Opening a command prompt during Setup

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 21 Feb. 2007 / Last Updated on 21 Feb. 2007]

You can open a command prompt during Setup if you need to, here's how.

If you're installing Vista on a machine and you need to open a command prompt during setup, just press Shift+F10. This is useful if you need to do advanced disk management tasks while installing, for example to revert a dynamic partition to basic.


Mitch Tulloch is President of MTIT Enterprises, an IT content development company based in Winnipeg, Canada. Prior to starting his own company in 1998, Mitch worked as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for Productivity Point International. Mitch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking and security and has written 14 books and over a hundred articles on various topics. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch is also a professor at Jones International University (JIU) where he teaches graduate-level courses in Information Security Management (ISM) for their Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information see

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Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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