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    Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    I have wondered about this for some time. I am trying to ID the file(s) folder that has the Recovery Console. You will see posts frequently in the Lounge or other NG's where someone has a problem with a BSOD or booting to Windows, or needs to fix something and cannot access Windows on that machine. Problem is often that they didn't get the XP CD ROM say from the OEM who sold them their notebook, and they misplaced their "Recovery Disk or one of their kids has it away at school say. I am not aiming at any Piracy toward Microsoft here in any way, shape, form, (and I don't think it does actually because I have had guys from MS Research send me out to do a very similar thing which is to get boot strap files like Ntldr and Ntdetect.com and boot.ini from any other machine I could grab ), and they didn't think twice about it--they just wanted me to get those files/folders on floppies so we could boot to Windows.

    Another scenario would be that someone wanted to use the Recovery Console to run chkdsk with a switch say "r" when they weren't getting something done from the gui or a command prompt with it--a stubborn dirty bit problem might be an example.

    So--does anyone know the file(s) or folder where it would be possible to access the Recovery Console and burn it to a CD--that way if someone didn't have an XP CD-ROM or a "Recovery Disc" (and I doubt that disc would have those files anyway). People have said to me to try to find it on boot discs and go to a site like Bootdisc.com-- a very good site, but I don't think boot discs from the MSKB's or any of hundreds of places are going to have the RC.

    I still want to understand the principal involved or at least learn the file(s) and or Folders probably somewhere in I386 but who knows?

    Ed. by SMBP: I suppose it would be theoretically possible for someone to take an XP CD and find the folder where Recovery Console's files are and copy it/burn it and send or take it to someone else, but I'm aiming for someone to be able to borrow use of a CD to isolate and burn the Recovery Console so you could give them directions to do this, and the other question is whether each Recovery Console would have a hash specific to a machine--I doubt this very much--Ntldr or boot.ini doesn't and boot.ini isn't created until you load XP.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    These files are NOT installed as a default. You must install the Console as a after thought.

    If you were to do a Google search the first entry is is
    HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...54&ln=en-gb

    This web page has how to install and US the Recovery Console, it should be required reading. I do NOT install it on my machines, as I have needed it on once on 4 machines of my own and one other time on another's machine. My CD that I have is a MS CD and NOT a OEM so I can run it from there.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Dave--

    I appreciate it and knowing all the emergency options should not only be required reading, but should be a separate section of Help and Support and maybe someday it will. I'd really like to see an Icon that would link to an Emergency Recovery division of Help and Support that would be well known and so clear a beginner could work with all of its components. I want the Windows XP Resourse kit team to do it in Longhorn to make this easier for everyone.

    But the KB was not what I was after because I've used the Recovery Console and installed it often in the last three years for people and helped them work with it--as you know it was present in Win 2K and the XP Team improved upon it in XP.

    As I said, the situation I want to remedy would be when someone does not have the XP CD and does not even have their OEM Recovery Disc and my questions were:

    1) File(s) or Folders that contain the Recovery Console on an XP CD
    2) Answer to the question if it could be obtained anywhere else, and I think the answer is no.
    3) I thought of a third possibilty and question: If like I have and you have done, the RC is installed as a boot option, could I then find the files and burn them to allow someone else to access the RC on their machine with Win XP installed and no CD-ROM because they purchased OEM and even if they had a recovery disc (and they often don't if the lounge posts lately are any indication statistically). I know Microsoft has no problem with this license-wise--the person would have a legitimate XP installed but not the Recovery Console. I have worked with Microsoft with one bad problem and they sent me to other XP machines for which I had no license to get many of the boot strap files such as Ntdetect.com, ntlodr., and boot.ini and several others when Microsoft Research was trying to help me reconstruct partitions with the RC.
    4) Could the files for the RC be in the I386 folder?

    It often works and has been written that running chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console is more effective than chkdsk with any switch anywhere else. Also in the RC and Windows XP literature it has been written that sometimes you can perform a function booting from the disc to the Recovery Console that you can't on an installed RC and vice-versa

    I read and installed the Recovery Console about 3 years ago in running the earliest XP beta, and have written a number of posts in response to questions on the RC and how to do what you just linked me to in the KB during the past several months which have always included and started with that KB:

    Posts 284723 and 284948 on this thread included many links to info on the RC and instructions ancillary to the above KB

    Thanks,

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    I am fortunate to have a CD from Dell that does contain the file you're looking for. The CD is entitled "Reinstallation CD Microsoft Windows XP Professional Including Service Pack 1."

    After reading the KB article Dave referenced, I decided to try an experiment. I went to Start>Run and entered this:

    c:i386WINNT32.EXE /cmdcons

    Note that is from the hard drive. I immediately got a nasty error message:

    <UL>The option to upgrade will not be available at this time because Setup was unable to load the file c:i386WINNTUPGNETUPGRD.DLL.

    The system cannot find the file specified[/list]So I thought that I had identified something you might need to burn to CD in your question. Interestingly, after closing that dialog, I got one offering to install the Recovery Console! So of course I said Yes.

    The Installer appeared for a second and the the entire window area of the dialog went white for at least 10 seconds. I was fairly certain at this point that I was going to have a problem. Then suddenly the installer came back to life, downloaded the recovery console from Microsoft and installed it without any further errors.

    At this point, I have not restarted, so I don't know for sure that it worked, but I thought that anyone who has a solid restore point who might want to experiment could try this and see how it goes.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Dave--

    I agree it should probably not be needed a good deal, particularly when there are a number of other options including boot disks if they work, but some people--I'm one use it for "chkdsk /r" because I believe it will do a better job from the RC. I'm not alone in that.

    But say you needed it--I lived close--I could physically take my CD and either boot from it or install the RC on your machine per the KB's command. But what I want to know is where the folder is that houses it's files--now for curiosity as much as anything. Suppose though I wanted to get it to you and I couldn't physically get to you with a CD and you couldn't easily get access to another XP CD. I understand the most feasible thing to do for someone who misplaced an XP CD--as you know it happens more commonly than one might think, and experienced tech support people talk to a good number of people a week who have lost the CD-- and it happens to very experienced users sometimes--is for them to try to borrow one if they wanted to install it.

    The advantage of installing it is that you would no longer need to use the CD to launch it, but sometimes the installed version will not work, and the CD will and vice-versa. There also is the down side that XP-Home out of the box has to have a password forced onto it, so that anybody that happened by the keyboard could go to the RC as a startup option and gain administrative access to do some powerful things on that machine.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    "I don't understand why the OEM's can't just ship a Windows XP CD"
    It is called cheap support. The simple fix is to do a new install with "Factory settings" and everthing will work. This has been a major issue with a lot of us, for some time including Windows 98FE. I will NOT buy a desktop with a recover CD. The only way you can get a laptop, is with a Recover CD.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Jefferson--

    Thanks for looking. I've been reading up on these folders, including Winnt32 and the I386 Directory.

    I'm sure when you reboot you're going to have the RC in. Articles say that when you're loading the Recovery Console, it takes time to download dynamic updates before it reports that it has been successfully installed. I'm really glad that Dell gives you a decent Recovery Disk, because every time I see posts from people stuck trying to boot up from to Windows and having a tough time, with their Recovery Disks--I don't understand why the OEM's can't just ship a Windows XP CD--charge you for it-- and not send a substitute--and I have felt like they're soft of short shrifting the customer short of the original CD. Is it just one more opportunity to brand Dell or HP or Sony on something--is their something contractural about this I can't figure out?

    I wonder what files they have on it. If I had your CD in my hand, the first thing I'd do would be to take a look at what's on it--so I'm going to get a hold of a Dell CD and see. I'm really curious about the difference between it and an XP CD and why--also keen to know if there are some files that help you boot or special boot disk files because I want to understand them better.

    __________________________________________________ _______

    It was tempting to say, that the 7MB of real estate that comprises RC files are in the in the I386 Directory and in the I386Winnt.32.execmdcon folder, especially when KB's like 229716 say things like "Add the Windows Recovery Console to the Windows Startup folder by using Winnt32.exe with the /cmdcons switch. This procedure requires approximately 7 MB of hard disk space on your system partition to hold the Cmdcons folder and files."

    But I'm not sure, partly because of the number of files needed to delete it. Articles like this one suggest that's where it would be and also the facts that the I386 Directory contains so much, and that Winnt32 is a major install vehicle for files in XP and a command line installation vehicle in Win 2K:

    Recovery Console: Limitations of Recovery Console and ways to overcome them

    Command Line Parameters for Winnt.exe and Winnt32.exe

    What gets confusing though is the number of folders invoked to uninstall it:

    Deleting the Recovery Console

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Jefferson--

    I got this from Doug Knox on my Recovery Console isolation and transfer to media question:

    "On a machine with the Recovery Console option installed, you'll find a
    hidden folder in the root directory of the System drive called "cmdcons".
    This folder contains the recovery console files. If the systems are the
    same (all SP1 and the like) then you should be able to copy these (no
    guarantees) to the target machine and then add the following line to the
    BOOT.INI file, [operating systems] section.

    C:CMDCONSBOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

    Of course, if XP isn't installed on C: then you may need to adjust the above
    line accordingly. You could also search the user's hard drive for
    WINNT32.EXE If found use Start, Run and enter WINNT32.EXE /CMDCONS to install the Recovery Console."

    --
    Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows XP/ Windows Smart Display
    Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
    www.dougknox.com
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    Associate Expert XP Expert Zone
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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    I didn't realize that about laptops/notebooks, but can't you opt to buy them without one? I thought Dell had started a program late last year using the term "whiteboard" that was going to give the option on all their computers not to have an OS installed, but as I surf around it looks like that program only extended to desktops, and this article from Slashdot I missed earlier indicates that they have a contract with Microsoft that requires an OEM installation now:

    Dell No Longer Selling Systems w/o Microsoft OS Posted by CmdrTaco on Saturday August 10, @01:17PM

    Dell unhooks Windows from desktops

    I was under the impression that there isn't all that much savings and I couldn't agree with you more. I'll never buy an OEM OS on a desktop, and if I can figure out any way on a laptop to buy my own I would.

    It seems that if MS is hellbent on having an OEM contract that the OS has to be on there, they could ship a legitimate XP CD--and just stipulate you don't get the MS two free episodes of support the way you do if you bought the box. In a free country you ought to be able to opt for a clean hard drive when you buy a computer. It sure wouldn't stop anyone who wants other OS's on that hard drive from putting them on of course--and a lot of people who buy new computers with XP put some type of Linux on first chance they get--not to the exclusion of Windows but as a dual boot because like a lot of us they're interested to compare them.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pr

    Hi, SMBP ~

    If you go with the run-of-the-mill consumer OEMs, you will be stuck with the recovery disk scenario as a result of an attempt to reduce tech support hours, however, if you go with a premium custom-configurable notebook manufacturer, that will not be the case.

    There are only a handful of true notebook manufacturers such as Cleveo, Compal (not compaq!), Wistron and Quanta which are called ODMs (original design manufacturer) - names that you likely have never heard - that simply sell their wares to all the computer names you know who in turn stick a part or two in and then simply slap their name on - this is the dirty notebook industry secret.
    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/laptop.gif> I recommend in this order:
    <UL><LI>Sagerpro<LI>ProStar<LI>Voodoo<LI>Alienware[/list]You will get what you want, how you want, they way you want a notebook to be whether you are a road warrior or you want a true, powerful desktop replacement.

    You can also get Sagers and ProStars with Linux from PowerNotebooks.com.

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    Dell. Dell. Dell. <IMG SRC=http://www.xp-smoker.com/phpbb/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif> I was on the phone for over 6 hours yesterday and 4 hours today. I was disconnected at least 5 or 6 times during the course of those two days during those calls. When I finally did get someone after an eternity of hold (actual correspondence was less than an hour total for both days combined!) and one who could speak English, the only recourse any of those idiots could offer was to reinstall the OS, which is incorrect and unacceptable.

    I will NEVER EVER, <big><big><big><big><big>NEVER</big></big></big></big></big> buy an OEM bundle again - only ODM+ or build myself. <img src=/S/rantoff.gif border=0 alt=rantoff width=66 height=37>

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pr

    I agree fully with you Bruce. Thanks for the info. That's good info and it would be hard to come by. I know that the OEM's aren't true OEM's so the term as used all the time is literally a misnomer. I came to that conclusion many times. When I first started with a Dell, I called on things I would probably laugh about now, but had the same experience. Most of the questions routinely answered on the lounge, they can't answer. There are exceptions, of people from Dell who are both very bright and willing to take the time--in a population of people, but more often than that is they just don't want to get into software issues. If you call after 11PM, you may be channelled to a lot of people who mean well, but are very difficult to understand.

    If you talk to many OEM support techs, you're going to find that in a lot areas Bruce you left them in the dust a long time ago.

    Building yourself would be satisfying and you could put in what you want. I would never get OEM software bundled. In retrospect, many of the salespeople on the phone at an OEM don't know very much about hardware or software that I've seen.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    The procedure I described did create such a folder, and properties indicates that c:cmdcons contains 9.58 megabytes of files. This would be an incredibly slow install from microsoft.com for someone on dial-up...

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    I thought it was around 7MB because Microsoft calls it that in their KB's and their instructions on installing it, but maybe some additions of hotfixes or whatever--I couldn't give you a straight answer of what the XP books mean when they say it takes time for the Recovery Console to update files on install--I'm not sure what they are referring to but I have seen some information referencing incorporating service pack settings changes so maybe that's what they mean.

    Granted there are needed files being offered now in terms of downloads increasingly that tax someone's time and patience on dial up, so I guess you have to do a balance between the efficiency and convenience of having it as a boot option or grabbing the CD and booting from there. If somehow the CD were damaged, then you'd have it. And what if you misplaced the CD--and a couple of the better XP book authors make the point that they see this from experienced users all the time--and wanted/needed to use the Recovery Console then you'd be glad you had it as a start up option, and yes on an XP Home machine that hadn't had a password forced on it someone could come by and use your Recovery Console to have powerful access to your computer but I just doubt realistically that's the way someone would go after a computer--too many other easier ways.

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Jefferson--

    I also have received two additional methods for copying the Recovery Console to transfer it to media, in addition to Doug Knox's--one is close it just spells out the files-- so I pass it on if anyone wants to and thanks again for looking into this--if you or Dave or anyone else can shed light on this statement in a Win XP Power Tools by Jim Boycebook I'd appreciate it--because many people invoke the 7MB number--I'm just wondering if the discrepancy in your 9MB had something to do with recent updates, since you did this the other night, but I really don't understand what the Recovery Console would update but this may have accounted for some delay when you installed--that "file name" error message glitch that was transient you had I don't know the cause:

    "You'll find that, as part of the install process and set up for the Recovery Console, the module automatically connects to the Internet and downloads and installs dynamic updates before it reports that it has been successfully installed to your system"

    Method Two to Capture and Burn the Recovery Console:

    Look for a folder labeled cmdcons, it's about 7mb total. I have it installed on
    a separate drive from windows xp for just this very scenario. If you have the
    cd, open the command prompt window and navigate to the cd drive and go to the
    i386 folder.
    Type the following command: D:i386winnt32.exe /cmdcons.
    Once you've done that, you can zip the folder and copy it to other machines as
    needed, but you'll need to edit the boot.ini file with this line:
    'C:CMDCONSBOOTSECT.DAT="Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons'.

    Note: The installed recovery console must match the version of windows you have,
    i.e. if you've installed it from a xp home/pro w/o sp1 cd, then the recovery
    console will work for that version, it won't work on an sp1 enabled system
    unless you've used a slipstreamed cd to install it for xp home/pro sp1
    installations.

    Method Three to Capture and Burn the Recovery Console:

    Just copy the files over. It seems all that is required is a folder, a boot sector in a file, and an entry in Boot.ini:

    In folder cmdcons:


    C:cmdconsusbport.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbstor.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbuhci.sy_
    C:cmdconsvga.sy_
    C:cmdconsviaide.sy_
    C:cmdconsvideoprt.sy_
    C:cmdconswmilib.sy_
    C:cmdconsksecdd.sys
    C:cmdconsntfs.sys
    C:cmdconsspcmdcon.sys
    C:cmdconsdrvmain.sdb
    C:cmdconsautochk.exe
    C:cmdconsautofmt.exe
    C:cmdconsKBDAL.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDBE.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDBLR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDBR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDBU.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDCA.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDCR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDCZ1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDCZ.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDDA.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDDV.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDES.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDEST.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDFC.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDFI.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDFR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDGKL.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDGR1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDGR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHE220.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHE319.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHE.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHELA2.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHELA3.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHU1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDHU.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDIC.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDIR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDIT142.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDIT.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDLA.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDLT.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDLV1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDLV.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDNE.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDNO.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDPL1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDPL.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDPO.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDRO.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDRU1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDRU.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSF.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSG.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSL1.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSL.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSP.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDSW.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDTUF.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDTUQ.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDUK.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDUR.DLL
    C:cmdconskbdus.dll
    C:cmdconsKBDUSL.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDUSR.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDUSX.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDYCC.DLL
    C:cmdconsKBDYCL.DLL
    C:cmdconssetupldr.bin
    C:cmdconsDesktop.ini
    C:cmdconsBOOTSECT.DAT
    C:cmdconsbootvid.dl_
    C:cmdconshal.dl_
    C:cmdconshalaacpi.dl_
    C:cmdconshalacpi.dl_
    C:cmdconshalapic.dl_
    C:cmdconskd1394.dl_
    C:cmdconskdcom.dl_
    C:cmdconsntkrnlmp.ex_
    C:cmdconsdisk101
    C:cmdconsdisk102
    C:cmdconsdisk103
    C:cmdconsdisk104
    C:cmdconsvgaoem.fo_
    C:cmdconssetupreg.hiv
    C:cmdconsntdetect.com
    C:cmdconsc_437.nl_
    C:cmdconsc_1252.nl_
    C:cmdconsl_intl.nl_
    C:cmdconsbiosinfo.inf
    C:cmdconsmigrate.inf
    C:cmdconstxtsetup.sif
    C:cmdconswinnt.sif
    C:cmdcons1394bus.sy_
    C:cmdconsabp480n5.sy_
    C:cmdconsacpi.sy_
    C:cmdconsacpiec.sy_
    C:cmdconsadpu160m.sy_
    C:cmdconsaha154x.sy_
    C:cmdconsaic78u2.sy_
    C:cmdconsaic78xx.sy_
    C:cmdconsaliide.sy_
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    C:cmdconsasc3350p.sy_
    C:cmdconsasc3550.sy_
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    C:cmdconsatapi.sy_
    C:cmdconscbidf2k.sy_
    C:cmdconscd20xrnt.sy_
    C:cmdconscdfs.sy_
    C:cmdconscdrom.sy_
    C:cmdconsclasspnp.sy_
    C:cmdconscmdide.sy_
    C:cmdconscpqarray.sy_
    C:cmdconsdac2w2k.sy_
    C:cmdconsdac960nt.sy_
    C:cmdconsdisk.sy_
    C:cmdconsdmboot.sy_
    C:cmdconsdmio.sy_
    C:cmdconsdmload.sy_
    C:cmdconsdpti2o.sy_
    C:cmdconsfastfat.sy_
    C:cmdconsfdc.sy_
    C:cmdconsflpydisk.sy_
    C:cmdconsftdisk.sy_
    C:cmdconshidclass.sy_
    C:cmdconshidparse.sy_
    C:cmdconshidusb.sy_
    C:cmdconshpn.sy_
    C:cmdconshpt3xx.sy_
    C:cmdconsi2omgmt.sy_
    C:cmdconsi2omp.sy_
    C:cmdconsi8042prt.sy_
    C:cmdconsini910u.sy_
    C:cmdconsintelide.sy_
    C:cmdconsisapnp.sy_
    C:cmdconskbdclass.sy_
    C:cmdconskbdhid.sy_
    C:cmdconslbrtfdc.sy_
    C:cmdconsmountmgr.sy_
    C:cmdconsmraid35x.sy_
    C:cmdconsohci1394.sy_
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    C:cmdconspcmcia.sy_
    C:cmdconsperc2.sy_
    C:cmdconsperc2hib.sy_
    C:cmdconsql10wnt.sy_
    C:cmdconsql1080.sy_
    C:cmdconsql1240.sy_
    C:cmdconsql1280.sy_
    C:cmdconsql12160.sy_
    C:cmdconsramdisk.sy_
    C:cmdconssbp2port.sy_
    C:cmdconsscsiport.sy_
    C:cmdconsserenum.sy_
    C:cmdconsserial.sy_
    C:cmdconssetupdd.sy_
    C:cmdconssfloppy.sy_
    C:cmdconssparrow.sy_
    C:cmdconsspddlang.sy_
    C:cmdconssym_hi.sy_
    C:cmdconssym_u3.sy_
    C:cmdconssymc8xx.sy_
    C:cmdconssymc810.sy_
    C:cmdconstffsport.sy_
    C:cmdconstoside.sy_
    C:cmdconsultra.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbccgp.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbd.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbhub.sy_
    C:cmdconsusbohci.sy_

    C:cmdconssystem32ntdll.dll
    C:cmdconssystem32smss.exe

    and in boot.ini
    C:CMDCONSBOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

    Bootsec.dat is the recovery console boot sector


    SMBP

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    Re: Recovery Console File(s) without CD (Win XP Pro SP1)

    > I thought it was around 7MB because Microsoft calls it that in their KB's and their instructions on installing it...

    Did you install it? How much space does it consume on your computer?

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