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Boot From the Windows XP CD
To enter Recovery Console in Windows XP, you will need to boot from the Windows XP CD.
When the Windows XP Professional/Home Setup screen appears, press R to enter Recovery Console.
Choose the Windows Installation
The Recovery Console is now loading but needs to know which Windows installation to access. Most users only have a single Windows XP installation so the choice is usually clear.
To the Which Windows installation would you like to log onto question, press 1 and then Enter.
Enter the Administrator Password
The Recovery Console now needs to know the administrator password for this Windows XP installation. Unless you are using a PC in a sizable business network, the administrator password is most likely the same password you use to access Windows XP on a daily basis.
To the Type the Administrator password request, enter the password and press Enter.
Note: If you do not have a password or Windows XP normally starts without asking for one, simply press Enter.
Make Necessary Changes in Windows XP Recovery Console
The Recovery Console is now fully loaded and the cursor should be sitting at the command prompt, ready for input, as shown in the screen shot above.
Make any changes necessary in the Windows XP Recovery Console. When complete, take out the Windows XP CD and type exit to restart the computer.
Type Y in response to this question and press Enter.
This is the name of the operating system. For example, type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.
Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.
Assuming that a missing or corrupt boot.ini file was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
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Posted on May 26, 2008
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