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Install the Recovery Console as a startup option

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To install the Recovery Console as a startup option

  1. With Windows running, insert the Setup CD into your CD-ROM drive.

  2. Click Start and select Run.

  3. Type the following where D: is the CD-ROM drive letter:

    On 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2003: D:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    - or -

    On x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003: D:\amd64\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • You can not install the Recovery Console on Itanium-based computers.

  • To run the Recovery Console, you must restart your computer and select the Recovery Console option from the list of available operating systems.

  • To see the commands available on the Recovery Console, type help at the console prompt.

  • If your computer will not start or you are using an Itanium-based computer, you can run the Recovery Console from the Setup CD. See Start the computer and use the Recovery Console for information on running the Recovery Console when your computer will not start.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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