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Did I Tweak The Registry Properly? Recovery Console

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#1 ejames82


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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:39 AM

i happened upon this link through a google search.


the tweak that is revealed in the article allows the user to bypass many limitations within the recovery console. i sure like it better when my hands aren't tied. they provide a screenshot where the actual tweak takes place. i have attached it.

in the attached screenshot, the radio circle for "decimal" is checked. i negotiated to that location to tweak my computer and that particular radio circle on my computer was not checked, "hexidecimal" was checked instead. there was no mention of checking "decimal", just changeing the 0 to a 1. i am nowhere's near knowledgeable enough to know the significance of leaving the "hexidecimal" checked, or checking "decimal". could i do damage?

should i check "decimal" so my registry entry is like theirs, or leave "hexidecimal" checked?

thanks for the advice, Ed

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:51 AM

Just my two cents as I'm not a whiz at registry editing, but...
Hexadecimal is hex code that the computer reads and decimal is plain numbers that you read. If you change the decimal and close the box you will notice the hex code next to it has changed. Be sure to backup the registry before saving any changes, especially keys regarding part of the Windows installation. Useful but risky.

Slightly off topic but if you're not sure about editing the registry what purpose is changing the recovery console into a mini OS going to serve you?

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 01:53 AM

what im about to say could be completely wrong, so take it with a grain of salt

but decimal is like 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc...

hexadecimal uses 0-9 and A-F to represent digits(wep key, anyone?).

i would say that there would be a large difference leaving it hex if the radio button is decimal in the screenshot, it should have said tho...


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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:48 AM

Hexadecimal of 1 value is the same as decimal 1 value. Unless Hexa is A whereby decimal should be 10. So I think 1 & 0 is an on/off thing. But as for the value in hex and dec, it represents the same value.
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 11:00 AM


Be sure to backup the registry

i have erunt installed.

what purpose is changing the recovery console into a mini OS going to serve you?

if i have problems in the future i may be able to solve them as a result of this tweak. it allows access to parts of the hard drive where access was previously denied.

4ward tristan,

it should have said tho...

it's a good article, but could have been better by mentioning this detail.


Hexadecimal of 1 value is the same as decimal 1 value

then i am ok with leaving the setting on "hexidecimal". that answers my question.

Hexa is A whereby decimal should be 10

hexidecimal A equals 10, hexidecimal B equals 11. etc.

thanks for all replies, Ed

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:41 PM

If they said Decimal, then you should be in Decimal. It's likely that the difference between Hex and Decimal here isn't significant - but do you want to chance your system (and registry) to that?

As for the extra features of the Recovery Console - it's not intended for that purpose, so I'd leave it alone. If you need the extra "power", then I'd suggest a PE based tool that'll allow you to do those things in an environment that's a bit easier to use (BartPE or the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD)).
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 11:12 AM

always good to hear from you.
my purpose for pursuing this is to have every advantage available to me in case there is a problem with my system. if i am unable to get into safe mode, then recovery console is the next best thing. when i first purchased the system from my neighbor i installed the recovery console. i am able to choose the recovery console every time my system boots.
here is info from the aforementioned article.

it's a very good tool.
But it's also very limited. By default, it restricts you to working in just a few systems folders, refusing you access to any other part of your hard drive. It prevents you from using "wildcards" (such as "*.exe" to represent all files ending in "exe"). It won't let you copy files to removable media such as floppies. And you're always prompted when overwriting each and any file.

Fortunately, a simple tweak that can be performed in under a minute removes all those restrictions and frees up Recovery Console to let you work anywhere on the hard drive, access and use removable media such as floppies, use wildcards to work on large groups of files or folders at once, and skip the overwrite warnings if you so choose.

With this tweak, Recovery Console becomes, in effect, a general-purpose XP DOS, serving much the same function as did DOS boot floppies for earlier versions of Windows. With the Recovery Console's limitations removed, you can then access any file or folder anywhere on your hard drive and run any of the following commands:





actually, i have never entered the recovery console mode. i don't want to get trapped in there. what if the "exit" command does not work? although i don't intend to make any changes, i would like to observe what is in there.
thanks again, Ed

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 11:21 AM

Those look like the same Recovery Console commands that I have access to (without screwing around), take a look:

Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Oh, well...


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