Please find the step-by-step instructions to install and uninstall Recovery Console for Windows XP.
Step-by-Step Recovery Console Installation:
- Insert the Windows XP Setup CD. If AutoRun is enabled, close the XP Setup screen that appears after inserting the CD.
- Click Start à Run and type “G:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons” . In this example, G:/ is the CD Drive. Click “OK” to continue.
- The Windows Setup message box will open, In the Windows Setup message box, click “Yes” to confirm Recovery Console installation.
- Recovery Console setup will next attempt to access the Internet and perform a Dynamic Update to the installation files. If you don’t wish to perform the update, press “Esc” to interrupt the Dynamic Update process and use the existing setup files.
- Once the Dynamic Update is completed, the Microsoft Windows XP Professional Setup screen shown above will track the installation progress of Recovery Console as the files are copied and system files updated to place the Recovery Console on the Boot Menu.
- Upon completion of the Recovery Console install, the dialog box above is displayed to confirm a successful installation. Click “OK” and restart the computer.
Removing the Recovery Console:
- Click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the hard disk on which you installed the Recovery Console.
- On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
- Click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files check box, and then click OK.
- At the root folder, delete the Cmdcons folder and the Cmldr file.
- At the root folder, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.
- Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
- WARNING: Modifying the Boot.ini file incorrectly may prevent your computer from restarting. Be sure to delete only the entry for the Recovery Console. Also, it is recommended that you change the attribute for the Boot.ini file back to a read-only state after you complete this procedure. Open the Boot.ini file in Microsoft Windows Notepad, and remove the entry for the Recovery Console. It looks similar to this:
“C:\cmdcons\bootsect.dat=”Microsoft Windows Recovery Console” /cmdcons”
Save the file and close it.