What Is A Recovery Console?
The Windows Recovery Console is an MS-DOS interface that allows you to obtain limited access to a NTFS, FAT or FAT32 volume without booting into the Windows environment. Supported by Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the recovery console is often used to troubleshoot and repair a damaged system such as fixing a boot problem or reconfiguring a service that is preventing your computer from starting correctly. Take note that the NTFS security limited recovery console access to administrators only so as to prevent any unauthorized access.
Using The Console
At the command prompt, type in: help and hit Enter
A list of commands that is supported by the console will be displayed. Type the <command name> /? to receive more detailed information about the command. For example, on the command prompt, type: copy /? and enter, it will display the details of the command.
Commands And Functions
The following is a list of a summary of supported commands :
There are certain restrictions enforced within the recovery console.
Typically, you only have access to:
Take note that you can only copy files from a removable device to the hard disks which you have access to and not the other way round. You can also copy files from one disk to another.
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