It won't work in the recovery console - just in a command prompt once Windows has started.
You probably stopped some service or ap essential to Windows when you removed aps from the startup menu. Did you alter anything in services too?
You can use a Linux distrib linux like Knoppix or puppy to save data.
They support USB and run in RAM.http://www.puppylinux.org/user/downloads.php
The following may help as far as the recovery console goes:
How to use the Recovery Console
You can enable and disable services, format drives, read and write data on a local drive (including drives that are formatted to use the NTFS file system), and perform many other administrative tasks. The Recovery Console is particularly useful if you have to repair your computer by copying a file from a disk or CD-ROM to your hard disk, or if you have to reconfigure a service that is preventing your computer from starting correctly.
If you cannot start your computer, you can run the Recovery Console from the Microsoft Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM. This article describes how to perform this task. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;307654
For a list of commands that are available in Recovery Console, type recovery console commands or help at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
For information about a specific command, type help commandname at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
If you do not have a Windows XP installation cd you can use Windows XP Setup bootdisks which you can download here:
How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot diskshttp://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994
Get the correct set for the installation that is currently on your computer - IE Windows XP Pro / sp2 or whatever.