Access the Command Prompt from Windows 8 Recovery Drive

When you are prompted to choose and option, select the Troubleshoot tile

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In a recent series of blog posts, I showed you how to use the various tools on the Windows 8 Recovery Drive to revive an ailing Windows 8 installation. To refresh your memory here is a brief rundown on what I have covered so far:

However, there is one more feature on the Recovery Drive that you can use to help you access and repair Windows 8 - the Command Prompt. From the Command Prompt, you'll find that there are numerous command line tools are at your disposal. In addition, the Recovery Drive Command Prompt allows you to run two GUI based applications: the Registry Editor, which you can use to edit the registry, and Notepad, which you can use to recover data.

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how to access the Command Prompt from Windows 8's Recovery Drive. I'll then show you how to, use the Registry Editor and Notepad.

Accessing the Command Prompt

To boot up your system, just insert a USB Recovery Drive or an optical disc Recovery Drive and restart your system. After your system boots from the Recovery Drive and you are prompted to choose an option, select the Troubleshoot tile as shown in Figure A.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.