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March 27, 2007 / Steve Rosa

Windows Recovery Environment on Vista

Dave Northey, of Microsoft, has a very interesting post on Windows Recovery Environment.

WinRE offers some repair options, such as
– startup files repair
– system restore (restore Windows to an earlier point in time)
– Windows complete PC restore
– Windows memory diagnostic tool
– Command prompt

WinRE replaces the good ol’ Recovery Console.

You can access WinRE either by booting with the Windows Vista installation DVD, but ideally you have it available as a boot option.  You actually end up with your PC booting into it automatically if Windows won’t load for any reason.

The post gives a procedure to follow to create the WinRE with very useful pointers to the technical documentation.

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