How to Create a Windows XP Repair CD

By Ray Padgett

If you have lost your Windows XP installation disc it is a smart idea create a basic repair CD in case of emergency. You will be able to boot from that disc if your computer does not turn on and use Windows XP’s Recovery Console to try to repair your machine. With a bit of luck, the Console will find and fix your problem before any drastic action like reinstalling the operating system is needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • WinZip or equivalent archive program

Step 1

Download the Recovery Console ZIP file from the link in Resources.

Step 2

Unzip the download upon completion. A variety of programs can help you do this, including the popular WinZip, which you can download from the link in Resources. Upon unzipping you will see a window containing the ZIP file's contents, in this case an ISO disc image containing the Recovery Console data.

Step 3

Save the unzipped ISO file to your hard drive.

Step 4

Insert a blank CD into your computer.

Step 5

Burn the ISO file as a data CD. Be sure to put nothing but the ISO file on the disc. When the burning completes, eject the disc and put it aside in case of emergency.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the Recovery Console repair fails, this disc will not allow a full installation of the operating system. For that you will need the actual Windows XP installation disc, which cannot legally be obtained from anyone but Microsoft.