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Is there anyway I can use recovery console without going to the windows XP setup because my windows XP installation is screwed it just keeps rebooting my computer after it loads the logo and blue bar. And I really don't feel like buying a new hard drive.
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If its rebooting, chances are you're getting an error you can't see.

First thing to do is press F8 before Windows boots to get the Boot Menu.
Select "Disable Automatic Restart" and see what error you're getting. That will give everyone some idea of what your actual problem is.

You can also try selecting "Last Known Good Configuration" on the boot menu.
    
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post #3 of 25
As for not using the CD for the recovery console: you can install it on the hard drive, but you must install it from windows.

(from the XP CD)
D:\\I386\\winnt32 /cmdcons
    
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You wouldn't have to buy a new hard drive, just reformat it by booting from the CD. But if you don't want to lose the OS, you will have to attempt for example to get in with Safe Mode.
    
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If its rebooting, chances are you're getting an error you can't see.

First thing to do is press F8 before Windows boots to get the Boot Menu.
Select "Disable Automatic Restart" and see what error you're getting. That will give everyone some idea of what your actual problem is.

You can also try selecting "Last Known Good Configuration" on the boot menu.
I tried that, when I go into it I can only highlight "Microsoft windows XP professional" so I press enter and it reboots and it doesn't give me a message before it restarts just keeps doing what it's doing before. And I cant actually get into windows. I needed to phone microsoft for a new product key because mine was invalid so when I went on the internet with my other pc (one i'm on now) to find there number then after I got it and set the new comp back up it just kept rebooting after the windows logo and blue bar.

EDIT: I also tried last known working configuration and it still does the same thing.
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post #6 of 25
Ewww... :/
Only other way to get to Recovery Console, other than through Setup CD is through the F8 boot menu.

Barring that, created an Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows and boot into it to do a chkdsk.

Otherwise, you're stuck with the Setup CD method to get to Recovery Console...
    
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post #7 of 25
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Yeah the F8 boot menu doesn't work for some weird reason . Is there any thing I can burn onto a bootable disk to format the hdd?
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post #8 of 25
Don't format, try doing Windows Repair from the Windows CD, or use the WinCD and make a UBCD4Win http://www.ubcd4win.com/

Great for diagnostics etc...
    
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post #9 of 25
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windows CD doesn't help even if it's in there it just keeps rebooting. I might aswell reformat.
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post #10 of 25
Its not booting to the CD, or it restartes even when booting to the CD?

If it restarts when booting to the CD, theres a different problem...
    
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