So when I am booted into Windows RE – how can i change service settings outside of using the "NET" commands like Net start <servicename>?
This is where the SC.EXE command starts to show it’s power. You could likely do a bit more using Windows Powershell but it’s not installed by default on XP or vista and can’t be used from the Win RE environment. Here are some helpful links to SC command info!
General Command info
New Switches in vista!