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X:\i386\WinNT32.exe /cmdcons what does cmdcons mean???

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Your operating system is corrupted you need to repair by reinstalling winxp, click repair instead of installing fresh new copy of o.s. do not attempt to reformat. hoping that this will help you.

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I386\WinNT32.exe /cmdconsne trouve pas en cd windows,comment telechrger

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X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

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Windows xp recovery tool

  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  2. Click the Start button.
  3. Click the Run menu option.
  4. In the Open: field type X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons , where X is the drive letter for your CD reader, and press the OK button.

Oct 18, 2016 | Computers & Internet

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Cant read rerror

Disk read error has occurred

Click "Start" and "My Computer."

Navigate to the "C" drive on your system and select the folder marked "i386."

Find your "Winnt32.exe file and double-click it.

Press the "Enter" button.

Click "Launch Setup" when the Windows Setup page appears.

When you click this choice and not the "Boot Legacy operating system" selection, you will not receive the "disk error" message any longer.

Adhere to the directions on your screen to finish the process of reinstallation.

hope this helps

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How can i made recovery of my window xp

I think you are concerned about creating a recovery console for windows xp, so that if windows fail you can have a chance to use it and recover the winndows.
You can install the Recovery Console on your computer to make it available in case that you cannot restart Windows. You can then select the Recovery Console option from the list of available operating systems during startup. To install the Recovery Console, you must be logged on as an administrator.
To install the Recovery Console, follow these steps:
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD drive.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons where d is the drive letter for the CD drive. For Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, type d:\amd64\winnt32.exe /cmdcons where d is the drive letter for the CD drive.
  4. A Windows Setup Dialog Box appears. The Windows Setup Dialog Box describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm the installation, click Yes.
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  5. Restart the computer. The next time that you start your computer, "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" appears on the startup menu.
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May 30, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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I need to reset my acer aspire one to factory settings, i have backed up everything on an external hard drive so i don't care about losing things off the netbook. It is an A0751h. It has no disk drive nor...

In order to "reset" a computer you will need to reinstall Windows XP. Most PC makers no longer give CD copy of windows with their products, and so they'll usually put a copy of it on your hard drive.

You can find this by going to


Selecting this .exe will lead you through a step by step guide to wiping and ultimately reinstalling windows on the machine.

Sometimes the i386 folder is in the root, depending on the Brand.

Apr 07, 2011 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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Gateway 4024GZ/How do I reinstall operating system w/out disks?

Ok this is not as hard as one may think. Get a copy of whatever software you want from the net. Either Burn to a DVD & use an external USB, DVD, and install as usual. Or put it on a memory stick and use that. You will, if your machine is disabled, have to use a third parties machine to do all of that. There are a number of tutorials on the net of how to make and boot and install from a USB Flash Drive.

Feb 13, 2010 | Gateway 4024GZ Notebook

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I need to reinstall Windows XP Home edition on my Toshiba laptop model 1905 without losing my installed programs.

This is indeed "Do-able"  You need to boot on your XP DVD and  go through, & when it finds your "Old" Windows you can then select "Repair" install.  NOT "Repair via Recovery Console" this is the first option you get,  go past this point in the setup process. Hopefully this will refresh your setup.

Another way is to go into your I386 directory, either on Hard Drive or DVD, and find & "Run" WINNT32.exe this will then perform an "In Place Reinstall" Just follow the instructions.

here is a site that has it all in more detail.

Feb 01, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite 1905-S303 Notebook

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My server can't boot

Hi ,
You have not mentioned which Operating System . If its for 2003 follow the steps.
To install the Recovery Console as a startup option:
  1. While Windows is running, insert the Windows Server 2003 CD in the computer's CD or DVD drive.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type the following line, where drive is the drive letter of the computer's CD drive or DVD drive that contains the Windows Server 2003 CD, and then click OK: drive:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    To install Recovery console as a startup option for Windows Server 2003 x64 edition, type the following line: drive:\amd64\winnt32.exe /cmdcons
  4. Click Yes when the message appears, to install the Recovery Console.
  5. When you receive the message that states that the Recovery Console is successfully installed, click OK.
  6. To use the Recovery Console, restart the computer, and then use the ARROW keys to select Microsoft Windows Recovery Console in the Please select the operating system to start list.
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To remove the Recovery Console, follow these steps:
  1. Restart the computer.
  2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  3. Turn on the Show hidden files and folders option (if it is not already turned on). To do so, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    2. Click the View tab.
    3. Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box (if it is selected), and then click OK.
  4. Double-click the drive letter that represents the hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console.
  5. Delete the Cmdcons folder from the root folder, and then delete the Cmldr file. To do so, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click Cmdcons, and then click Delete. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
    2. Right-click Cmldr, and then click Delete. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen, and then click Yes to confirm the deletion.
  6. Remove the Recovery Console entry from the Boot.ini file. To do so, follow these steps.

    WARNING: Incorrectly modifying the Boot.ini file may prevent your computer from restarting. Make sure that you delete only the entry for the Recovery Console.
    1. At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
    2. Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad.
    3. Locate the Recovery Console entry, and then delete it. The Recovery Console entry looks similar to the following line: C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
    4. On the File menu, click Save, and then click Exit to quit Notepad.
  7. Change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to Read-only. To do so, right-click Boot.ini, and then click Properties. Click to select the Read-only check box, and then click OK.

Oct 12, 2009 | Acer Altos G710 Server

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Sony VAIO model SZ330P notebook. How to create Startup CD

One easy way to make a startup CD: In your c:\ drive, find and copy the folder named "i386" to a blank CD. That folder is in c:\windows You might wish to use a CD-RW so that you can overwrite in case you make a mistake. You'll also need to find and copy these three files: regedit.exe, expand.exe, and winnt32.exe. These are also in the c:\windows folder. Keep in mind that if you have to use the disk someday, you'll need your XP product code, and you'll have to go into the BIOS and set the computer to boot from CD/DVD. Hope this helps.

Feb 27, 2009 | Sony VAIO VGN-SZ330P/B Notebook

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Lost file

You need to repair your system
But if you havn't the CD
Below is the step
But make sure you close any unnecessary software and applications that run in the system tray like Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Instant messenger and others, before using winnt32. This should speed up the whole process.

Understand that after a while your computer will start to slow down, freeze and sometimes not even shut down correctly. These symptoms are perfectly normal for Microsoft Windows operating systems that require a clean, fresh start. But sometimes manufacturers do not include a copy of the operating system on a disk to save you money when purchasing your computer and ultimately save them money too.Access the copy of the operating system on the hard drive. If manufacturers do not supply a Windows XP CD with the purchase of your new computer, they have most definitely stored a copy in your hard drive for later use. You can easily access this copy of the CD on your hard drive to completely reinstall or format partitions on your computer.

Back up your personal data including photos, pictures, documents, favorites, passwords and settings to CD/DVD/USB.

Make sure you have your Windows product key/serial number. This could be located on the computer itself, or in the original packaging it was supplied with. If you do not have one, look in the registry or contact your manufacturer immediately for more support regarding the issue.
Click on My Computer then C: then i386. This is the a part where a lot of people get confused. They realize that a copy of their Windows XP CD is here, but they look for the wrong files. Most people will try to find a file named "Setup", "Install", or "Windows". The file you are looking for is called "winnt32.exe".

Open this application and proceed with the instructions given. It will lead you through 5 simple phases that will wipe out your computer and reinstall the operating system.
Get your product key ready to enter it. Make sure you agree with the terms that should be provided when using the winnt32.exe application.

If you are using any operating system below Windows 2000 or Me, try looking for the winnt.exe application as the winnt32.exe application may not be availible for your version of the Windows OS in the I386 folder. Winnt.exe uses a command driven interface, and therefore requires simple commands to use to reinstall Windows or format partitions. You can find these simple commands here


All drivers will be wiped clean. That includes graphic cards, audio drivers, wireless drivers, etc. Make sure your manufacturers has supplied you with the correct softwares to reinstall the drivers that will be lost on reinstallation of the OS.
Do not forget to back up all of your data with a system restore tool, or else everything will be lost. This means all software and programs currently installed on the computer.
Remember Microsoft will not take any responsibility for anything that may go wrong and cause damage to your computer system.

If the I386 folder or Winnt32.exe/Winnt.exe application does not exist, or you cannot find it, use the Search feature to help you (Start>Search). If it does not yield any results, a copy of the CD may not have been stored on your hard drive. Contact your manufacturer for more support.

Jan 23, 2009 | Toshiba Satellite A105 Notebook

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Install Xp From Dos

If XP will not install from the CD or if you have a new drive with no operating system onit yet try these:

Install Windows XP from the hard drive with Windows 98 already installed:

Boot Windows 98
Insert the XP CD into your CD reader
Explore Windows XP through My Computer
Copy i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder and double click on winnt32.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive

Install Windows XP from DOS (ie. no OS on a new hard drive):

Boot with a Windows 98 Start Up disk
Insert the Windows 98 CD into the CD reader
Run smartdrv.exe from the Win98 directory on the windows 98 CD (file caching)
Type cd.. to back up to the root directory
Insert Windows XP CD into the CD reader
Copy the i386 folder to C:\
Go into C:\i386 folder on C: and type winnt.exe to launch the setup from the hard drive.

Oct 20, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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