Monday, October 09, 2006

Install Recover Console To Boot Menu

Recover Console is not install to local hard disk by default during Windows installation.

In order to access to Recovery Console, normally practice is to boot up the system from the appropriate Windows setup CD. If the system is running on Windows XP, use the Windows XP setup CD. Note that Recover Console only available in Windows 2000 and above.

Other than access the Windows Recovery Console from bootable Windows setup CD, it is possible to install the Windows Recovery Console to local hard disk and configure it to appear as one of the Windows boot up option.

Install Recovery Console to local hard disk and enable Recovery Console as part of the Windows boot up menu option:

  1. Click on the Start button

  2. Click on the Run menu

  3. Type D:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons by assuming D: drive is CD-ROM drive letter in which the Windows XP Setup CD is loaded.

  4. Click OK button and then follow the instructions on the screen to complete the straight forward setup and restart the computer at the end of setup process.

  5. After the Windows reboot, edit the file C:\boot.ini with notepad editor. Note that this file is hidden system file which is not "appear" in Windows Explorer by default, unless turning on the view hidden file options.

  6. If view hidden file option is not turn on, turn it on by

    1. Open My Computer
    2. Click on the Tools menu
    3. Click on the Folder Options
    4. Click on the View tab
    5. Click on the Hidden files and folders
    6. Click to select Show hidden files and folders option button.
    7. Click to clear Hide protected operating system files check box
    8. click OK to complete the turning on view hidden file procedures.

  7. At the bottom of the file, append this line

    C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Recovery Console" /cmdcons

    Note that changing the description "Recovery Console" to whatever meaningful name is possible.

  8. Save and exit the edited file. On the next system boot up, notice that there is one new boot option called Recovery Console in the Windows boot up menu.
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