Using the Windows Recovery Console


Topic Last Modified: 2005-04-27

With the Windows Recovery Console, you can obtain limited access to NTFS file system volumes without starting the Windows graphical user interface (GUI). In Recovery Console, you can:

  • Use, copy, rename, or replace operating system files and folders.

  • Enable or disable services or devices from starting when you next start your computer.

  • Repair the file system boot sector or the master boot record (MBR).

  • Create and format partitions on drives.

You can start the Recovery Console from the Windows Server 2003 CD or at startup, from the Windows Server 2003 boot menu, if the Recovery Console was previously installed to your computer. For more information about how to use Windows Recovery Console, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 325375, "HOW TO: Troubleshoot Startup Problems in Windows Server 2003."