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#1 was_jaclaz

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 03:49 PM

Recovery Console appears to be one of the less "talked about" environment for booting.

I just found this:
http://tips.vlaurie....out-an-xp-disk/
http://tips.vlaurie....out-an-xp-disk/

Dean Adams has created a "package" with everything needed to create a Recovery Console CD from the dowloadable .exe from Microsoft originally intended to create the (in)famous 6 boot floppies.

Direct download:
http://vlaurie.com/c..._console_cd.zip

From the readme.htm:

How To Make A Windows XP Bootable Recovery Console CD

For a number of years now, many brand name manufacturers have included a "recovery" CD or they store customized install files on a hidden partition instead of supplying a genuine Windows XP install CD. Recovery CDs typically aren't very useful. While they can get a system back up and running again, you could lose all your data in the process. Recovery CDs and hidden partitions are more of a convenience for the tech support department than they are for the user.

Many people might not be aware that a complete install CD is not required to access the Windows XP Recovery Console. Although one can download the install floppy disks that contain the files needed to run the Recovery Console, waiting for six floppy disks to load is tedious. Creating a bootable Recovery Console CD, using the files from these disks, is a fairly straightforward project.

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RecoveryCD.bat does the grunt work of actually creating the Recovery Console CD. The only thing you must add is the file to be downloaded from Microsoft.

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And help for install and commands:
http://commandwindows.com/recovery.htm
Cheers to the author :confused1: , simple, effective, useful proggie.

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 06:06 AM

Awsome! This will be very handy!!! :cheers:
Thanks mate! :cheers:

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:23 AM

Nice one jaclaz! the batch file looks like it should work quite well. :cheers:

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 09:57 AM

tnx, must have tool

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 06:30 PM

It would make for a good self project for winbuilder.

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Posted 19 October 2007 - 07:35 PM

If anyone is interested in this, these two threads may be of interest as well:
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=2362
http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=2692

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Posted 27 October 2007 - 12:55 PM

Hi all,

thanks to jaclaz I found this fantastic site about to build a boot CD from the recovery console from
Windows XP.

http://tips.vlaurie....out-an-xp-disk/

and the downloadable at

http://vlaurie.com/c..._console_cd.zip


It is like a mini OS with a size of 7 MB, based on NT with USB drivers and so on.

But there is an error for me during the build:

The bootfile xpboot.ima is empty, perhaps of license restriction from Microsoft.

This xpboot.ima can be build from the original XP install CD:

Open your XP install CD with for example Isobuster 1.9.

In the folder BootableCD is a file called BootImage.img. Extract it and call it as above xpboot.ima.

Thats all, nice to hear from you
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Posted 12 November 2007 - 06:50 PM

Hi all,

For those who are interested,here is a RC iso-file for download.

http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso


Greetings from The Netherlands.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:05 PM

Here's some interesting info from M$ about the Recovery Console. I've always wondered why some options were dumbed down. I see some info on these pages to re-enable useful options.

Recovery Console:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

SET command in RC:
http://support.micro....com/kb/235364/

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:59 AM

Just to keep things together, here is a thread on MSFN:
http://www.msfn.org/...opic=109894&hl=
with some info on booting CMDCONS on HD from a floppy:
http://www.msfn.org/...o...109894&st=9
and maybe it will evolve in even more info. :cheers:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 01:31 AM

Just to keep things together, here is a thread on MSFN:
http://www.msfn.org/...opic=109894&hl=
with some info on booting CMDCONS on HD from a floppy:
http://www.msfn.org/...o...109894&st=9
and maybe it will evolve in even more info. :cheers:

jaclaz


i have a plugn for bartpecore for this option on my boot menu

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:23 AM

i have a plugn for bartpecore for this option on my boot menu

carfan


Yep, and is this just an announcement or are going to publish it? :cheers:

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 06:27 PM

Maybe this post is interesting.

I made a WinBuilder Script which creates the RecoveryConsole CD from your XP / W2003 CD only.

Peter

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:03 PM

Maybe this post is interesting.

I made a WinBuilder Script which creates the RecoveryConsole CD from your XP / W2003 CD only.

Peter


I thought understatements were reserved to the British humour :cheers:, you did a great work!

:cheers:

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:02 AM

In the usual effort to keep things as together as possible, some interesting info is coming out of this thread here on 911CD:
http://www.911cd.net...o...=20983&st=0

Particularly, the finding of a workaround for the RC CATCH 22 (by yours truly :thumbsup:):
http://www.911cd.net...o...20983&st=25
as far as I know this is the first time this has been somewhat documented (self-connecting to \CMDCONS\). :D

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 12:45 PM

is there a way to add this to a usb stick?

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:24 PM

is there a way to add this to a usb stick?


Sure:
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=20983
http://www.911cd.net...showtopic=21049

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#18 wanderer

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 01:32 PM

Take a look at my guide on the 1e link given by jaclaz.

http://www.911cd.net...o...st&p=142073


Greetz

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:05 PM

my pen was fomated with hp utility in fat32 and i have a boot menu with pcmenu!
can i have RC installed without the need to format it again?

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 02:41 PM

Please explain,what is "pcmenu!"?

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:28 PM

its a dos menu interface

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:38 PM

OK,I managed to start the Recovery Console from a FAT32 formatted USB-stick.

I found also the "pcmenu"tool.

How exactly do you start the "pcmenu" tool during booting the USB-stick?

Greetz

#23 Mike69

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:51 AM

i use autoexec.bat to launch it

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 10:14 AM

I did try to start the Recovery Console (cmldr) trough Grub4Dos,bud it didn't work.

http://download.gna.org/grub4dos/

Download:
http://download.gna....-2008-03-14.zip

Grub4Dos can also start from Config.sys,as here explaned.

http://grub4dos.sour...or_DOS_from_DOS


My findings are,that the Recovery Console can start by using Grub4Dos,but only when it starts from Boot.ini

When Grub4Dos starts from DOS,and I try to start RC from "menu.lst",
title find and load CMLDR, the Recovery Console of Windows NT/2K/XP

fallback 2

find --set-root /cmldr

chainloader /cmldr

#####################################################################

# write string &#34;cmdcons&#34; to memory 0000&#58;7C03 in 2 steps&#58;

#####################################################################

# step 1. Write 4 chars &#34;cmdc&#34; at 0000&#58;7C03

write 0x7C03 0x63646D63

# step 2. Write 3 chars &#34;ons&#34; and an ending null at 0000&#58;7C07

write 0x7C07 0x00736E6F

savedefault --wait=2

the system reboots.


So I'm afraid you have to rebuild your USB-stick,and start the Recovery Console as well as the "PCMENU" from Boot.ini.


Greetz

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 02:08 PM

can i still have the usb stick in fat32? (i guess not)