I already know how, and can paste my instructions into a topic where somebody needs one, but it would be nice if I could refer someone to the Tutorials section, search for recovery console and find the Create a Bootable Recovery Console CD instructions so they could run simple things like chkdsk or work on their afflicted boot.ini, etc.
I ALWAYS want to start with RC when I see the dreaded:
Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
Or hal.dll is missing or corrupt (when it's not really missing or corrupt)
And the one where the add the /SAFEBOOT and find themselves stuck.
Not very exciting problems usually, but fixed fastest with RC.
I will be happy to write the article if there is some special article template to get me started.
Of course there are many ways. Here are part of my standard how to do it notes to help people get started.
You can make a bootable Recovery Console CD by downloading an ISO file and burning it to a CD.
The bootable ISO image file you need to download is called:
Download the ISO file from here:
Use this free and easy program to create your bootable CD:
It would be a good idea to test your bootable CD on the computer that is working.
You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk. These adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it, you will have to reboot the system again.
When you boot on the CD, follow the prompts:
Press any key to boot from CD...
The Windows Setup... will proceed.
Press 'R' to enter the Recovery Console.
Select the installation you want to access (usually 1: C:\WINDOWS)
You may be asked to enter the Administrator password (usually empty).
You should be in the C:\WINDOWS folder. This is the same as the C:\WINDOWS folder you see in explorer.
Edited by joseibarra, 08 November 2009 - 12:07 PM.