The Recovery Console has been deprecated in Windows Vista, so what happened to all those wonderful commands that were available in recovery console? Well, we were kind of hoping that you wouldn’t need them anymore. But if you do, you’ll be glad to know that most of them are available via the command line in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). The recovery console commands listed in the following table are different or unavailable in WinRE.
Recovery Console Command: BootCfg
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /ScanOS; BootRec /RebuildBcd; bcdedit
Recovery Console Command: FixBoot
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /FixBoot
Recovery Console Command: FixMBR
WinRE Equivalent: BootRec /FixMbr
Recovery Console Command: Map
WinRE Equivalent: DiskPart
Recovery Console Command: Logon
WinRE Equivalent: Not needed
Recovery Console Command: LISTSVC; ENABLE; DISABLE; SYSTEMROOT
WinRE Equivalent: Not available
Just as it was the case for Windows Vista, Microsoft’s latest iteration of the Windows client can also be uninstalled, although “uninstall” does not specifically describe the process that end users will need to take in order to revert to a previously existing copy of a Windows OS. At the same time, also as for its predecessor, Windows 7 can only be removed and the previous Windows platform reinstated in a single installation scenario. Namely, uninstalling the latest version of the operating system is only possible if users installed Windows 7 as a new installation over an earlier version of Windows in the first place.
Obviously, clean installs of Windows 7, where no old OS existed on the hard drive, cannot be uninstalled. The same is valid for users that opted to upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, as well as for those who created multi-boot configurations, deploying Windows 7 alongside older Windows releases.
Uninstalling Windows 7 is only possible if “You used the Windows 7 installation media to install Windows 7 to the same hard disk drive on which you had Windows XP, Windows Vista, or another version of Windows 7 installed. In this scenario, the Windows 7 installation will have created a Windows.old folder that contains your previous operating system and personal files. This Windows.old folder is in the root of the Windows partition,” Microsoft noted.