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XP's recovery console - how do i turn it off

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Nov 24, 2003
Newbury Park, Cali
I have XP's recovery console up and running. Everytime i restart it askes me if i want to continue and go to XP or if i want to go to XP's recovery console. I don't know how to turn it off. i've tryed
"fixboot" but it still comes up.


Are you running the repair console that comes up when you boot off the Cd & type R? If so you can try typing help & it should list all the acvailable commnds. You should find something to get out of there. Otherwisereboot from the Cd, letit start the whole setup process like your going to reformat, but when you get tothat screen, choose repair & it should overwritre the windows folder on top of the old 1 & you shouldn't lose any data.
P.S. I HATE when that happens!! :D


Inactive Moderator
Dec 17, 2000
Portland, OR
Open My Computer | Double-click the HDD on which you installed the Recovery Console | On the "Tools" menu, click "Folder Options", and then click the "View" tab | Click "Show hidden files and folders", click to clear the "Hide protected operating system files" check box, and then click OK. At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file | At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties | Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.

Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this...

C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

Save the file and close it. :)