Install Windows Recovery Console in Windows Boot Menu

If you want to repair Windows installation but can’t get into the Recovery Console of the CD Rom as was the problem of one of our readers, then why not install the Recovery Console directly inside the Windows Boot Menu?

Wouldn’t it be great if you want to access the recovery console but you can do this directly from your drive and not CD, so that you don’t have to search the CD in case of a Windows Failure?


1.    Insert the Windows XP CD in the CD Drive but make sure that both the service pack in the CD and the one installed are same.

2.    Now open Run Box, and type the command X:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons where X is your CD drive letter.

3.    A Windows Setup box will come up, click Yes to proceed.

4.    Another dialog box will come up reading “Windows Recovery Console has been successfully installed”.

Just restart the computer to start using the Recovery Console directly in the computer without the CD.

One Reply to “Install Windows Recovery Console in Windows Boot Menu”

  1. just want to ask, if i do this, will it always prompt that “please select the operating system to start” window every start up? is it possible not, or i mean it opens up to desktop directly, like normal.

    another thing, is it also possible to include other programs in it, like ms office, AVs etc.

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