How To Open Command Prompt in Recovery Mode

When Windows 10 is not booting, you can open Command Prompt in the recovery mode using the Windows 10 installation media. Here is how.

Generally, when there is a problem, as long as it is not fatal, Windows is able to recover itself and reboot. Under certain circumstances, Windows is even able to repair its files to boot normally. When that doesn’t happen, you can boot into the recovery mode, open the Command Prompt window and execute specific commands to repair and restore Windows 10. For example, you need to Command Prompt access to fix MBR in Windows 10.

Though sounds simple enough, if you have never done it, it can be a bit confusing to open Command Prompt without booting into Windows. The good thing is, it is pretty easy to do. As long as you have Windows installation media, you can open Command Prompt in the recovery mode. All you have to do is boot into the installation media, go to a specific page and select the appropriate option.

In this quick and simple guide, let me show you the steps to open Command Prompt in recovery mode via the installation media when Windows doesn’t boot normally.

Note: Before proceeding any further, make sure you have a bootable Windows 10 USB drive. If not, create one by following the linked guide. It is pretty easy to do.

Open Command Prompt in Recovery Mode

To open the Command Prompt Windows in the Windows recovery mode, follow the below steps.

  1. Plug-in the Windows 10 USB installation drive.
  2. Boot into the Windows installation media.
  3. Click “Next” on the main wizard screen.
  4. Click on the “Repair your computer” link.
  5. Choose “Troubleshoot.”
  6. Select “Advanced options.”
  7. Click on the “Command Prompt” option.

The first thing you need to do is plug-in the Windows 10 USB drive into your system and boot into it. After booting in, click on the “Next” button on the first screen. Don’t worry we are not going to re-install Windows. We need to do this to access the repair screen.

Note: If you are unable to boot into the USB drive, make sure it has top priority in the boot order. To know how to do it, consult your motherboard or laptop manual.

Next, click on the “Repair your computer” link. You can see it at the bottom left corner of the window.

Now, click on the “Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options” option.

Windows 10 troubleshoot
open advanced options

In the Advanced Options page, click on the “Command Prompt” option.

open Command Prompt in recovery mode

That is all. As soon as you click on the option, Windows will open the Command Prompt window. From here, you can execute any and all kinds of Windows commands to repair and restore the system. Depending on what you want to do, the commands and process will be different.

Before executing any command, I recommend you always create a full backup to save yourself from any kind of file corruption or data loss. The backup will help you restore the system if anything bad happens.

I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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