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How To Boot With Microsoft DaRT

In short and generally speaking, DaRT Is used to boot Into a PC that has Issues starting up as per It's normal process. In other words, If your Windows 10 OS fails to start, you can use DaRT to boot Into It, and perform a variety of diagnostic tasks, reset the local user account password, recover and delete files, crash analysis and a lot more. In this guide, I will demonstrate how to boot with Microsoft DaRT and access It's tools thereafter.

The following tutorial simply demonstrates the process of booting with Microsoft DaRT, and accessing It's tools thereafter. You cannot access It by executing a file In the Windows environment- the only method Is to boot via disc or a USB device. On the grounds that you have a Microsoft DaRT bootable media available, follow this guide to access It's tools.

Step One:
The first time you boot with DaRT, you will see a message as In the Image below. What this Is asking, Is If you have a server on your network, DaRT can grab an IP address from the server's DHCP and assign It to the PC that you wish to diagnose. It doesn't hurt to click Yes, but If you're running a standalone PC, just click "No".

Step Two:
Next, the option to select your language will be available, so do just that.

Step Three:
Now to get to the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) option, you must click "Troubleshoot".

Step Four:
The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset option will now be available. Simply click It and It will display the operating system(s) to work on.

Step Five:
If you're running more than one operating system (like myself), you'll need to select It. If not, simply choose the OS displayed. This will be the operating system that you'll work with.

Step Six:
All the tools that DaRT entails will now be ready for use. Simply click on the tool you wish to utilize and perform your task thereafter.

Last Step:
Just for demonstration purposes, I've selected the "Locksmith" option. This allows to reset any local user account password- administrator, guest or any user account created on the given PC. You do not need to know the old password.

Final Thoughts:
As you've noticed, Microsoft DaRT contains a broad range of tools and diagnostics utilities, that allow you to troubleshoot and fix problematic Issues with your Windows 10 operating system. It's beyond the scope of this article to cover the lot, so If you're not sure on a given tool, simply Google It.


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