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W2k ERD (Emergency Repair Disk)

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Does the Emergency Repair Disk work in the Final Version? What is the purpose of ERD? When you make an ERD with the backup-utility you can not boot from it and there is only a setup.log (with autoexec.nt and config.nt)on the Disk. How can I use this?

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ERD disk is not a boot disk, it will be use when you want to repair an installation....It is done like an installation, but you choose an option to repair...then it will ask you to have your ERD disk...
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The ERD basically tells Win2K setup (when started in repair mode) where to look for the windows 2000 installation.  It then restores the files found in %systemroot%\repair to the system.  The only files generally found on a Win2K repair disk are setup.log, autoexec.nt and config.nt.  

If you need to boot to a command prompt for a repair situation, use a win98 boot disk (if using Fat32) or the win2K cd (floppies) to boot into a manual repair mode which should then give you the option of a command prompt (this will be rather limited - for example, I don't think wildcard characters work - but the fact you can do this at all is a tremendous enhancement over winNT.
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