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Delete the Recovery Console

Daniel Petri


How can I delete the Recovery Console?

To delete the Recovery Console follow these steps:

  1. Open My Computer.
  2. Double-click the hard drive on which you installed the Recovery Console.
  3. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  4. Click the View tab.
  5. Click Show hidden files and folders, clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
  6. At the root directory, delete the \Cmdcons folder.
  7. At the root directory, delete the file Cmldr.
  8. At the root directory, right-click the Boot.ini file and then click Properties.
  9. Clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
  10. Open Boot.ini in Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It will look similar to this:

C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat=”Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” /cmdcons

  1. Save the file and close it.

Further Reading

Recovery Console topics include:


Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console – 314058
Install and Use the Recovery Console in Windows XP – 307654

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