What is the Recovery Console Used For?:
The Recovery Console is particularly useful for repairing or replacing important operating system files. When these files aren’t working like they should, Windows will sometimes not startup at all. In these cases, you must start the Recovery Console to restore the files.
How To Access Recovery Console:
How to Enter Recovery Console From the Windows XP CD
How To Use Recovery Console:
Here are some examples where executing a particular command in the Recovery Console is necessary to fix a serious Windows issue:
Recovery Console Availability:
Recovery Console is not available in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP were the last Microsoft operating systems that contained Recovery Console.
Beginning with Windows Vista, Recovery Console was replaced with a collection of recovery tools referred to as System Recovery Options.