USB Recovery Console
USB Recovery Console is a useful application designed to help you prepare for a computer problem by creating a bootable USB drive for the XP Recovery Console. The console is often used by advanced users in order to identify and to fix the problems that prevent the operating system from working properly.
Usually, you need to use the Recovery Console when your computer cannot start and you need to load it from the Windows installation disc. However, if you do not want to carry the disc with you at all times, you can use this program in order to place all the required files to a portable USB drive.
You can also start the console if it was previously installed on your computer. However, if you need to repair a system that does not have this startup option, a bootable USB drive has the advantage of working on any computer that has an USB port. It allows you to fix the problems even on the computers that cannot boot normally.
In order to use this program you need to have the Windows XP installation disk and an USB drive. During the process, all the files from the removable storage device are deleted so you need to use an empty one to avoid any loss of information.
Before running the program you need to specify the path to the USB drive and the location of the Windows XP installation files by editing the "mkrecovery.cmd" file. The package includes the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool which is used to make the USB drive bootable.
In our test, the creating the bootable USB device took about 30 minutes and had no impact on the computer performance. Although it might seem a lengthy process, most of this time was used to format the USB drive which greatly depends on its capacity.
This tool can save a lot of time and allows you to diagnose problems without having the Windows installation disk. It can be useful for the network administrators or the technicians that need to fix computer problems on multiple computers.