How do I access command prompt from recovery disk?

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by Minebomber, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Minebomber


    Jan 28, 2015
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    I made Recovery 1 and 2 disk from Acer eRecovery. I have some issuses with my hdd and I was wondering how to access the command prompt from the recovery disk 1. If it helps I have an Acer Aspire One KAV60. Please help! (Don't spam with what issues, etc).
    Minebomber, Feb 3, 2015
  2. Minebomber


    Dec 10, 2012
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    some info on acer recovery above

    from what i read you need an installation disk to get to command prompt, not a recovery disk.

    however, below is a link to my one drive where you can download the xp_rec_con,iso and burn to a bootable cd with img burn, link below also

    when you doenload the file save to desktop, right click file and choose properties and unblock the file if necessary

    if you are going to use rec console to copy files to a usb, then the SET command has to be set from within windowa for this to happen,

    if you have sata drives recovery console will not work and you would be better off burning hiren;s boot cd to access command prompt

    Courtesy of Jose Ibarra
    Make yourself a Hiren's Boot CD which you can download from here:

    The ZIP file is large, so the download will probably take a little while to complete bit it is worth it. Then unzip the download to extract the Hirens.BootCD.ISO file that will be used to create your new bootable CD.

    Creating a bootable CD from a .ISO file is not the same as just copying the .ISO file to a blank CD. You have to use software that understands how to burn a .ISO file to a CD to create a bootable CD.

    In the Hiren's ZIP file are the BurnToCD.cmd file that you can double click to launch it, but I have never used it and prefer to use ImgBurn.

    If you need a free and easy CD burning software package, here is a popular free program:

    When installing ImgBurn, DO NOT install anything from UniBlue or the Ask toolbar (never install the ASK toolbar for anything).

    Here are some instructions for ImgBurn:

    It would be a good idea to test your new bootable CD on a computer that is working.

    You may need to adjust the computer BIOS settings to use the CD ROM drive as the first boot device instead of the hard disk.

    These adjustments are made before Windows tries to load. If you miss it, you will have to reboot the system again.

    When booting on the Hiren's CD you will see a menu of options. Choose the Mini XP option. Then it will appear that Windows is being loaded and you will be presented with a desktop that has the look and feel of the Windows Explorer interface you are already used to using.

    One way to check the disk for errors is to open My Computer and right click your afflicted drive and choose Properties, Tools, Error-checking, Check Now... put a check mark in both the boxes and then Start.

    Sometimes that doesn't work, so you can also click Start, Run and in the box enter:


    Click OK to open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command (assuming XP is installed on your C drive)

    chkdsk c: /r

    This disk checking can take a long time (perhaps several to many hours) depending on the size of the volume, the amount of data on the volume and what the disk checking finds to do.
    Let chkdsk finish and correct any problems it might find.

    Depending on the the speed of your system, the size of the volume, the amount of data on the volume and what chkdsk finds to do, it may take a long time for chkdsk with error correction to complete (several to many hours) or it may appear to be 'stuck'. Be patient. If the HDD light is still flashing, chkdsk is doing something so don't interrupt it. It will finish eventually one way or the other. Keep an eye on the percentage amount to be sure it is still making progress. It may even appear to go backwards sometimes.

    You may have to run the chkdsk c: /r more than once.


    Click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type d:\i386\winnt32.exe /cmdcons

    d: will be the letter of the drive the disk is in

    you can try with your recovery disk to see if it will get the recovery console, there must be a full i386 folder on the disk


    read above for commands and also how to enable set command, can be done through hirens if you cannot boot to your os

    Elizabeth23, Feb 3, 2015
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