Getting Help in XP’s Recovery Console

Although experienced command line users will find the Recovery Console environment very similar to the XP command line, the available command set is much smaller, and some tools that you might have come to expect (like the Edit program) will not be available. Your best friend when using the Recovery Console will always be the help command, which displays a list of available commands, and the /? switch, which can be added to the end of any command to review detailed information on the various switches available for a command and the proper syntax to use.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

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