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Chapter 6. Setting Up Important System S... > Installing the Recovery Console

Installing the Recovery Console

Sooner or later it's going to happen. You power on the computer and instead of getting the XP splash screen with the scrolling blue or green bars you see…nothing. You punch the reset button and wait, hoping that Safe Mode will appear to allow the machine to start. Still nothing. Now what do you do? A few deep breaths calm the nerves but the Recovery Console is more likely to solve the immediate problem.

First introduced in Windows 2000, Recovery Console is a set of tools run from a command-line environment that helps to diagnose and repair problems in Windows XP. The true value of Recovery Console is in its ability to be used when Safe Mode is inaccessible. One of the primary reasons for XP failing to load is file corruption. While Recovery Console is an excellent tool to help repair corrupted files, it's not limited to that one function. Other areas where it can be utilized quite successfully are


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