If you have already installed the Recovery Console

If you have already installed the Recovery Console, you can select it during your usual Windows Startup. To run the Recovery Console:
  1. During Startup, select Recovery Console from the startup options menu.
  2. If you have a dual-boot or multiboot system, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
  3. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password.
  4. At the command prompt, type Recovery Console commands, and then you can refer to the commands that are listed in the "Available commands within Windows Recovery Console" section.
  5. At any time, you can type Help for a list of available commands.
  6. At any time, you can type Help commandname for help on a specific command.For example, you can type help attrib to display the help on the attributes command.
  7. At any time, you can exit Windows Recovery Console by typing Exit at the command line.

Starting the Windows Recovery Console from the Windows XP CD-ROM

If you have not preinstalled the Windows Recovery Console, you can start the computer and use the Recovery Console directly from your original Windows XP installation disc. If your computer is already in Windows and you want to add the Windows Recovery Console as a startup option, go to the next section "Adding the Windows Recovery Console as a startup option."
  1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive, restart your computer and boot from the CD.
  2. When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts. Select the repair or recover option by pressing R.
  3. If you have a dual-boot or multiboot system, select the installation that you want to access from the Recovery Console.
  4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password.
  5. At the command prompt, type Recovery Console commands, and then you can refer to the commands that are listed in the "Available commands within Windows Recovery Console" section.

Commands Used to Fix Broken Windows

  • chkdsk /r - Check harddrive and fix whats broken
  • fixmbr <device name> - Scan and fix the Master Boot Record (Syntax: fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0)
  • map - command used to obtain <device name> for the fixmbr command
  • fixboot <drive name> - Fix boot sector of specified drive (Syntax: fixboot c:)