Find XP Version from Recovery Console

Posted on 2009-05-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
The Question is how to find if XP Home, Pro or Media Center is installed from the Recovery Console. (No MS XP sticker is attached to the side of the PC BTW as it was changed to XP from Vista AFTER it left the factory).

Please go to

and reply there. My reason for posting here is that the Title at the link above is badly chosen. DOS has commands that might answer the questiion. But the Recovery console has a MORE LIMITED set of DOS commands with none that just give me the answer.

Also ONLY Respond on the Home, Pro or Media Center question. At the link I ALSO ask if SP2 or SP3 is installed but farther down in the thread I answer my own question regarding Service Pack level.

Question by:mgross333

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    In reviewing the posts at the link above, especially NOTE the FIRST post by gurutc and my long reply immediately following.  

    The gist of that is (1) From the Recovery console, "Type boot.ini"out as the XP type is in the text of that file. If that fails because boot.ini is not OK (a possibility as we are getting a boot related error message, see my post for details), THEN enter " bootcfg /rebuild" and ONLY go as far as having THAT command show what XP installations exist on the HD (ie. either Home or Pro or Media Center) and then exit .

    The details are at the referenced posts, and PLEASE REPLY THERE WITH WHAT YOU THINK.


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