The Recovery Console can be started using two different methods. You can start the console using the Windows Server 2003 installation CD. Insert the CD into your CD-ROM drive. During the text-mode portion of setup, choose R when prompted to perform a repair or recovery. Alternatively, if you completed the steps to install the Recovery Console on your computer, restart your computer and press F8 during startup. From the startup options menu, select Recovery Console.

After the Recovery Console has been started, you will receive the following message:

Microsoft Windows (R) Recovery Console

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.

Type Exit to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

1:C:\Windows

Which Windows installation would you like to log on to (To cancel, press ENTER)?

If you have more than one operating system installed, at this time you must select the installation you require access to and type in the Administrator password when prompted. You can exit the Recovery Console at any time but typing exit at the system prompt and then pressing Enter to restart the computer.

After the Recovery Console is started you are required to type in the Administrator password. Alternatively, you can configure an automatic administrator logon so you are no longer prompted for the password. You can configure this option through the local security policy.

  1. Within the Control Panel, switch to Classic View.
  2. Open the Administrative Tools applet and double click Local Security Policy.
  3. Under Security Settings, expand Local Policies and click Security Options.
  4. In the Details pane, double click Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrative logon.
  5. Click Enabled.
  6. Click OK.

The next time you open the Recovery Console, you will not be prompted for the Administrator password.

Typically the Recovery Console gives you limited access to your computer. By default, you are only permitted to access specific drives and folders. However, you can change this by editing the local security policy.

Open the local security policy using the steps outlined in the previous section. From the list of security options, double click Recovery Console: Allow floppy copy and access to all drives and all folders. Click Enabled and then click OK.

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