07-10-2005, 02:15 AM
Starting up in safe mode doesn't help. Same error, blue screen with
unmountable_boot_volume. I use a dell and the operating system came
pre-installed. It did not come with XP discs, only the dell reinstallation
CD which i can't get to boot up. I'm pretty sure my next step is to install
the recovery console and run the chkdsk /r, however I don't have installation
disks to get the console installed.
Is there any way to install the consolue without the XP installatin disks?
Any ideas for other ways to fix this problem?
Maurice N ~ MVP
07-10-2005, 02:15 AM
Dell pcs come with Operating System CDs. Be sure to look for the CDs that
came with yours.
Yes, there is another way to run Recovery Console & CHKDSK without the XP
That's to use the XP setup diskettes, which can be downloaded from MS.
Make sure you know whether your system has XP Service Pack 1, Service Pack
2, or the original XP gold.
Then use (borrow) a working pc to download and make the diskettes. Be sure
to get the correct set for your version & service pack of XP.
See MS Article 310994, How to obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks
You need to do 1 download. Follow instructions. This process makes a set
of 6 diskettes
Obviously, you need to mark each diskette (1 to 6) so you know which is
Run CHKDSK /P from within the XP Recovery Console !
Set pc BIOS to boot from diskette drive. Place diskette #1 in drive.
Once diskette 1 is loaded, you'll be prompted to load the rest of the set
( one by one).
The intent here is not to setup Windows XP, but rather to be able to get to
a point where the RECOVERY CONSOLE can be selected.
Select the first option R Repair/Recovery Console. Select your Windows
partition by number. Usually it is 1 .
Login to XP with administrator password. (If there is no password, press
TAB key, and / or press Enter).
Then run CHKDSK /P from the command line. (In Recovery Console /P replaces
Run it once (or repeat) until it shows no errors.
Run CHKDSK for each drive on your system.
CHKDSK /P :X where X is letter for disk drive
References for Recovery Console:
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console - Article ID 314058
HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console for Windows XP
To exit the R Console, use the EXIT command.
*** EXTREMELY IMPORTANT *****
When you do log in to Recovery Console, & run CHKDSK ---it will complain
about "missing AUTOCHK.exe".
This is where you point it ---you'll need to type it ---
Note: Your pc may have Windows at \WINNT .... if so, point to
HTH. Do post back with your progress.
MVP Windows - Shell / User
> Starting up in safe mode doesn't help. Same error, blue screen with
> unmountable_boot_volume. I use a dell and the operating system came
> pre-installed. It did not come with XP discs, only the dell
> CD which i can't get to boot up. I'm pretty sure my next step is to
> the recovery console and run the chkdsk /r, however I don't have
> disks to get the console installed.
> Is there any way to install the consolue without the XP installatin disks?
> Any ideas for other ways to fix this problem?
> Home User