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How to Open a Command Prompt at Startup in Vista

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This will show you how to open a command prompt at startup from the System Recovery Options or Advanced Boot Options screen in Vista.
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Command Prompt is a feature of Vista that provides an entry point for typing MS‑DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System) commands and other computer commands. The most important thing to know is that by typing commands, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Vista graphical interface (GUI). Command Prompt is typically only used by advanced users.


From Advanced Boot Options

NOTE: This starts Vista in safe mode with a command prompt window instead of the usual Windows interface.
1. Boot to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

2. Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
3. Vista will now start loading Safe Mode with Command Prompt. (See screenshot below)
4. When finished, you are now in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
NOTE: To exit from here, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete or type Exit and press Enter to restart the computer.


From System Recovery Options

NOTE: This will allow you to open a command prompt at boot.
1. Using your retail Vista installation disc or Vista Recovery Disc, boot to the System Recovery Options screen.

2. Select the Command Prompt option. (See screenshot below)
3. A command prompt window will now open.
NOTE: To exit and restart to the Vista logon screen, close the command prompt window and click on the Restart button on the screenshot below step 2.
That's it,