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The 6 Best Ways to Update Your Drivers

October 28th, 2013 No comments

Drivers are an integral part of Microsoft operating systems: software components that help your computer use its various hardware features … or any new devices that you buy and attach.

This makes drivers very important for managing external data as well as internal functions. Over time, they can steadily lose their relevance if they’re not updated. Generally speaking, you don’t need to update a driver if nothing is wrong, but if you’re noticing problems with important devices or functions, it may be time to search for an upgrade.

Here are some of the most common ways to find the right driver installations, and important considerations for each method.

1. The device itself

From USB to printer drivers, most devices include a download that automatically provides the necessary software when you’re first connecting the device to your PC. Sometimes (although this is increasingly rare) you have a CD with software included on it.

You may be prompted to visit a company website and download from there. Typically, driver software that comes with a device is not very dependable; it tends to be old and obsolete compared to online versions. But if your device is not installing properly, reinstalling the original drivers could be the solution to your problem.

2. The operating system

If you want an easy way to update drivers, look at your Windows operating system. In the Device Manager or a related Windows tool, you will see all the drivers that need to be updated, and you can ask Windows to update your drivers itself.

This does not necessarily mean you will get the latest drivers, but it will provide you with the best updates that Windows can find, and compatibility will probably not be an issue.

3. An aggregation website

Fortunately, others have already done a lot of the work for you. If you want a driver for any external advice, try using a generic search to see what pops up. Some sites will help you quickly locate the right drivers for your operating system with a minimal amount of fuss. They’ll get your downloads in a short amount of time with easy instructions. If you can find a site that does the work for you, use it!

4. Your computer brand site

Sometimes it can be more difficult to locate the driver that you want. In those cases, it’s time to visit the website from which you bought your computer or the brand website that your device belongs to. Dell, HP, Logitech, Lenovo … you get the idea. They may have driver downloads available or at least provide a quick link to the right place to find them.

5. The chipset manufacturer

If you’re determined to get the latest driver for internal functions, visit the manufacturer of the chipset for your computer. The most common manufacturers are companies like Nvidia and Realtek.

These brands have the latest drivers up in record time, since they’re the ones responsible for bringing it to market. Search for your particular chipset model to locate the right drivers. However, you may want to approach this option carefully: the very latest driver updates may come with bugs or compatibility issues. It may actually be preferable to get an older, smoother version.

6. The hardware manufacturer

If you want to go a further step down the supply chain, you can look for the hardware manufacturer itself — the company that makes the actual video card, motherboard, or other hardware component. You can’t get any closer to the source than this.

Many of these manufacturers offer advanced update options that let you customize the update in various ways, to add features or ensure compatibility … as long as you know what you’re doing.

Updating Windows XP Drivers

March 22nd, 2012 No comments

One of the most effective solutions when a hardware is experiencing technical difficulties would be to update its drivers. This is a common way of dealing with hardware problems in Windows XP, especially if the device does not install automatically and when a Device Manager error code pops up. Besides, updating drivers will also give you the chance to enjoy additional features for the hardware.

Below is an easy to follow direction on how to update drivers in the Device Manager option in Windows XP:

1. Download and extract all necessary driver files from the hardware maker or manufacturer, but there are also other means of getting these files. Updating drivers can also be done via Windows Update, or you can use the installation disc that comes with the purchase of the hardware.

2. Open the Device Manager option from the Windows XP Computer Management utility

3. Locate the device whose drivers you want to update

4. Right click on the device’s name or icon, and choose Properties and select the Driver tab

5. Click the Update Driver option to start the Hardware Update Wizard

6. A pop up question stating Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software will appear, wherein you have to answer it with ‘No, not this time’ option and click the Next button.

7. Choose the Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) button and click the Next button

8. Choose the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install>Next>Have Disk buttons, so that you can select the device driver that you want to install and update. From the Install from Disk dialog box, click the Browse button

9. Navigate to the folder that you have extracted from the driver download and click the  INF file to open it.

10. Click the OK button and choose the ‘Select the device driver you want to install for this hardware’  option, and click Next. This will prompt the Hardware Update Wizard to use the instructions from the INF file to update the driver for your chosen hardware. If there are any additional instructions prompted on the screen, just follow them to successfully complete the driver update

11. Restart your computer to complete the installation and driver updated.

Adobe Flash Player Driver Update

January 6th, 2012 No comments

Different movie sites use the Adobe Flash Player, which is a video player that is based on the Internet. If your computer have video devices that use Adobe Flash and you experience problems with the playback every now and then, one problem could be pointed out to an outdated driver. This case is especially true if your computer is running on older OS such as the Windows XP. To update your Adobe Flash Player’s driver, you will need to download the most recent Adobe Flash to your hard driver.

To do this, you would need internet access and enough space on your memory drive. Below are the steps that you would need to do one by one to successfully update your Adobe Flash Player driver.

1. Connect to the internet. Open the internet browser and go to the official website of Adobe for their Flash Player software.
2. From the screen, you would see different options available. Choose the ‘Get Flash Player’ option and wait for the download screen to appear.
3. A prompt screen will appear, wherein you would need to select the ‘Agree and Install Now’ option for the software to begin downloading on your computer.
4. After successfully downloading the program, double click it to launch the installation wizard for Adobe. From the welcome page, select the ‘Next’ tab. Read through the license agreement and click Accept to go continue with the process.
Updating drivers for computers is one of the most important processes that you should do regularly in order to get the most out of the software and hardware of your computer.

Driver Update: Finding The Driver’s Version Number in Windows XP

January 3rd, 2012 No comments

One of the first things that you need to know whenever you plan of updating your hardware’s driver is its current version number because it will be your basis whether or not you need to update your driver. Since computers run on different OS, another important factor to consider when conducting a driver update is knowing which version is compatible with your computer’s OS.

To do this, you will need to follow the instructions below:

1. Open the Device Manager option from your computer’s Control Panel.

2. In the Device Manager, locate which device you would like to check for its driver version and number. You can work on the different hardware categories and find what you are looking for by clicking the + icon beside it.

3. After successfully locating the device that you want to update, right click its icon or name and click on Properties.
4. Click the Driver tab in the Properties window. There you would see the your driver’s current version and other information and statistics about the driver.
Take note that it is also important that you pay close attention to the provide of your hardware’s driver as well. There are instances where the currently installed driver is the hardware’s default driver, so comparing version numbers will just be a waste of time. So if you find a new driver update for your chosen hardware, there’s no harm in installing it. However, make sure that the version was released after the default driver’s date listed.

When performing a driver update, make sure that you make the right choice between 32-bit and 64-bit drivers, since the drivers specifically designed for them won’t work on each other, or may lack the features and specifications needed to make your hardware work perfectly smooth.
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Resolve Internet Explorer Issues

October 31st, 2011 No comments

Reinstalling or repairing your computer’s Windows Internet Explorer can be done in a jiffy, regardless of your current operating system. This is an important process that you need to do when encountering problems with your Internet Explorer because of a missing registration information or due to damaged files.

Method 1: Manually reset settings

The first method that you can take when repairing your Windows Internet Explorer is by resetting the browser’s settings by starting your Internet Explorer and clicking on the Tools menu. There, you can see the Internet Options, which have different tabs to choose from. Click on the Advanced tab and click the Reset button, wherein you will have to confirm your option of resetting all previous Internet Explorer settings.

Method 2: Reinstall Internet Explorer

Before you can reinstall your Internet Explorer, you will need to download the file from the Microsoft Download Center web site.

If you are running on Windows XP, you can resolve any problems with your Internet Explorer by downloading and installing a Windows XP Service Pack 3.

Update to the latest Internet Explorer

If you are currently running on Internet Explorer 6 or 7, it is recommended that you install the latest version so that any issues experienced on the earlier versions can be resolved. Aside from bug fixes, the latest version has an improved security feature, performance, and other enhancements.

There are other means of resolving Internet Explorer issues, and there are also advanced options for the more computer literate people. There are also other web tools that can make it easier for you to check compatible drivers and installers for your system. Just click on the link to update your computer’s driver and update any outdated system.

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3DP Net Driver Update

October 26th, 2011 No comments

If you had painful headaches searching through the web finding the correct drivers for your newly formatted PC, then 3DP Chip  and 3DP Net are definitely useful free-wares minimizing your effort and time spent looking for your PC component drivers.

3DP Net is able to automatically install the right network driver for your personal computer even if Windows is re-installed and will not be able to connect to the internet because of the absence of the right driver.

3DP Net has the function to detect the network adapter which is installed on your personal computer and automatically choose the appropriate driver from the integrated ethernet card driver pool enabling internet use with ease.

First, it is recommended to run 3DP Net after re-installing Windows for detecting network adapter and install driver, then as soon as you get hold of internet connection, run 3DP Chip for other component drivers.

3DP Net is a network driver with version 11.10 for enhancing the newly added product and support and updated drivers. This is published by 3DP, released on October 18, 2011 and added on the 26th day of the same month and year. The system requirements for this application only caters for Windows operating systems which may include Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2008. It has a file size of 38.54MB using the filename 3DP_Net_v1110.exe. Its license model is free having total download statistics of 1,264,155 which 7,056 was done last week.

Now, you can simply enjoy its features and functions by downloading it now.

 

 

GorMedia MoreCam Driver Update

October 25th, 2011 No comments

Now, there is one of a kind technology in the world that can split a webcam without having to use a virtual webcam. This can be used with various camera specifications including ManyCam, youCam, Magic Camera and VCam. With the driver, you can even use these virtual webcams software all at the same time because real webcam will not be occupied by these virtual webcam any more.

This driver application from GorMedia supports all IM providers like Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Camfrog, ICQ and AIM. GorMedia MoreCam camera driver is a WHQL certificated for XP32, XP64, Win7x32, Win7x64 as well as supports Vista32 and Vista64. It also provides SDK to add real-time video effects.

The latest from this version is that with its Version 2.0, it adds support to Vista32 and Vista64. It improves installation, fixed installation issues and signs all .exe,.dll files.

GorMedia MoreCam was released on October 14, 2011 and was added on October 24, 2011. The Windows operating systems that can be used for this camera driver is Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.Its file size is 1.13MB with a filename MoreCamDriver.exe. When it comes to popularity, its total downloads are 628 and 128 of that was made the prior week.

At this point, you can download your free GorMedia MoreCam camera driver to enjoy its features and functions.

 

 

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.

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On the next Windows Setup dialog box, click Yes.

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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”.

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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.

Command_Prompt_1

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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.

Tiny_Hexer_Hex_Editor

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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Download ATI Catalyst Display Driver 11.3

April 13th, 2011 1 comment

ATI Catalyst Display Drive (presently called as AMD catalyst) is a driver for all Radeon family products that allows the latest update of AMD display driver. This unified driver has been improved in terms of power, performance and reliability.

What to expect with this new version:

Crysis 2 – Enhances CrossFire performance
Dungeons – Enhances CrossFire performance with forced on Anti-Aliasing
Crasher – Disabled forced on Anti-liaising through the Catalyst Control Center
Shogun 2 (DX9 version) – Enhances Crossfire performance
America’s Army 3 – Enhances CrossFire performance
Flatout: Ultimate Carnage – Enhances CrossFire performance
Performance enhancements and bug fixes

Download file name: 11-3_xp32_dd_ccc_enu.exe

Date Released: March 29, 2011

Operating systems specifications: Windows XP 32-bit

Install available here.

Click here to download a tool that will determine if your drivers are up-to-date.

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows 2000/XP/2003)

March 24th, 2011 No comments

The Realtek HD audio driver package includes: Driver setup program, WDM driver, Realtek Soundman, Realtek Sound Effect Manager and offers the installation wizard in multiple languages.

SOME FEATURES OF HIGH DEFINITION REALTEK AUDIODRIVER:
• COMPATIBLE WITH DIRECT 3D SOUND
• COMPATIBLE WITH A3D
• COMPATIBLE WITH I3DL2
• HRTF 3D Positional Audio
• 26 EMULATION ENVIRONMENT SOUNDS TO IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE  WHEN PLAYING GAMES
• SOFTWARE 10 BAND EQUALIZER
• CANCELLATION OF VOICE AND KEY TO CHANGE IN KARAOKE MODE
• REALTEK MEDIA PLAYER
• PANEL AND ASSISTANT SET FOR IMPROVED DETECTION DEVICE FOR IMPROVED USER EXPERIENCE
• DOLBY DIGITAL ALC882D LIVE
• ALC882H SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY HOMETHEATER
• ALC882M SOFTWARE WITH DOLBY MASTERSTUDIO

Once installed, the driver requires a restart to function properly. Realtek HD Audio Drivers is essential if you use the integrated HD audio. Keep their drivers improve performance of the computer to play music and run games.

The latest version is 2.58 for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/ Windows XP, which was released on March 24, 2011.

Realtek High Definition Audio codecs are compatible with Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture). The best series offers 10 channels of DAC that simultaneously supports 7.1 sound playbacks, and there are 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo output. It includes flexible mixing functions of gain, mute, and fine control to provide a complete integrated audio solution for PC entertainment.

How to Install:

First Step: Insert the “Realtek HD Audio Drivers” CD into the CD-ROM drive and run the setup.exe program to start the installation.

Second Step: Click on “Next” to continue the procedure, and then press “Yes” to continue.

Third Step: This is the last step, select to restart the system and press Finish and the installation will be complete.

Click here for a utility that will help locate and install the correct driver for your system, and it will automatically update any other outdated system drivers you may have.

You can download audiodrivers for XP, Vista and 07 here: http://www.realtek.com.tw/