One of the most useful operating system recovery tools in Windows XP was the recovery console. Here you could perform very useful tasks like repairing the Master Boot Record and the Boot Sector of the disk on which you had Windows installed.
Then with the advent of Windows Vista Microsoft automated the process or repairing Windows and with Windows 7, they expanded on this.
But, good as it is, this automated restore doesn't always work. So can you get the Recovery Console back in Windows 7?
The good news is that it was never missing, it was just very very well hidden. You can access it through the Control Panel applet in the system recovery options.
You can access this in three ways...
In the control panel you use the "Command Prompt" option, and then the BootRec command with a series of switches.
There are four things you can do with BootRec...
Sometimes you will need to delete the boot menu and rebuild it from scratch. To do this use these commands.
Bcdedit /export c:\BCD_Backup
attrib bcd –s –h –r
ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
Hopefully, armed with this information you will easily and quickly be able to repair problems that are stopping Windows 7 from starting.Advertisement
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