Windows XP a Goner? First Aid for your Windows PC

For Power Users: Console On The Hard Drive

If you need the console more often, you can also install it locally on the hard drive. It is then added to the Windows boot menu and can be selected at startup.

To install the Recovery Console, run WINNT32.EXE from the I386 folder on the Windows CD using the /cmdcons parameter.

The /cmdcons parameter installs the Recovery Console

Question before installation

Installation progress: if the computer is connected to the internet, the console can be updated online.

Installation complete

  • agisvel
  • vladtepes
    Many times booting from xp cd , choosing the repair R option and using chkdsk /r solves the problem
  • number13
    there is program called winconsole.exe, make a bootable disk from your XP install disk that does all the necessary thing that you need a boot disk to do, great for saving data when you can't get the repair disk to do what you need
  • System (XP SP3 Home Edition) repeatedly failed while trying to boot (blue screen momentarily displayed then it would loop and try to reboot again; I captured blue screen with a camera but it didn't help). Tried to boot from MS XP Home Edition SP2 install disk (note earlier SP version) and was able to go into repair section. Most options didn't work ... but ran CHKDSK and found one or more errors which evidently repaired them. I ran CHKDSK a second time and there were no detected errors. Rebooted the PC and it worked! Thanks!