How to repair your windows computer in an emergency



how-to-repair-your-windows-computer-in-an-emergency-photoA recent failure of a Windows NT Workstation in your department required a total rebuild of the operating system due to a corrupted registry. Each of the Windows NT Workstations in your department are configured as a 333 MHz CPU, 64 MB RAM, one four gigabyte IDE drive with a single IDE partition and a 10 MBPS Ethernet card.

Required result

Ensure each of the Windows NT Workstations in your department has a current Emergency Repair Disk.

Optional Desired Results

Ensure the SAM and Security Files are backed up on the Emergency Repair Disk.

Ensure a copy of the data located on the Emergency Repair Disk is located on your hard drive.

Proposed solution

Log onto the Windows NT Workstation as Administrator.

Using Windows NT Explorer double click on the RDISK.EXE program file under \%systemroot\system32.

Follow the onscreen prompts for inserting the floppy.


Label the floppy with the current date and computer name.

Insert the floppy disk into the floppy drive and use Windows NT Explorer to create a new subdirectory on the workstation hard drive called RESCUE.

Copy the files from the floppy drive to the RESCUE subdirectory.

By starting RDISK.EXE from My Computer or Windows NT Explorer, you do create an Emergency Disk that satisfies the required result. The /s switch backs up the SAM and Security files to the Emergency Repair Disk. Since this was not specified the first optional desired result is not met. Creating a subdirectory and copying the contents to the hard drive does not satisfy the second optional desired result. The Emergency Repair process automatically creates the necessary files in %systemroot%\Repair.

The proposed solution does not meet the required result.