Although the Windows XP installation disk includes a recovery console, if you have hard disk problems or your Windows operating system becomes corrupted, it’s advisable to have a backup. The easiest way to do this is to download a copy of the XP recovery console and load it on to a USB drive for emergency start-up and troubleshooting.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Formatted USB thumb drive
- XP recovery console downloaded file
Go to the USB recovery console download site (see Resources) in your web browser. Download and install the software on your computer.
Insert a formatted USB thumb drive into an empty port on your computer. Once this is done, click the downloaded file on your desktop and extract the ZIP package to a separate directory.
Open the directory and right click on the “mkrecovery.cmd” file after the files have been extracted. Click “Edit” and change the “USBDRV” value “R:” to the drive letter currently used by the newly inserted USB thumb drive. Do not exit the edit menu.
Check the drive letter for your CDROM drive; this is usually “D.” Edit the “XPSRC” settings in the “mkrecovery.cmd” folder to read "d:\i386\winnt32.exe\". Substitute "D:" for your own optical drive letter, if necessary.
Save your changes and exit the editor. Before proceeding, ensure that you entered the correct drive letter for your USB drive. Once you have checked everything including your edits, double-click the “mkrecovery.cmd” file to run this tool; this will create your recovery console and make the thumb drive bootable.
Tips and warnings
- The “mkrecovery.cmd” file uses the third-party HP USB DOS format tool to create a bootable USB drive. Opening the file automatically downloads the HP script and launches a dialog box. Before running the tool, you must accept the HP End User Licence Agreement and confirm that you have administrator privileges.
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