Adding the Recovery Console to a Windows XP machine

If you're always looking for new ways to shave time off the troubleshooting process, you'll appreciate this Windows XP tip. Greg Shultz outlines how to install the Recovery Console on machines that frequently have problems booting up.

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If you support a Windows XP system that occasionally has problems booting up, you may want to install the Recovery Console on that system. Once you install the Recovery Console, it will always be available when you need to troubleshoot the boot process. This will save you from having to search for a Windows XP installation CD every time you want to run the Recovery Console.

Here's how to add the Recovery Console to an XP machine:

  1. Insert the Windows XP installation CD into the drive and hold down the [Shift] key in order to prevent the Setup screen from appearing.
  2. Access the Run command by pressing [Windows]-R.
  3. Type x:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons in the Open text box (where x is the CD-ROM drive letter) and click OK.
  4. When you see the confirmation prompt, click Yes and follow the onscreen steps.
  5. Restart Windows XP and make sure that the Recovery Console option appears on the Operating System Selection menu.

Note: If you've upgraded Windows XP with SP2, you cannot use the original Windows XP installation CD to install the Recovery Console. Instead, you'll have to use a SP2 slipstream CD.

About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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