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Win2K - Boot to Command Prompt

By paladin46 ·
Is there a way to create a boot disk that will allow you to boot to the A: drive but still allow you to view NTFS disks?

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by rkelly In reply to Win2K - Boot to Command P ...

You can either purchase copy of NTFSDOS from http://www.sysinternals.com - or downlaod a free read only copy. Or if you don't need the boot disks you could just install the command console to your windows 2000 machine.

WINNT /CMDCONS

when you hit F8 on bootup you can select command console which will drop your win2k box to a command prompt with full access to anything - providing you know the directory services restore password for the administrator user.

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by davis226 In reply to Win2K - Boot to Command P ...

There are a couple of ways you can do this.

One is to use a program called ERD Commander which you will find at the Winternals.com website. This will modify the boots disk for the OS (NT4 or 2k) and will give you access to a DOS prompt. From there you can view all NTFS disks/partitions as well as run a utility to change local account passwords and such -- this works great if you forget what the local admin password is on a machine.

Another way is to install/use the command console that comes with Windows 2000. This can be installed or ran off of the 2k cd if you boot from it. This also gives you access to the NTFS drives and the A: drive. This can be used to stop/start/delete services as well as editing and copying files. However, some of these things are not enabled by default (such as copying files to a floppy) so you have to edit the machines local security policy in order to enable them.

Hope this helps......

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