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Windows XP Recovery and Repair Disk

This article shows you how to create a recovery disk for Windows XP, if you have the original CD (can be used as a recovery disk) or, if not, how to create a recovery diskette (floppy disk).

It also shows you how to download our recovery disk for Windows XP, if you don’t have the original CD available or can’t boot into Windows XP.

Download recovery disk for Windows XP

If you aren’t able to boot into Windows or don’t access to the recovery partition to create a system recovery disk, you can use our recovery and repair disk Easy Recovery Essentials to repair your Windows XP.

Download Easy Recovery Essentials

Features of Easy Recovery Essentials include:

Easy Recovery Essentials is an ISO download image ready to be burned directly to a CD, DVD or a USB flash drive.

Easy Recovery Essentials can be used as a recovery disk for computers with Windows XP installed to repair the computer, including the full list of Windows XP editions with Service Packs installed:

It’s compatible with both the Home and Professional editions of Windows XP:

It’s compatible with newer versions of Windows, up to Windows 8.1:

It’s also compatible with Windows Server editions:

Create a recovery disk for Windows XP

Before you continue, check if you still have the original Windows XP installation CD.

That original installation CD can act as a recovery disk that you can use to run Recovery Console (Command line utility) to repair your computer with.

From Recovery Console, you can run the bootcfg, chkdsk, and more commands.

If you have the original CD

If you have the disk, follow these steps to open Recovery Console:

To read more about bootcfg, read the Bootcfg guide. To read more about chkdsk (check disk), read the chkdsk guide.

If you don’t have the original CD

If you don’t have the original CD with Windows XP, you can create a bootable floppy diskette.

It’s required that you can boot into Windows XP to create the bootable diskette. Otherwise, if you can’t boot into Windows XP, go to Download recovery disk for Windows XP.

You’ll need to make sure your computer’s floppy disk is working properly first. Your computer with Windows XP must have the floppy disk functioning.

To create the bootable diskette for Windows XP, follow these steps:

Once the recovery diskette is created, follow these instructions everytime you need to use it:

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Applicable Systems

This article applies to the following operating systems: