Monday, June 9, 2008

Server 2008 or Vista MINWINPC

From Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek (yes, it's on Books 24x7):

Using the Command Line During Installation
When you access a command prompt from within Setup, you access the MINWINPC environment used by Setup to install the operating system. During installation, on the Where Do You Want To Install Windows page, you can access a command prompt by pressing Shift+F10. As Table 2-4 shows, the mini Windows PC environment gives you access to many of the same command-line tools that are available in a standard installation of Windows Server 2008.

So, after you click Install Now -> You can press Shift+F10 and you'll be dropped to a command shell.

The burning question I have is whether this can be used to reset local users passwords?

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