How To have Easy F8 access to the Recovery Console in Windows

by vitalbodies on July 4th, 2008

How To have Easy F8 access to the Recovery Console in Windows.

Using the Recovery Console is sometimes the only thing between getting your system going and reformatting the drive and starting over. Having easy F8 access BEFORE you have a problem is a great way to save yourself some stress when you need to actually use the Recovery Console.

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F8 is one of the FUNCTION keys on the keyboard.

There are certain types of viruses, that you have to Repair the MBR in order to get rid of the viruses.

Master boot record is the first sector of a partitioned data storage device, used for booting You can do that from the Recovery Console.”

To install the Recovery Console as a startup option

1. With Windows running, insert the Setup CD into your CD-ROM drive.
2. Click Start and select Run.
3. Type the following where D: is the CD-ROM drive letter:

D:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
4. Follow the instructions on the screen.


  • To run the Recovery Console, restart your computer and select the Recovery Console option from the list of available operating systems.
  • You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.
  • To see the commands available on the Recovery Console, type help at the at the console prompt.
  • If your computer will not start, you can run the Recovery Console from the Setup CD. See Related Topics for information on running the Recovery Console when your computer will not start.
  • On the Thinkpad (or possibly your system) you would not need to use a CD but replace the “D:” with C:.
  • This worked for VitalBodies but backup first and use at your own risk.

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