When you are prompted to choose and option, select the Troubleshoot tile
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:
- Create a Recovery Drive in Windows 8 - I showed you how to create a Recovery Drive in for both a flash drive and an optical disk.
- Be ready to use the Windows 8 Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the Recovery Drive and exactly what to expect if you should ever need it.
- How the Windows 8 Automatic Repair feature works - I showed you how the access and use the Automatic Repair tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Refresh your Windows 8 system from a Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the default mode of the Refresh your PC tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Create a custom recovery image for Windows 8's Refresh your PC tool - I showed you how to use the Recimg command line tool to create a custom recovery image for the Refresh your PC tool.
- Reset your PC from a Windows 8 Recovery Drive - I showed you how to use the Reset your PC tool from the Recovery Drive.
- Restore Windows 8 with System Image Recovery - I showed you how to create and use System Image Recovery tool from the Recovery Drive to restore your hard disk.
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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