Recovery Console

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in recovery console can you copy files to the root of the c drive and not
winnt directory. For instance if the Boot.ini is deleted accidently I want
to be able to copy a boot.ini file to the c drive in the Recovery console.
Also can we change the recovery console password and how.

Eric McG

Warning, the changes I suggest here will bypass some of Windows 2000 file
security measures.

Initially, you are restricted as follows:

From the Windows Recovery Console you can only use the following folders:
a.. The root folder
b.. The %SystemRoot% folder and the subfolders of the Windows installation
you are currently logged on to
c.. The Cmdcons folder
d.. Removable media drives such as CD-ROM drives
See this article for more detailed info:

Description of the Windows 2000 Recovery Console;en-us;Q229716

With a few additional commands, while in the Recovery Console, you can
access all folders and files and have the ability to add or delete files and
folders. In order to have this capability, simply enter these commands at
the prompt:

set allowremovablemedia = true
set allowallpaths = true

Regarding the password; I wouldn't try to change it since it's the
administrator's password, but it can be bypassed. Here's how (this action is
taken while still in Windows with admin rights);

You can bypass this prompt with a change in the Local Security Settings
(Administrative Tools).

Look under Local Policies | Security Options. Enable this > Recovery
Console: Allow automatic administrative logon

Eric McG

Supplemental info:

I just reviewed my reply and noticed that I left out an important step when
I did a copy & paste from a previous message.

In order for the set commands to be effective in the Recovery Console, there
is another policy that must be enabled. Here are both policies that should
be enabled:

a.. Recovery Console: Allow Automatic Administrative Logon.
b.. Recovery Console: Allow floppy copy and access to all drives and all

Here's an MSKB article that contains more info on this subject:

Description of the SET Command in Recovery Console;EN-US;235364

Sorry for the omission.


Hi once more Eric,

From your prior post I was able to hunt my way through the various
mskb notes. I found the article 240831 where it talks about copying
files from recovery console to removable media.

I have a question regarding the procedure in the middle of the page.
Under procedure the fourth bullet it says "Security Configuration and
Analysis (MMC Snap-in).

When my buddy talked me through this a while back he got me to the MMC
snap-in. This is the "panel I was talking about two notes back where
I said there were a number of items missing. My question is what are
the steps needed to get to the mmc snap-in screen. In Control Panel I
open administrative tools but are unable to locate the Security
Configuration and Analysis screen or folder. Could you point me
toward it and I can then compare what is in mine vs what you have
showing in yours so that maybe you could help me to get the missing
items to appear in that "panel".

Thanks once more.

Eric McG

I've already spelled-out the whole procedure and posted it at 3:25pm today in
your thread tiltled "NTFSDOS freeware problem".

Check it out.


Eric I did some more hunting and below are some additions and

Figured out how to get to mmc via
Run mmc

My only snap-ins are as follows:

Net Framework 1.1 Configuration
ActiveX Control
Disk Management (Shows as a folder)
Folder (empty)
Link to Web address

The following mmc's are not in the snap-in "frame"
I am not sure if all of the above belong but i am sure some do and
these help to make the working in Recovery Console less painful.

Under add/Remove Snap-in
Standalone tab
Shows Snap-ins added to Console Root There is
nothing showing here.
Extensions tab
All grayed out

There are a whole group of mmc files in the system32 folder that are
supposed to be showing here but do not . Do you know how to get them
added? Exact instructions and steps?

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