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How to install the Recovery Console to the Hard Drive?

This article explains how to install the to the hard drive, so that it is available as an option in the Windows boot menu.

1. Insert your Windows XP installation disc into your CD drive. Then, open up the Windows Command Prompt by typing the command cmd into the RUN dialog box and pressing the Enter key.

2. When the command prompt opens up, type the drive letter of your CD drive (e.g., F: as shown below) and press the Enter key.

3. Once you get the CD drive letter prompt (like F:\> here), type the command given below and press the Enter key:

i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons


4. The Windows Setup dialog box opens and asks you whether you want to install the as a startup option. Click Yes to continue.


5. If you’re connected to the Internet, it may connect to Microsoft.com and update some setup files. This won’t take more than a minute or two, depending on your connection.


6. Once setup is updated, it starts copying files and within a few minutes, it’s done.


7. Setup informs you that the Recovery Console was successfully installed and gives some other information about the Recovery Console. Click OK to exit setup.


8. Now, to test whether it installed alright and whether it’s working, you’ll need to reboot the computer. Don’t forget to remove the Windows Setup CD from the CD drive first.


  1. Joey
    July 9th, 2011 at 04:57 | #1

    Great idea and tutorial!
    I like the idea of having “Recovery Console” portable and ready to be used when needed.
    Very helpful, thanks a lot.

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