Today I was in a bit of a pickle. I needed to use the Windows XP Recovery Console to use the ‘fixboot’ and ‘fixmbr’ commands on a PC that I was repairing but I didn’t have an XP CD handy that included the recovery console. Microsoft provide a utility to make a set of 6 floppy disks to do the job but who uses those anymore? Luckily Dean Adams over at ‘Proposed Solutions’ has come up with a very tidy way of getting to the Recovery Console using two simple bootable ISO images (One is XP SP1 and the other is XP SP2, I am not sure what the difference is but I used the SP2 image).
Simply download the ISO file, burn it to a CD and boot it up.
You can find the files and instructions here: http://www.proposedsolution.com/downloads/download-windows-recovery-console/