The Windows XP Recovery Console offers an alternative method for booting up Windows XP, typically to troubleshoot problems that may prevent your computer from booting up normally. Viruses, corrupted files and improper shutdown, for example, can damage your system. The Recovery Console enables you to format drives, access files, or alter certain services - all without having to load the Windows XP operating system.
The Recovery Console is one of the most useful methods for solving booting problems. However, it should be used as a last resort. You should first try other methods for booting, such as safe mode, before you resort to repairing your PC using the Recovery Console. Microsoft recommends that only advanced, savvy users use the Recovery Console.
Ideally, you should install the Windows XP Recovery Console to your hard drive before the need to use it actually arises. This way, you can easily access this versatile utility in the event that you need it, particularly in emergencies as when the Windows XP disk is not fully accessible. This tutorial will walk you through installing and using the Windows XP Recovery Console to fix booting problems.