Tip: Windows XP Recovery Console Equivalents in Windows Vista

The Recovery Console has been deprecated in Windows Vista, so what happened to all those wonderful commands that were available in recovery console? Well, we were kind of hoping that you wouldn’t need them anymore. But if you do, you’ll be glad to know that most of them are available via the command line in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). The recovery console commands listed in the following table are different or unavailable in WinRE.

Recovery Console Command: BootCfg
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /ScanOS; BootRec /RebuildBcd; bcdedit

Recovery Console Command: FixBoot
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /FixBoot

Recovery Console Command: FixMBR
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /FixMbr

Recovery Console Command: Map
WinRE Equivalent: DiskPart

Recovery Console Command: Logon
WinRE Equivalent: Not needed

WinRE Equivalent: Not available

All the remaining commands have the same name in WinRE. You can work around the unavailable services-related commands (listsvc, enable, and disable) by using regedit to manually load the registry hive.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition.

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