Installing the Recovery Console in XP

You can install the Recovery Console On your computer to make it available if you cannot restart windows. You can then select the Recovery Console option from the list of available operating systems during startup. Install the Recovery Console on important servers and on the work stations of IT personnel. This article describes how to install the Recovery Console to your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. To install the Recovery Console, You must be logged on as an administrator.

Although you can run the Recovery Console by starting directly from the Windows XP CD, it is generally more convenient to set it up as a startup option on your startup menu.

To install Recovery Console follow these steps:

1. Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM Drive.
2. Click Start and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons where d is the drive letter for the CD-ROM drive.
4. A Windows Setup Dialog Box appears. The Windows Setup Dialog Box describes the Recovery Console option. To confirm the installation click yes.
5. Restart the computer. The next time that you start your computer “Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” appears on the startup menu.

Alternatively you can use a Universal Naming Convention (UNC)-established connection to install the Recovery Console from a from a network share point.

You may receive an error message that is similar the following.

Setup cannot continue because the version of Windows on your computer is newer than the version on the CD.

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