Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) 7 helps diagnose and repair a computer that has problems starting or has other issues. When you boot into a computer by using the DaRT recovery image, a System Recovery Options dialog box appears. Both a graphical user interface and a command-line console are available. The command-line console can be opened by clicking the Command Prompt option in the System Recovery Options window.

Click Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset on the System Recovery Options window to open a detailed Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset window that displays the DaRT recovery tools.

The following table lists some problems that can be resolved by using the tools and wizards that are provided in DaRT. For more information about any of the DaRT tools, see Overview of the Tools in DaRT 7. For specific information and instructions about how to run the DaRT tools, click Help on the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset window to open the client Help file.

Task Solution

Run the DaRT tools remotely

The Remote Connection utility on the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset window lets a helpdesk agent run the DaRT tools remotely on an end-user computer.

Edit the registry

Registry Editor utility provides information about the registry that can help you repair a computer.

Regain access to a computer

The Locksmith Wizard can be used to list the local user accounts and change passwords.

Diagnose a computer failure

The Crash Analyzer can be used to diagnose the cause of a computer crash and identify the driver that caused the failure.

Recover deleted files

The File Restore utility can be used to find and restore deleted files from any supported Windows-based file system.

Salvage and repair partitions or volumes

The Disk Commander can be used to recover your master boot record (MBR) or recover volumes on disks that are accidentally lost.

Delete disks or volumes

The Disk Wipe utility can be used to delete disks or volumes.

Search for particular files

The Search utility lets you restrict the scope of your search by specifying part of the name, search location, estimated size of the file, or the time when the file was modified.

Browse drives

The Explorer utility lets you browse folders and files that are stored on various drives.

Perform administrative tasks to manage the computer

The Computer Management utility provides recovery tools to help you:

  • Disable problematic drivers or services

  • View event logs

  • Partition and format hard disk drives

  • Obtain information about Autoruns

  • Get information about the computer

Configure TCP/IP

The TCP/IP Config utility helps you to display and set a TCP/IP configuration.

Uninstall Windows hotfixes and service packs

Hotfix Uninstall can be used to remove Windows hotfixes or service packs from a computer that cannot be started.

Check and repair system files

The SFC Scan utility helps you check system files and repair any that are corrupted or missing.

Use an anti-malware tool

The Standalone System Sweeper utility helps detect malware or other unwanted software, and alerts you to potential risks.

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