| By Fred Langa |
The good ol’ Recovery Console from Windows XP has morphed into five separate Vista tools.
XP’s console was good for system recovery after a crash, but it’s gone in Vista, replaced by different tools and a whole new front end.
What to do if Vista just won’t start
If you’ve ever had to use it, you already know that the Recovery Console in XP can be a godsend. In those (thankfully rare) situations when XP won’t start, even in Safe Mode, the Recovery Console gives you limited, low-level access to the guts of an XP installation.
You start the Recovery Console by booting your PC from an XP installation CD and selecting the program from the text menu that appears. It’s also possible to install Recovery Console from the CD to your hard drive so you can run the program without using the CD. (Microsoft’s complete description of the Windows XP Recovery Console, including how to install and use it, is in Knowledge Base article 314058.)
Running the Recovery Console allows you to (1) copy or repair some key operating system files and folders; (2) control devices and services that want to run at startup; (3) repair some kinds of hard drive errors; and so on.
One of our readers named Ed was a fan of XP’s Recovery Console and was surprised to find it missing in Vista:
- “What happened to the Recovery Console? What are you supposed to do if Vista just plain won’t start?”