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#1 1101doc

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:31 AM

Thanks to wannabe1 from Geeks to Go for this one.

This is a download of an .iso file of just the Recovery Console for XP.
Burn to CD with Nero or other 'disc image' capable tool and boot.
It looks just like the start of a normal XP CD, but will only offer the Recovery Console by pressing "R."

All normal Recovery Console procedures can be run from this utility.
Direct download: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso

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System Restore from the Recovery Console: http://forums.cclonl...read.php?t=1183

#2 Arthur21743

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:20 AM

In the past when I have tried to use the Recovery Console it asked me for the Administrator password. I have none so I just hit Enter and then it closes out. There is a separate Administrator account that is only visible when you go into Safe Mode. I wonder if one can set a password for that one and satisfy the Recovery Console that way. I don't want to assign a password to my normal account as user with administrator priviliges since then you gotta enter the pw at every startup. :cr@sh: Have you tried starting the Recovery thingie and if so, how did you fix this password problem? Thanks.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 01:21 PM

Thanks to wannabe1 from Geeks to Go for this one.

This is a download of an .iso file of just the Recovery Console for XP.
Burn to CD with Nero or other 'disc image' capable tool and boot.
It looks just like the start of a normal XP CD, but will only offer the Recovery Console by pressing "R."

All normal Recovery Console procedures can be run from this utility.
Direct download: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso

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System Restore from the Recovery Console: http://forums.cclonl...read.php?t=1183



Does anybody know if this is safe?? And if it is, does it work on USB?
tHANKS

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 11:44 PM

In the past when I have tried to use the Recovery Console it asked me for the Administrator password. I have none so I just hit Enter and then it closes out. There is a separate Administrator account that is only visible when you go into Safe Mode. I wonder if one can set a password for that one and satisfy the Recovery Console that way. I don't want to assign a password to my normal account as user with administrator priviliges since then you gotta enter the pw at every startup. :cr@sh:

Have you tried starting the Recovery thingie and if so, how did you fix this password problem?
Thanks.



I don't know about the program...
but, just answering your question.
If you go to "Welcome" screen (where you see the user names, and you need click in the name) and hit Ctrl + Alt + Del 2 or 3 times, so it will open a "dialog" box, asking for username and password, so, you can even type administrator and the password, or, your username and your password.

If you want just change the password, you can right click in My Computer, go to manage, Local Users and Groups, Users, you will find administrator over there, right click and reset password. It will ask for a password, so, the user administrator will use this password that you type.
** ATENTION. DO NOT FORGET THE PASSOWORD, IF YOU NEED USE THE "RECOVERY TOOL" FROM XP CD IT WILL ASK FOR THIS PASSWORD.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:26 PM

Does anybody know if this is safe?? And if it is, does it work on USB?
tHANKS

Yes is safe and work without the administrator pass.
Have the autochk.exe file, needed for chkdsk to run.

this post make my day, so I register to this forum and post :
thanks a lot man :)!
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:17 AM

I also just registered to give a huge THANK YOU! This is so incredibly awesome! Got a broken Toughbook here at work, doesn't boot anymore, I need to chkdsk it and I only have stupid OEM XP CDs available which don't come with the Recovery Console feature at all. This SO made my day! <img src="http://forums.pcpits...DIR#>/clap.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":clap:" border="0" alt="clap.gif" />

#7 TomGL2

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 04:18 AM

The Computer Paramedic site is undergoing an upgrade, and files are currently unavailable.  A cached copy of RC.ISO can be obtained from Internet Archive.

web.archive.org/web/20130925012049/www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso

web.archive.org/web/20120819095645/www.thecomputerparamedic.com/?p=8

 

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You can also install the Recovery Console to the C drive to have as a boot option, if you have or can borrow any XP CD, or if the XP installation files are on the hard disk.

Click Start and Run.  If you're using an XP CD, insert it, and close the autorun program if it starts.

Click Browse.  To install from a CD, click the CD/DVD drive in the "Look in" list.  Otherwise, navigate to the drive and folder containing the XP installation files.

Double-click the i386 folder and double-click Winnt32.exe.

The Run textbox should now contain X:\I386\WINNT32.EXE o
r X:\path\I386\WINNT32.EXE (where X is the CD drive letter, or X:\path is the hard disk location of the i386 folder).  Add a space at the end of the line and type /CMDCONS.  Click OK and Yes, then OK when done.
 

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If you're not sure if the installation files are on the hard disk, click Start and Search.  If Search doesn't open in Advanced mode, click "All files and folders".  Under "Look in" select Local Hard Drvies.  Type "WINNT32.EXE" (include the quotes) under "File name", and click Search.


Edited by TomGL2, 23 March 2014 - 01:03 PM.


#8 TomGL2

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 04:25 AM

stupid OEM XP CDs available which don't come with the Recovery Console

All XP CDs I've used include the RC.  To invoke it, boot to the Welcome to Setup screen, then press R.  You may be thinking of the many "system recovery" disks that write an image to the hard disk.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:36 AM

A default Recovery Console setting denies access to several locations, such as the Documents and Settings folder and its subfolders.  It is often the case that the user desperately needs just a few files stored in his user folder (in the Desktop or Documents folder), or in Shared Documents.  Or, a misbehaving driver outside the Windows folder must be deleted in order to boot even in Safe mode (a problem I've had).

The Recovery Console documentation mentions the Set AllowAllPaths = FALSE command, and this is responsible for the restriction.  Logically, Set AllowAllPaths = TRUE allows access, but the Set command is itself disabled by default, so the setting can't be applied.

It is possible to enable the Set command ahead of time from within Windows.  Log on as an administrator.  Copy the following command (it's a single long wrapped line).

Reg Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole" /V SetCommand /T REG_DWORD /D 1 /F

Click Start and Run, paste the command into the textbox, and click OK.

Now, whenever you boot to the Recovery Console, you can enter Set AllowAllPaths = TRUE and access all drives.  Note that case doesn't matter, but a space before and after = is required.

By the way, files can be copied to and from a USB drive, even without the above command, although the sources and destinations will be pretty limited.

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Posted 29 December 2010 - 05:37 PM

I hope you guys can help me, ive encountered a problem with the iso i downloaded and burnt to from above. Blue screen error: *** STOP:0x00000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF748E0BF, 0xF78DA208, 0xF78D9F08) *** pci.sys - Address F748E0BF ase at F7487000, DateStamp 3b7d855c Ive lost my XP disk and really need to run FIXMBR, as I deleted my Linux partition from within XP so now Grub gives Error 17. Which wasnt too smart. Its strange because I was running XP fine, have been so for a year, and no changes to any drivers or BIOS were made since last restart. Im on a lenovo SL500 laptop, my only other option is to download an XP disk image from somewhere, although im not sure how that will work out, and not sure if itd still have recovery console on it, in case its been repacked. Thanks for any help.

Edited by tinoater, 29 December 2010 - 05:42 PM.


#11 TomGL2

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 01:27 AM

tinoater, this belongs in User to User Help.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:07 PM

this rc.iso may be the answer to my problem --- I need to fix the MBR for XP, but have not got the recovery disks. So if I boot this rc will I be able to simply run the "fixmbr" command ---- seems to good to be true ! Thanks to wannabe 1 in advance

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:52 AM

Hello, I Have Windows XP Professional And need the recovery console download. I checked the links above and those are for Windows XP Home. Please give me a link to the Windows XP Professional Recovery Console Download. Thank you alot!

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 05:02 PM

I checked the links above and those are for Windows XP Home. Please give me a link to the Windows XP Professional Recovery Console Download


Don't let the word "Home" on the Welcome to Setup screen bother you — the recovery console in Home and Pro are the same.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:03 AM

In reply to TomGL2, At the screen it says that there is no mounted hard drive and to "Press F3 To Quit." and then it automaticly restarts to computer when i press F3. O and F3 is the only option. I am Trying to repair my system, not anything else. If you can please comment back and tell my how to repair My Windows XP Pro Edition computer, Thank you, Pacen.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 03:59 PM

please comment back and tell my how to repair My Windows XP Pro Edition computer,


As this forum is not intended for troubleshooting, please post this problem as a new topic in User to User Help. Be sure to mention the make and exact model of computer or, if it's not a major brand-name system, the make and model of motherboard.

Edited by TomGL2, 26 June 2012 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:42 PM

(I'm a newbie of 7 years experience) I converted your link to a .bin/.cue because it wouldn't open up until I used MagicIso Maker. I burnt it to CD using Nero, but when I booted the CD - and I chose the 'R' option - I got: 'Setup is starting' ... and then 'Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer' ... C:/> And around and around it goes. I'd appreciate any help with this. Thank you.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 12:18 AM

I converted your link to a .bin/.cue because it wouldn't open up until I used MagicIso Maker


Download the ISO file again if you didn't retain the original copy. Open Nero Express and select Disc Image. Or, open Nero Burning ROM and dismiss the New Compilation window if it appears, then click Recorder and Burn Image. Navigate to the location of RC.ISO.

When writing this or any ISO, be sure to choose the Finalize option.



I chose the 'R' option - I got: 'Setup is starting' ... and then 'Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer'


"Setup is starting" should not be displayed when loading the recovery console.

Normally when the RC opens, the existing XP installations are listed and you choose which to repair, then you're prompted for the Adminstrator account password. At that point "Type EXIT to quit" is shown, and the command prompt opens (C:Windows>).

That the installations aren't listed means that there are NO installations of XP on the hard disk, or they are damaged to the point that the RC doesn't recognize them. This suggests, at minimum, that the registry files are corrupted or missing, or that the drive is unreadable (or, again, that XP is simply not installed).


Edited by TomGL2, 25 March 2014 - 03:45 AM.


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Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

i already download the rc.iso and done burning it into blank cd, it was sunning smoothly until i get to the R/console it ask, Which Windows installation would you like to log onto, then i click 1 then enter after that my pc hang! i dunno what to do. i cant even re format it. could someone help me thank you :)

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

i get to the R/console it ask, Which Windows installation would you like to log onto, then i click 1 then enter after that my pc hang


Celemen, after yoiu've selected the Windows installation, the RC determines whether it's XP. If so, the RC reads the password for the Administrator account from the SAM file (part of the registry). Because the RC hangs at that point, I think the SAM file is damaged.

Since Tips 'n Tricks isn't intended for troubleshooting, post to the User to User forum. Assuming you're trying to solve a problem by using the recovery console, please detail the primary problem, not just the RC failure.




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