Greetings from Emporia, Kansas where there are a lot of cattle and the tall grass prairie still exists.
The Windows XP Recovery Console is a command-line application for repairing XP systems. It is included on full Windows XP disks but is often missing from systems that come with only a “restore” disk. It is possible to download a program from Microsoft that will create a set of six floppies that contain the Recovery Console but it’s a pretty clunky way of doing things. A reader, Dean Adams, has created a nice package that allows for the creation of a bootable CD instead. He has made the creation as easy as possible for the user. His package includes all the software needed (except the Microsoft file mentioned above) and detailed instructions. Download the package here. Dean has written a batch file that does all the work.
Details on using the Recovery Console are at http://commandwindows.com/recovery.htm.