How To Use The Command Prompt In Windows Vista / Windows 7 Recovery Environment


19.12.2010

How To Use The Command Prompt In Windows Vista / Windows 7 Recovery Environment

Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt is a console that Windows uses to help you in completing various actions on your PC. This Windows service needs you to use various command lines that allows you to run programs and perform any task you wish on your computer.

The Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt can be used to enter any command line you wish and those lines are allowing you to configure Windows boots, manage HDD files and folders, format and change HDD partition sizes, delete or remove files, scan PC for viruses, trojans, malware etc. This guide contains the steps that you need to take in order to activate and use the Windows Recovery Environment in Windows Vista and Windows Command Prompt.

For Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt to be accessible, you will have to restart and boot the PC from the Windows Vista / 7 DVD and, to do this you will have to insert the DVD into the DVD reader and turn on your PC. When the PC starts displaying the first screen with infos about the hardware and BIOS, you need to wait for a blank screen to appear and when that happens you will have to follow the instructions listed below:

STEP 1: When your system boots up the Windows Vista or 7 from the DVD, it will alert you with the ‘Press any key to boot from the CD or DVD..” text, and to allow it, you will have to do what the text says and then you will see the Windows Recovery Environment.

  • Please note that your Windows DVD might not allow you to boot from it, and if that is the case for you, then it means that the Windows Recovery Environment files and folder are saved on your system on a small partition, and if you wish to access it, you will have to press the F8 key which will open a menu with several options. Select the Windows Recovery Environment option and hit the Enter key. Now you should see a black screen with a white loading bar, which will open the Windows Setup environment when it will be filled.

STEP 2: Now you should see the first screen of the Windows Setup, which tells you to choose the Language to install, Time and currency format and the Keyboard or Input method. Click ‘Next’ when you’re done.

STEP 3: Click the ‘Repair your computer’ link.

STEP 4: Now you should see the System Recovery Options dialog menu. Choose the Windows Vista or 7 installation that you wish to fix. In case you have to load any drivers, then you should click on the Load Drivers button and load those drivers. Afterwards click Next.

  • In case the Windows Vista / 7 repair system doesn’t find any errors while starting the OS, you will be able to see the recovery utilities.

  • In case Windows Vista / 7 repair system finds errors, it will try to fix those problems. Go ahead with the system repairing system if you wish to fix the problems or you can click Cancel and choose ‘View Advanced Options for system recovery and support options to see the list of the recovery tools”.

System Recovery Options.

STEP 5: Click on the ‘Command Prompt’ link and Windows will show you the Command Prompt menu.

STEP 6: Now you will have to enter the command lines that you need, in order to complete your tasks. When you finished to type the command line, you will have to press ENTER and the command will be executed on your computer. Below you can find several of the most common tasks that you can use in the Command Prompt.

  • copy – this command will copy a file to another location

  • move – this command will move a file to another location

  • rd – this command will delete an empty folder

  • ren – this command will rename a file / folder

  • more – this command will show the contents of a file one page per time

  • type – this command will display the contents of a file without pausing whenever each page is show like the ‘more’ command does.

  • xcopy – this command will copy a folder and all the contents within to another location

  • mkdir – this command will create a new folder / directory

  • diskpart – this command will load the Windows disk management application. This will allow you to create, remove, resize your system partitions.

  • dir – this command will show you all the contents of the current folder or the contents of a folder that you specify as an argument

  • cd – ¬†entering this command you will be able to change the current folder to another folder.

  • del – this command will delete a file

  • attrib – this command will edit the file characteristics on a particular file or folder

  • bcdedit – this command will show and permit you to edit the way used by Windows to boot up. This is a useful command for those users that are having problems with the Windows Boot Manager.

  • chkdsk – this command will allow you to scan the HDD for errors and it can fix the errors found, as well.

  • exit – this command will close the Command Prompt.

When you’re done using the Windows Vista / 7 Command Prompt, you can close it and then you will be taken to the list of the available repair utilities. Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt is a great utility that you can use when your computer is infected with a virus, rootkit, trojan, spyware, adware or any other type of malware. When you’re using the Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt, you will be capable of working with files and folders within your system without worrying that the virus might obstruct your actions. These were the most important things that you need to know about the Windows Recovery Environment Command Prompt and, for any questions that you have please use our comments field.

Windows Command Prompt

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