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Encyclopedia > Windows Recovery Environment
Windows Vista's System Recovery menu
Windows Vista's System Recovery menu

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a set of tools included in the Windows Vista operating system to help diagnose and recover from serious errors which may be preventing Windows from booting successfully. WinRE may be installed to the hard disk or run from the operating system disc. When installed on the hard drive, Windows Recovery Environment can be accessed by pressing F8 while the computer is booting. WinRE is based on WinPE 2.0. [1] Corporations can make WinRE available for network boot via a Windows Deployment Services server. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Windows Vista is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. ...

The number of tools available has increased significantly compared to what is available with previous versions of Windows. Windows XP and Windows 2000 are limited to the Recovery Console. Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ... The Windows 2000 Recovery Console selection, login, and command prompts. ...

The following options are available when booting from the operating system DVD:

  • Startup Repair - Automatically finds and fixes boot errors in the Windows Vista Startup Process (including corrupted Boot Configuration Data files).
  • System Restore - Utilizes the Volume Shadow Copy service to restore the computer to a previous state or restore point.
  • CompletePC Restore - Restores the CompletePC Backup disk image
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - Analyses the computer memory (RAM) for hardware memory problems.
  • Command Prompt - Gives full command-line access to the file system, volumes and files, unlike the Recovery Console, which was limited in operation.

This refers to the boot components for Windows Vista and Windows Server Longhorn. The Windows Vista Startup Process is the process by which Microsofts Windows Vista operating system initializes. ... Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is the boot-time loader for Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn Server. ... This article is in need of attention. ... A disk image is a computer file containing the complete contents and structure of a data storage medium or device, such as a CD. The term has been generalized to cover any such file, whether taken from an actual physical storage device or not. ... Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data storage used in computers. ... Command Prompt on Windows XP. A command prompt (or just prompt) is a character or string of characters used in a command line interface to indicate that the computer is ready to accept typed input. ...

See also

Windows PE beginning to boot under Microsoft Virtual PC. It uses the same, minimal version of NTLDR(SETUPLDR.BIN) as Windows NT/2000/XP Setup. ... Windows Vista (formerly codenamed Windows Longhorn) has many significant new features compared with previous Microsoft Windows versions, covering most aspects of the operating system. ...


  1. ^ Introducing Windows Recovery Environment

External links

  • WinRE team blog
  • Creating WinRE using Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK)
  • Windows Vista Repair Forum



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