Delete the Recovery Console

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To delete the Recovery Console

  1. Open My Computer.

  2. Double-click the hard drive on which you installed the Recovery Console.

  3. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.

  4. Click the View tab.

  5. Click Show hidden files and folders, clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK. If you receive a warning about displaying protected system files, click Yes to continue.

  6. At the root directory, delete the \Cmdcons folder.

  7. At the root directory, delete the file Cmldr.

  8. Click Start, then Control Panel, then click System.

  9. On the Advanced tab under Startup and Recovery, select Settings.

  10. On the Startup and Recovery dialog box, under System startup, select Edit to edit the startup options file manually. Boot.ini will display in Notepad.

  11. Remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It will look similar to this:

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

  12. Save the file and close it.


  • Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Be sure to delete only the entry for the Recovery Console.


  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure. For more information, see Default local groups, Default groups, and Using Run as.

  • To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

  • You can only install the Recovery Console feature on x86-based computers.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Recovery Console overview
Repair overview