Where are recovery console commands?

As mentioned in the first post on Windows RE, the recovery console has been deprecated in Windows Vista. So you ask what happened to all those wonderful commands that were available in recovery console. Well, we were kind of hoping that you wouldn't need them anymore. But if you do, you'll be glad to know that most of them are available via the command line in Windows RE. Here's a list of recovery console commands that are different or unavailable in Windows RE:

Recovery console command

Windows RE equivalent


BootRec /ScanOS

BootRec /RebuildBcd



BootRec /FixBoot


BootRec /FixMbr




Not needed


Not Available


Not Available


Not Available


Not Available

All the remaining commands have the same name in Windows RE. The services related commands (listsvc, enable and disable) that are not available, can be worked around by manually loading the registry hive using regedit.


Comments (2)
  1. SimonMcF says:

    For FixMBR, should the WinRE equivalent be "BootRec /FixMbr" instead of "BootRex /FixMbr".

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  2. Yosef Blass says:

    I wrote a package that contains a pre-configured WIM which includes WinRE, DaRT and Macrium Reflect Free. I have provided all the files and source code for my project free on my blog which can be found here blassdeploymentsolutions.blogspot.com this includes the ability to boot into the WIM and then utilize the above commands via a GUI or the command line even if the local Operating System won't boot.

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