Disaster Recovery

What’s the Recovery Console?

by Daniel Petri

What is the Recovery Console? How can I use it? What will it help me do? If safe mode and other startup options do not work, you can consider using the Recovery Console. This method is recommended only if you are an advanced user who can use basic commands to identify and locate problem drivers… Read More

Recovery Console Access to Other Partitions

by Daniel Petri

In the Windows XP/2003 Recovery Console I cannot access any drives or folders other than the system folder. Can I change this setting? Yes. When you use the Windows Recovery Console, you can use only the following folders: The root folder The %SystemRoot% folder and the subfolders of the Windows installation that you are currently… Read More

Safe Mode in Windows 2000/XP/2003

by Daniel Petri

What are the Safe Mode options? When should I use them? If you are unable to start your system by using Last Known Good Configuration, Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 provides safe mode, a startup option that disables startup programs and nonessential services to create an environment useful for troubleshooting and… Read More

Delete the Recovery Console

by Daniel Petri

How can I delete the Recovery Console? To delete the Recovery Console follow these steps: Open My Computer. Double-click the hard drive on which you installed the Recovery Console. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options. Click the View tab. Click Show hidden files and folders, clear the Hide protected operating system files check box,… Read More

Recovery and Troubleshooting Options in Windows XP

by Daniel Petri

What recovery and troubleshooting options do I have in Windows XP? Software and hardware issues can affect the way that your system functions. Severe problems might prevent you from starting Windows XP Professional normally. Software problems: Installing incompatible software, incorrectly changing system configuration settings, or installing faulty device drivers can cause system instability or a… Read More

Recovery Console and Software RAID1 (Mirroring)

by Daniel Petri

Why can't I install the Recovery Console on a system that has software RAID1 (Mirroring) on it? When your system partition (containing the Ntldr, Ntdetect.com, and Boot.ini files) is part of a Windows basic or dynamic disk software mirror, you cannot pre-install the Recovery Console. If you try to pre-install the Recovery Console with the… Read More

What’s System Restore in Windows XP?

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What is System Restore in Windows XP? System Restore is a component of Windows XP Professional that you can use to restore your computer to a previous state, if a problem occurs, without losing your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail). System Restore monitors changes to the… Read More