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Cannot remove Recovery Console

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#1 Guest_ceberus_*


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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:43 PM

I had to install it to clean some malware. And when I try to delete the cmdcons folder in the C:\ drive, it says files are in use or write protected etc. What can I do now? Please help.

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#2 aommaster


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Posted 23 June 2009 - 03:20 AM

Although I highly recommend that you keep the Recovery Console (it may save your computer in times where it does not boot), please check the folder cmdcons attribute to make sure that it's not set to read only.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:15 AM

(Shamelessly C/P'd from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654)

How to delete the Recovery Console

1. Restart your computer, click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the hard disk where you installed the Recovery Console.
2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
3. Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
4. At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.
5. At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.
6. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.

Warning: Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Make sure that you delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you finish this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:
C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
7. Save the file and close it.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:55 AM

I just want to echo what aommaster said. The Recovery Console can come in very handy when dealing with a multitude of Windows headaches. Keeping it may not be an ounce of prevention, but it'd be a pound of cure!

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