Creating Window RE Using Windows AIK

We have been getting many questions on how to create Windows RE using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK). So I thought I would publish the updated instructions here. The instructions listed below are accurate as of Windows Vista RTM.   These instructions are also included in the Windows AIK. Please note that the ReadMe file that accompanies the Windows AIK contains…


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…


Running Windows Memory Diagnostic without installing Vista

I have gotten multiple queries on this. Yes, it is possible to run Windows Memory Diagnostic without installing Vista! You can do it through the Windows installation disc. To run memory diagnostic, insert the installation disc in the computer and reboot. When you get the prompt “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…”…


Using Startup Repair to repair a boot failure due to a missing file

In this post, we describe how to use Startup Repair to repair a missing file that is preventing Windows Vista from booting. The goal is to familiarize yourself with Startup Repair so that you can use it when you or your customers need it. We really hope no one will need to use it :);…


Introducing Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE)

The Windows Recovery Environment (aka Windows RE) team would use this blog to share information, tricks and tips about Windows RE with support professionals and end-users of Windows. We would also like to use this blog to get feedback from the community. So what is Windows RE? Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) is a recovery platform based on Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)….