   Win7Off2003  NTFS   Partition     74 GB  Healthy            
      Volume 4     D   Data         NTFS   Partition     60 GB  Healthy            
      Volume 5     H                       Removable       0 B  No Media
    Of course it also helps if you have your partitions helpfully labeled.

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    If you want a file to save and print from add >C:\dispart.txt to the end of the command, will store n the root of the C: drive and can be double-click to view and/or print. The > is what redirects the output to the named file instead of to the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    If you want a file to save and print from add >C:\dispart.txt to the end of the command, will store n the root of the C: drive and can be double-click to view and/or print. The > is what redirects the output to the named file instead of to the screen.
    That's how I got the file to put in the post. However, I don't think you want to use C: as that is the System Restore partition which would not be easily available once you booted back to Windows. In the case above D: would be the best case with maybe E: or F: and \Users\Documents.

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