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Old 15-09-2008
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How to access all drives/dir. frm recovery console???

I have windows xp sp2 installed on my system. When i boot my system using windows xp bootable cd and try to access drives or folders other then root directory from recovery console, an Access denied error occurred.
I know the recovery console provide cmd console with some restrictions. My question is that.. is there any way to access all drives and folders using recovery console.
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Try the suggestions given in this thread: access denied when using recovery console for hal.dll error
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If you have SP2 installed already, there is an easy way to enable access to all files and folders in the Recovery Console. This requires the user to modify a setting using the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

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1) Start>Run>gpedit.msc

2) Once the GPE console opens, expand Computer Configuration by clicking on the + sign left of it.

3) Expand the Windows Settings folder by clicking the + sign left of that.

4) Expand the Local Policies folder by clicking the + sign left of that.

5) Click on the Security Options folder. A long list of configurable options comes up in the window pane to the right.

6) Scroll down until you find:: Recovery Console: Allow floppy copy and access to all drives and folders.

7) Right click on it and select Properties, which appears in bold.

Click on the Enabled radio button.

9) Hit OK.

10) Reboot.
Congratulations, you can now access all files and folders on the system, and you can copy to/from floppy drives all while inside the Recovery Console.

Strict warning to anyone messing about in the gpedit.msc: You can totally screw up your Windows install if you change options in there without knowing what you are doing. CHANGE SETTINGS IN THERE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Also, there is an option above that, called Automatic Administration Logon that will automatically store and log in the Administrator account information when you try to log into the Recovery Console. Very useful in situations like this. Just enable it, and you aren?t bothered with trying to remember the admin password credentials, Windows will automatically log into the Recovery Console for you with this option enabled.
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@Einstein007 - i chked this thread before posting ma question. Both the problems are different buddy.

@Zachary - thnx dear.. but 2 access Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) i have to login into winxp in graphic mod, i can't do it from recovery console.
what if xp is corrupted and i want to access all drives and directories frm cmd console? how to get rid of access denied error.?
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Two things that I want to point out before providing the solution is that
  1. You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group.
  2. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may prevent you from completing your procedure.
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The Windows Recovery Console will only allow access to the following folders:
  • The root folder
  • The %SystemRoot% folder and the subfolders of the Windows installation that you are currently logged on to.
  • The Cmdcons folder.
  • Removable media drives such as CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives.

If you try to obtain access to other than this folders than you will receive an "Access Denied" error message.
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