The Windows XP Recovery Console can be brought up in three ways.
- From Windows XP installation disc
- By installing the Recovery Console to the hard disk so that it’s always handy
- By creating a bootable USB flash drive with the Recovery Console in it
The second method I already described. Let’s find out how to do the third, that is, create a Recovery Console bootable flash drive.
For this you will need a tool called USB Recovery Console. Actually, the USB Recovery Console contains just a batch script and some other files. The actual tool that does the formatting and creating of the bootable USB drive is the HP USB Dos format tool, which is not included with the package because it’s copyrighted by HP. This tool will be downloaded from HP’s website, so it’s necessary to have an active Internet connection before you start.
1. After you have downloaded USB Recovery Console, unzip the contents of the package. Right-click on mkrecovery.cmd and click Edit. This will open the batch script in your default text editor.
2. Near the beginning of the file you will find these lines:
3. Replace “R” with the drive letter Windows assigns to your removable USB flash drive. Change C:\XPSP2\I386 to X:\I386, where X is the drive letter of your optical drive. Save the file.
4. Insert Windows XP’s setup disc into the optical drive, but do not run setup. Exit the installation when it starts.
5. Double click on the modified mkrecovery.cmd to run it.
6. During the process it will download the HP USB Dos format tool and launch the setup file. Install this tool just like any other software.
7. Finally, you will get a “Completed Okay” message.
Your USB pen drive is now ready to boot into Windows Recovery Console. Whenever you need to enter Recovery Console, just plug the pen drive into the computer and boot from it.