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Old 08-05-2008, 11:09 AM   #1
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Is it possible to access the i386, winnt32.exe application through the recovery console? Ive tried typing in C:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons as i would when logging into my computer, however it just says "command not recognized". I have also tried various other directories to no avail. How can i access and execute the application without logging into my desktop (which i cannot do, by the way).

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q236158/
http://www.easydesksoftware.com/I386.htm

have you tried winnt.exe without the 32?
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I could find neither file on my XP home machine
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:36 PM   #5
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Yes i have tried winnt.exe, initially i thought that would work as it is done through the command interface. I think you have misunderstood however. Im trying to find a way to access it through the recovery console!
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I found the file it is on your CD, so your path would be X:\i386\winnt32.exe/cmdcons where X is the drive letter of your cd drive.
I would use caution.
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Yes but how do i access it in the recovery console or through Safe Mode using Command Prompt??? I tried it in recovery console but code not recognized.
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Yes but how do i access it in the recovery console or through Safe Mode using Command Prompt??? I tried it in recovery console but code not recognized.
I just accessed the correct folder on the xp cd using the Recovery console, here is what I did. Booted to the recovery console and had a C:\Windows > prompt then typed in d: and hit enter that changed the prompt to d:\> I did a dir command and found that it was not the correct drive, so I did e: enter checked the dir still wrong, continued until I could find the correct drive on my machine it was G yours will be different. I when in windows my dvd drive is E: but I had to go to G to find the correct drive I think that is because the recovery console uses a ramdisk so just try each letter (X: hit enter and then type dir enter) you will find the correct drive letter. once you are on the correct drive type cd i386 enter the prompt will change to X:\i386> you can now type your command in ie. winn32.exe/cmdcons [enter]

recap to change drive type the letter of the drive + : and hit enter (e:)
then type dir [enter] this will display the root of the drive you are on continue until you find the correct drive.
cd is the command to change directory so in your case it would be
cd i386 (space between cd and the folder name) once you are in the correct folder you can type your command.
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I cant find this file in my computer. I tried to search after the map " I386 ", but my computer can just find i386, and in there is not the file winnt. What should I do for find this?
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did you not read the post above yours
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I have read everything here. But, its like the map I386 not exist. I can find some map with the name i386, but it is max 50 files in there, and no one of them got winnt files.
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Are you booting to the Recovery Console?
Or to Safe Mode with Command Prompt?
Are you looking on your hard drive, or on your Windows XP CD?
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Sorry guys. This is not my problem anymore. I got problem with my BIOS, so I will send my computer to my friend.

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