How Can I Uninstall Windows Recovery Console?

By bobcat · 5 replies
Mar 23, 2010
  1. At the time, I considered it opportune to install the Microsoft Windows Recovery Console, but now I see no use for it and wish to uninstall it. However, it’s not shown in (Add or Remove) Installed Programs or in Windows Components.

    So, how can I get rid of it?

    System: XP Pro SP3.
  2. Broni

    Broni Malware Annihilator Posts: 54,262   +383

    Recovery Console is very useful while troubleshooting. In case, your computer becomes not bootable, recovery console may be your only option to run some repairs.
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    No need to uninstall it, based on your current performance, is there? Is it causing any trouble at all?

    You can remove it by removing the service pack... then go through the reinstall procedure
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    use notepad to edit c:\boot.ini

    FIRST; take the existing version and SAVE AS boot.ini.old
    then find the line
    C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons​
    and delete it
    save and reboot. You *must* be an admin and *may* need to reset the R/O attrib

    The option at boot time will not be there and it will boot the sole system available.

    the command console (usually a C:\cmdcons) will still be available if necessary
  5. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 688   +67

    Thanks jobeard, you are not an Evangelist for nothing! :)
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    your welcome. I too got tired of the prompt for something not being used regularly.

    if you DO need it, you can swap then names
    1. boot.ini.old -> boot.ini.temp
    2. boot.ini -> boot.ini.real
    3. boot.ini.temp -> boot.ini
    assuming you can get access via a CD image
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