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    Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Can anyone help me create the Recovery Console

    I have twice tried using the Recovery Console Wizard and following and completing all the instructions, then when I reboot , I see the Recovery Console Boot Selection option

    However when I select the Recovery Console bootup option all I end up with is a C: prompt in the Windows Folder

    Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong ?

    Awaiting any suggestions

    Max Rieper

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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Hi, Max ~

    See if this helps: Install the Recovery Console. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Max--


    How did you do with Mark's instructions on the link?--can you start it now? You might try running the command in the run box again, and I'm not sure if you are running XP Home or Pro, but if you are running Pro, then after running the install command again (I know it should have been installed already and that you are seeing it's option on your boot menu), then check to make sure it is enabled in all both its settings here: Ctrl Panel>Admin Tools>Security Options>Recovery Console: Enable Allow Automatic Administrative Logon and Enable Allow Access to All Drives and Folders.

    If you happened to install Windows XP from a disk image prepared with "Sys Prep," you couldn't log onto Recovery Console, but SP1 which you have, may have fixed this and KB 308402 has a fix for this. This glitch happens because of the way Sysprep stores password keys in the registry that isn't compatible with the Recovery Console. The KB for installing it is 307654: How to Install and Use the Recovery Console, but Mark has this info on the linked thread as part of his excellent Registry Backup tutorial. I don't know if 324465 Webcast: Exploring Recovery Console Boot Options.

    Of course you can use the XP CD to boot to the Recovery Console, but I know that's not what you are trying to accomplish, and it's most convenient to have it on your hard drive.

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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Max, that's all the Recovery Console is. It's a command-line only way to access and perform limited recovery work on a failed installation of Windows 2000/SP. It doesn't sound like you're doing anything wrong, perhaps it's just not what you expected to see?
    -Mark

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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Mark

    You're right I expected to see a DOS GUI Menu not jest the C: prompt @#$%^&

    You learn something every day

    Thanks for your time

    Cheers n Beers (Sam Adams preferred)
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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Thanks fer your time to reply to my plea for help

    Please see my answer to Mark below and you'll see I've had a "Revelation"

    Cheers n Beers
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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Bruce

    Thanks fer your time to reply to my plea for help

    Please see my answer to Mark below and you'll see I've had a "Revelation"

    Cheers n Beers
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    Re: Recovery Console (Windows XP SP1)

    Max sorry--

    Sometimes the answer is right under your nose--I just didn't realize you were at the C-Prompt of Recovery Console--I thought you were seeing a boot option to go to Windows or to the Recovery Console. Also if you're in the Recovery Console, typing "help" at the console prompt will bring up the list of commands.

    For reference for using the Recovery Console--and as Mark says, it's usually a last resort command line to fix Windows--one other use is that I have noticed and seen around on help sites that if for some reason you're having trouble running chkdsk from the gui or the dos prompt, running it from the Recovery Console will usually get it done:

    Recovery Console from Elder Geek
    Kelly's XP: XP Recovery Console
    Recovery Console Tips
    Technet Recovery Console Tips
    Tip: Access Floppy Drive from the Recovery Console

    SMBP

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