Download Windows XP Recovery Console
Credit for this download goes to Dean Adams.
This free recovery console package may be used to create your own bootable CD which will allow you access to the Windows XP recovery console without the need for a Windows XP CD.
In a previous article I discussed the three main methods of accessing the recovery console.
This is the third method and requires you to create your own CD.
This is necessary due to the fact that a lot of PC manufacturers now ship PCs without an original CD and instead store the software on the hard disk in a hidden partition.
For instructions on how to create the bootable USB flash drive please see this article: How To Create A Bootable USB Thumb Drive From ISO Image File
Disk Download and Creation Instructions:
Buy Pre-made Disks from $5.95
If you would prefer to have a pre-made Windows Recovery Disk delivered to your door then simply get it here:
- Download the Microsoft Setup Disks for your version of Windows XP (SP1 or SP2 – you only need one of these):
- Rename the file you just downloaded to BootDisk.exe and place it in a new folder on the desktop called recovercd
- Download Recovery Console CD zip file: recovery_console_cd.zip
- Extract recovery_console_cd.zip to the recovercd folder on the desktop.
- You should now have the following files in the recovercdfolder:
- Double click RecoveryCD.bat
- Accept the EULA if you agree
- Files will extract and you will then be asked, ‘Would you like to burn the recovery console CD now?’ – type Y and press Enter
- Press any key to continue…
- When BurnCDCC appears press the Start button in BurnCDCC
- Insert a blank CD when prompted and wait until the process completes.
Updated July 10th 2012 - Corrected links.