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Update Your BlackBerry Device Driver Manually

February 13th, 2012 No comments

BlackBerry is one of the most popular phones nowadays and with the number of new models released for the past few months, it is important for any BlackBerry owners to update drivers on their computer so that they can update their device’s OS or charge it via USB connection.

The BlackBerry USB drivers are available for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Servers 2000 to 2008. These drivers are readily available on the Windows Update site and by downloading them, you can charge your BlackBerry smartphone on your computer, even if you do not have the BlackBerry Desktop Manager installed.

Those who own older versions of the BlackBerry USB driver and has it installed on their computer, can go to the Windows Update site to download a driver update.

Why an update is important

An error message would appear every time a BlackBerry smartphone is connected via USB to a computer that does not have an updated driver installed on it.

Keep in mind that the BlackBerry Device Manager is will not be updated or installed when installing or upgrading the BlackBerry USB driver from the official Windows Update site.. Instead, it will be automatically installed with any third-party software or the BlackBerry device itself, which will require the BlackBerry Device Manager to operate.

How to update the driver

  1. Right-click My Computer and then select Properties.
  2. Choose the Hardware Tab and click the Device Manager option.
  3. Click the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand the available options.
  4. Right-click the BlackBerry Device and select its Properties.
  5. Choose the Update Driver Option.
  6. Select Install from a list or a specific location before clicking on Next.
  7. Uncheck the Search Removable media option
  8. Click the Include this location in the search option
  9. Select Browse and go the folder: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research in Motion\USB Drivers and click OK
  10. Click Finish

Rooting Your Samsung Galaxy S2 On Android 2.3.5

November 17th, 2011 No comments

The Samsung Galaxy S2 has been recently released in the market and warmly welcomed by a lot of people. While some people plan on updating their device, there are also users that plan on rooting their device on Android 2.3.5. Although this process can be risky, below are the details on how you can root your Samsung Galaxy S2 on Android 2.3.5 Firmware.

 

  • Download the ODIN file and extract its .zip file
  • You will see an attached XWKDD. Download it, but keep in mind not to extract the .tar file
  • Download and then extract SuperOneClick
  • KIES is Samsung Galaxy S2′s PC Suite USB driver. This should be installed in your computer for the rooting to be performed properly. Keep in mind that the correct drivers should be installed so that you can root your Samsung Galaxy S2 successfully.
  • Set your device in debugging mode by going to Settings. Click Applications and from there, you will see a Development option. Check the USB debugging box.
  • Reboot your device and switch to download mode by turning it off, and turning it on again by pressing and holding the Volume Down, Home, and Power buttons simultaneously.
  • Start ODIN and connect your device to the computer via USB, and wait until it confirms that your phone is already connected. Make sure that no other options are checked, except for the ‘Auto Reboot’ and ‘F.Reset Time’ boxes.
  • Press the PDA button and select the XWKDD_insecure.tar file. Once you press the ‘Start’ button, the device will automatically reboot
  • While the device is being rebooted, start the SuperOneClick program and press ROOT.
  • Wait until the device is rebooted completely
  • When the steps above are done properly, you can successfully root your Samsung Galaxy S2 on Android 2.3.5 firmware. However, always keep in mind that this process is risky and should not be done if you are not knowledgeable enough in troubleshooting.

     

    Aside from making sure that your Samsung Galaxy S2 drivers are updated, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

     

     

    Charge Your BlackBerry Device via PC

    November 15th, 2011 No comments

    BlackBerry smartphones have become a part of our daily lives because it is an all-in-one package with its ability to access email, personal calendars, Internet and others, all in one go. However, these features can drain the battery faster, making it important for BlackBerry users to seek other means of charging their phones.

    Although BlackBerry devices can use USB connection for charging, a BlackBerry driver is needed before USB charging can be used. Since this process cannot be done anywhere, downloading the necessary driver from RIM is slow with it’s 90+MB memory. But if you are planning to do it at a computer that you do not own (public, office use, etc), there is another easier and faster process. That is, to install only the USB driver, so that the computer will recognize your BlackBerry device correctly and charge it accordingly.

    Once downloaded, follow the instructions below:

    • Make sure that your laptop or computer is fully charged or is directly connected to a power outlet since your BlackBerry device will draw power from your computer.
    • Get the compatible USB cord and fit it securely on your BlackBerry phone and computer USB port.
    • Install the device’s USB driver using Windows Update. To check, you can look in the ‘Device Manager’ option in the My Computer folder.
    • Choose the ‘Properties’ icon and click on the ‘Hardware Tab’. Locate the ‘Universal Serial Bus’ controllers option and check if the driver is already installed.
    • Plug in your BlackBerry device and wait for your computer to detect it. If the driver isn’t yet installed on your computer, it would prompt you to install the needed driver.
    • Complete any installation necessary and leave your device plugged in until your BlackBerry phone is fully charged.

    Aside from downloading your BlackBerry device USB driver, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

     

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    Sony DSC P200 Driver Update

    November 14th, 2011 No comments

    One of the high-end cameras of Sony is the Sony DSC P200, which allows you to take pictures of high resolution and great clarity. However, you won’t get to do a lot of things with it if you do not have the right driver installed on your computer. If you already have the camera unit but still in need of the drivers, below are the steps to take to download them.

    • Where else to get the Sony drivers that you need, but the Sony support page? Visit the site and look for the USB drivers specially made for your digital camera.
    • One of the most important things to know when downloading any driver is your computer’s operating system. If you fail to download the correct driver compatible with your laptop and OS, then it won’t work for your camera. If you are unsure of your computer’s OS, you can check by clicking the ‘My Computer’ icon in the Start Menu, and choose the ‘Properties’ option. There you will find the operating system you are using.
    • Click on the drop menu which can be found on the bottom of Sony’s support page, and select the OS that your computer is using. Doing so will direct you to a list of available drivers for your Sony DSC P200. However, if it doesn’t show any results, you need to make sure that the ‘Everything’ tab is selected so that all the available files will show up.
    • Once you find the file that you need, click on the ‘download’ link, and you are all set.
    Aside from downloading your Sony DSC P200 driver, you also need to constantly update your computer drivers. This can be done easier if you have a tool that will check for automatic updates, and download the software for you. Interested? Click on the link for free download.

    How to Install SATA Drivers After Windows has been Already Installed?

    October 24th, 2011 No comments

    Many people don’t know that they can install and use SATA drivers on their Windows XP computers, even after Windows XP has been already installed and working. Most people think that it’s only possible to install SATA drivers when XP is being installed, and that too only with a floppy.

    New computers nowadays never have a floppy drive, and floppies are now obsolete. But when you install Windows XP, it gives an option to insert a floppy to install third party drivers. Even though Windows XP supports USB, there seems to be no way to tell the XP setup to look for third party drivers in locations other than A drive.

    So, what do you do in such a case when your computer has a SATA hard drive but you don’t want to install latest Windows versions like Vista or 7?

    If you enable the SATA native support in the computer’s BIOS without installing the SATA drivers in Windows XP, you’ll get a blue screen of death (also called BSOD). This is because XP doesn’t have the correct hard disk drivers installed.

    One option, which most people use, is to disable the native SATA support in the computer’s BIOS, in turn, making the system think that there’s no SATA hard drive, but an IDE hard drive. This works well in most cases, but enabling SATA support can slightly increase performance and battery life in case of laptops.

    So, how nice would it be if there was a way to install the SATA drivers even in an already installed Windows XP system? Luckily, there is a way, but most people are  unaware of it.

    Below, you’ll find a step-by-step procedure to install the SATA drivers in an already installed XP system.

    1. First, you need to know the exact hard drive controller model no. of your computer. If you know it and are sure, you can skip to step 3.

    2. Download, install and run Belarc Advisor from here. Read this post if you don’t know how to download and install Belarc Advisor. The information we are interested in Belarc’s output is the controllers section as shown below.

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    3. Once you’ve identified the hard disk controller of your computer, download the latest controller drivers from your computer manufacturer’s website.

    4. Extract the zipped driver file to a suitable folder on your hard drive. For example: C:\HDDriver.

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    5. Now, open the Device Manager by typing devmgmt.msc into the Run dialog box and hitting Enter on your keyboard.

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    6. Under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, you should see something like Intel 82801GBM (ICH7-M Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller, as shown in the below image.

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    7. Right-click on the above driver in Device Manager and click on ‘Update Driver’ in the menu that pops up.

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    8. Select “no, not this time”, when asked to connect to Windows Update.

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    9. Select “Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)” and click ‘Next’.

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    10. Select “Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install” and click ‘Next’.

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    11. Click on "Have Disk” and browse to the location where you extracted the SATA drivers you just downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.

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    12. Select the iaAHCI.inf driver file and click ‘Open’ and then click OK on the “Install from Disk” dialog box, to confirm. You’d get a list of SATA AHCI controller drivers.

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    Warning: Selecting the wrong controller for your system will cause it not to boot and will give you a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)! Make sure to select the correct controller for your system. If you are still unsure, click cancel and do not update your hard disk controller driver.

    13. When you’ve selected the right controller, click on ‘Next’. You’d get a warning that installing the device driver is not recommended. Just click on ‘Yes’ to continue installing the driver.

    14. Click on ‘Finish’. When asked to restart your computer, click ‘Yes’. When the computer restarts, go into the BIOS setup by pressing the required key (mostly F1, F2, Del or F10).

    To know more about how to enter the BIOS/CMOS setup, view this YouTube video.

    15. Once you’re inside the BIOS setup, enable the setting which says something like SATA Native Mode. Save the changes and exit the BIOS setup.

    16. Once Windows starts up, it will find the new SATA hard drive. Wait until it tells you to restart the computer. Click ‘Yes’ when it asks to restart. After the restart, you should be done and can use your computer normally.

    Update Your Speech Recognition Speech Driver For Windows XP

    October 20th, 2011 No comments

    The speech recognition driver in Windows XP allows the computer to recognize spoken words and convert them to text. When properly installed, the speech recognition can be used in Office programs and other software programs such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, as long as it is enabled. However, only Microsoft Office 2003 and 2002 programs can use the Windows XP speech recognition driver.

    To get the optimal results and for the speech recognition function to work properly, the components must be set up correctly. Except for the microphone sand speakers, all other components needed for speech recognition are set to work automatically. If in any case your computer has a built-in speakers and microphones, there is no more need to configure anything.
    Driver Requirements
    To use the speech recognition successfully, you will need to make sure that your computer is equipped with the right hardware and software components. Office XP already has a speech recognition engine however, not all units have it already installed. You can check for yourself if the speech recognition engine is already installed in your computer by:
    1. Click start and choose the Run tab
    2. In the box, type in control mmsys.cpl sounds and press enter. This will open the Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices window. Click Speech and check if the Speech Recognition tab is available. If it is, the speech recognition engine is installed. If not, you may need to install it yourself.
    You should also have a high-quality headset microphone. Experts recommend a USB microphone.  As much as possible, make sure that your computer’s processor is 400MHz and has 128MB of memory.
    Installing the speech recognition driver
    You can start the installation process by going to the section, ‘Install speech recognition by using Add or Remove Programs’. After doing so, go to the ‘Turn on speech recognition in Microsoft Office 2002 and 2003′ section. To update your speech recognition driver, do the following steps:
    1. Click Start and click Run.
    2. in the Open box, type in Control appwiz.cpl and press enter. This will open the Add or Remove Programs window.
    3. Click the Microsoft office XP and click Change
    4. Before clicking next, make sure that you check the Add or Remove Features box
    5. Double-click the Alternative User Input, click Speech and choose the Run from My Computer option.
    6. The last step is to click the Update tab. This will make the speech recognition program available in all of your computer’s Office programs and other programs that have it enabled.
    If you want a utility program that will make it easier for you to locate and install the correct driver, such as the speech recognition driver, for your system, click on the link for download.

     

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    Fix Connection Issues With Your iPad

    September 2nd, 2011 No comments

    The iTunes serves as an interface between Apple products, like iPod, iPhone and iPad, and a Mac or Windows computer. Basically it enables the user to organize data on their devices using different protocols. However, if the iPhone, iPod or iPad does not appear in the iTunes after plugging it to the computer, you may have one of the following problems.

    • The device cannot be restored in iTunes
    • A question mark, exclamation point, plug symbol, or “X” shows up in the Device Manager
    • The device may no longer be recognized by iTunes during an update or restore.

    To resolve this problem on your iOS device, you must follow the directions in the troubleshooting assistant. If the problem continues after attempting the troubleshooting assistant, go on with the procedures below.

    Apple iOS devices need the Mobile Device Support that already comes with iTunes. To check if it is installed on your Windows XP computer, here are the things you should do. Go to Start and select Control Panel. Open the “Add or Remove Programs” and check if Apple Mobile Device Support is included in the list of installed programs. If the Apple Mobile Device Support is not included in the list, remove iTunes, Apple Software Update, QuickTime as well as Apple Application Support and reinstall iTunes. Restart the Apple Mobile Device Service after the reinstallation.

    To check if you have successfully reinstalled Apple Mobile Device Support, reconnect the device to the computer and close iTunes when it opens. Right-click on “My Computer” then select “Properties.” On the “Hardware” tab, click the “Device Manager” button. When the Device Manager window opens, click the plus “+” icon beside the Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand this option. Look for the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver and make sure that there’s no “?”, “!” or “x” symbols over it. Proceed to the next section titled “Check for third-party mobile phone software”

    There are phone connectivity software that could cause your device to be unrecognized. If these software are installed on your computer, uninstall them. You can contact the manufacturer for assistance in safely removing them. You also have to uninstall iTunes as well as other Apple software and reinstall iTunes afterwards. Test the device to check that you have successfully installed iTunes.

    If you still have trouble reinstalling or updating the drivers for your iOS device, then your security software could be contributing to the problem. You may want to check that software for any issues as well. In some cases, the security software is out-of-date, and therefore, you have to keep it updated. You can also temporarily disable it while you’re troubleshooting the device or call the manufacturer for assistance when you check the settings, disable, or uninstall your security software. Once you have resolved any issues that you may have with your security software, you may have to redo all the above-mentioned steps. However, if the problem persists, it is best to take your iOS device to the nearest service center.

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    Windows XP Recovery Console FAQ

    September 2nd, 2011 No comments

    This article discusses, explains and gives solutions for all the possible questions one may have about the Windows XP Recovery Console. It’s a great time saver for newbies looking for an all-in-one FAQ article on the Windows XP Recovery Console.

    Note: The term, “setup disc” and “installation disc” used in this post, both mean the same thing and refer to the Windows XP installation disc.

     

     

    1. What is the recovery console?

    2. What are the requirements for using the Windows Recovery Console?

    3. What is the Recovery Console used for and when should it be used?

    4. What can the Recovery Console do for me?

    5. I use an imaging software regularly to backup my Windows partition. Do I really need to know about the Recovery Console?

    6. Which versions of Windows support the Recovery Console?

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    On which versions of Windows does the Recovery Console work?

    7. What happened to the Recovery Console on other Windows versions like Vista and 7?

    8. What should be done before using the Recovery Console?

    9. How to get into the Safe Mode in Windows XP?

    10. How to install the Recovery Console, after Windows is already installed?

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    I have a working Windows XP system. How can I install the recovery console on the hard disk drive so that it’s available as a boot menu option?

    11. How to start the Recovery Console directly from the Windows XP CD?

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    How can I start the computer and use the Recovery Console from the Windows installation disc?

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    How can I run the Recovery Console without installing it?

     

     

     

     

     

    12. I don’t have the Windows installation disc and I don’t want to install the Recovery Console on the hard drive. Can I download the Recovery Console from somewhere and put it on disc?

    13. How to delete or remove the Recovery Console installation from the system?

    14. In what circumstances, is the Recovery Console helpful?

    15. How is the Recovery Console Accessed?

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    How to start the Recovery Console?

    16. How to access the Recovery Console without a Windows XP disc?

    17. How to enter the Recovery Console if the administrator password is lost or forgotten?

    18. Is there a way to make Windows XP not ask a password for the Administrator account only in the Recovery Console?

    19. How to use the Recovery Console?

    20. Which commands can be used in the recovery console?

    21. Can the recovery console be used to remove malware (spyware/viruses/trojans)? If yes, how?

    22. How to access the Recovery Console if the Windows XP computer doesn’t even boot or start up?

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    How do I get to the recovery console if my Windows XP crashed and doesn’t boot?

    23. Why doesn’t my Windows XP installation CD give me the option to start the recovery console? Where is it?

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    I don’t see any option to start the Recovery Console, using my Windows XP disc. How do I start the Recovery Console?

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    How can I get to the Windows Recovery Console without an official Windows Setup CD?

     

    24. While booting the Windows XP computer using the setup disc, I get the error, “Setup did not find any hard disk drives in your computer.” , but the hard drive is connected and working. What’s the problem and how to solve it?

    25. Where can I find drivers for my hard disk controller? How can I tell what kind of hard disk controller I have?

    26. After installing the XP Recovery Console, I get the error “BIOSINFO.INF is missing (Error 14)”. Where can I get this file or how can I solve this problem?

    27.I get a BSOD (blue screen of death), every time I try to install the Recovery Console. How can I install the Recovery Console?

     

     

     

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    28. What are the limitations of the Recovery Console and how to remove them?

    29. How to install Recovery Console during an unattended installation?

    30. I don’t have access to the normal mode or the safe mode in Windows XP. Using the Recovery Console, can I somehow find out, which version of the service pack is installed on the system?

    31. If I try to install the Recovery Console on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, I receive the following error message:

    Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

    32. Can I use system restore for restoring the system from within the recovery console? If yes, how?

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    How can I use the Recovery Console to restore the system to an earlier state?

    33.  How to uninstall a hotfix or Service Pack via the Recovery Console?

    34. How to create an XP Recovery Console on a USB flash drive, which is bootable?

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    Is it possible to create and use a Recovery Console on a USB flash drive? If yes, how?

     

     

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    Q.1. What is the recovery console?

    Ans. The Recovery Console is a command-based, set of diagnostic tools available in some Windows versions.

    It is a text mode troubleshooting and recovery tool introduced by Microsoft in Windows 2000 and later versions of Windows, including Windows XP. It helps recover, change or fix files or settings which could cause the computer not to function properly. It is available on the XP installation discs and can be installed to the hard drive as an extra boot option. It allows you to boot from disc and run a command-line “console”, from within which you can examine your hard disk, copy files and fix problems.

    Many people don’t know or haven’t even heard of the Recovery Console. But when their system fails to boot, it could be too late to learn about this tool.

    If your Windows system can’t boot even in the Safe Mode,the Last Known Good Configuration, or other boot menu options, you can try using the Recovery Console to restore the system to an earlier system restore point. Since this method involves using commands to find and troubleshoot Windows problems, you should be an advanced Windows user, who knows how to use at least some basic commands. You should also have an administrator password, to log on to the recovery console.

    In the Recovery Console, commands are available which you can use to work with directories and some powerful commands like fixboot can fix a damaged hard disk boot sector. You can access Help for the commands in the Recovery Console by typing help at the Recovery Console command prompt.

     

    Whenever Windows doesn’t work, or fail to boot, most people think of doing a re-install. Using the Recovery Console doesn’t come to their minds, even though it is one of the most useful tools for error recovery, without making any loss of data. So, whenever Windows gives any error message which tells you to fix it using the Recovery Console, you shouldn’t ignore it. It’s not that hard to use the Recovery Console and it’s much faster than installing Windows and all the software programs again.

     

     

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    Q.2. What are the requirements for using the Windows Recovery Console?

    Ans. Note the following requirements before using the Windows Recovery Console:

    • Unless you have installed the Recovery Console as a boot menu option, you should have a Microsoft Windows installation disc.
    • You should know the Microsoft Windows Administrator account password.\
    • You should have at least some experience in using MSD-DOS commands.

    You will have access only to the root directory and the Windows directory. You won’t be able to access any other directory through the Recovery Console.

    Note: If you don’t have an official Microsoft Windows XP disc, you can get into the Recovery Console by getting this Recovery Console ISO disc image file, burning it on a CD and booting from this disc. Burning an ISO image file is quiet different from burning data files to a CD. If you don’t know how to burn an ISO image file to disc, view this post first.

     

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    Q.3. What is the Recovery Console used for and when should it be used?

    Ans. The Recovery Console is used to help resolve a number of major system problems.

    The Recovery Console is particularly useful for repairing or replacing important operating system files, if you have to repair Windows by copying a file from another source like a CD-ROM, or if you have to reconfigure a troublesome service which is not letting the computer startup. When these files or services won’t work properly, Windows may not startup at all, not even in Safe Mode. In such cases, you must start the Recovery Console to restore the files.

    The Recovery Console is also useful in situations such as removing malware, spyware, trojans and other viruses, which cannot be removed in Normal Mode and Safe Mode.

    This method of system recovery is for advanced users only! It allows you to access the files, format drives, disable and enable services, read and write data on a local drive and do many administrative operations from a console prompt.

     

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    Q.4. What can the Recovery Console do for me?

    Ans. When you use the Windows Recovery Console, you can get limited access to NTFS, FAT, and FAT32 partitions, without starting the Windows graphical user interface.

    In the Windows 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.

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    Q.5. I use an imaging software regularly to backup my Windows partition. Do I really need to know about the Recovery Console?

    Ans. It’s always better to know more than one way to recover a system. Secondly, not everyone uses an imaging software to backup their partitions and you may be at some other computer or could help someone else recover Windows, if you knew how to use the Recovery Console. Thirdly, you could have some important data that you haven’t yet backed up and Windows failed to boot.

    It would be very useful to know and familiarize yourself with the Recovery Console, even if you have no intention of using the command line. If ever their is a problem, causing Windows XP not to boot, this command line facility could allow you to repair a corrupted system or backup precious personal files. In old DOS-based systems, a DOS boot disk could be used to access and retrieve data. But the NTFS systems like Windows XP cannot be accessed using DOS.

    It’s possible to create many types of CD boot disks which provide for emergency repair and retrieval of data, using Linux or special NTFS readers. However, Windows XP comes with its own accessory for handling this. The Recovery Console will work with FAT and NTFS formatted disks but it’s especially useful with NTFS formatted disks.

     

     

     

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    Q.6. Which versions of Windows support the Recovery Console?

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    On which versions of Windows does the Recovery Console work?

    Ans. The Recovery Console is supported in the following Windows versions:

    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    However, note that if you have an OEM computer, your computer manufacturer may or may not have installed the Recovery Console, or may have totally removed it from the boot or recovery disks. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer’s website to know more. Not all manufacturers provide the Windows XP setup disc.

     

     

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    Q.7. What happened to the Recovery Console on other Windows versions like Vista and 7?

    Ans. The Recovery Console in earlier versions of Windows has been removed in these versions of Windows and replaced by several tools located in the System Recovery Options menu. The System Recovery Options menu is on the installation discs.

    If Windows doesn’t start correctly, you can use these tools to repair startup problems, restore your system files to an earlier point in time, run tests on your computer’s RAM, and in some editions of Windows Vista, restore your entire computer and system files from backups.

    For more information, see:

    What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista?

    What are the system recovery options in Windows 7?

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Q.8.  What should be done before using the Recovery Console?

    Ans. When Windows doesn’t boot in the Normal Mode, the first thing to try is the Safe Mode and undo any changes that you did, before it stopped booting normally. Say, if you installed or updated some software program, you should uninstall the program or the update and then try to restart the system normally. You should also try the “Last Known Good Configuration” boot menu option, if Windows doesn’t boot. This works many times and the next time you start your computer, it should start up normally.

    If Windows doesn’t boot with both of the above options, only then should you try to use the Recovery Console. But, before using the Recovery Console, it’s a good practice to do the following:

     

     

    Back up your hard drive by creating the exact image of it

    It’s a very good practice to create an image copy of your hard disk, before you start using the Recovery Console. This is because, in the hands of an in-experienced user, or by wrongly using it, the Recovery Console could do more harm than good and you could lose important data. There are many commercial and some free image Recovery programs available which can do this for you. If you wish to know about them or how to use them to create an image, view this post.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Q.9. How to get into the Safe Mode in Windows XP and Vista?

    Ans. You should keep tapping the F8 function key or hold it after you turn the computer ON. If it doesn’t give the advanced boot menu options screen, turn it off while Windows XP tries to boot up. Then turn it on, again. Windows will bring up the Advanced Options Menu, where you can select the Safe Mode or the “Last Known Good Configuration” option. Sometimes, the system automatically restarts due to problems booting up normally and the next time it presents you with the Advanced Options Menu automatically.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Q.10. How to install the Recovery Console, after Windows is already installed?

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    I have a working Windows XP system. How can I install the recovery console on the hard disk drive so that it’s available as a boot menu option?

    Ans. To install the Recovery Console, you will need your Windows XP CD. The version of Windows XP on the CD must match or surpass the version installed on your computer, thus a Service Pack 3 disk is recommended.

    If you don’t have the Windows installation disc, try to borrow one from a friend or co-worker. If you still can’t find one, you can download setup disks or disk images from Microsoft. However, since floppy disk drives can only be found on very old computers, so a Recovery Console CD or ISO image can be downloaded from here. If you don’t know how to burn an ISO disk image to a CD, view this post.

    The following paragraphs explain how to install the Recovery Console on a working Windows computer. If Windows isn’t starting up and you wish to use the Recovery Console, check the answer to the next question below (Q.10).

    You can install the Recovery Console on your computer to make it available as a boot option. It will be helpful when Windows doesn’t start. You can then select the Recovery Console option from the Windows boot menu, during startup. To install the Recovery Console, you must be logged on into Windows as an administrator.

    Although you can run the Recovery Console by starting it directly from the Windows XP CD, it takes more time to start and you may not have the Windows XP CD handy at that time. So, it’s better to have it as a start menu option.

     

    To install the Recovery Console on to the hard drive, follow these steps:

    Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive.

    Click Start, and then click Run.

    In the Run box, type the following command and hit the Enter key:

    D:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    D is the drive letter for the CD-ROM drive. Replace it with your CD-ROM drive’s drive letter.

    If you have the 64 bit edition of Windows XP professional, type the following command and hit the Enter key:

    D:\amd64\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    A Windows Setup dialog box appears, which describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm that you want to install the Recovery Console, click Yes.

    Once the installation is complete, click on OK and then remove the CD from the drive. Then, restart the computer. After you restart your computer, “Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” can be seen as a boot option in the Windows boot menu. You have successfully installed the Windows Recovery Console.

    This post gives step by step instructions on how to install the Recovery Console to the hard drive.

    Here’s a YouTube video which shows how to install the Recovery Console.

     

     

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    Q.11. How to start the Recovery Console directly from the Windows XP CD?

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    How can I start the computer and use the Recovery Console from the Windows installation disc?

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    How can I run the Recovery Console without installing it?

    Ans. Follow the steps given below, to start the Recovery Console from the Windows XP installation disc:

    • Boot the computer with the Windows XP install disc in the CD drive. If you don’t know how to do this, check out one of these YouTube videos:
    • How To Change First Boot Device in BIOS?
    • Change Boot Order and Boot from a CD/DVD
    • When you see the “Welcome to Setup” screen, press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
    • The Recovery Console starts. If you have more than one Windows installation, select the installation that you wish to repair from the Recovery Console, by pressing the installation number followed by the Enter key. If you have just one Windows installation, just type 1 and press Enter.
    • When prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. If you don’t know the password, try pressing the Enter key anyway. Most of the times, this may work. If it doesn’t work, view this post on how to reset your Windows XP administrator password.
    • When you see the prompt C:\Windows\>, type the command, help and press Enter to see a list of all available commands. Now, you can enter the commands you wish to use.
    • For information about a specific command, type the word help followed by the command name and then press ENTER.
    • To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

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    Q.12. I don’t have the Windows installation disc and I don’t want to install the Recovery Console on the hard drive. Can I download the Recovery Console from somewhere and put it on disc?

    Ans. Download it from here, unzip it and burn it to a CD as an ISO file. It’s just about 7 MB in size and runs faster than booting with a Windows installation disc. If you don’t know how to burn an ISO file, read this post.

     

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    Q.13. How to delete or remove the Recovery Console installation from the system?

    Ans. Warning: Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Make sure that you delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you finish this procedure.

    Follow the steps given below, to remove the Recovery Console installation from the hard drive:

    • Open My Computer, and then double-click the hard disk partition (mostly drive C), where you installed the Recovery Console.
    • Click the Tools menu, then 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.
    • From the root folder (drive C), 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 Microsoft Windows Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:

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

    • Delete the line that looks like the above.
    • Save the file and close it. Again, right click it, click on properties and click the check box to make the file read-only. Then, click OK.
    • Now, when you restart your computer, you won’t get the Recovery Console boot menu option anymore.

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    Q.14. In what circumstances is the Recovery Console helpful?

    A number of commands are available in Recovery Console. Using these commands in specific ways can help solve specific problems. All Recovery Console commands must be entered manually using a strict syntax.

    Here are some examples where executing particular commands in the Recovery Console was necessary to resolve very damaging issues:

    • Repair the Master Boot Record in Windows XP.
    • Restore Hal.dll From the Windows XP CD.
    • Restore NTLDR and NTDetect.com from the Windows XP CD.
    • Restore a backup of the registry files to start Windows.

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    Q.15. How is the Recovery Console Accessed?

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    How to start the Recovery Console?

    Ans. The Recovery Console is usually accessed from the original Windows installation CD. Alternatively, it can be accessed from the Windows boot menu, but only if it has been preinstalled on your system.

    To start the Recovery Console from the Windows installation disc, view Q.10 above, and follow the instructions.

    To install and start the Recovery Console from the hard drive so that it’s available as a boot menu option during Windows XP startup, view Q.9 above, and follow the instructions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Q.16. How to access the Recovery Console without a Windows XP disc?

    Ans. Accessing the Recovery Console Without a Windows CD

    Most of the times, OEM computer manufacturers don’t include the Windows installation CD with their systems. They include a recovery partition on the system or one or more system recovery discs. They may or may not provide a way to access the Recovery Console. So, if you own an OEM or branded computer, check the documentation whether your manufacturer provides a way to access the Recovery Console. If it’s missing, continue to read below.

    Many years ago, computer vendors used to provide a Windows Setup disc along with their computers which would allow users to reinstall individual system files or Windows components, in case something went wrong. But today, the best that you can get with a branded system is the so-called recovery or restore disc. Many vendors don’t even provide such a disc, instead, they put a restore partition on the computer hard drive itself. This partition is hidden from normal view and can be accessed using a key displayed during computer startup. But imagine what would happen if the hard drive fails! You can’t even access the recovery partition in such a case. Unless, you’re a computer geek, you have no way of getting back your data or recovering from the Windows crash! You may be able to order recovery discs from your vendor, but this can take quite a long time and if your computer’s warranty is over, then you’d have a very hard time. And even if you are able to get such a disc, it’s still an OEM disc and not the real Windows Setup disc, which may lack some features available on the real Windows disc.

    Some major OEM computer vendors provide a software program which allows you to create a restore disc from the hidden restore partition, so this is the first thing you should do, after buying a branded computer system. Your vendor’s website may also have such recovery disc software from where you can download and burn it to disc. SO, you should check it. But know that with a recovery or restore disc, you won’t be able to reinstall or repair a previous Windows installation. It will only give an option to format and reinstall a clean and new copy of Windows.

    So, what are the alternatives to be able to repair your Windows installation or restore just a few needed system files? First, you should look within your Windows folder or even on the root of the system drive (mostly C:) for a folder named i386. Some vendors copy the Windows installation files into this folder. If you find such a folder, you should burn it to a disc. Also look for the drivers folder within the Windows folder and burn that one too. Even though this disc won’t be bootable and functional as a Windows Setup disc, it’d still be useful if you are able to boot into your Windows system, somehow.

    Since you may have bought the system many years ago, and applied updates and patches to the original Windows, now the disc that you burned, won’t have all of those patches and updates. A solution to this problem is to slipstream with the XP SP3 update. To know more how to slipstream Windows XP, view this post. You can also use the free Autostreamer to do this job.

    Another problem is to get the Windows XP product key. It may be on a sticker somewhere on the computer or in the documentation that came with it. Note it down somewhere, where from you can retrieve it easily. In case, you can’t find it, there are some programs that will do this for you. ViewXP, Keyfinder and Belarc Advisor – all of them can do this for you.

    If you don’t want to work hard, doing all of the above, there are programs that can make life simpler for you. They are called disc imaging programs. View this post to know more, how to use such a free program to make an image of your Windows partition to recover later, in case of a system crash.

     

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    Q.17. How to enter the Recovery Console if the administrator password is lost or forgotten?Ans. To recover or reset your Windows XP Administrator password, view this post.

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    Q.18. Is there a way to make Windows XP not ask a password for the Administrator account only in the Recovery Console?

    Ans. Using this registry hack, you can’t recover a password. But using this may help you one day to enter the Recovery Console, when you can’t boot into Windows XP normally. This hack makes Windows XP not to ask for a password in the Recovery Console.

    This hack has to be carried out when your Windows XP is working normally. Follow the below procedure:

    Click Start –> Run  and type in regedit and press the Enter key.

    Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole

    Set the DWORD SecurityLevel value to 1

    Exit Registry and Reboot.

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    Q.19. How to use the Recovery Console?

    Ans. If Windows isn’t starting and you don’t have the Recovery Console installed as a boot menu option, you need the Windows XP Setup CD.

    To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD:

    Put the Windows XP CD into the CD drive, and restart the computer.

    When you see the “Welcome to Setup” screen, press R to start the Recovery Console.

    (When you use the Recovery Console, you are working at a special command prompt, not the ordinary Windows command prompt. The Recovery Console has its own, special command prompt. To enter this command prompt, the Recovery Console asks you to type the local Administrator password.)

    The Recovery Console takes some time to start. When the Recovery Console menu appears, a numbered list of the Windows installations on the computer appears. (Generally, only c:\Windows appears if there’s only one installation of Windows.) Press a number before you press ENTER, even when only one entry appears.

    Note that if you press ENTER without selecting a number, the computer restarts.

    If you have a dual-boot computer, select the Windows installation that you want to repair with the Recovery Console.

    When asked, type the Administrator password. If there’s no password for the administrator, just press ENTER.

    When you see the prompt for %SystemRoot% (generally C:\Windows), you can start using the available commands for the Recovery Console.

    At the command prompt, type the appropriate commands to detect and repair your Windows installation.

    For a list of available commands in the Recovery Console, type HELP at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

    For information about a command, type HELP COMMANDNAME at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. For example, to know more about the DIR command, type HELP DIR and press the ENTER key.

    To exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type EXIT at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

     

     

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    Q.20. Which commands can be used in the recovery console?

    Ans. What do you do in the Recovery Console? Which Commands do you have to enter or type? And, how to get help about these commands? The table given below, lists all the available Recovery Console commands and their descriptions. If you want more details about a specific command, they can be accessed by entering a “/?” after the command-name. For example:

    dir /?

    For more details about these commands, please view this knowledgebase article from Microsoft.

    The Recovery Console is a command-line interface. Most of the commands come from MS-DOS. So, if you have used MS-DOS before and are familiar with it, you can figure out what a command does.

    Note that the Recovery Console has its own command interpreter and the commands may somewhat differ from those of the same name in a regular DOS command prompt. Also, in the default configuration, some commands are disabled or limited in their functions. Refer to the answer to Q.27  to remove some of these restrictions.

     

    The following commands can be used in the Recovery Console:

    Command

    Description

    Attrib Changes the attributes of a file or directory
    Batch Executes the commands specified in the text file
    Bootcfg Boot file (boot.ini) configuration and recovery
    ChDir (CD) Displays the name of the current directory or changes the current directory
    Chkdsk Checks a disk and displays a status report
    Cls Clears the screen
    Copy Copies a single file to another location
    Delete (Del) Deletes one or more files
    Dir Displays a list of files and subdirectories in a directory
    Disable Disables a system service or a device driver
    Diskpart Manages partitions on your hard drives
    Enable Starts or enables a system service or a device driver
    Exit Exits the Recovery Console and restarts your computer
    Expand Extracts a file from a compressed file
    Fixboot Writes a new partition boot sector onto the specified partition
    Fixmbr Repairs the master boot record of the specified disk
    Format Formats a disk
    Help Displays a list of the commands you can use in the Recovery Console
    Listsvc Lists the services and drivers available on the computer
    Logon Logs on to a Windows installation
    Map Displays the drive letter mappings
    Mkdir (MD) Creates a directory
    More Displays a text file
    Rename (Ren) Renames a single file
    Rmdir (RD) Deletes a directory
    Set Displays and sets environment variables
    Systemroot Sets the current directory to the systemroot directory of the system you are currently logged on to.
    Type Displays a text file

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    21. Can the recovery console be used to remove malware (spyware/viruses/trojans)? If yes, how?

    Ans. View this post to know how to use the Recovery Console to remove malware.

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    22. How to access the Recovery Console if the Windows XP computer doesn’t even boot or start up?

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    How do I get to the recovery console if my Windows XP crashed and doesn’t boot?

    Ans. If you have the Windows XP installation disc, insert it into the drive and boot the computer from the disc. If you don’t know how to boot the computer from a CD/DVD, view this post.

    After the setup loads the needed drivers, you’ll get a screen asking you what to do, as shown below. Once you’re on this screen, press the R key on your keyboard to start the Recovery Console.

     

     

     

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    23. Why doesn’t my Windows XP installation CD give me the option to start the recovery console? Where is it?

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    I don’t see any option to start the Recovery Console, using my Windows XP disc. How do I start the Recovery Console?

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    How can I get to the Windows Recovery Console without an official Windows Setup CD?

    Ans. If you don’t have the Windows XP installation disc, you can download a small, 7 MB ISO image  of just the Recovery Console, burn it to disc and boot the computer using that disc. This has an advantage over using the installation disc – it boots the system much faster than the Windows XP installation disc.

    Download the Recovery Console ISO image from here.

    If you don’t know how to burn an ISO image to disc, view this post.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    24. While booting the Windows XP computer into the Recovery Console, using the setup disc, I get the error,

    “Setup did not find any hard disk drives in your computer.”

    The hard drive is connected and working. What’s the problem and how to solve it?

    Ans. Your hard drive needs a special driver, which is not included in the standard Windows XP setup disc. You need to download and install your hard disk driver from the computer or hard drive manufacturer’s website or from the Internet. Then, put it on a floppy drive and have it ready when booting your computer from the setup disc.

    If your computer doesn’t have a floppy drive, see whether you can get one from a friend or relative. If you can’t get it, view this post about how to install SATA drivers without a floppy drive, and even after Windows has been already installed! No need to make a slipstreamed CD!

     

    Solution for people who have a floppy disk drive attached to the computer:

    When you have the hard disk driver ready and boot the computer off your XP setup disc, after a few seconds, you get a message telling you to press F6 if you want to insert a third party driver. At this time, press the F6 key and then insert your driver floppy into the floppy drive.

    Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver…

    Windows Setup won’t instantly tell you that it recognized your pressing the F6 key. Wait for it a minute or two. You will be given the option:

    To specify additional SCSI adapters… or special disk controllers…

    Press ‘S’ to select this option.

    You will then be given a list of hard disk drivers to install. NOTE: The list will only show the first four drivers, even though there may be more than four. If this is the case, simply use the arrow keys to scroll down through the list until you find your exact hard disk controller driver. Then select it with Enter.

    Once you have specified the correct hard disk controller driver, Windows XP Setup should be able to view your hard drives and then you will get the opportunity to enter the recovery console.

    You won’t need to specify the hard disk driver or insert the driver floppy every time – the driver gets installed or copied to the hard drive and the next time you start the Recovery Console, it would be loaded automatically.

     

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    Q.25. Where can I find drivers for my hard disk controller? How can I tell what kind of hard disk controller I have?

    Ans. Click the Start Menu and click Run. Then, type in devmgmt.msc and press the Enter key. In Device Manager, click the + (plus) sign next to “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers” and then double-click on the hard drive controller. Clicking the driver tab in the device properties, would tell you the drive controller manufacturer and model number.

    Device Manager - HDD Controller

    Note down this information, and then go to the manufacturer’s website, search for and download the driver. Typical drivers have a bunch of files in them. For example:

    iaahci.cat

    iaahci.inf

    iastor.catiastor.infiastor.syslicense.txtreadme.txttxtsetup.oem

    For more information or if you want to install SATA drivers to an already installed Windows XP system, read this post:

     

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    Q. 26. After installing the XP Recovery Console, I get the error “BIOSINFO.INF is missing (Error 14)”. Where can I get this file or how can I solve this problem?

    Ans. Microsoft tells you to install the Recovery Console from the Windows XP installation disc, but many computer vendors don’t ship any official Windows XP installation disc. So Microsoft instructions may not always work.

    First, remove the existing Recovery Console. View the answer to Q.12 for removal details.

    Once the Recovery Console is removed, now install the Recovery Console again. Instead of installing from the Windows XP installation disc, install it from the existing XP installation on your hard drive.

    Click the Start Menu and then click Run. In the Run box, type:

    C:\WINDOWS\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

     

    and press the Enter key. When the Windows Setup dialog box appears, click OK.

    WindowsSetup1

    On the next Windows Setup dialog box, click Yes.

    WindowsSetup2

    If you’re connected to the Internet, Setup downloads some updates if available. If you’re not connected to the Internet, you get the following dialog box. Just click “Skip this step and continue installing Windows”.

    WindowsSetup3

    Setup starts copying files and then gives the following dialog box. Just click OK. The Windows Recovery Console has been successfully installed.

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    Q.27. I get a BSOD (Blue Screen of Death), every time I try to install the Recovery Console. How can I install the Recovery Console?

    Ans. Unless you’re sure of the cause, you should do everything that Microsoft recommends on the BSOD page, like restarting the computer, checking for viruses etc.

    If you’re not able to read the BSOD error because after the BSOD, the system reboots, keep pressing the F8 function key before Windows restarts. When you get the Windows Boot Menu, highlight “Disable automatic restart on system failure” and press the Enter key. This won’t make your system reboot on BSOD and you can see the error.

    Windows XP F8 Boot Menu

    If you still keep getting the BSOD, it’s quite possible that the Recovery Console doesn’t have the correct driver for your hard disk controller. But, how do you replace the hard disk controller driver for the Recovery Console? Read and follow the instructions in this post.

     

     

     

     

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    28. What are the limitations of the Recovery Console and how to remove them?

    Ans. Restrictions and Limitations of the Recovery Console:

    From the Windows Recovery Console you can only use the following folders:

    • The root folder.  For example: C:\, D:\, etc
    • The %SystemRoot% folder and subfolders of the Windows installation you are currently logged on to
    • The Cmdcons folder
    • Removable media drives such as CD-ROM drives If you access other folders, you get an “Access Denied” error. You also cannot copy a file from the local hard disk to a floppy disk, though you can copy a file from the floppy disk or CD-ROM to a hard disk and from one hard disk to another.

    Recovery Console rules
    There are many environment rules in effect in the default Recovery Console. Type the command, SET, to list the currently applied environment rules. The default rules are:

    AllowAllPaths = FALSE

    prevents access to directories and subdirectories outside the system installation that you selected when you entered the Recovery Console.

    AllowRemovableMedia = FALSE

    prevents access to removable media as a target for copied files.

     

    AllowWildCards = FALSE

    prevents wildcard support for commands such as copy and del.

     

    NoCopyPrompt = FALSE

    the Recovery Console will ask for confirmation when overwriting an existing file.

     

    Removing Console Restrictions

    Removing the above Recovery Console restrictions have to be carried out while you’re logged into Windows XP normal mode. They can’t be done from within the Recovery Console.

    Open regedit and find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole\. In the right pane, this key will have an entry “SetCommand”. Put a value of 1. This is shown in the figure below.

    Remove_Recovery_Console_Restrictions

    Registry editing is not for everyone and can do more harm in the hands of an inexperienced user. Those who are not confident in using it can download this small script which will make the Registry edit for you. You only have to extract it, right-click on it and click install. Click here to download the setcommand script in zip format. Before using it, you may want to backup the registry or create a system restore point.

     

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    29. How to install Recovery Console during an unattended installation?

    Ans. In order to install the Recovery Console during the unattended installation of Windows, it is necessary to use the [GuiRunOnce] section of the unattend.txt file. The command needed for an unattended installation of Windows XP is:

    CD_Drive:\i386\winnt32 /cmdcons /dudisable /unattend

    Where CD_Drive is the drive letter of your CD_Drive.

    For more information about how to use the Unattend.txt file, see the Deployment Planning Guide of the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit.

     

     

     

     

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    30. I don’t have access to the normal mode or the safe mode in Windows XP. Using the Recovery Console, can I somehow find out, which version of the service pack is installed on the system? 

    Ans. From within the Recovery Console, while in the Windows folder type:

    dir explorer.exe

    The date and size of explorer.exe will tell you the Service Pack installed on the system:

    Windows XP Service Pack Creation Date of explorer.exe File Size of
    explorer.exe (in bytes)
    No Service Pack 08/23/2001 05:00 AM 1,000,960
    Service Pack 1 08/29/2002 03:41 AM 1,004,032
    Service Pack 2 06/13/2007 03:23 AM 1,033,216
    Service Pack 3 04/14/2008 05:42 AM 1,033,728

     

     

     

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    31. If I try to install the Recovery Console on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer, I receive the following error message:

    Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

    Ans. View this Microsoft Knowledgebase article. It has simple instructions on how to solve this problem.

     

     

     

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    32. Can I use system restore for restoring the system from within the recovery console? If yes, how?

    Ans. Yes, you can restore the system using the Recovery Console but this process is lengthy and you should use it only when you can’t boot the system normally or even using the Safe Mode and other options from the XP boot menu. Please view this post to know the procedure.

     

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    33.  How to uninstall a hotfix or Service Pack using the Recovery Console?

    Ans. To uninstall a hotfix or Service Pack using the Recovery Console, view this post.

     

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    34. How to create an XP Recovery Console on a USB flash drive, which is bootable?

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    Is it possible to create a USB pen drive bootable version of the Recovery Console?

    Ans. Yes, it is possible to create a USB pen drive version of the Recovery Console and it’s not too hard to do. Follow the steps given below to create the USB version of the Recovery Console.

    WARNING: Any data you have on the USB flash/pen drive would be erased and the drive would be formatted for use with the Recovery Console. Make sure to backup any data you may have on the pen drive to another drive, before continuing with the below procedure.

    Note: Booting from the USB flash drive depends on your computer’s BIOS. If this option isn’t present there, then this thing won’t work for you. You may want to try using a Recovery Console disc, instead.

     

    1. Download and extract this file to a location on your hard drive. For example, C:\.

    2. After extracting the above file to a suitable location, open the extracted folder in Windows Explorer and double-click to run the file named hpusbfw.exe.

    3. Select your device, if you have more than one, from the drop-down list. Then, select the FAT32 file system from the available types and type any volume label of your liking. Now, click on Start, to format your flash drive.

    Format_Flash_Drive

    4. Open the command prompt and drag bootsect.exe on to the command prompt window. The path to the bootsect.exe file would be printed. Add the option /nt52 followed by the letter of your flash drive, as shown below, and press the Enter key to update the bootcode on your flash drive.

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    5. Copy the contents of the folder, “Copy my contents only” to your flash drive.

    6. Open the file TinyHexer by double-clicking on it, from the location you extracted the zip file in step 1.

    7. Click the File Menu and click Open, to select and open the NTLDR file which is on your flash drive.

    8. Once this file is open, click the Edit Menu and then click Find/Replace. Check the options “find text” and “ignore case”, type NTLDR in the text search box and then click the Find button. Then, click the Replace button, check the option “is text” and type CMLDR in the replace text box. Finally, click “Replace All” button to replace all instances of NTLDR by CMLDR.

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    9. Now, click the File Menu and click Save As, to save it to your flash drive. Name the file as USBLDR and then exit TinyHexer.

    10. To test the USB Recovery Console, reboot your system and then, select the first boot device in your CMOS boot options as the USB flash drive or if available on your system, press the key to show the boot menu. Select boot from USB, save and exit the CMOS setup. The Recovery Console should start and should be up within seconds.

     

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    September 2nd, 2011 No comments

    Bluetooth has steadily become one of the most popular wireless technologies of our generation, allowing a multitude of different types of devices to communicate with one another, be it your video camera, cellphone, printer, and even the entertainment, phone, or navigation systems on your car!

    It’s used largely as a means to transfer files from one device to another, but it can also be used for hands-free telephony and even as the medium for working wireless devices such as game controllers, keyboards, and mice. Given how integral it’s becoming in our daily lives, it’s really no wonder if you’d like to install bluetooth capability onto your PC, the better to integrate all your devices. Unfortunately, users of Windows XP might have a little trouble getting in on this wireless revolution.

    Old, But Not Out

    The problem Windows XP users might face has to do with the age of the operating system. Being over a decade old means that the set of drivers that can be found on its system files might be long outdated and unable to support the latest generation of devices and peripherals. This is an especially big problem given how around 40% of the computers that log on to the internet are still running Windows XP. If you’re one of these millions of users, you’ll be pleased to learn that you don’t have to upgrade to a new OS just yet. Here are a few things you can try to get your bluetooth device working with Windows XP.

    Check the Catalog

    Microsoft maintains and constantly updates an exhaustive list of all the devices, gadgets, and gizmos that should work fine with Windows XP. The list can be accessed at this website. You should be able to tell at a glance if the bluetooth card or USB dongle you wish to install is compatible. Similarly, the manufacturer often states on the product’s packaging if it is XP compatible. Be sure to do these checks before you commit to buying any device.

    Update XP  to the Latest Version

    Because of its longer than expected popularity, Microsoft still continues to provide technical support for Windows XP. This includes service packs and periodic updates, which contain bug fixes and security upgrades, along with a few drivers in order to keep the operating system compatible with the latest hardware. If you don’t think your version of Windows XP is up to date, you can download the updates from this website.

    Check Your Drivers

    Regardless of whether your bluetooth device is a dongle or a card that needs to be installed internally, it should have come with a CD that contains all the drivers necessary for its operation. If you’ve already installed the drivers but haven’t gotten the device to work, then your drivers might be outdated or just plain incompatible with the device. You can log onto the manufacturer’s website and download the right updated driver yourself.

    Or, if that task sounds a bit too tedious, you can download our Driver Scan Tool to give your PC a thorough check to see if all your drivers are compatible and up to date, This should help you avoid any hardware installation headaches in the future, allowing you to focus on maximizing you fun and productivity instead.

     

    Easy Steps On How You Can Overclock Your HP TouchPad

    September 2nd, 2011 No comments

    The HP TouchPad is one of the hottest selling devices from Hewlett Packard. It can do a lot from browsing the web to playing games. If you want to get more out of your device though you might want to overclock it. Overclocking your HP TouchPad is done in order to speed up its processing time and make it possible for you to download more apps and games on it.

    Overclocking your HP TouchPad table is safe to do and won’t have any effects on its battery’s performance. Once it is done, you will notice the tablet becomes more responsive to your touches and commands, with a superb fast and fluid performance. Since it works on a dual core processor, following the steps correctly will overclock both processors.

    Easy to follow steps on how to overclock your HP TouchPad

    1. Check that the latest version of webOS should be installed on your HP TouchPad
    2. Connect your HP TouchPad to your computer and make sure that the ‘USB Drive’ is not activated and should only be on Charge mode.
    3. On the main screen of your HP TouchPad,  type webos20090606 on the search box and make sure that you leave the password field blank since providing the webdoctor with a password will cause your tablet to reset.
    4. Install HP webOS Quick Install and allow it to install a driver for your HP TouchPad.
    5. The next thing you need to do is click the Globe Icon to see the list of available applications that you can install in your tablet. Search for PREWARE on the list, highlight it and click the Install button afterwards.
    6. Open the applications menu on your HP TouchPad an click on the Downloads Tab. Search for PREWARE again but the only difference now is that you will open it. On its drop down menu, click on Manage Feeds.
    7. Type in the settings that you want and click on Add Feed. Repeat the steps until you have added all the feeds that you want.
    8. Search for Govnah and download the said application. Allow the program to install and after successful installation, restart your HP TouchPad device to overclock your device.

    One of the crucial steps in overclocking your HP TouchPad is to make sure that your driver has the latest version installed. If you want a tool that verifies and locates the correct driver file for any of your devices, you can click on the link for an easier and faster automatic update for your drivers.

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