The Windows 2000 Recovery Console, as illustrated below, is a command-line interface that you use to perform a variety of troubleshooting and recovery tasks, including:
Starting and stopping services.
Reading and writing data on a local drive (including drives that are formatted with the NTFS file system).
Formatting hard disks.
Installing the Recovery Console
To install the Recovery Console, start a command prompt in Windows 2000, change to the I386 (or Alpha) folder on the Windows 2000 compact disc, and then run the winnt32 command with the
/cmdcons switch. After you install the Recovery Console, you access it from the Startup menu. Note: You also access the Recovery Console by using the Windows 2000 Setup
disks or the Windows 2000 compact disc to start your computer, and then selecting the Recovery Console option when you are prompted to choose repair options.
Recovery Console commands
When you start the Recovery Console, you must specify the installation of Windows 2000 you want to log on to (even on a computer with a single-boot configuration), and then you must log on as the
Administrator. The following table describes the Recovery Console commands. If you would like to view all the commands and descriptions, click the Transcript link.